Clive Churchill medallist Luke Lewis has paid credit to the people closest to him following him being crowned the Grand Final’s top personal award on Sunday.
The second rower, who last won a Premiership back in 2003 with the Penrith Panthers said he was thrilled to be awarded the medal however it wouldn’t have been possible with out the help of his closest supporters.
“First of all, I’m lost for words,” said Lewis.
Lewis began like the consummate professional he is, paying credit to the opposition on the night, the Melbourne Storm.
“I just want to say to Melbourne, you’ve been the benchmark all year and are a superstar side.
“It’s always a great challenge and fortunately enough for us, we did come up with the points tonight but thank you very much for a great game.”
He then moved to his teammates. The 16 others men who fought gallantly on the night, side by side to re-write the record books.
“This here (Clive Churchill Medal) ain’t possible if it weren’t for you guys.
“I love you all.”
Lewis then turned his attention to his family, his rock and support network throughout a career that has been with him through the ups and downs of his 16-year career.
“To my family. My Mum, step-dad, sister, my wife, my beautiful baby girl, I love you.
“You made 2016 the most memorable year of my life so for that, thank you very much.
Last but certainly not least, Lewis turned his attention to the Sharks faithful. The supporters of the Black, White and Blue who have waited 49 years to see the NRL trophy hoisted high above the Shire.
“Finally to the Cronulla supporters, here and back at home, I love you all.
“We’ll see you back there!”
In a year where Lewis extended his stay at the Club for a further year, claimed a second NRL Premiership and welcomed baby Hazel into the world with wife Sonya, it truly has been a year to remember for the boy from Blacktown.