Bremner named Illawarra League player of the year

LEAGUE'S BEST: Helensburgh star Wayne Bremner was awarded the Paul McGregor Medal on Friday night after a strong finish to the 2017 season. Picture: Sylvia Liber

LEAGUE'S BEST: Helensburgh star Wayne Bremner was awarded the Paul McGregor Medal on Friday night after a strong finish to the 2017 season. Picture: Sylvia Liber

HELENSBURGH star Wayne Bremner claimed the Illawarra League’s highest individual honour on Friday night, with a strong finish to the season enough to claim the Paul McGregor Medal.

The three-time Country representative and 2015 premiership-winner has been a mainstay in shifting Tigers roster over the past two seasons, and proved the club’s best again in 2017.

Bremner’s late-season form was enough to pip Dapto fullback, and former Tigers teammate, Jason Raper at the post while Collegians pair Blake Phillips and Jarrod Boyle also polled well.

“I’m very honoured to win such a prestigious award, especially when there’s so many great players in the Illawarra comp this year,” Bremner said.

“I’d also like to thank the Helensburgh Tigers club for the opportunity to, not just play footy, but really enjoy my footy. It’s such a great passionate club to be a part of.”

Bremner, currently holidaying in Bali with wife and Jillaroos star Sam, also picked up the Frank Smith Trophy as the league’s best back.

Thirroul skipper Joel Johnson, who also polled strongly in Paul McGregor Medal voting, was named best forward. Corrimal hooker Tammy Fletcher was named Illawarra Women’s League Player of the Year while Dapto’s Josh Honan was under 18s player of the year.

Collies centre Grayson Goodwin picked up the League News Trophy for leading Point Scorer (134 points) while Dapto wing duo Rob Buaserau and Josh Bryant shared the Jack Royall Trophy for leading try-scorer with 16 tries apiece.

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