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Bulldogs come together for Awards Breakfast at Waterview

In an environment that has been difficult to navigate for everyone the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs were still able to bring players, staff, sponsors and friends together for a Presentation Breakfast at which this year’s main club awards were handed out.

Normally taking the form of a dinner, the format this year at the excellent Waterview in Bicentennial Park was arranged with the appropriate social distancing to see the current NRL squad together for the last time before heading off on holiday.

The majority of the players in attendance had the previous day generously donated their time to visiting the homeless at Rev Bill Crews Foundation - Loaves and Fishes Free Restaurant in Ashfield. The players had been invited to help serve lunch to the homeless and were more than happy to donate their time on only their second day out of the ‘bubble’ to this tremendous cause.

2020 Player of the Year: Kieran Foran

The Awards Breakfast was a great success with Kieran Foran picking up the Player of the Year Award after showing everyone his tenacity by overcoming injury to lead the way in the halves, while Ray Faitala-Mariner received the Coaches Award for an excellent season in which he had shown great consistency.

2020 Rookie of the Year: Jake Averillo

Jake Averillo was named Rookie of the Year after a strong start in the NRL with the local junior showing the sort of footwork that has led to many observers talking about him as a star of the future.

2020 Clubperson of the Year: Jackson Topine

Talented youngster Jackson Topine was a well-deserved recipient of the Clubman of the Year Award, for a superb attitude and approach to being part of the squad at Belmore, where his enthusiasm, effort and positivity impressed everyone all season.

2020 Community Service Award: Adam Elliott

And finally, Adam Elliott had again showed what a superb ambassador he has been for helping those with Autism, by dying his hair blue and raising over $10 000 for the Autism Community Network. Adam continues to devote a great deal of his free time to supporting all Bulldogs’ Community causes and is a driving force across a number of important areas for the club.

Award 2020 Winner
Rookie of the Year Jake Averillo
Clubperson of the Year Jackson Topine
Community Service Award Adam Elliott
Coaches Award Raymond Faitala-Mariner
Player of the Year Kieran Foran