TIM FENWICK received a standing ovation when the North Tamworth second grade captain-coach was named club champion at the Tamworth Golf Club on Friday night.
The 34-year-old Fenwick led the Bears to a second grade grand final win at Scully Park a few weeks ago.
After being named the Group 4 Second Grade Best and Fairest Award winner at the annual presentation night at Gunnedah Services Bowling Club in the week leading into the grand final, he was also named man of the match in the 33-26 win over Narrabri.
Bears club president peter Woolaston said the standing ovation was an emotional and deserving honour for Fenwick.
“It was his last season for us. Hopefully he’ll come back and assist us in some capacity,” Woolaston said.
“We worked out he’d played 159 first grade games and 40 in reserve grade.
“He was best and fairest in the Group this year and also man of the match in the grand final.
“He’s coached North junior teams.”
Woolaston said Richard Clegg was named first grade best and fairest after a good year where the outside back made the transformation to fullback well.
Best Forward was Shane Wadwell while Marshall Barker was Players’ Player.
“It was a good night,” Woolaston said.
“We had 93 here. The Golf Club is a good venue and they looked after us.
“We do have a lot of good young kids coming through as well.
“Some of them have trials with Sydney clubs coming up as well.”
He said the “connection with Farrer” has served the club well the last few years.
“It’s been great for us,” he said.
The North Tamworth RLFC’s next major event is its October 12 annual general meeting.
That AGM will start at 10am at Jack Woolaston Oval.
“That’s where we will also select our coaches for next year,” Woolaston said.