CAPPING one of the more spectacular individual seasons seen by a Group 10 player with a man of the match effort on the big stage, Orange CYMS five-eighth Ben McAlpine, in full flight, is a sight to behold.
The Group 10 player of the year as well as the Dave Scott Medallist following his efforts in the 22-14 win over Hawks in Sunday’s grand final, McAlpine scored one try, set up another and booted the 40-20 that directly led to CYMS’ first four-pointer.
Having been on the end of three defeats against Orange Hawks in 2013, if there was a player who needed to put his hand up and take Sunday’s grand final by the scruff of the neck, it was McAlpine.
And the classy pivot delivered big time.
“The win’s exceptional,” McAlpine said,
McAlpine was also the recipient of the Group Nine player of the year in 2012.
“We earned it. We had the tough road in, I don’t know, we just deserved it on the day.”
Enjoying a first half most players dream of as the green and golds shot out to a 22-4 advantage just after half-time, the 29-year-old admitted there were a few shaky moments when the two blues fought back to 22-14.
But the win, McAlpine’s second with the club after victory in 2010, was special.
“I was a little worried,” the former Young Cherrypicker said.
“If they got that goal (at 22-14 down), they would have been within six. The little injuries ended up telling towards the end of the game.
“We got the win, that’s the main thing.”