League backrowers dominating player award

NIC Dobson has joined Gunnedah lock Trent Hilton at the top of the Northern Daily Leader Group 4 Player of the Year, after another whole-hearted display against Oxley Diggers at Jack Woolaston Oval.

Nic Dobson on the attack for the Bears. He’s joined Trent Hilton at the top of the NDL best and fairest table. Photo: Barry Smith 220614BSF10

Nic Dobson on the attack for the Bears. He’s joined Trent Hilton at the top of the NDL best and fairest table. Photo: Barry Smith 220614BSF10

Dobson joined his fellow lock on eight points after polling his second three-point effort in Sunday’s 70-18 flogging of the tackle-shy Diggers.

The two head the G4 B&F table from another backrower, Wee Waa’s Sam Power, who received the two points in his side’s 32-18 loss to Gunnedah at Gunnedah where Bulldogs prop Andrew Cameron received his first points of the season, snaring the three points with team-mate and halfback Matt Brady (1) also polling his first point of the season.

Jake McLoughlin was another to poll his first B&F points of the season in his side’s pulsating 34-32 win over Narrabri Blues.

Blues skipper Lachlan Cameron moved up to four points on the table when he logged the two points while Phil Beaton had another energetic game to pick up the one.

Energy was also part of Nic Dobson’s game at Jack Woolaston Oval.

Although the harder North tried the worse they became in the ball security stakes.

The 28-year-old Dobson is enjoying a good season because of the hard work he, and some of his Bear teammates, mustered pre-season.

“We all got pretty fit,” Dobson told The Leader.

“Everything is coming together, although we didn’t play that well today. We’ve still got a bit of work to do.

“We spoke about Diggers before the game. We expected them to be tougher than the first round (108-4) and we fell away a bit, tried to push passes and they didn’t stick.”

Dobson is in his second stint at Norths.

“I’ve played most of my footy here,” he said.

“Had a couple of years at Dungowan and won a premiership in 2008 with them, then had four years with Parso at Werris Creek, won a couple down there too.”

Now he’s hoping to make a trio of premierships with different clubs.

“Next week will be a test for us, we go out to wee Waa,” he said.

“Then we’ve got Narrabri, Gunnedah and west all at home.”

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