West-Pes wins rugby league Player of the Year
MUNDUBBERA Tigers half back Daniel West-Pes was awarded the Walter Slack Memorial Award for Central Burnett Rugby League's Player of the Year at the conclusion of Saturday night's 26-32 grand final defeat to Gayndah Gladiators.
In another clinical display, West-Pes scored a hat-trick of tries, but it was not enough to haul his side over the line.
West-Pes also received the trophy for Highest Points Scorer, after he nabbed 72 throughout the season, consisting of 14 tries and eight conversions, including a season-hight of 34 points scored against Monto Roos in Round 8, featuring five tries.
The Men of League Foundation named West-Pes their Tigers Man of the Match.
Gladiators captain Zac Dann was the Foundation's pick for Man of the Match and was also presented the trophy for Representative Player of the Year, leading to cries of "two grand Dann” from the Gladiators players.
CBRL secretary Melinda Thorburn said Dann plays "with his heart on his sleeve.”
"He gives 120 per cent,” she said.
"This year, I've seen him play so well and try and drag his team along with him, he's been the difference in quality.”
Dann said it was an "honour” playing representative football.
He applauded the Tigers for a thrilling final.
"I can't thank Mundubbera enough, you've pushed us this year,” he said.
In the words of Thorburn, "big bad” Leroy Brown was named Rookie of the Year.
"Watching you play your first game to coming here and playing (the grand final), the growth has been amazing to watch and inspiring,” she said.
"I think if he went for mayor he'd probably win.”
Tom Jameson, meanwhile, was the CBRL Man of the Match for his four tries coming back from injury.
"To me, there's no argument, this guy made the difference between winning and losing,” Thorburn said.
Jameson also lauded the Tigers, who he said had been the "team to beat” this year.