iSelect Gold Coast hooker Beau Falloon has beaten State of Origin forward David Taylor by one point to win his first Paul Broughton Medal at the eighth annual Titans Awards Night at Jupiters Hotel and Casino tonight.
And retiring foundation player Luke Bailey, who has won the prestigious Broughton Medal a record three times, leaves the club with two 2014 awards – the Members Most Valuable Player and the Preston Award, named in honour of Preston Campbell and presented to the player who truly gains respect for embodying what it is to be a Titan, encompassing effort on the field, at training and around the club.
Falloon, who often played 80 minutes as hooker for the first time in his career towards the end of the season because of the squad’s injury roll after sharing the duties with Paul Carter and Matt Srama, polled 16 of his 17 points in the last ten rounds after State of Origin second-rower Dave Taylor had polled 13 of his 16 points in the first half of the season.
“It’s a great reward for Beau’s consistency in a very tough season where he was forced to often play long minutes and with injury,” said Titans coach Neil Henry.
“He epitomises the qualities every coach and teammate look for in that he is tough, committed on and off the field, and plays well above his weight.”
PAUL BROUGHTON MEDAL 2014
17 – Beau Falloon
16 – David Taylor
12 – Paul Carter
11 – William Zillman
9 – Nate Myles, Mark Minichiello
8 – David Mead
PAUL BROUGHTON MEDAL HONOUR ROLL:
2014: Beau Falloon
2013: Greg Bird
2012: Nate Myles
2011: Luke Bailey
2010: Luke Bailey
2009: Nathan Friend
2008: Preston Campbell
2007: Luke Bailey/Anthony Laffranchi (joint winners)