Sam’s the game’s main man

BEST OF THE BEST: Newly crowned player of the year, Sam Schmidt and Central West Rugby Union Referees Association president John Colgan. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

BEST OF THE BEST: Newly crowned player of the year, Sam Schmidt and Central West Rugby Union Referees Association president John Colgan. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

SAM Schmidt isn’t a name renowned as one of the Blowes Clothing Cup’s biggest, but it should be – the 23-year-old Wombats flanker is seriously good.

So good, the gun backrower won the 2016 Central West Rugby Union player of the year, presented with the award at the presentation post first grade game on Saturday.

Originally, the young-gun wasn’t going to attend the grand final.

The two-hour drive from Mudgee to Endeavour Oval probably a fair reason why.

But Schmidt’s father had other ideas.

“I had no idea. My old man dragged me over here … he had the idea,” the shaggy-haired Schmidt said.

“It’s great. It’s exciting, a bit out of the blue.”

I had no idea. My old man dragged me over here … he had the idea. - A surprised Sam Schmidt

Schmidt is the leading light in Mudgee rugby at the moment.

Their best in 2016, the work-a-holic backrower says there’s plenty of strong years ahead for the Batties as they work towards emerging as contenders in 2017.

“That’d be good,” Schmidt added.

“We had a good year last year, making the finals, but this year was tougher. We’ve got a young team, our colts made the finals this year and we’ve got good juniors coming through.

“There’s a few good years ahead of us yet.”

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