Dean Scott’s consistent season was rewarded on Friday night as he won the first-grade best-and-fairest award at the Group 16 Presentation Night at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club.
The Moruya Sharks player beat out a strong field to take home the award despite missing four games with a knee injury mid-way through the year.
Scott said he was “over the moon” with the award.
“I wasn’t really expecting it to be honest,” he said.
“We had a disappointing end to the year. We had a few injuries throughout, and every time we got a team on the park that we liked, we’d get a few more.
“That’s footy though, and we played some really good football at the start of the year.”
Scott, a second rower, said the Sharks’ new halfback Chris Rose helped him lift his game this year.
“I formed a good partnership with Rosey on the edge,” he said. “I prefer playing out there, because that way I can run off the shoulder of guys like Rose and Aaron Brierley.”
Batemans Bay’s Luke Farmer was the top points-scorer of the year, while the top try-scorer was a three-way tie between Bega’s Zach Cuzner, Moruya’s Shaun Staples, and Merimbula-Pambula’s Jake Mikula.
The Narooma Devils were well represented in the under 18s awards, as Clyde and Matthew Parsons shared the best-and-fairest award with Bega’s Jack Dowdle. Clyde and Matthew were also named the top points and try scorer respectively.
Cooma’s Hayley Kemp was named the league tag best-and-fairest, while Eden’s Tamika Millard was both the top points and try scorer.
Merimbula-Pambula’s Matthew Evelyn won the reserve-grade best-and-fairest, and was also the top try scorer in the comp. Bega’s Josh Shepherdson was the top points scorer.
Click through some of the best photos from the night below.