Canowindra Tigers five-eight Jayden Brown has been awarded his first Alex Armstrong Medal for the Woodbridge Cup’s best and fairest throughout 2017.
Brown received 18 votes by referees during the regular season to secure the league’s best player prize, with the three points he scored in the last round proving the difference.
“The Canowindra committee thought he would've had a good chance considering to season he was having,” Tigers first grade coach Barry Traves said.
The award capped off a great week for Jayden and his partner Sarah, who welcomed a baby girl into their lives earlier in the week.
The Woodbridge Cup’s night of nights was hosted at the Canowindra Services Club on Friday night, attracting about 150 people representing club’s from each town in the competition.
The night began a busy weekend of Woodbridge Cup action with the Tigers’ youth league side bundling out of contention after an 18-10 loss against Manildra on Sunday.
Played at Cargo in high winds, Canowindra conceded an early try and were down 4-0 after 10 minutes.
The Tigers’ forwards got the ball rolling down field and when it appeared they had leveled they were called back for a forwards pass.
Manildra took advantage of the error and posted a second unanswered try to lead 10-0 at the break.
The Rhinos extended the lead to 16-0 during the opening exchanges of the second-half but Canowindra clicked into gear, responding with two tries to reduce the margin to 16-10.
Tigers’ forwards were causing headaches for Rhinos’ defence with Nathan Whatman, Angus Fisher and Matt Harrison surging forward and playing some entertaining footy.
Some ill discipline proved costly towards the closing stages as Canowindra spilled possession and gifted the Rhinos two points after a penalty. The fulltime score was 18-10 in favour of Manildra who book their spot in the decider against Trundle in Condobolin this Sunday.
“The boys need to be congratulated and Jayden [Brown] their coach for the job this year to get the juniors started again and performing that well in the semis,” Barry Traves said
The Tigers will celebrate the 2017 season at their presentation night on September 23. Book tickets and pay $25 per head on the Tigers web page/facebook.