Trio up for state sport gongs

Three AFL figures are in the mix for major Queensland sport awards.

Wilston Grange’s Brett Gillett, Springwood’s Graham Murrihy and AFL  umpire, Andrew Stephens, are all finalists in next month’s Queensland Sport Awards, announced on December 1.

Gillett is a finalist in the Sport Administrator of the Year, pitting him up against high-profile administrators such as Brisbane Roar General Manager, Sean Dobson.

It’s not the first award he’s been in contention for in 2014, with the Wilston Grange president named the QAFL Administrator of the year and AFL Queensland’s state Volunteer of the Year.

Murrihy’s 25 years of service at the Pumas has put him in the running  for the Sport Volunteer of the Year Award.

Murrihy was recognised by AFL Queensland earlier this year, awarded Outstanding Long service to the Game.

Involved in roles across the club since 1988, Murrihy has done just about everything, from working the canteen to sitting on the coaching selection panel and mowing the club’s ovals.

Stephens’ nomination for the Queensland Sports Officiator of the Year caps off an exciting year for the emerging umpire, who debuted in the AFL this season.

The 25 year-old officiated his first AFL premiership season match this year, between the Brisbane Lions and Richmond, his first of 11 matches for the season.

Stephens cracked the elite level this season after two year on the AFL rookie list, in his 14th season of umpiring.

The four-time Queensland Umpire of the Year began his umpiring career in the Brisbane Juniors, through community football and into state league umpiring, before making his AFL debut this season.

Q Sport is the representative body for organised, affiliated sport in Queensland.             

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