Joint winners announced as FNC rugby best and fairest

BANGALOW player-coach Will Cotterill and Lennox Head centre Simon Deevy are joint winners of the 2013 best and fairest award in the Far North Coast Rugby Union competition.

Cotterill, 38, and Deevy were presented with their awards at the FNC presentation luncheon.

Deevy is from Ireland and was the Trojans main attacking weapon in his first season at the club.

It was Cotterill's first season at Bangalow after he made the switch from Lismore City.

Cotterill was captain-coach of City for two years before moving across to Bangalow as they entered first grade for the first time this season.

"I was a bit surprised to be honest, it's been an absolute pleasure playing at Bangalow this year," Cotterill said.

"Every game has been a challenge but I didn't have to worry about the coaching as much.

"I think that brought out the best in me, especially moving back into the forwards for the last couple of rounds."

Cotterill bagged a try-scoring double in a 34-12 win against Southern Cross University at Schultz Oval, Ballina at the weekend.

He scored six tries in his final three games including a hat-trick against Grafton earlier this month.

At 38 Cotterill thought his days of winning best and fairest awards were over.

"It's definitely been a while, I picked up a couple of awards when I was in my early 20s," he said.

"It was an important year for me and the club this season."

Cotterill has had a busy year as assistant coach to the FNC representative team and working locally with an Australian Rugby Union junior development program.

Ballina captain Liam Preston was named representative player of the year after another big effort at the NSW Country Championships in March.

The second grade best and fairest award was won by Ballina fullback Rick Randall who has been a try-scoring machine in 2013 and Isaiah Mutton took the honours in the presidents cup competition