Back rower claims Wattles highest honour

THE BEST: Wattles Footballer of the Year Ryan Duggan scores a try in the 2017 season.
THE BEST: Wattles Footballer of the Year Ryan Duggan scores a try in the 2017 season. Nev Madsen

RUGBY LEAGUE: Ryan Duggan's standout season for the Wattles Warriors was recognised when he was named Club Footballer of the Year at the annual trophy night.

Club president Neil Phelan said Duggan had not missed a game during the 2017 season and had led by example.

"He has great passion for the game and the Wattles club,” Phelan said.

"Ryan is an underrated player and a great captain. Few A-grade players average 40 tackles a game.

"He shows no signs of slowing up at age 34 which is largely due to him being a fitness fanatic. During the season, he was at the gym on weeknights when there was no club training.”

Michael Lasserre was named under-18 player of the year, Aaron Scheid the best in reserve grade and the A-grade best and fairest award was shared by half Matt Duggan and fullback Jackson Green.

Meanwhile, Phelan, secretary Jo Frizzell and treasurer Shelley Duggan have all indicated they will not be seeking re-election to their current positions for season 2018.

"I plan to stay on the committee but always said I would do two years as president,” Phelan said.

"I had two aims at the start of the season; make the A-grade finals and keep the club financially viable and we achieved both aims.”

A new committee will be elected at the annual general meeting on October 9.

WATTLES Rugby League player awards for 2017

Under 18: Most Improved Forward - Karhn Goldwater, Most Improved Back - Harry Busiko, best Forward - Alex Policaro, Best Back - Cahal Davis, Player's Player - Michael Lasserre and Alex Policaro, Coach's Best Team Man: Cahal Davis

Vince Bermingham Memorial Trophy - Under 18 Best & Fairest: Michael Lasserre

Reserve Grade: Most Improved Forward - Harry Shooter, Most Improved Back - James Kedar, Best Forward - Jason Wilson, Best Back - Eden Blewitt, Players' Player - Eden Blewitt and Aaron Scheid, Best Team Man - Nicholas Morris

Glass Family Trophy - Reserve Grade Best and Fairest: Aaron Scheid

A Grade: Most Improved Forward - Michael Pearson, Most Improved Back - Joshua Henry, Best Forward - Ty Gardner, Best Back - Braydon Wilson; A Grade Players Player - Matt Duggan, A Grade Coach's Best Team Man - Liam Ross

Lew Platz Cup - A Grade Best and Fairest: Matt Duggan and Jackson Green

Female Volunteer of the Year: Amanda Duggan

Women in League Award: Shelley Duggan

Lex Ellwood Memorial Trophy Supporter of the Year: Paul and Mandy Duggan and Family

Jeff Horan Memorial Trophy Junior Encouragement Award: Angus Donaldson

Terry Doyle Memorial Junior Footballer of the Year: Blake Lollback and Regan Sullivan

Patron's Trophy Wattles Most Serviceable Player: Jarred Bradfield

Tim Brady Memorial Trophy Junior Clubman: Karhn Goldwater

Father Brian Noonan Junior Courage: Cahal Davis

Mick Harrison Memorial Trophy Senior Courage: Dale Perkins

Michael Fogarty Memorial Trophy Club Best Team Man: Jaime Abbas

Kent Muller Memorial Trophy Most Dedicated Player: Blake Lollback

Tom Webcke Memorial Trophy Wattles Clubman: James Johnson

Geoff Slatter Memorial Trophy Highest Try Scorer: Braydon Wilson (19)

Keith 'Poe' Masters Memorial Trophy Representative Player of the Year: Matt Duggan

Rudds Pub Trophy Colt of the Year: Hayden Aspinall

Clifton Courier Shield Wattles Warriors Footballer of the Year: Ryan Duggan

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