CRL Player of the Year Award Winners Announced

Updated: September 30, 2017

Country Rugby League has tonight announced Tori Freeman-Quay from West Belconnen as the 2017 Country Rugby League Player of the Year.

Also on the night, the Melbourne Storm’s Dale Finucane was named 2017 VB Country Origin Player of the Year, for his outstanding performance on and off the field in the final Country Origin fixture in Mudgee in May.

Finucane was in attendance to receive the CRL’s top honour, at the Country Rugby League Player of the Year dinner held at the Hyatt Regency Sydney, with over 380 Rugby League officials, volunteers and players in attendance.

Freeman-Quay, who received his award for his dominant performances for Monaro’s victorious U23’s Country Championship side, will now represent the Country U23’s Representative Team in their matches against Samoa and Scotland in Wagga Wagga and Ballina.

Kylie Hilder received the Country v City Women’s Player of the Match and the Grafton Ghosts received the prestigious Clayton Cup for their dominant season in Group 2 Rugby League. The Ghosts join the Tweed Heads Seagulls and Cobar as the only sides to have won the Clayton Cup on three occasions (2010, 2011, 2017).

Guests included The Hon. Troy Grant MP (Member of the Legislative Assembly and Member for Dubbo) and The Hon. Linda Burney (Shadow Minister for Human Services, and first Indigenous woman to be elected to the Australian House of Representatives) – as well as ARLC Chairman John Grant, NRL CEO Todd Greenberg and NSWRL CEO David Trodden.

From the CRL – Acting Chairman John Anderson and the CRL Executive as well as Management Committee members, volunteers and players.

CRL Chairman John Anderson said “There has been plenty of success stories both on and off the field for Country Rugby League this season and tonight is a great way to pay tribute to the efforts of our clubs, players, volunteers and staff throughout the year.”