Deni Drovers five-eighth Hugh Sutton capped off his incredible inaugural season at the club with a best and fairest win at Saturday’s presentation night.
Just two weeks ago, Sutton claimed the best on ground medal in the Drovers’ 20-17 win over Wagga Waratahs in the Southern Inland Rugby Union McMullen Cup grand final.
According to coach Joe Gogarty, it was that performance that got Sutton over the line in a tight vote count.
‘‘It came down to Hugh, Tyler Amor-Beale, Tom Clarke, Dylan Osborne and Les Dicker,’’ he said.
‘‘Those five were still in contention before the grand final votes were counted.
‘‘We had the referees from the grand final do our votes for us in that game.
‘‘Hugh was very strong, consistent and gave that drive at five-eighth that we needed.
‘‘He was a very deserving winner and showed his value when it mattered most on grand final day.’’
Also impressing at the vote count was centre Tyler Amor-Beale, who earned the honour of Players’ Player, as well as collecting the highest point scorer trophy.
Gogarty said the Players’ Player honour is equally as important as the best and fairest award.
‘‘We regard the Players’ Player award as our main award because it’s voted on by the team,’’ he said.
‘‘Tyler is just in his second year of rugby and has proven to be such a valuable player to the side.
‘‘This season and the premiership win was just an awesome team effort.’’
Other Deni Drovers award winners were: Ladies’ Best and Fairest - Tracey Ho; Club Person Award - Tracey Ho; Rookie of the Year - West Poka; Most Improved - Darren Higgins; Best Forward - Tom Clark; Best Back - Dylan Osborne.