Halves steal the show at Snappers’ awards night
PICKING up so many Coffs Harbour Snappers club awards between them showed why Arek Werstak and Stuart McVicar are at the forefront of a vintage time for halves in Mid North Coast Rugby.
Along with doyenne Adam McCormack at Hastings Valley and up-and-comer Damon Rootes at SCU Marlins, the men who call the shots at the scrum base are now the high-fliers in the local 15-a-side code.
Werstak won the players' payer award and what probably earned McVicar his best and fairest gong for 2014 is versatility with ability to play at nine or 10, or switch to fullback to give extra penetration into the backline when needed.
The second grade side played in the grand final and while it wasn't the best year for the top grade, president Matt Joyce outlined how successful the club remains within the wider sporting community.
"In 2013 we celebrated 40 years of rugby in Coffs Harbour, starting with our club going back to its original 'Snappers' name and identity," he said.
"This and the formation of the Snappers Old Boys this year saw many getting involved with the club once again.
"Our 'old boys' concept and nurturing our kids through to seniors ranks is one of our major objectives."
COFFS RUGBY AWARDS
Players' player: Arek Werstak
Best and fairest: Stuart McVicar
Back: Dylon Calabria
Forward: Lachlan Cummins
Most Improved: Matthew Schulz
Most improved: Koen Mieni
Most tries: Waqa Yaya and Sam Reynolds (12)
Highest points: Wade Newton
Rookie: Arek Werstak
Club person: Emma Dempsey