Elle’s the best league lady for second year
FOR the second year running, Clermont Bears' ladies captain Elle Waters took out the Pat Booker medallion for Central Highlands female league player of the year.
While the award brought about a special feeling, nothing could beat that premiership-winning buzz.
"It's an amazing feat, second year in a row. I really didn't expect it," Waters said.
"It was a great season. My girls came out on top and won the grand final for me.
"The girls came together and we won with only 12 players, it was amazing, being the best feeling and being captain.
"Next year I will try out for the Crows again and hopefully make the Queensland side. It is my dream and all I want to do.
"That is my main goal and to win a premiership again with the girls would be amazing."
Bluff Rabbitohs' five-eighth Peter McLaughlin was not aware of what the Jim Gallagher award meant, but it took just a few wise words from some ex-players to explain.
"I wasn't really sure what the award meant but a couple of older fellas told me what a great person and player he was," McLaughlin said after being crowned the Central Highlands player of the year.
"They told me all that he did for the game out here and that he was the heart and soul of rugby league out this way.
"It's a special award and I am very proud to win it.
"It definitely means more knowing more about him."
McLaughlin puts Bluff's premiership charge down to "everyone knowing their jobs and working hard as one".
"Winning the premiership was definitely the highlight, it had been 20-odd years," the 33-year-old said.
McLaughlin also took out the top try scorer for the Highlands.