TROPHIES: Warwick Water Rats trophy winners (back, from left) Dave Young, Matt Wheatley, Neil McCosker, Chris Crouch, Adrian Spry, Brad Johnson, (front) Harley Beckhouse, Nathan Watt, Craig Pettiford and Cameron Martin-Brown.
TROPHIES: Warwick Water Rats trophy winners (back, from left) Dave Young, Matt Wheatley, Neil McCosker, Chris Crouch, Adrian Spry, Brad Johnson, (front) Harley Beckhouse, Nathan Watt, Craig Pettiford and Cameron Martin-Brown. Samantha Bennett

Spry effort rewarded with best and fairest award

AFTER A gap of almost a decade, Adrian Spry has played a full season with the Warwick Water Rats to win the best and fairest and players' player awards.

Spry played open side flanker for the Warwick C-grade side which narrowly missed the top five in Downs rugby.

"I was happy with my form," Spry said.

He said it was a bit of a letdown to miss the semis after Bears scored a two-point win against Goondiwindi to secure fifth from the Water Rats.

"I think we could have had a good run at the finals if we made the five," he said.

He prides himself on being an all-rounder who tries to do a bit of everything in the number 7 jersey.

"I like to get in the face of the opposition fly half if I can," Spry said.

He first played for the Water Rats when a student at Warwick State High School in the early 2000s in an under-19 team coached by Andrew Grafton.

"I played in a grand final loss to Rangers that season and played wherever Andrew wanted me. I have more played fullback and flanker since," he said.

Spry occasionally played for Warwick in the intervening years but became a regular this season when he travelled from Toowoomba to link with his hometown club.

"I have always played for Warwick so wanted to play the whole season," he said.

He will only play an occasional game for Warwick next season as he is now based in Brisbane with the army. Spry will play some inter-unit army footy in the next month.

Winners

  • Scotty McLellan B&F Award - Adrian Spry
  • Best Forward - Dave Young
  • Best Back - Harley Beckhouse
  • Most Improved - Cameron Martin-Brown
  • Encouragement Award - Nathan Watt
  • Players Player - Adrian Spry
  • Best Try - Chris Crouch
  • Best Tackle - Brad Johnson
  • Club Captain - Matt Wheatley
  • Coach - Craig Pettiford
  • Clubman Award - Neil McCosker


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