Devils fullback Jack Ahearn, captain John Palavi and young gun Ethan Bullemor were among the major winners as Norths came together to celebrate their 2018 season last weekend.
The 2018 Presentation Night at Riverside Reception Centre at New Farm recognised standout players from the Intrust Super Cup, Hastings Deering Colts and Mal Meninga Cup under-18 teams.
Ahearn was named the ISC Player of the Year, polling consistently throughout the season to complete an excellent maiden year at Norths following his recruitment from Redcliffe at the end of 2017.
Ahearn, who also received the Old Boys’ ISC Best Back award, was one of only two Devils to play in each match in 2018. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, the other Devil with a perfect record this season, was named the ISC Most Consistent Player.
Palavi, one of the few Devils who remained from the 2017 squad, was named ISC Players’ Player as well as the Old Boys ISC Player of the Year. The captain thanked his teammates and coaching staff for their contributions throughout the year.
Bullemor claimed three awards – the Bob Bax Award as the most promising club player, the Mal Meninga Cup Player of the Year and the Players’ Player. The Bob Bax Award was fitting recognition for the young prop’s achievement in playing across all four grades for the Devils – making an appearance in the Brisbane Rugby League before he rounded out the season with his debut at ISC and the Colts premiership.
The Bob Bax Award has been previously won by the likes of Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk.
Fullback Gerome Burns was named the Colts Player of the Year with co-captain Kobe Hetherington the Players’ Player.
The Devils gave special recognition to ISC half Todd Murphy, who is leaving the Devils to play for his hometown Sunshine Coast Falcons in 2018.
The Devils awarded life membership to Col Smith and Brian Carmody for their outstanding service to the club.
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The award winners from the night:
ISC Award Winners
ISC Player of the Year – Jack Ahearn
ISC Players’ Player – John Palavi
ISC Most Consistent – Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
ISC Most Improved – Paul Ulberg
Old Boys – ISC Player of the Year – John Palavi
Old Boys – ISC Best Back – Jack Ahearn
Old Boys – ISC Best Forward – Oshae Tuiasau
Club Award Winners
Bob Bax Award / Most Promising Club Player – Ethan Bullemor
Outstanding Club Service – Todd Murphy
HDC u20s Award Winners
HDC Player of the Year – Gerome Burns
HDC Players Player – Kobe Hetherington
HDC Most Consistent – Liam Horne
HDC Most Improved – Jake Strasser
MM U18’s Winners
MMC Player of the Year – Ethan Bullemor
MMC Players Player – Ethan Bullemor
MMC Best Forward – Nesta Watene
MMC Best Back – Jack Paterson