RUGBY LEAGUE: There was plenty to smile about at the Gremlins clubhouse on Saturday afternoon as the club held its end of season celebration.
It's been a year of highs and lows for the Stanthorpe club, but the weekend's focus was firmly on the ups.
"Our presentation of awards was a very successful evening with greater numbers attending than we had expected and more people staying on longer than usual,” club chairman David Ball said.
Mr Ball said it was good to get back to some normality as a club after 2016's co-representation from Stanthorpe and Texas.
"After having to combine with Texas last year due to low player numbers, the Stanthorpe Rugby League Club was able to stand alone again this season thanks to an influx of young players fresh out of under-18s,” he said.
"Although our season wasn't as successful as we had hoped, the club gives high praise for the efforts that all the players put in this year.
"You have to remember that the majority of these guys are not long out of high school and are playing against men that are older and more experienced.
"We have a very young side with an average age of around 22. If we can keep this group of players together, we have the potential there to build a very competitive and successful football team for 2018 and beyond.”
Starting the year without a coach, Gary Skimmings took on the challenge and he was repaid with plenty of gratitude on Saturday.
The player-coach picked up Player of the Year as well as the coveted Golden Gremlin.
Michael Marini had a year to remember as he was also a big winner on the night. He won the gong for most tries and also the most prized award - players' player.
Mr Ball said club members were already raring to go again for 2018, and he had high hopes for the year ahead.
"The club would like to thank all its sponsors, supporters and volunteers for their involvement throughout the 2017 season and look forward to bigger and better things in 2018.”
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.