Group 20 2017 season presentation night

ROOKIE: Gun youngster Matt Kelly made his role as a second rower his own during the 2017 season, playing a huge role in DPC’s push towards finals.
ROOKIE: Gun youngster Matt Kelly made his role as a second rower his own during the 2017 season, playing a huge role in DPC’s push towards finals.

Coleambally-Darlington Point were well represented at the recent Group 20 2017 season presentation night at Griffith last week.

Matt Kelly was the toast of the Roosters first grade side, claiming the coveted rookie of the year award.

The gun youngster made his role as a second rower his own during the 2017 season, playing a huge role in DPC’s push towards finals.

While the Roosters couldn’t emulate their 2016 efforts to push for another premiership, there were still some other solid performers from the local side.

Josh Veivers and Ryan McGoldrick were rewarded for their stellar individual seasons, claiming team of the year honours.

Veivers was named at fullback, while McGoldrick claimed the halfback position.

Meanwhile the main award of the night was claimed by Waratahs’ Kose Lelei after his consistent performances throughout the year saw him claim Group 20 first grade player of the year..

It was a close count for the first grade with Lelei and Tullibigeal Lake Cargelligo’s Jaden Kelly separated by two votes at the end of round 18.

It was a strong end to the season seeing the powerful centre pick up the award and he credited his teammates for his late season run of form.

“I think towards the end where everyone started gelling,” he said.