POWERHOUSE prop Arty Shead says while it’s obviously disappointing his Orange Hawks didn’t come away with the win in this year’s Group 10 grand final, the majority of the two blues will be back for a tilt at redemption in 2014.
Completing a barnstorming debut season with the two blues, Shead took home the club’s premier league best and fairest award at the Hawks presentation night at the Orange Ex-Services Club last Friday night.
A mountain of a man, the former French international believes the 22-14 loss suffered against Orange CYMS will spur a lot of the side on to bounce back next season.
“I’d say so. For us it was disappointing to lose the game, but we all sort of said to keep our heads up,” Shead said.
“I signed a two-year contract at the start of the year and I had in the back of my mind I’d be back again next year to have another crack. It could be my last, I’m turning 35. We’ll just have to see how the body pulls up.
“The majority of the team will be back though.”
Shead edged a strong field to be crowned Hawk’s best in 2013, with captain-coach Tim Mortimer, Western Division representatives Todd Barrow and Alofi Mataele and centres Brock McGarity and Jared Brodrick all enjoying strong years.
Joe Lasagavibau won the side’s players’ player gong, while backrower Chris Anau was Mortimer’s pick for the coach’s award.
“Any trophy is always an honour,” Shead added.
Taking home the club’s perpetual awards, Brad Hill won the Dave Clifford Encouragement Award, Jack Ryan the Michael Fitzgerald Rookie of the Year, Mataele the Geoff White Outstanding Achievement Award, Bec Darcy the Hawkette of the Year, Jared Brodrick the Roy Hurford Club Player of the Year and Tenielle Hill the Club Person of the Year.
The club capped a memorable year, with both premier league and under 18s making it through to the grand finals.
Travis Bubb was deemed the best and fairest in the under 18s, while Steve Groat received the same accolade in first division and Sheryll Selwood won league tag’s best and fairest.
Kelly Sullivan and Vanessa Foliaki shared the ladies’ players’ player award, while Maegan Hamling won the coach’s award.
Dynamic half Tony Pellow won the players’ player and Keegan Harding the coach’s award in the under 18s, while Nathan Howarth won first division’s coach’s award and Brandon Sullivan players’ player.