Scooter has a day to remember

By STEVE SPINKS

MULLUMBIMBY rugby league five-eighth Scott 'Scooter' Hogan had a brilliant day yesterday. Not only did he lead the Giants to their first Group One first- grade premiership . . . Not only did he win the Group One highest pointscorer award . . . Not only was he named in the Group One Team of the Year . . . but he was also named The Northern Star Group One Player of the Year.

Hogan polled 22 votes to edge out Lower Clarence centre Ray Mercy on 19. Third was the now retired Grafton Ghosts captain-coach Dean Callaway.

"The boys kept saying I would be up there," Hogan said. "I thought it would be pretty close, but when we lost our last game to Grafton I thought Ray Mercy would have overtaken me." Mercy actually led the tally by two votes with only three games to go. However, he failed to poll one vote in the remaining games while Hogan earned five. Hogan receives a $1000 open order at Harvey Norman Lismore courtesy of The Northern Star. It is the second time he has won the award. He shared the prize with Marist Brothers centre Paul Latta in 2002. Other awards: First grade: Highest pointscorer, Scott Hogan (Mull); Rookie of the Year, Dan Molenaar (Mull). Group One first grade Team of the Year: Fullback, Murray Brown (M); wingers, David Briggs (LC), Damien Perry (C); centres, Glen Godbee (M), Ray Mercy (LC); five-eighth, Scott Hogan (M); halfback, Chase Nelson (M); props, Shaun Coe (MB), Dan Molenaar (M); hooker, Steve Kirby (SG); second-rowers, Danny Wicks (G), Shannon Cameron (MB); lock, Hudson Smith (K). Coach: David Latta (M). Reserve grade: Player of the Year, Justin Bolt (Ballina). Under-18s: Player of the Year, Anthony Robinson (Casino); Most Outstanding Player, Mitch Aubusson (Ballina); Rookie of the Year, Mitch West (Lower Clarence).



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