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Tussle for Best and Fairest award

 Nixon Taramai brushes off a tackle on the rugby field

Bond University Rugby club celebrated its 2022 season in style at the Star Casino on Friday night and the men’s Best and Fairest count was a thriller.

Number 8 Nixon Taramai and his backrow partner Connor Pritchard were tied on 214 points entering the final three rounds of the voting before Taramai pulled away to win his first Slipper Family Trophy as Bond’s Best and Fairest men’s player.

The other First Grade awards were claimed by Joey Fittock (Best Back) and Connor Pritchard (Best Forward).

With memories of their stirring grand final win over Easts still fresh and their premiership silverware proudly on display, Bond University’s Women’s Premier Rugby players had plenty to celebrate.

Winger Dianne Waight earned Best and Fairest honours after a stellar season that saw her score 16 tries for the Bull Sharks.

Following her excellent form in the finals, including a crucial two-try effort in the Grand Final, Melanie Wilks earned Back of the Year. Shelley Fox was awarded Forward of the Year.

Bond University Rugby will now turn its attention to the Rugby Sevens season.

Bond’s women will compete in the opening round of the Uni Women’s Sevens in Adelaide on October 8.

Bond University will once again host Queensland’s best men and women’s club sides at the ECP Gold Coast 7s on October 22 and 23.

Full list of Awards

Fabian Fay Club Person of the Year: Chris Patterson

Colts 2

Stoten Pathway to Premier Trophy: Zebediah Misios

Best Back: Tom Maher

Best Forward: Reegan Chalmers

Best and Fairest: Harry Ghusn

Colts 1

Best Back: Alex Miles

Best Forward: Zane Misios

Best and Fairest: Harrison Usher

Third Grade

Best Back: Rian Olivier

Best Forward: Liam Lord

Best and Fairest: Luke Mounic

Second Grade

Best Back: Hamish Roberts

Best Forward: Levi Samuela

Best and Fairest: Lachie Mcinnes

Premier Women

Best Back: Melanie Wilks

Best Forward: Shelley Fox

Best and Fairest: Dianne Waight

First grade

Best Back: Joey Fittock

Best Forward: Connor Pritchard

Best and Fairest: Nixon Taramai

2021 Sevens players of the year

Men: Sam Dalton

Women: Caitlyn Costello

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