Hancock comes up trumps at awards
GRAFTON Redmen first grade captain Kyle Hancock scooped the pool at the club's presentations on Saturday night at the Grafton District Services Club.
Hancock took out the Club's first grade best and fairest award; top try-scorer award and the coveted Peter Benson Award.
Hancock was a standout performer for the Redmen this season and proved once again he's one of the best fullbacks on the Far North and Mid- North Coast.
Redmen first grade coach Ray Collie praised his star number-15 not only for his try-scoring ability but also for his toughness and leadership qualities on and off the field.
"It's not often a back wins the Peter Benson Award," Collie said.
"It usually goes to a forward but Kyle has shown plenty of toughness and commitment this season. He's prepared to put his body on the line and lead from the front.
"Hopefully next season one of the forwards can take out the Peter Benson Award."
Former Redmen first grade coach, president and current junior Redmen president Gervase Bertus became the 13th person to receive Life Membership for 26-years of service.
Redmen club president Craig Howe said the awarding of life membership to "Bert" was befitting of a man who had dedicated the better part of his life to the Grafton club.
"Any time someone has done enough for the club to earn that honour, it is a wonderful thing," he said.
"Bert has been around for a very long time as a player, he has also been a first grade coach, a club president and he has been instrumental in the operations of our junior club. He has been very involved in this club for a long time and it is rare in sport in general to have that. We as a club are lucky to have a few blokes who have done that and still do for us."
Howe reflected on a season that almost was for the club, with both Redmen senior sides making the business end of the season.
"Well I guess unless you win the grand final, there is always things you can improve," he laughed. "But in reality in terms of our first season back in the Mid-North Coast zone it has been very successful.
"When you consider all things, all the reasons why people play sport, I think we have had a pretty bloody good season."