Five-eighth and player of the year Grant Knight.
Five-eighth and player of the year Grant Knight. Vicki Kerry

Rugby's best of the best on the Far North Coast

Player of the Year:

Grant Knight (Ballina)

Finally called up to the NSW Country team and was impressive at five-eighth and centre.

Strong ball-runner and set up plenty of tries with precision passing and an unorthodox kicking game which kept opposition teams guessing.

Loose head prop:

Sam Pearce (Ballina)

First full season in the top grade and made a lasting impression by playing one of the toughest positions in the game at just 18 years of age.

Hooker: Bill Johnston (Wollongbar-Alstonville)

He did not have the added pressure of coaching this year and was strong at the back end of the season with his experience paving the way in the big games.

Tight head prop:

Isaac Pratten (Ballina)

Another strong season and one of the most mobile front rowers in the competition who gets through plenty of work.

Second row: Hayden Blair (Lennox Head)

Versatile making a successful switch into the forwards and made the most of his time in the second row.

Second row: Caleb Burke (Lismore City)

An imposing figure who has plenty of potential and will only get better in the years to come.

Flanker: Jake Smith (Ballina)

Injuries slowed him down during parts of the season but Ballina was always a better side when he was on the field.

Flanker: Hamish Mould (Wollongbar-Alstonville)

A breakout year as he moved into the forwards from five-eighth. Had a knack for finding his way to the tryline.

No 8: Dan Rollinson (Bangalow)

A big addition mid-season and helped take Bangalow from wooden spoon to semi-final contenders.

Halfback: Justyn Keir (Wollongbar-Alstonville)

A welcome return to the Pioneers fold, Keir cut opposition teams to shreds with some of his attacking plays throughout the season.

Five-eighth: Grant Knight (Ballina)

Dominated games through his kicking but also had a strong running game. Looked a class above the rest for most of the season.

Wing: Mitchell Krause (Lismore City)

The spark in the Lismore City backline and was also selected on the wing for the NSW Country Cockatoos.

Inside centre:

Harvey Bell (Byron Bay)

Returned mid-season and made an immediate impact, controlling play from inside centre. Dragged Byron Bay to a preliminary final off the back of his skill set.

Outside centre: Brad Lees (Lennox Head)

Floated between centre and fullback in a Lennox Head backline that reshuffled plenty of times. He was sorely missed in the semi-finals after he was suspended for a lifting tackle.

Wing: Marty McNamara (Lennox Head)

One of the most consistent players at the Trojans who scored plenty of tries in his best season in first grade.

Fullback: Sam Kerry (Wollongbar-Alstonville)

Always threatens when he has the ball in hand. Took on the extra responsibility as captain when the Pioneers lost five-eighth Ben Damen in a season-ending injury.

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