Halfback wins best and fairest
Sherston clinches CDRU’S top gong
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