Half­back wins best and fairest

Sher­ston clinches CDRU’S top gong

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - SAM SMALLBONE

PORT Dou­glas Raiders half­back Nick Sher­ston spent most of the sea­son re­cov­er­ing from a groin in­jury, but it did not stop him from win­ning the Cairns District Rugby Union’s best and fairest player.

Sher­ston, 27, could barely walk for much of the sea­son and rarely trained be­cause of his in­jury but he was de­ter­mined to re­cover to full fit­ness.

He scored votes in ev­ery game from the ref­er­ees to hold out the JCU Mariners player Jonathon Bell, who missed three games through in­jury.

The ded­i­cated player was awarded the Wood­ward Medal A-Grade “Best and Fairest” player out of all the other union play­ers in the district.

“I was a bit sur­prised but I am stoked,” Sher­ston said.

“It’s nice to know that after all the hard train­ing my ef­forts have been recog­nised on and off the field.”

Raiders as­sis­tant coach and captain Adam Cal­craft de­scribed him to be a strong leader on the field and at train­ing.

“Nick is a great player to have out on the field be­cause he’s a leader to the other boys and al­ways helps out at train­ing,” Cal­craft said.

“His ball run­ning is se­cond to none, it is def­i­nitely his big­gest fea­ture in the game.

“Al­though be­ing four foot high and four foot wide helps,” he joked.

Sher­ston has played rugby in Canada for the Cal­gary Canucks last year and has been a proud Raiders player since 2007.

“I think I will be play­ing rugby un­til I can’t run any­more,” he said.

In the last year he has been re­cov­er­ing from a se­vere groin and an­kle in­jury which be­came a set­back mid­way through the sea­son.

“His in­juries never stopped him from play­ing a great game,” Cal­craft said.

“There was a time where he couldn’t run but he was per­sis­tent, trained hard and has come back on the field in full fit­ness.

“He’s a tough player who has had a fan­tas­tic year on the field.”

Best and fairest: Nick Sher­ston

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