BURNETT CONNECTION: Chris Ostwald, pictured alongside Redcliffe Dolphins' Trai Fuller in 2018, won this year's Loth Medal for Easts Tigers.
BURNETT CONNECTION: Chris Ostwald, pictured alongside Redcliffe Dolphins' Trai Fuller in 2018, won this year's Loth Medal for Easts Tigers. Contributed

Prestigious medal for ex-Brumbies player

A FORMER Central Burnett Brumbies junior rugby league player has been awarded a prestigious season award by his Intrust Super Cup side.

Chris Ostwald, who represented the Brumbies for around a decade before moving to Brisbane for a two-year contract with the Broncos U20 side, was awarded Easts Tigers' 2019 Loth Medal, given to the player who displays "football ability, dedication, club interest and the will to win”.

After coming off the bench in the Round 5 win against the Central Queensland Capras for his first game of the season, Ostwald played every game from Round 11 onwards as starting hooker, except for Rounds 19 and 21 when he came off the bench.

His 15 games this season, his fourth for Easts, are the second-most he's played in a year, seven shy of last year's 22 games.

Ostwald passed the 50 game milestone in the Intrust Super Cup this season.

He made 11 offloads, five try assists, one try, 290 tackles at an efficiency of 84.8 per cent, and gained 483m at an average of 32.2 per game this season.

Easts Tigers were eliminated from the competition in the second week of finals this year, going down 22-14 to the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

It's been nothing but an upward trajectory for Ostwald's career since moving away from Gayndah.

He played for the Kingaroy Red Ants while he completed senior schooling, before earning selection to the Queensland and Australian Universities rugby league teams, captaining the latter to victory in the 2017 Universities World Cup in Sydney, the year after he made his debut for Easts Tigers.

Ostwald was also a part of the Australian Universities side that beat New Zealand 2 - 0 in an away Test Series in 2015.

Ostwald was contacted for this story.


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