try-scorer Garry Lo and captain Israel Eliab are in line for Queensland Cup end
of season honours.
Minoga was nominated for the Queensland Cup’s People’s
Choice Award earlier in the week while Lo’s 24-try haul in the regular season
puts him in pole position to bag the top try-scorer’s award.
nickname, “the freight train” for his fearless charges, Minoga was named in the
competition’s first XIII. Eliab, on the other hand, has been touted as a
possible player-of-the-year winner for his consistency throughout the
SP Hunters chief executive officer Brad Tassell said they had several
options but opted for Minoga as other players were in the running for other
awards. All Q-Cup teams were asked to nominate a key player for the award, with
voting starting on Sunday.
The People’s Choice Award will be unveiled at the
Queensland Rugby League Gala Dinner at Brisbane City Hall on Wednesday,
To vote for the People’s Choice Award, fans can enter the
Queensland Land Rugby League website: www.qrl.com.au
“This is the ideal
opportunity for the many Hunters fans to get behind Willie (Minoga) so that we
can have as many of our players in the running to win the categories available,”
“At the moment Israel Eliab is in contention for the
prestigious player of the year award.
“Barring any exceptional performances
this weekend, Garry Lo looks to have wrapped up the top try-scorer award and
would certainly be high on the list for rookie of the year voting. We have the
biggest fan base of any team in the Q-Cup so we ask for all of our supporters to
get online and vote for Willie for the people’s choice award.
(Willie) and Garry have definitely been fan favourites this year.”
Hunters are on bye this weekend, Round 26.
They will await the results of the
two games involving Ipswich Jets (32 points) and Tweed Heads Seagulls (33
Both teams sit above the sixth-placed Hunters, who are on 31 points
but are guaranteed two points from the bye.
Other categories are
decided by the referees and other panellists but the People’s Choice Award is
determined by the general public through their votes.
Hezron Murgha was the inaugural recipient of the award last year.
closes at midnight on Sunday, September 7.
Multiple entries submitted by the
same person will not be accepted.
A lucky fan selected from a random draw
will win two tickets and a food and drinks package valued at $150 (K351) to the
Q-Cup grand final at Suncorp Stadium on September 28.