DUNGOWAN Rugby League Football Club completed a good season with a big turnout at its presentation night at the Dungowan Recreation Reserve where two new life members were named.
Last Saturday night’s presentation night drew almost 100 children for an awards night where Will Gooch, Ben Tongue, Matt Wilson, Jess Smith and Sara Stackman received the major awards for the Cowboys and Cowgirls.
Club stalwarts Kevin Smith and Paul Tongue were also made life members.
Adding to the night, Cowboy club president Bruce Henry said, was the celebration for the Cowboy Under 12s winning their Tamworth and District Minor League grand final earlier in the day.
“It was a good night,” Henry said.
“We had a really good turnout. We had a lot of wives, girlfriends and boyfriends and families there, with something like 89 children running about.
“I was talking to one of our new players, Andy Thomas, during the night and he was amazed at the family atmosphere we had there.
“He was impressed with the kids and the women all mixing in to make it a good night.”
While the Cowboys were knocked out of contention by Quirindi Grasshoppers in a golden-point extra-time final, it was still a good year for the club.
The chance for retired Canberra Raiders NRL star Alan Tongue to play with his brothers, Ben and Paul, was a highlight.
“We’re pretty happy with the way it all went, happy with the way Tubby (Luke Taylor) coached,” Henry said.
“He’s doing the job again next year.”
Will Taylor play?
“Not sure,” Henry replied.
“He’s better on one leg than most.
“Just his leadership skills were outstanding for us.”
The advent of the Ladies League Tag was also a plus for the club.
“I think it was extremely well received,” Henry said.
“I think it’s going to be a good thing for our club as well as Group 4.
“They (Group 4) should keep it going because we will be even stronger next year.”
The Dungowan Cowgirls were knocked out of Ladies League contention by the Walcha Jilleroos.
On Saturday night, Jess Smith was named the Cowgirls’ Players’ Player, Sara Stackman won the Best and Fairest and Erica Williams was Most Consistent.
Most Improved went to Shelley Latimore while Mel McCauley won the coaches’ award.
Luke Taylor’s coach’s award for the Cowboys went to Brendon Steele.
Most Improved was Chris Gooch while his brother, Will Gooch, won the Players’ Player.
Ben Tongue was named Best and Fairest while Shae Collins was Best Forward.
Best back went to Joe Wilson and Most Consistent was shared by Scott Henry and Damien Pittman.
The Cowboys also had a new award Saturday night - MVC (Most Valuable Cowboy).
That award went to Matt Wilson.