Cameron Young’s award win lifts Muswellbrook Heelers as side eyes off Newcastle-Hunter Rugby Union divisional grand final

THE Muswellbrook Heelers enter Saturday’s Newcastle-Hunter Rugby Union divisional showdown on a high after playmaker Cameron Young picked up the 2018 Cyril Burke Medal on the eve of the decider. 

The talented scrum half collected the honour at the Hawthorne Club Grand Final Luncheon in Newcastle on Friday.

Based on points awarded from the referees throughout the season, the Cyril Burke Medal is presented to the best and fairest player in that grade.

The award, which was well-deserved by Young, is sure to lift the spirits of the Heelers, who meet The Waratahs at Newcastle’s No 2 Sportsground.

After eliminating the Singleton Lions, Southern Lakes Hammerheads and Easts 1 from the premiership race in recent weeks, it now all comes down to 60 minutes of rugby to decide this year’s champions.

Muswellbrook coach Michael Hall has named a strong line-up with in-form forwards Scott Cooper, Mark Snow, Harry Hobden, Jason Tyerman, Ratunaaia Katonitabua, Doug Raphael, Mitchell Serhan, Jaryd Buckley and Ben Heriot expected to set the platform.

If they succeed, it will allow Young and Mitchell Googe to weave their magic and provide plenty of open space for classy centres Morgan Collins and Beau Haywood, fullback Dylan Smith and speedsters Ethan Cridland and Jason Knox.

Saturday’s match kicks off at 9.30am.

Muswellbrook Heelers: 1 – Scott Cooper, 2 – Mark Snow, 19 – Harry Hobden, 4 – Jason Tyerman, 5 – Ratunaaia Katonitabua, 6 – Doug Raphael, 7 – Mitchell Serhan, 8 – Jaryd Buckley, 9 – Cameron Young, 10 – Mitchell Googe, 11 – Ethan Cridland, 12 – Morgan Collins, 13 – Beau Haywood, 14 – Jason Knox, 15 – Dylan Smith; 16 – Ben Heriot, 17 – William Hobden, 18 – Scott Almond, 3 – Joshua Irwin, 20 – Liam England, 21 – Jonathan Paul, 22 – Daniel Keating, 23 – Anthony Grech