Chad Townsend named 2019 Monty Porter Medal winner as Cronulla Sharks player of the year

Deserved: It was a clean sweep for Sharks halfback Chad Townsend at Cronulla's annual awards night. Picture: Cronulla Sharks
Deserved: It was a clean sweep for Sharks halfback Chad Townsend at Cronulla's annual awards night. Picture: Cronulla Sharks

In a frustrating season for the Sharks, Chad Townsend was Cronulla's shining light.

The Sharks halfback was awarded the Monty Porter Medal as Cronulla's Pontifex player of the season at the Sharks' annual awards night at Doltone House, Sylvania Waters on Tuesday.

Townsend was also named Cronulla's Tommy Bishop Players' Player and the Sharks Members' player of the year to cap a fine individual season.

While the Sharks were without a number of stars throughout the season as the club battled a chronic injury toll, Townsend remained a constant. He, along with only Matt Prior and Kurt Capewell, featured in every first grade game for Cronulla in 2019.

The Yarrawarrah Tigers junior was named player of the year ahead of a trio of strong nominees including Josh Morris, Shaun Johnson and Aquinas Colts junior Jayden Brailey.

Elsewhere, Bronson Xerri and Briton Nikora were named joint winners of the Steve Rogers rookie of the year award, while young gun centre Xerri also took out the try of the year award for his spectacular effort against Parramatta in round 13.

Morris was awarded tackle of the year for his effort running down Raiders centre Jarrod Croker in round 24, while Josh Dugan was acknowledged for his brilliant work off the field with the Sharks Support Community Award.

Cronulla's women's team, who fell one game short of the grand final, saw their player of the year award go to talented youngster Talej Holmes. Glenn Brailey presented his coach's award to Ruan Sims.

Cronulla's Jersey Flegg side, which won the minor premiership before two extra-time defeats ended their season, unearthed some exciting new talent for the club.

Tom Hazleton was awarded the Gavin Miller player of the year honour, while Monty Raper was named player's player.

Popular Sharks media manager Rob Willis was named the Andrew Ettingshausen club person of the year.

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