IT was an individual award, but Gus Brotherton credited his Orange City teammates when he was named the 2013 best and fairest for the Blowes Clothing Cup season.
Brotherton was presented with the award after he helped Orange City win back-to-back first grade premierships on Saturday.
Orange City downed Parkes 32-16 at Pride Park and the No.8 delivered another consistent performance.
The best and fairest award is voted on by the Central West referees over the 18 first grade competition rounds.
Brotherton said his award was due to his team.
“It’s just a credit to the team, really,” Brotherton said.
“When I’m surrounded by players like Sparksy (Michael Sparks) and Junior (Sione Lafo’ou) and the guys in the forwards like (Josh) Blocker Tremain, they make your job pretty easy. It’s more a reflection on the team.”
Brotherton looked shocked when his named was called out for the award.
“I thought Sparksy was for sure going to get it,” he said.
“I backed him to get it, or Junior at least. It did shock me. It was a big surprise.
“It’s very nice,” he said, staring at the trophy.
“It’s the icing on the cake for the year. It’s a dream at the moment.”
Brotherton’s award meant Orange City claimed all five pieces of silverware on Saturday.
They were presented with the Blowes Clothing Cup and the premiership shield for taking out Saturday’s grand final.
Orange City took home the Charlie Brouwers Memorial Minor Premiership Trophy, named after the former CWRU and Orange City president who passed away in August.
The clubs also lifted the trophy for the senior club championship.
“Five pieces of silverware, it’s just a great feeling,” Brotherton smiled.