WOOLGOOLGA'S mercurial pivot Arthur Murray has been named Carlton Mid Group 2 first grade 'Player of the Year' for the second straight season.
Despite being a key ingredient in the Seahorses run to the semi finals series and earning rave reviews, the star five-eighth was expected to be challenged by the rising crop of forwards appearing in the southern region.
"Actually he won the votes by a big space," Group secretary Peter O'Grady confirmed.
"We thought Arthur might be under pressure when his club stood him down for disciplinary reasons but you must hand it to him - he bounces back when it counts."
But the rise and rise of Port Macquarie lock forward Matt Shipway continued with his award from the referee's association as 'best and fairest'.
The Sharks premiership-winning captain was named inaugural Coffs Coast Advocate 'Player of the Year' before collecting the same acknowledgement at club level.
O'Grady said the Group is in the process of wrapping up the season and preparing for the annual general meeting on November 12.
Group 2 awards
Rex Hardaker Memorial 'Player of the Year'
Arthur Murray (Woolgoolga)
Best and Fairest ? Matt Shipway (Port Macquarie)
Leading Pointscorer ? Arthur Murray (Woolgoolga) ? 227 points from 17 tries, 78 goals, 3 field goals.
Top Tryscorer ? Paul Wallace (Coffs Harbour) ? 26 tries.
Best and Fairest ? Jason Jones (Port Macquarie)
Leading Pointscorer ? Jim Carter (Woolgoolga) ? 152 points from 15 tries, 46 goals.
Top Tryscorer ? Jim Carter (Woolgoolga) ? 15 tries.
Best and Fairest ? Malcolm Webster Jr (Gimbisi Valley)
Leading Pointscorer ? Mitch Edwards (Nambucca Heads) ? 110 points.
Top Tryscorer ? Kevin Gordon (Sawtell) ? 15 tries.
Durbridge Family Award for 'most improved' ? Abraham Spear (Macksville)