Young Dragons duo Blake Lawrie and Jackson Ford enjoyed a memorable night at the 2019 Dragons Medal presentation, both taking home some silverware after impressing throughout the season.
Lawrie was presented with the Dragons' Immortals trophy, an award selected by the coaching staff in consideration with the Immortals criteria of demonstrating outstanding commitment and dedication in all aspects of rugby league.
After working his way through the Dragons' devolvement pathway and into the first grade squad, the hardworking prop made the most of all of his opportunities in 2019. Lawrie was one of the Dragons' most reliable forwards racking up 614 post-contact metres, 775 tackles, and 2,204 total running metres.
"I'm very honoured to receive such a great award for this very proud and great club," Lawrie said.
"I took something out of each and every game this year, so I’ll be looking to do that again next year and become more a dominant impact player throughout the next year."
Blake Lawrie joins elite company by winning the 2019 Immortals Trophy
It will be hard for local junior Jackson Ford to forget 2019 after realising his childhood dream of playing in the NRL with the Dragons.
The 21-year-old received the perfect finish to his breakout season, winning the 2019 Canterbury Cup Player of the Year.
Ford scored the eighth most tries in the Canterbury Cup this season (13), including an incredible four-try haul against eventual grand finalists, the Wentworthville Magpies.
In Round 21, Ford was rewarded his debut NRL jersey in a victory against the Gold Coast Titans, before picking up his first NRL try the following game against the Cronulla Sharks.
"It's been an unreal season for me, probably the best season in my career," Ford said. "The debut was a massive moment for me. It was just an unreal experience and hopefully there's a few more NRL games for me."
Jackson Ford named Canterbury Cup's best in 2019