RUGBY LEAGUE: DESPITE being blind in one eye, Jared Owens claimed the Jim Gallagher Medallion as the Central Highlands player of the year.
The Springsure Mountain Men's captain and five-eighth dominated the polls with 37 votes of a possible 42.
Springsure narrowly missed out on a finals spot but Owens' contribution was telling.
He said he hoped to take it into the 2017 season.
"It is an honour to win this year's medal but I wouldn't have been able to do it without the boys and the whole club,” he said.
"The club means a lot to me after moving from Sarina two years ago. We have a great competition in the Central Highlands with plenty of good players. I am really looking forward to next year's season with the Mountain Men.”
Owens, who lost the vision in his left eye in a fishing accident as a youngster, also took out the referees' best and fairest award with 27 votes.
Middlemount's Mitch Wyatte and Bluff's Chris Conway finished second and third.
In the Women's competition, premiership- winning fullback Kelsie Parter won the Pat Booker medallion with 18 votes, edging out Blackwater's Mariah Storch by two votes.
There is a development clinic for players and coaches tomorrow at 2pm at McIndoe Park.
All U17s, U20s Women's and Men's players and U15s, U17s Women's and Men's coaches are welcome.
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