The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Junior Representative sides last night came together at Canterbury League Club to celebrate their season at the Annual Awards Night.
Close to 200 people, including members of the Board, staff players and families were on hand as the season was celebrated and the ‘Player of the Year’ awards were presented.
The Harold Matthews side finished the regular season in fourth position and progressed through to the Preliminary Final where they were defeated by the Newcastle Knights. Coach Charbel Khoury was impressed with the season.
“It was an honour to coach these boys,” he said. “I really enjoyed coaching them and as a group I think we achieved and grew a lot.”
Tommy Talau was named Harold Matthews ‘Player of the Year’, which Khoury endorsed as Coach.
“We had a number of players that could’ve won the award but Tommy showed a huge amount of versatility and consistency throughout the season.”
The SG Ball side finished in seventh position at the end of the regular season and unfortunately were bundled out in the first week of the finals by the Cronulla Sharks. Although disappointed, Coach Shane Sultana was proud of the efforts.
“It was a season full of ups and downs,” he said. “Whilst we had some games that we wanted to forget about relatively quickly, we also played some great footy that I will remember forever.
“Unfortunately we may have played our semi-final in that final regular season match and we went into that elimination final a little battered and bruised.”
Hooker Will Kerr was named the SG Ball ‘Player of the Year’ with Sultana praising his efforts throughout the year.
“He may not be the biggest player, he might actually be the smallest in the competition but his efforts both in attack and defence week in, week out were special.”