Second-rower Lamar Liolevave has won the Intrust Super Cup team’s player of the year award (Col Hayes Trophy) in his first season with the Romano Group Tweed Heads Seagulls.
The 21-year-old Junior Kiwis representative had an outstanding season with a team that battled off the bottom of the ladder in the last round, missing just one of the side’s 23 games and being a stand-out performer in most of them.
The aggressive and skillful back-rower, who still has NRL ambitions (he played one match with Wests Tigers) and trained with the Gold Coast Titans one day a week during 2017, accepted the award at Friday night’s annual presentation dinner at the Seagulls Club.
The players’ player award went to 20-year-old lock Keegan Hipgrave who impressed with his willingness and aggression in his eight appearances after debuting in round 16 off the bench against the Blackhawks. He finished the season making his NRL debut for the Titans against Sydney Roosters in the final round.
The ISC coach’s award went to five-eighth Lindon McGrady who was also the side’s top points-scorer with 72 from six tries and 24 goals, ahead of halfback Michael Burgess with 49 (4 tries, 16 goals and a field goal).
The top try-scorer for the season was Brayden McGrady with nine, ahead of veteran centre James Wood (7), Lindon McGrady (6) and Burgess and Peter Lee with four each.
The A-grade players’ player was consistent skipper Josh Harvey while the FOGS Colts under-20s players’ player, winning the Craig Farrugia Memorial Award, was Luke Polson.
The winners’ lost on Friday night was:
FOGS Colts under-20s
Coach’s award: Jack Peacock
Craig Farrugia Memorial Award (player’s player): Luke Polson
Gold Coast A Grade
Coach’s award: Maia Sands
Players’ player: Josh Harvey
Intrust Super Cup
Coaches’ award: Lindon McGrad
Players’ player: Keegan Hipgrave
Col Hayes Trophy (player of the year): Lamar Liolevave
Maurie Morgan Memorial Trophy (defensive player of the year): Nick Harrold
Peter Ryan Trophy (best junior player entering senior football): Jayden Baker
Supporter of the year: Dan Meyer
Afghan Trophy in memory of Alan Colwell (club person of the year: Matt King