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The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys' maiden premiership has been voted the most memorable moment by the Men of League Foundation over its 15 years of caring for the men, women and children of the rugby league community.

The announcement was made at a gala dinner in Sydney last week showcasing the Foundation's charity work and paying tribute to co-founder and Honorary President Ron Coote AM.

Coote selected his most memorable moments for each of the past 15 seasons, with a public vote identifying the most popular moment.

“It was difficult for me to narrow it down to just 15 moments so I can imagine how hard it was for the rugby league public to pick their favourite one. The 2015 NRL Grand Final will be a game that will be talked about for many years, not just because it was the game’s first all Queensland Grand Final," Coote said on

“The North Queensland Cowboys maiden premiership was also the NRL’s first golden point Grand Final and helped seal the status of one of the greatest players of all-time, Johnathan Thurston.

“With votes for our poll coming in from around Australia, this game clearly was seared into the memories of not just fans of the Brisbane Broncos and Cowboys, but for fans of the game itself.

“It’s been exciting to watch the results come in and I’m sure this will spark debate in rugby league households. I’d like to thank everyone for voting and taking part in our celebration of 15 years of caring for the men, women and children of the rugby league community,” Coote concluded.