Broken Billy wins big award
A BROKEN arm could not stop Lennox Head five-eighth Billy Goldsmith from taking out the Best and Fairest award at the Far North Coast Rugby Union presentation.
Goldsmith suffered the season-ending injury in the second last round of the competition against Wollongbar-Alstonville and had been in a purple patch of form in the lead-up.
It is an impressive achievement considering it was his first season in the top grade and the previous recipients of the award were Grant Knight and Ben Damen who both still play in the competition.
Damen was in the mix again finishing four points behind Goldsmith while Byron Bay flanker Craig Wallace was only three points back in second.
"Billy has been outstanding this year and he has a side-step to die for," Lennox Head coach Aaron Matenga said.
"It was disappointing that he couldn't see out the season but this is a great achievement for him.
"He is an absolute all-rounder, he started the season at fullback but moved into five-eighth where he only got better.
"I think he enjoyed having his brother Abe at halfback and he was able to create a lot of opportunities for us with ball-in-hand.
"We definitely want him back next year that's for sure."
Byron Bay No 8 Jack Cooke finished equal third with Damen and Wollongbar-Alstonville second-rower Steve Mison.
Cooke has had an outstanding season so far and was the top try-scorer with 22 to his name.
Mison also featured in other awards taking out the representative player of the year while Damen was the top point-scorer in the competition with 160.
Ballina took out the club championship for the second straight year.
With the awards out of the way, attention now turns to the minor and major semi-finals.
Ballina and Lennox Head will clash for a third straight year in the minor semi-final at Lismore Rugby Park on Saturday.
Byron Bay finished the season with the minor premiership and will host Wollongbar-Alstonville the following week.