Owens wins 2016 Jim Gallagher Medallion

CAMERON STALLARD

Springsure’s Jared Owens has won the 2016 Jim Gallagher Medallion at the Central Highlands Rugby League Presentation Day Luncheon held at the weekend.

The Mountain Men five-eighth and captain polled a total of 37 votes from a possible 42 votes to win the prestigious player of the year medal by a whopping 14 votes.

Speaking after accepting the medal, Owens thanked his team mates and club for the year and looks forward to the 2017 season.

“It’s an honour to win this year’s medal and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the boys and the whole Springsure club,” Owens said.

“The club means a lot to me after moving from Sarina two years ago. We have a really good competition in the Central Highlands with plenty of good players and I am looking forward to next year’s season with the Mountain Men.”

Owens also won the Central Highlands Referees’ Best and Fairest with a total of 27 votes ahead of Mitch Wyatte (16 votes) and Chris Conway (15 votes).

In the Women’s competition, premiership-winning fullback Kelsie Parter won the Pat Booker medallion with 18 votes, edging out Blackwater’s Mariah Storch by two.

Central Highlands Rugby League President Frank Lambley says it’s great to recognise the people who make Rugby League in the Central Highlands successful.

“Presentation Day is all about celebrating the 2016 season and thanking the players and most importantly the club and league officials,” Lambley said.

“I would particularly like to thank fellow League executives Paul Bell and Tracy McIndoe for their assistance this season as we took some big steps forward.”

“I congratulate all of the award recipients, particularly Jared and Kelsie who have had outstanding seasons and I would also like to congratulate and thank the Central Highlands community for coming out and supporting our players and clubs.”

“I hope you have enjoyed the greatest game of all this season.”

Looking ahead to the 2017 season, the League are hosting a Development Clinic for players and coaches on Saturday from 2pm at McIndoe Park. All Under 17’s, Under 20’s Women’s and Men’s players and Under 15’s, Under 17’s Women’s and Men’s coaches are welcome.

2016 CENTRAL HIGHLANDS RUGBY LEAGUE AWARDS

MEN’S MOST TRIES: Mitch Wyatte (Middlemount Panthers) - 21 tries

WOMEN’S MOST TRIES: Tegan Rolfe (Clermont Bears) - 16 tries

MEN’S MOST GOALS: Phil Derksen (Dysart Bulls) - 58 goals

WOMEN’S MOST GOALS: Mariah Storch (Blackwater Crushers) - 20 goals

MEN’S MOST POINTS: Phil Derksen (Dysart Bulls) - 168 points

WOMEN’S MOST POINTS: Tegan Rolfe (Clermont Bears) - 72 points

A-GRADE REPRESENTATIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Clayton Kilpatrick (Dysart Bulls)

UNDER 20’S REPRESENTATIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lawson Storey (Emerald Cowboys)

WOMEN’S REPRESENTATIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kailah Rogers (Emerald Cowboys)

REFEREE OF THE YEAR: David Thornberry

REFEREE’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jared Owens (Springsure Mountain Men) – 28 votes

MEN’S ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Lawson Storey (Emerald Cowboys) - 9 votes

JIM GALLAGHER MEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jared Owens (Springsure Mountain Men) - 37 votes

WOMEN’S ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: Tayla Bean (Emerald Cowboys), Mackenzie Beames (Clermont Bears) and Miesha Huet (Emerald Tigers) - 7 votes

PAT BOOKER WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kelsie Parter (Emerald Tigers) - 18 votes




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