2018 Presentation Ball: Live Updates
Thank you for joining us for the Cowboys 24th Annual Presentation Ball!
One-man orchestra" and Season 7 winner of Channel 9's The Voice Sam Perry performs
Toyota Australia Divisional Manager – Northern Region Heather Box on stage to present the Paul Bowman Medal for Cowboy of the Year...
2018 Cowboy of the Year: JASON TAUMALOLO
Peter Parr introduces our newest life member, Gavin Cooper!
Cowboys life member Barry Buchanan presents the Anthony Rock Memorial Award for the Players' Player of the Year...
2018 Players' Player of the Year: JASON TAUMALOLO
Head coach Paul Green on stage to present the Coach's Award...
2018 Coach's Award: KYLE FELDT
Johnathan Thurston on stage for his final club address.
"It has truly been an honour to wear this jersey"
"Samantha - I can honestly stand up here and say you are the best thing to ever happen to me."
"JT is out"
We are treated to a Johnathan Thurston highlights package narrated by Peter Parr.
Peter Parr on stage for a special tribute to retiring co-captain Johnathan Thurston.
"The thing I love most about him, every time he put on that jersey, he tried with every fibre in his being to win as many games for this club and his teammates."
"This club, this town, this region, this world is a way better place for having you in it"
Poet Rupert McCall recites one of his poems for Johnathan Thurston.
Antonio Winterstein thanks his teammates, staff and staff for the last eight seasons.
"To the supporters, you people are a big part of the reason my family and I call Townsville home."
"The Cowboys are more than a football team - they are a way of life"
Kane Linnett says goodbye to his teammates, staff and Cowboys supporters.
"I have made memories that will last a lifetime... The Cowboys will always hold a special place in my heart."
Lachlan Coote holds the room with a special farewell to the club.
Peter Parr acknowledges the following departing players and staff:
Josh Chudleigh, Shaun Fensom, Shaun Hudson, Sam Hoare, Lachlan Coote, Kane Linnett, Antonio Winterstein and assistant coach Todd Payten
Peter Parr welcomes Cowboys Football Operations Manager Glenn Hall to the stage to present the award to the 2018 Rookie of the Year.
2018 Rookie of the Year: JAKE CLIFFORD
Peter Parr back on stage to announce the 2018 Paul Bowman Medal tally for Rounds 10-18.
- Jason Taumalolo (18 points)
- Kyle Feldt (16)
- Jake Granville (9)
- Matt Scott (8)
Stopping for a short meal break!
Townsville Bulletin editor Jenna Cairney on stage to announce the winner of the Townsville Bulletin Fans' Choice Award for Player of the Year...
2018 Townsville Bulletin Fans' Choice Award for Player of the Year: JOHNATHAN THURSTON
Cowboys CEO Greg Tonner on stage to announce the 2018 Club Person of the Year...
2018 Club Person of the Year: JOHNATHAN THURSTON
Director of Football Peter Parr gets the 2018 Paul Bowman Medal tally count underway!
- Jake Granville (9)
- Kyle Feldt (7)
- Ben Hampton (6)
- Coen Hess (6)
Acknowledging representative players and staff from the 2018 season:
Queensland Under 18s – Garrett Smith, Tom Gilbert, Ben Condon
Queensland Under 20s – Jake Clifford, Murray Taulagi, Kurt Wiltshire, Logan Bayliss
Queensland Maroons – Michael Morgan, Gavin Cooper, Coen Hess, assistant coach Josh Hannay
Tonga Ma'a – Jason Taumalolo
New South Wales Blues – Peter Parr
Cowboys chairman Laurence Lancini welcomes players, special guests and staff to the awards.
Host Wayde Chiesa opens the 24th Annual Cowboys Presentation Ball, before welcoming Ashley Saltner to the stage for the official Welcome to Country
Only 15 minutes until we will be getting underway here at the Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre!
Join us from 6:30pm tonight as we celebrate the 2018 season at the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys' 24th Annual Presentation Ball!
Follow our live updates here as we take you through our night of nights, culminating in the Paul Bowman Medal for the 2018 Cowboy of the Year!
The awards to be presented tonight include:
- Club Person of the Year
- Townsville Bulletin Fans' Choice Award for Player of the Year
- Rookie of the Year
- Coach's Award
- Players' Player of the Year
- 2018 Paul Bowman Medal for Cowboy of the Year