MATT Rouen received three awards at the Nowra-Bomaderry Jets Rugby League Football Club annual presentation night held last Friday.
The night was all about the players of all four grades, as well as thanking all the exceptional volunteers that helped put the club on the field and host a spectacular Group 7 grand final.
But it was Rouen who walked away with a bag full of awards.
The Jets night began with dinner followed by the presentation of awards starting with the u18s.
The 18s had a rough year.
They started with the doubt of even being able to take the field, to being able to push the competition’s best teams, before injuries and several players leaving the region depleted the ranks.
Numerous players proved their worth by stepping into reserve grade and Isaac Mumberson became a regular first grade player on the wing.
The u18s awards went to Isaac Mumberson (best and fairest), Matt Bowen (coaches cup), James Macarthur (best forward) and Brandon Booth (best back).
Reserve grade had a mixed year with some good wins and close losses.
Injuries to first graders again saw players step up and prove they can mix it in the top grade against the big guns.
Players like Tim O’Connell, Matt Smith, Simon Reid and Dan Mackie often backed up on game day.
Awards went to Matt Smith (best and fairest), Brock Hazlett (coaches cup), Tim O’Connell (best forward) and Newton Bond (best back).
The WLT were next up, with the women making their third straight grand final. Despite the ladies going down narrowly 12-10, all had a great season and look forward to next year.
Recipients of the WLT awards were Belinda Chittleborough (best and fairest), Ashlee McPherson (coaches cup), Megan McPherson (players’ player) and Talia Atfield (leading point scorer).
First grade’s year was one of ‘what ifs’.
Wins over two of the top five sides, draws with another two top five teams, and numerous close losses hurt the Jets throughout, but they managed to come home strong with several consecutive wins to finish the year.
All the young talent proved themselves this year, with Matt Rouen, Kurt Quinlan, Zac Kershaw, Anthony Atkinson, Dan Mackie and Nathan Falzon all stepping up.
The “old boys” including Benny Wellington and Geoff Johnson proved they are still at their peak.
Awards went to Matt Rouen (best forward and players’ player), Nathan Falzon (best back) and Geoff Johnson (best and fairest).
Recipients of the club awards were awarded to the following:
President’s Shield – Scott Burns
Jack Atfield Memorial Trophy for Club Person of the Year – Belinda Holt
Syd Weller Perpetual Trophy for First Grade Best and Fairest – Geoff Johnson
Bernie Regan Memorial Trophy for Jet of the Year – Dan Smith.
Matt Rouen rounded out his night by being awarded The Les Moulds Memorial Trophy for Player of the Year.
The Jets would like to thank all its sponsors for their support throughout 2013. Without them there would be no senior rugby league in the Nowra-Bomaderry area.
The Nowra-Bomaderry Jets would also like to thank all volunteers that did an exceptional job and helped the club host and produce an extremely successful Group 7 grand final.
Thank you to all the members of the junior rugby league clubs, local netball clubs and all volunteers.