The Moruya Sharks celebrated a successful season at their presentation night on Saturday, September 1.
The first-grade side finished the regular season in third place, and had a genuine shot at the minor premiership until the last five minutes of the season.
A string of injuries to key players caught up with them in the finals series, as they lost a qualifying final to the Bombala Blue Heelers before being eliminated by the Batemans Bay Tigers in week two.
Key signing Chris Rose was named as best-and-fairest for the club, along with second rower Jacob Zutt.
Sam Howlett filled a number of positions this season, and was awarded the Coaches award for his versatility.
Aaron Brierley missed the finals series through suspension, but his play throughout the season was good enough to win the Most Constructive Player award.
Dean Scott, who won the Group 16 Best and Fairest last month, was awarded the Players’ Player award in spite of his injury-interrupted season.
Other first-grade awards included Scott Belcher’s Toughness Award, Shaun Staples’ Best Defensive Player Award, and Zach Ingram’s Most Consistent Trainer Award.
The reserve-grade side struggled this season, finishing with the wooden spoon after only two wins from their 14 games.
However, there were some bright sparks in the side, with a number of players filling in for the first-grade side during the latter parts of the season.
Prop forward Jacob Hope-Hodgetts was named the reserve-grade best-and-fairest, and played a key role in the first-grade side during the finals series.
Dean Belcher was named the Players’ Player, while Ray Turner won the Coaches Award.
Young half Jarred Cottington made one appearance in first grade this season on the wing, and was rewarded with the reserve-grade Most Consistent Player award.
Tim Knight also played some first grade on the wing this season, and was awarded the Most Improved Player award.
Tim Weyman missed two chunks of playing time with knee injuries, and his help both on and off the field scored him the All-Round Sportsman of the Year Award. Weyman’s front-row partner Toby Afflick won the Rookie of the Year award.
Matt O’Shea won the Presidents Award, Ack Weyman won the Clubman of the Year, and Wayne Harrison won the Services to Senior League Award.
The Sharks will take the next few months off, but will be back for training in the new year.