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27 September, 2021

Gladiators awarded for seasons efforts

THE Mareeba Leagues club was packed to the brim with green and gold as the Mareeba Gladiators held their presentation night recently, recognising their players efforts of the past season.

By Rhys Thomas

Joint Gladiators of the Year winners Rob and Jack Pedersen with Raymond and Pam Cater.

THE Mareeba Leagues club was packed to the brim with green and gold as the Mareeba Gladiators held their presentation night recently, recognising their players efforts of the past season. 

Players, officials, committee members and volunteers all gathered for the presentation dinner and awards last Friday night.

In the U18s Lance Deshong received the most improved award, Rhys Crooks was awarded best back, best forward was Dylan Croucher and the best and fairest award went to Reece Dally. 

Willy (The Magic) Dodd and Jayden Chong both took out best back for Reserve Grade, best forward was shared between Boaza Strickland and Cooper Bailey, Ian King was named most consistent, most improved went to Peter Kalisto and best and fairest was Bryan Wyborn. 

In A Grade most consistent went to Clint Posselt, Ryan Flegler was named most improved, Jack Pedersen for best forward, Trezman Banjo was named best back and best and fairest went to Caleb Dally. 

Trezman was also under the watchful eye of Cairns District Rugby League, recently receiving the Rookie of the Year award at their recent presentations. 

Simon Cockrem (Big Red) was named as the gladiators Volunteer of the Year for his efforts on and off the field. 

He was instrumental in the pre-season training and conditioning of A Grade as well as acting as one of the on field first aid officers for nearly every game this past season. 

For the first time in Gladiators history brothers Rob and Jack Pedersen were named joint Gladiator of the Year recipients, the brothers had won the coveted award separately in the past but never together. 

Chris Sheppard has also been announced as the new A Grade coach for the next season as Trent Barnard has stepped down from his duties.

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