October 1, 2015
Coonabarabran’s Luke Michael has topped off a successful year of rugby league with the Gunnedah Bulldogs by cleaning up at the end-of-year awards’ presentation on Saturday, 20 September.
The son of Randall and Dee-Ann Michael, Luke received the Under 18’s Player’s Player, Player of the Year and Junior Representative award.
“I was surprised about winning the awards as I felt no-one stood out as individuals - we just played as a team,” Luke explained.
“I was humbled by the awards I received.”
Despite the honours, Luke said captaining the team into the grand final against North Tamworth was the highlight of his footy season.
“It was a great honour and privilege to be captain of a town other than my home-town,” he added.
“It helped me play better as an individual and as a team member.”
While the team was defeated in the grand-final, Luke said he would like the opportunity to play for Gunnedah in the future.
The year 12 student has been playing with the Bulldogs for the past two years, juggling his study commitments with training in Gunnedah on Thursday evenings, as well as weekend matches.
“I initially went to Gunnedah as I wanted to challenge myself, my skills and capabilities in a stronger competition,” Luke said.
“Since starting with Gunnedah, I have learnt new skills and what I am capable of.
“I felt this has been my best year with fitness and general football.”
Luke Michael in action for the Gunnedah Bulldogs.
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