Star Belconnen United Scholars pivot Brent Crisp and Goulburn Workers Bulldogs stalwart Mick Dodson have capped off marvelous individual seasons to be crowned joint winners of the Les McIntyre Medal for 2012.
The medal is a reflection on the pair’s standing as the best and fairest players throughout the course of the season in the Canberra Raiders Cup.
After joining the Scholars from Young last year, Crisp was a particular stand out this year.
Beginning the season at fullback and then shifting to five-eighth, Crisp’s experience and talent saw the former NRL player take out the competition’s highest try scoring and points scoring honours for the year through 22 tries and 257 points.
Amidst all the individual praise though, Crisp has revealed that he will trade it all in for a premiership with his Scholars teammates this Sunday when they take on reigning premiers the Queanbeyan Kangaroos in the grand final at Seiffert Oval.
“It’s a great honour to win these awards but the main goal is to win the grand final,” said Crisp.
“You’d give the personal awards away for a grand final appearance, let alone a grand final win but it’s good to get a personal award like this because they don’t come along very often. It’s a good reward for all the hard work you put in during the season and a good reflection on my teammates as well because I wouldn’t be here without them.”
In what is sure to be a massive blow to the Scholar’s title ambitions, Crisp has revealed that he is still struggling to overcome a hamstring injury which he sustained in the club’s 36-19 win over Yass Magpies last Saturday.
“The hamstrings not looking too good,” said the 26 year old. “The tear is a lot bigger than we first thought so I’ll be up against the odds to take the field. I’ll be doing all I can to get out there though.”
Despite not qualifying for the semi finals with his beloved Bulldogs, Dodson’s performances left no doubt in the minds of players and spectators alike of his ability and widely renowned toughness.
“I love playing for this club,” said the 36 year old. “It was a disappointing year because we’re definitely a semi final side.”
Despite his age, the hard as nails lock forward still thrives on competing with the best in the competition and seeing the young talent coming through at the club.
“I’m just happy to be able to compete with the other players still,” said the Canberra Region representative. “The challenge of still being able to match it with the best in the competition is what keeps me going.”
“I really enjoy seeing the young boys coming through as well. Training with them and seeing them develop sort of keeps me going as well.”
“Young Tyler Cornish is one of the good young kids coming through. We’ve got a few quality kids coming through actually but I’d say Tyler would probably be the next cab off the rank.”
Will Dodson be going around again to possibly play with Cornish next year?
“I’ll just see what happens,” said Dodson with a wry smile.
In good news for rugby league fans in the Canberra Region though, Crisp’s dynamic attacking ability will definitely be showcased again next year in the Canberra Raiders Cup.
Award Winners for 2012
Under 18s Zone 2: Tuggeranong Bushrangers Blue
Under 18s Zone 1: Tuggeranong Bushrangers Red
George Tooke Shield: Boorowa Rovers
Reserve Grade: Goulburn Workers Bulldogs
First Grade: Belconnen United Scholars
Club Championship: Belconnen United Scholars
Top Try Scorers:
Under 18s Zone 2: Jake Wheeler – 17 tries – Bungendore Tigers
Under 18s Zone 1: Bryce O’Sullivan – 18 tries – Belconnen United Scholars
George Tooke Shield: Gavin Johnson – 15 tries – Boomunalla Raiders
Reserve Grade: Steven Riley (Queanbeyan Kangaroos) & Pau Fale (Queanbeyan Blues) – 11 tries
First Grade: Brent Crisp – 22 tries – Belconnen United Scholars
Leading Point Scorers:
Under 18s Zone 2: Jake Wheeler – 76 points – Bungendore Tigers
Under 18s Zone 1: Tyler Cornish – 106 points – Goulburn Workers Bulldogs
George Tooke Shield: Will Parsons – 108 points – Hall Hornets
Reserve Grade: Chris Rawlinson – 140 points – Yass Magpies
First Grade: Brent Crisp – 257 points – Belconnen United Scholars
Best & Fairest:
Under 18s Zone 2: Jamie Boothman – Crookwell Green Devils
Under 18s Zone 1: Tyler Cornish – Goulburn Workers Bulldogs
George Tooke Shield: Luke Brown – Harden Hawks
Reserve Grade: Steve Kirby – West Belconnen Warriors
Outstanding Referee: Rod Cranston
Outstanding Volunteer: Gary Green
Coach of the Year: John Hawke – Belconnen United Scholars
Rookie of the Year: Mark Nicholls
Les McIntyre Medal: Brent Crisp & Michael Dodson