South Burnett rugby league players, coaches, team officials and family members gathered at Wondai Sportsground last week to officially wrap up the 2021 season.
The year was hailed as a success after the pandemic wrecked the 2020 season.
The awards night was hosted by former South Burnett Junior Rugby League president Dave Tierney, with medals and trophies presented to junior and senior players, referees and club officials.
South Burnett Mayor Brett Otto, a former SBJRL president; and Cr Kathy Duff also announced a $1000 donation each from their discretionary funds to the Wondai-Proston JRLFC which hosted the event.
Three Life Memberships to the South Burnett Rugby League were bestowed during the night:
The late Terry Conway. Terry was voted in as SBJRL president in 2009 and retired at the end of 2013 due to health issues. He died in September 2021, aged 75. Terry was to be presented with his honour at the 2020 awards, which were cancelled due to COVID. Greg Pomfret accepted the award on Terry’s behalf.
Referee Arch Early. Arch played for Wondai and took up refereeing in his mid-20s. He was known as “Mr Reliable”, refereeing games all over the Burnett. Fellow referee Scott Kapernick presented the award to Arch.
South Burnett Team of the Century player and Wondai Wolves life member Allan Trunks. Allan began playing rugby league at age 11 for Wooroolin State School. He played for Wondai, Toowoomba All Whites, Lower South Burnett, Wide Bay, Qld Country and Gladstone; captained Wondai to premiership victories in 1976-78, coached Wondai, Murgon and Kingaroy teams and continues to coach South Burnett Eagles junior players.
2021 South Burnett representative awards:
Senior Male Eagle of the Year – Cody Gale
Junior Male Eagle of the Year – Tyrell Hopkins
Senior Female Eagle of the Year – Traevonnah Fisher
Junior Female Eagle of the Year – Lacey Lee
2021 South Burnett A Grade Competition:
Senior Try Scorer – Patrick McCallum (Nanango Stags)