Top gong for star forward
STANWELL Corporation Central Comets under-16 front rower Jarred Earle capped off the biggest week of his short rugby league career in style last night.
Earle, whose barnstorming runs led the Comets to a Cyril Connell Cup grand final appearance, picked up coach Stephen Parle's Coach's Award for the 2011 season at the club's presentation evening last night.
Earlier this week Earle, along with the club's Best Back winner Duncan Paiaaua and teammate Harry Pondekas, who won under-16 Best Forward, were named in the Queensland under-16 team.
The trio will pull on the maroon jersey to take on New South Wales before game one of the Harvey Norman State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium on May 25.
After leading Capricornia to the State title on the weekend following the Cyril Connell Cup grand final, 15-year-old Comets halfback Cooper Bambling and fullback Sheldon Bobbert were selected in the Queensland Schoolboys under-15 maroon side.
Along with Bambling and Bobbert, Capricornia teammates Julyess Jarvis and Cailen Kupke were selected in the Queensland Schoolboys under-15 white side following the State carnival.
Meanwhile, Comets under-18 coach Jason Green rewarded fleet-footed second rower player Jeremiah Lynch for his performances in the Comets colours this season.
Lynch, who became a regular in Green's under-18 Mal Meninga Cup starting line-up by season end, picked up the Coach's Award after a stand out 2011 season.
Green rewarded halfback Angus Dorante and lock Andrew Shipway for their work during the season with the pair earning the Best Back and Best Forward awards respectively.
Green said he was pleased with the side's performance this year, and believes the Mal Meninga Cup and Cyril Connell Cup provide players from the region with a great opportunity to improve.