CQ Clean Sweeps Qld Cup Top Awards

The Intrust Super Cup last night celebrated their top player awards and Central Queensland players scooped the pool proving once again that CQ has a virtual production line of top-quality rugby league players.

Former CQU Norths Chargers player Javarn White was awarded the Courier Mail Best & Fairest Medal Winner for his great season in the Intrust Super Cup this year. The award, voted on by referees is considered the most prestigious award in the competition. White, who plays for the Norths Devils, also gained recognition for being the competition’s leading tryscorer even though his side had a dismal year. White, was an outstanding Rockhampton junior and once scored four tries in a game as a 17-year old playing A-Grade for the Norths Chargers.

The accolades for Central Queenslanders did not stop there. Rockhampton Brothers junior Jake Granville picked up the other major award of the night being named Qantas Player of the Year. The award, voted on by coaches on a 3-2-1 basis caps a stunning year for Granville, who will play for Wynnum Seagulls in Sunday’s Intrust Super Cup Final. Wynnum Coach Paul Green has fully tapped into Granville’s enormous potential by playing him in a unique Kurt Gidley type role that sees him play hooker in attack and fullback in defence. The bold move has been a great success with Wynnum Seagulls riding a wave of momentum after finishing in sixth place and beating Tweed Seagulls and Redcliffe Dolphins to reach the Grand Final. A large portion of this success can be attributed to the outstanding attacking play of Granville.

In a clean sweep of the three major awards on the night, Charleville’s Luke Capewell was awarded Representative Player of the Year for his outstanding play in the Queensland Residents demolition of NSW Residents earlier this year.

Last week’s NRL Player Awards where Mackay’s Daly Cherry-Evans was crowned NRL Rookie of the Year and excitement machine Ben Barba received accolades for being the season’s top tryscorer.

Central Queensland has always been a breeding ground for the greats of the game and this continues to be the case with a plethora of rugby league talent from the region being snapped up by QRL and NRL clubs every year. The time is right for the Heartland of Rugby League Central Queensland to have its own NRL team so these players can become heroes and play for Queensland and Australia without ever having to leave CQ.

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