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Bowman Puts Name to Whitsunday Medal

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THE Whitsunday Brahmans have used their season launch to announce the introduction of the Paul Bowman Medal for A-Grade player of the year.


In an exciting development for the Proserpine-based club, Bowman has agreed to have his name associated with its most coveted individual playing award - a fitting tribute to the long-serving Cowboys and Queensland State of Origin centre, a local junior before embarking on his NRL career.

"Paul Bowman is as Whitsunday as Whitehaven Beach and the Proserpine Mill and being the club's first-ever Origin player, it's very appropriate that he be honoured by the Brahmans in this small way," said Brahmans media and marketing manager Jason Costigan, who initially floated the idea.

Due to his preparation for Sunday's opening round NRL clash against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, Bowman was unable to attend Thursday night's launch at Proserpine's Prince of Wales Hotel but instead penned a letter to his hometown club, read out by his father, local resident Bill Bowman.

"Growing up in Proserpine, with limited television coverage of the national rugby league competition in those days, my heros were the Proserpine Brahmans first-grade players. It was always a highlight for me to play junior league in the morning and move on to watch the senior league," Bowman wrote.

"I admired players like Colin Wynn, the Dray brothers and Eddie Muller and aspired to play at that level in the future. So it is an honour to have the award for best and fairest A-Grade player named the Paul Bowman Medal.

"I know how much I looked up to the senior players as a kid and I hope the current players can give the next generation of young footballers in the Whitsundays something to aspire to.

"I was given a chance at the Cowboys after playing for the Brahmans so it is possible for local kids to get the chance to play at the highest level while staying at home."

Brahmans president Mick Malone said the letter had been warmly received by officials and supporters.

"It says everything about Paul Bowman and what sort of person he really is," said Malone, full of praise for the man who has played 166 games for the Cowboys, plus 12 Origin appearances for the Maroons.

"I know he is proud of his Whitsunday origins and the club and the community are certainly proud of him and his achievements in rugby league."

The Brahmans also used their traditional pre-season function to confirm their coaching staff for 2006, with Shane Knight appointed as reserve grade coach, joining A-Grade's caretaker coach Craig Bradley and coach-in-waiting Matt Dray, under-19s mentor Luchie Gardel and under-17s coach Eddie Muller.

"I'm delighted our coaching team is now locked in place after that hiccup a few weeks ago," declared Malone, referring to the shock pre-season departure of the club's original A-Grade coach Ken Kennedy.

The Brahmans have also confirmed their sponsorship arrangements, with the Metropole Hotel winning the right to become the club's major sponsor.

Whitsunday's other key commercial partners are McDowall's Panel Works (A-Grade), Prince of Wales Hotel (Presidents Cup), Whitsunday Key Security (Colts), Proserpine Retravision (Under-17s), Cannonvale Reef Gateway Hotel and Jubilee Tavern (shorts) and Whitsunday Transit (caps).
Whitsunday Key Security will also be the Brahmans' training shorts' sponsor.

Other businesses who are assisting include Don McDonald Insurance Pty Ltd, Proserpine Office Supplies, RJ Taylor Law, WS Group, Paul Maxwell Electrical, Dave Rogers Accounting, Downtown Butchery, Glen Bray Electrical, Brian Smith Constructions, Whitsunday Times, AWR Fertilisers and Milltowne Jewellers.


 

PAUL BOWMAN'S LETTER TO THE BRAHMANS:
March 9, 2006
Growing up in Proserpine, with limited television coverage of the national rugby league competition in those days, my heros were the Proserpine Brahmans First Grade players. It was always a highlight for me to play Junior league in the morning and move on to watch the Senior League when they played at home.

I admired players like Colin Wynn, the Dray brothers and Eddie Muller and aspired to play at that level in the future. So it is an honour to have the award for Best and Fairest A-Grade player named The Paul Bowman Medal. I know how much I looked up to the senior players as a kid and I hope the current players can give the next generation of young footballers in the Whitsunday's something to aspire to. I was given a chance at the Cowboys after playing for the Brahmans so it is possible for local kids to get the chance to play at the highest level while staying at home.

Sorry I can't be there tonight and I wish the club every success this season and into the future. Hopefully I can present the medal at the end of both our seasons.


Paul Bowman

Bowman Puts Name to Whitsunday Medal

 
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