Templeman heads award-winner list
RUGBY league dynamo Mat Templeman capped another outstanding year when he claimed his second straight Brothers Sports Club Senior Sportsman of the Year award at their presentation dinner.
But this time, he had to share the honour with Australian under-19 men's softball captain Sam Daff who was a joint-winner of their Junior Sportsman of the Year in 2010.
Templeman had earlier taken out the Bundaberg Rugby League Representative Player of the Year gong after he was outstanding as Bundaberg powered to a second straight 47th Battalion Memorial Trophy.
He also stood tall as Central United won the Queensland Divisional Carnival and he captained the Queensland Rangers in their annual clash with New South Wales Country and was again one of their best.
Templeman was signed mid-season by the Central Comets and was consistently one of their best in the Queensland Cup.
But he also remained registered with Brothers and helped them to back-to-back A grade premierships with a grand final demolition of Hervey Bay.
Daff moved to Brisbane this year for university and to further his sporting career but he returned to spearhead Brothers United to their second-straight Bundaberg Softball men's premiership in March.
He also shone for Queensland and Australia, including leading the country in the under-19 men's tour of Argentina in September-October in a lead-up to next year's world championships.
The rugby league club also provided the Brothers Senior Sportswoman of the Year in Nicole Curtis who excelled for the Queensland women's side which thrashed New South Wales in the curtain-raiser to State of Origin I at Suncorp Stadium.
Also the Bundaberg Women's Player of the Year, Curtis scored four tries in a robust all-round performance in the grand final as Brothers claimed the inaugural Bundaberg women's title.
Scott Sommer, a champion for Brothers-Aston Villa Football (soccer) Club and who also impressed at high representative level, beat a strong field to be crowned the Brothers Junior Sportsman of the Year.
Karly Barrett, whose father Mark was the Brothers women's rugby league coach, took out the Junior Sports woman award in recognition of her outstanding contributions in many ways to Brothers Netball Club, which reformed this season after folding almost a decade ago.
Steve Barlow, a hard and tireless worker for the Brothers Bulldogs AFL Club, was also a very worthy winner of the Volunteer of the Year.
Bundaberg's world junior BMX champion Jade Parker and former Bundaberg North Sydney Bears rugby league captain and ACT Brumbies rugby union coach Tony Rea were the guest speakers.