Award winning coach calls final siren
FOR the second year in a row Grafton United Sirens coach Brett Collison was named North Coast Football Women's Premier League Coach of the Year.
Collison humbly admitted this year he was more surprised at winning the award, which is voted for by the other coaches, than in 2014.
"Last year we went from rock bottom to end up going quite well, this year I'm a bit more surprised," Collison said.
"Especially with the disappointing end of the season missing out on finals.
"The Boambee coach Adrian Picker has coached that team to consecutive minor premierships. In my book he is the best coach in the competition.
"But it's always nice to win the award."
Collison indicated he won't attempt to win the award for a third time, declaring he will take a break from coaching.
"I'm going to have next year off," he said.
"This is 13 years straight I have coached. I did the men for about seven years and then the girls ever since.
"It's time for a break. You do get a bit burnt out by it all.
"I plan to have a couple of years off, then the feet will get itchy again and I'll come back into it again.
"It will do them good to have some new blood and fresh ideas."
It means Grafton United will need to find coaches for both men and women in Premier League sides after Trent Cruickshank announced his move having led the men through the South Services/Grafton City merger's inaugural season.
Grafton United also picked up the Fair Play Award in Men's 2nd Division North.