Mainstay Lowry takes trophy haul for Valleys

PROP forward Scott Lowry's spirited performances for a struggling A grade outfit were rewarded with a big haul of trophies at the Valleys Rugby League presentation night on Saturday.

Lowry was a mainstay of the Valleys pack, his damaging runs and menacing defence ensuring there were some signs of the Diehards' spirit in a difficult year for the side.

On Saturday he was named Valleys' player of the year as well as taking out the A grade best and fairest and best forward honours.

Rising halfback talent Chris Jamieson was also prominent on the night, claiming the most improved player award, the coach's trophy in A grade and best and fairest in under-19s.

With the A grade side on the end of some lop-sided scorelines, the situation was not ideal for introducing a young halfback to the rigours of week-to-week competition in the top grade. However, Jamieson handled the task well, improving with each outing and looking comfortable matching his skills with older opponents.

Centre Kris Smith, another to impress with his powerful running and stinging defence, took out the best A grade back title.

Lock Harry Jones beat tough competition to earn the player of the year honour for Valleys' under-19s, the Gladstone champions.

Utility back Chris Kellow and forward Robbie Williams could not be separated for the under-19 coach's trophy while prop Doug Cowper was named best forward and centre Chris Hughes best back.

Versatile back Andrew Ranger was reserve grade's best and fairest player while prop Jeff Zwisler was the coach's trophy winner. Second-rower Shane Nielson was named best forward and three-quarter Matt Boon the best back while forward Jamie Ellerton took out the most-committed award.

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