Rugby league is known for its double-headers and Group 10 is grabbing the concept and switching it up a bit in 2022.
Group 10 boss Linore Zamparini has revealed the competition's 2022 season launch will also double as the game's award's night, with the best performers out of the cut-short 2021 season to be honoured.
The at-the-time developing COVID-19 situation, and the uncertainty it brought with it, forced last season to be abandoned and that meant the usual awards evening did not proceed as scheduled either.
Orange CYMS finished the year on top of the ladder in premier league and was awarded the minor premiership, but no major titles were dished out and as yet it's been unclear how and when individual awards would be presented.
But Zampairini has indicated the plan is to combine the awards presentation with the 2022 season launch in February.
"December is probably not the time for it, everyone is probably a bit busy, so we thought we'd do the double and go with the presentation and season launch," Zamparini said.
This year it was a bit of stop-start. It wasn't good because everyone just loses their match fitness.- Group 10 boss Linore Zamparini reflecting on a challenging 2021 season
"We've got the player of the year, the highest point scorer, the rookie of the year and that's all done during the regular season, semi-finals don't come into that.
"It was a shame we didn't get the finals series done, but it is what it is I guess."
Hawks lock Nathan Potts is the last man to win the Group 10 player of the year award in 2019 - the 2020 season was not run due to COVID.
The player of the year count could be just as close for 2021, with Zamparini praising the quality of the competition amidst the challenges the COVID-19 situation presented.
"It was a pretty good season, no doubt. CYMS and Panthers were good, Mudgee were strong all the way through, Pat's had a little bit of a slow start but they were coming home pretty well at the end," he said.
"It was hard because we had no Workies due to the COVID situation, so teams might have had a bye then missed out because they were due to play Workies the next week, so that was a three-week turnaround between games, it made it pretty tough.
"This year it was a bit of stop-start. It wasn't good because everyone just loses their match fitness."
2010 Mick Sullivan (Orange CYMS)
2011 Brendan Van Veen (Lithgow Workies)
2012 Tim Bassmann (Orange CYMS)
2013 Ben McAlpine (Orange CYMS)
2014 Jack Afamasaga (Mudgee Dragons)
2015 Benjamin John (Bathurst St Pat's)
2016 Jeremy Gordon (Bathurst Panthers)
2017 Chris Bamford (Orange CYMS)
2018 Josh Rainbow (Cowra Magpies)
2019 Nathan Potts (Orange Hawks)
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