EXCLUSIVE: SBRL Team of the Year, as voted by coaches

THE countdown is on to finals footy in the South Burnett Rugby League competition.

With only four games left of the regular season, players and coaching staff are well and truly preparing for the pointy end of a long, gruelling season of rugby league.

In the lead-up to the finals, we thought it was due time to acknowledge those players who have stood out in 2019.

Voted by the coaches, here is the 17-strong team who week in, week out lead the way for their respective South Burnett sides.

All of these players will no doubt feature strongly in the upcoming finals series.

2019 SBRL Team of the Year, as voted by the coaches

Fullback: Brady Roberts (Kingaroy Red Ants).

With lightning speed and a great step, Roberts has no problems finding the try line.

 

Kingaroy Red Ants' Brady Roberts gains ground.
Kingaroy Red Ants' Brady Roberts gains ground. Jessica McGrath

Wing: Buddy Stanley (Murgon Mustangs).

Speed to burn and can perform some impressive aerial manoeuvres to find the line.

 

Buddy Stanley pushes aside the tackler.
Buddy Stanley pushes aside the tackler. Callum Dick

Wing: Maurice Fisher (Murgon Mustangs).

A consistent performer in the backline, Fisher always impresses for his club and his region.

 

Maurice Fisher makes a break.
Maurice Fisher makes a break. Alex Treacy

Centre: Vincent Law (Cherbourg Hornets).

A menacing presence, Law has a knack for powering through the line.

 

Vincent Law fends off Wondai's defence.
Vincent Law fends off Wondai's defence. Claudia Williams

Centre: Arthur Saltner (Murgon Mustangs).

Saltner keeps a cool head in big games and is no stranger to scoring great tries.

 

Arthur Saltner for the Mustangs.
Arthur Saltner for the Mustangs. Claudia Williams

Five-eighth: Brent Greenslade (Kingaroy Red Ants).

Greenslade has found a new home with the Red Ants and still has all the skills and attributes that made him a stand out for last year's premiers, Nanango.

 

Brent Greenslade.
Brent Greenslade. Claudia Williams

Halfback: Luke Hedges (Wondai Wolves).

A quality goal kicker and guides his team well around the park.

 

Luke Hedges plays wide to his coach Michael Greenwood.
Luke Hedges plays wide to his coach Michael Greenwood. Callum Dick

Lock: Steven Langton Watcho (Wondai Wolves).

Versatile team man. Strong in defence and lightning in attack.

 

Steven Watcho tries to weave his way through the defence.
Steven Watcho tries to weave his way through the defence. Keagan Elder

Second row: Luke Evans (Kingaroy Red Ants).

Don't let the beard fool you. Evans has a youthful exuberance which exemplifies his strong runs and solid defence.

 

Luke Evans.
Luke Evans. Claudia Williams

Second row: Matty Stumer (Wondai Wolves).

Solid defender and has even found his way to the line in a couple of nail biting games.

Prop: Asofono Lemalu (Kingaroy Red Ants).

Lemalu knows only one way. Forward. He is a handful to contain for even the strongest of defensive lines.

 

Asofono Lemalu gains ground for Kingaroy Red Ants.
Asofono Lemalu gains ground for Kingaroy Red Ants. Jessica McGrath

Prop: Michael Giles (Murgon Mustangs).

He may have been out of the game for a couple of years following a car accident, but you wouldn't know it. Giles makes quality metres with every run.

 

Michael Giles charges forward.
Michael Giles charges forward. Michael Nolan

Hooker: Lehman Brunjes (Murgon Mustangs).

The jack-of-all-trades could excel in any number of sports. The Mustangs are very happy he chose to be their number 9.

 

Lehman Brunjes receives the ball for Murgon.
Lehman Brunjes receives the ball for Murgon. Claudia Williams

Interchange 1: Patrick Alberts (Cherbourg Hornets).

Interchange 2: Barry Tapau Fewquandie (Murgon Mustangs).

Interchange 3: Marty McCracken (Kingaroy Red Ants).

Interchange 4: Wade Stanton (Wondai Wolves).

Congratulations to all the players chosen in the 2019 SBRL Team of the Year, as voted by the coaches.

Good luck to all the teams for the rest of the season and the upcoming final series.

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