Young bronc player of the year

UNDER-20s and A-Grade player Gerard Tema has been honoured as Gladstone Brothers' club player of the year at the all conquering club's annual awards night last Friday at the Grand Hotel.

Tema, who recently returned from a stint in Brisbane with a Broncos scholarship, also won best forward for the under-20 side capping off a stellar season for the young star.

“He was a deserved winner, he is a big talented lad and we're pleased to have him in the ranks,” Brothers President Paul Smith said.

In A-Grade, Brad Greene was awarded best and fairest, while Andrew Murdoch was named player of the year and Luke Vella players' player.

“Greene is a great footballer, he came from Penrith and so did Luke Vella, they're very good footballers and we should have them both again next year,” Smith said.

Lee MacBeath took out both player of the year and players' player in reserve grade, as did Nelson Corones in the under-20s.

Smith was pleased with the performance of the club across all grades this season despite their unfortunate lack of personnel for their challenge cup knockout final against Wallabys.

“When you knock off three grand finals you can't complain, we were very unfortunate in the semi for the extended league that we only had about nine fit A-grade players and had we had a full side on the field we could have gone further I feel,” Smith said.



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