North Queensland’s maiden grand final win has been voted the most memorable footy moment since Ron Coote began the Men of League foundation.
Coote was honoured at the foundation’s gala dinner on Wednesday night, which marked 15 years of caring for the men, women and children of the rugby league community. The Roosters and Rabbitohs legend was the co-founder of Men of League and the black-tie event at the Hyatt Regency celebrated his contribution and elevation to the new role of honorary president.
In recent seasons, the Men of League foundation has honoured the game’s best halfbacks and captains at its annual dinner. The theme for Wednesday’s event was “Through the Eyes of Ron Coote”, with Coote selecting his most memorable moments for each of the past 15 seasons.
The public was asked to vote for its favourite from a list that included South Sydney’s readmission to the competition, the inaugural NRL All Stars clash and Cronulla’s maiden premiership.
However, the majority of punters voted in favour of the the Cowboys’ thrilling 2015 grand final win.
“The final game in the 2015 NRL season is legendary and listed in the history books for a multitude of reasons,” the foundation said in a statement.
“The Brisbane Broncos against the North Queensland Cowboys saw the NRL’s first ever all-Queensland grand final. The game is famously the first ever golden-point grand final, the maiden premiership for the Cowboys, the Broncos’ first-ever grand final defeat and capped off a dominant year for Clive Churchill medallist Johnathan Thurston with his fourth Dally M medal.
“The final seconds’ try to the Cowboys, Thurston’s missed conversion attempt off the posts after full-time and then his golden-point field goal saw the Cowboys become premiers 17-16.”