Moree Suns players Daniel Brown, Jack Montgomery recognised at annual AFL North West presentation evening

Daniel Brown won the under-17s best and fairest and leading goal kicker awards. Photo: Haley Caccianiga.
Daniel Brown won the under-17s best and fairest and leading goal kicker awards. Photo: Haley Caccianiga.

It's been a tough season for the Moree Suns senior men's team, but two of the club's brightest juniors have been recognised for their outstanding seasons at the AFL North West presentation evening on Saturday night.

Predominantly playing at fullback, Montgomery had a habit of shutting down opposition key forwards.

Strong in the air with one of the biggest boots in the competition, he was a key cog in the backline for both the under-17s and senior men's Suns teams in 2019 at just 16 years old.

"We think it's quite impressive because every single game he played was on top of a junior game that had already taken place," Moree Suns secretary Annette Hadley said.

"For him to perform so well after already having played a game of football is really impressive."

Each club got to nominate two players for the rising star award, with the winner voted on by clubs in the region.

"That also indicates that other clubs have recognised Jack's ability and see him as quite a talented young player," Hadley said.

"It's a peer nomination and peer review, so it's nice to see that other clubs see the talent that's coming out of the Moree Suns as well."

Jack Montgomery won the senior men's rising star award. Photo: Haley Caccianiga.

Jack Montgomery won the senior men's rising star award. Photo: Haley Caccianiga.

Brown - also 16 - finished the under-17s season with 41 goals, a whopping 20 ahead of next best Nicholas Fisher, also from the Suns.

Corey Baker rounded up the top three with 20 goals to give the Suns the top three goal kickers.

It wasn't just his goal scoring abilities that handed Brown the best and fairest, but always providing a constant threat in the midfield, his speed a particular weapon.

Like Montgomery, Brown backed up for more than half of the senior men's games.

Hadley said it was a fantastic achievement for the two young players, particularly given they've backed up their strong seasons in 2018.

"It feels like we're onto a good thing," she said.

"That's great for our future growth because not only have they been recognised for their achievement but they've been consistent.

"We're really pleased and even though they're quite young, it's really promising signs for our future.

"We're really proud of their achievements and looking forward to positive things in the future if we continue this momentum."

All focus for the club will no be on the under-17s major semi final on Saturday.

The Suns will travel to Inverell to face off against the Saints, with the winner to advance straight through to the grand final.