Cudgen front-rower Caleb Ziebell was a standout in the NRRRL semi-final against Casino.
Cudgen front-rower Caleb Ziebell was a standout in the NRRRL semi-final against Casino. Mike Donnelly

Stars of sport in 2016 season

Sportsman of 2016: Caleb Ziebell (Cudgen cricket and rugby league)

AN all-rounder in every sense of the word and a gifted athlete on the cricket pitch and rugby league field.

The most consistent performer across two sports, playing first grade rugby league in the front row and opening the batting for Cudgen in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket.

Ziebell was the standout player for North Coast at the New South Wales Country Cricket Championships and also scored runs for Northern Rivers in the Twenty20 at the SCG.

Top sportswoman: Tyler Wright (surfing)

A DREAM season for the former Lennox Head surfer, winning five events and her first world title on the professional tour.

Wright started the year with a win at the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast and never looked back as she claimed the world title with one event still remaining.

She finished the year with a win at the Maui Pro in Hawaii, equalling the record for most wins in a season set by multiple world champion Stephanie Gilmore in 2008.

Top men's team: Murwillumbah Mustangs (Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League)

TRAGEDY and triumph will be what the 2016 NRRRL season will always be remembered as at Murwillumbah.

The emotional roller coaster started at the preliminary final when second-rower Grant Cook came from the field to collapse on the sideline and later died in a Gold Coast hospital.

The team pulled together to take their place in the grand final and pulled off a 16-14 win against the more fancied Cudgen.

Murwillumbah also became the first team to win a grand final away from home since Mullumbimby did it at Ballina in 2007.

Top women's team: Glee (Far North Coast Hockey)

THE winning streak continued for Glee Hockey Club with an incredible 16th straight premiership in A-grade competition.

Glee - with Rhonda Mathers at the helm again as coach - were far too strong on grand final day, beating Northern Star 6-2.

The sequence of 16 consecutive major premierships by Glee is the longest in Far North Coast sport.



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