KOOTINGAL Roosters celebrated another good season at the Kootingal Hotel on Saturday but the club will have to find a new coach to skipper its 2014 Group 4 Second Division season.
Stu Dines, the knowledgeable and popular Rooster coach, is stepping down.
A quiet and humble bloke, Dines always deflected any of the accoladesto his players and was ever reluctant to talk about anything bar the success of the players and the team.
“I’ve had a good run,” he said.
“I’ve been coaching for 50 years. I won’t be coaching them next year but I’ll be here some- where, doing something for the club.”
While the Roosters were knocked out of the premiership in the semi-final by Dungowan, the club still had a good year, as the large turnout showed on Saturday.
All the current-day players also melded in with the 1963 Under 18 side as they staged a 50-year reunion.
“It’s been a great day,” Dines said.
“It was terrific with the 1963 side here and Robbo and Trevor Gillmeister too.
“We only ran fourth but the girls won.”
The girls he was talking about were the Kootingal Kootylicious league tag side.
Under coach Zeta Knight, they won the inaugural Peter Blom Shield at Barraba with an 8-4 win in the grand final.
“They did very well,” Dines said.
“It’s very difficult to win a comp let alone go through undefeated.”
Tayla Phillis was named Kootingal’s Players’ Player in that Ladies League Tag season while Matilda Schumack was the Rookie of the Year.
Zoe Ison was highest goalkicker and Zeta Knight annexed the Best and Fairest.
Rachel Schmiedel won the Coaches’ Award and Sonya Clayton was the highest tryscorer.
Nathan Hamlin was a dominant figure for the Roosters.
He was named Players’ Player and Best and Fairest as well as being leading tryscorer (16).
Amos Ioasa was Rookie Of the Year while the Coaches’ Award went to Ben Williams.
Clubperson of the Year was shared by Vicki and Glen Appleby.
First grade skipper Paul Ford was leading pointscorer (120 points – 12 tries, 36 goals) and Jordan Fisher Most Improved.
Mathew Penberty picked up two awards, Most Valuable Player and MostValuable Forward.
The Most Valuable Back went to winger Anthony Smith, Clarence “Lad” Jones won the Team Achiever and James Kiddle was presented with the Logan Coleman Perpetual Award.
Anthony Gillham, Dennis Flemming, Geoff Suey, Jeremy Moss and Fred Cook also received special awards for their long service and support of the club.