Bombala’s successful 2017 Group 16 season was celebrated on the weekend.
The club held its annual presentation night on Saturday night, August 26, a week after the High Heelers claimed the 2017 ladies league-tag premiership and the Blue Heelers first grade saw Bombala the only club to have two sides contesting grand finals this season.
The presentation night proved a fantastic success with many comments the ceremony was extremely entertaining and very professionally presented.
Club president Colin Ryan took the opportunity to sincerely thank all the supporters and sponsors that have come on board over the last few years and made competitive senior rugby league in Bombala possible again.
Without their contributions and support it was acknowledged that it would not have been possible for the club to get to where it has.
Special mention was given for the tireless support and volunteer time from sports trainers and water runners.
Dr Colin Pate orchestrated a very entertaining interview with Bombala’s very own superstar Ky Rodwell.
Dr Pate was able to eventually get out of the shy, modest, front rower that he has been contracted for South Sydney Rabbitohs for the next three years.
Rodwell has also been playing school boys football where he represented NSW and is now due to head over to New Zealand to play for Australia.
His deal with the Rabbitohs was featured on Fox Sports’ NRL news last week where he was referred to as “one of the most in-demand Australian Schoolboys in the game”.
It was also reported five other clubs, including Cronulla, “were circling the talented prop”.
Rodwell was captain of the Rabbitohs’ SG Ball side before moving into their Holden Cup squad.
At just 18 years of age, his football career is already extremely impressive and the club and whole town wish him all the very best in his bright future.
A recurring theme from all speakers throughout the night was that the team spirit from all players, committee members, sponsors and supporters is what makes the Bombala community very special.
Club Person of the Year – Sue Morgan
Best Defensive Player – Georgie Clarke
Best Attacking Player – Amy Stone
Highest Point Scorer – Keiarna Rodwell
Highest Try Scorer – Patrice Clear
Most Improved – Sam Stewart
Coaches Award – Georgia Jones
High Heelers Award – Kristy Nichols
Players Player – Patrice Clear
Best & Fairest – Patrice Clear
Best Forward – Andrew Platts
Best Back – Digby Walcott
Highest Point Scorer – Korie Elton
Highest Try Scorer – Korie Elton
Most Improved – Digby Walcott
Coaches Award – Thomas Eccles
Blue Heeler Award – Warren Martin
Players Player – Leigh Radford
Best & Fairest – Andrew Platts & Slade Newton
Best Forward – Adam Rodwell
Best Back – Bailey Jones
Highest Point Scorer – Wame Belolevu
Highest Try Scorer – Tyler Jones
Most Improved – Luke Ingram
Coaches Award – Zach Slater
Rookie of the Year – Alex Rosten
Blue Heeler Award – Murray Jackson
Players Player – Tyler Jones
Best & Fairest – Adam Rodwell