IS there anything this man can not win?
Orange CYMS five-eighth Ben McAlpine has rounded out the 2013 Group 10 season by being honoured as the club’s premier league best and fairest player and joint-winner of CYMS’ most valuable player gong.
McAlpine shared the green and golds’ MVP award with backrower Riley Law, both honoured for a spectacular 2013 Group 10 campaign at the club’s presentation last Friday night.
Already the 2013 Group 10 Player of the Year, a premiership-winner and the Dave Scott Medallist as man of the match in the grand final, McAlpine said the latest batch of honours capped his “best” season yet.
“Awards-wise it has been,” McAlpine said, instrumental in CYMS’ 22-14 grand final victory over Hawks.
“I don’t think I’ve had a better year.”
The Group 10 and Western Division player reserved special mention for Law.
“I played with him in 2010 and he has improved a lot since then,” McAlpine said, adding the make-up of the club off the field ensured the side was successful on it.
“It’s just run by good people. I’d say I’ll be back again next year. Everyone gets a long so well.”
In a gala presentation night at the Orange City Bowling Club, inspirational prop Des Knight was also a big winner.
Knight took home the club’s most consistent award while also winning the coveted COBRA, the CYMS Old Boys Recognition Award.
Cameron Jones was another multiple award winner, claiming the Des Morrissey award, handed to a CYMS junior who helps out both seniors and juniors, as well as the Desi award, for club spirit and passion.
Jones took home premier league’s most improved trophy for 2013.
Matt Penny was the club’s Rookie of the Year and Vera Mustac the Club Person of the Year.
Premier league hooker Sam Hill won the players’ player award while also sharing the coach’s award with Brett Sargent.
First division duo Aaron Willis and Josh Goodlock cleaned up, sharing the side’s best and fairest trophy before splitting the players’ player (Willis) and coach’s award (Goodlock).
Zac Rue and Luke Petrie were deemed the most improved.
Skipper Codie Lang and Tom Satterthwaite shared the under 18s best and fairest award with Tevita Lucas (players’ player), Patrick Firth (most improved) and Jed Oates (coach’s award).
Consolation of sorts after going down 20-nil in the grand final, Nikki D’Aquino was awarded as CYMS league tag best and fairest while Sarah Archer (players’ player), Ellie McDonald (most improved) and Naomi Stanley (coach’s award) were recognised for their efforts in 2013.