Narrabri’s Daniel Jobson and Werris Creek’s Thomas Brown had plenty in common on the weekend.
Both played prop, both went down in tough clashes and both polled three North West Farm Machinery AGCO Best and Fairest Award points.
Jobson was outstanding in a beaten side against North Tamworth and put up some huge numbers, reported Narrabri coach Wayne Saunders.
“He might have made 28 or 32 hit ups in the game,” Saunders said.
“That’s also with a lot of defence and playing a full 80 minutes.
“That’s pretty good.”
Brown put up a likewise whole-hearted display as the Magpies went down to Kootingal-Moonbi.
The Werris Creek leader is always making one of the early hit-ups or making a number of tackles in the middle of the ruck.
He’s accustomed to hard work on and off the field. Off the field he works for ARTC as a railway track maintenance man and then revs it up on the field for the Magpies.
Being awarded the three points was a surprise to Brown – “Really?” was his response to the news. He thought one of the Kooty players would have won it and if it had gone to a Magpie, then centre Kieran Williams was his side’s best.
“Keiran was great,” he said.
“It’s his first year in first grade, he’s stepped up.”
Williams runs hard and easily won the Magpie player’s player award.
However, Brown has a fan in co-coach Matt Parsons.
“You could give it to him every week, that’s how he plays,” Parsons said.
“To have a front rower play the full game is huge.”
NORTH WEST FARM MACHINERY AGCO BEST & FAIREST
5: Dylan Lake (Gunnedah), Brodie Sowter (Kootingal).
4: Shaun Ferguson (Dungowan), Scott Blanch (North Tamworth).
3: Scott Berry, Thomas Brown (Werris Creek), Kyle Cochrane (Kootingal), Matt Brady, David Smith (G), Fraser Evans (D), Daniel Jobson (Narrabri).
2: Jay Urquhart, Kialu Brown (Boggabri), Hayden Smith (G).
1: Jamie Bailey, Harley Milgate (WC), Ben Haire (Bogg), Jacob Nichols (N), Ethan Collins (D), Mitch Doring, Sam Taylor (K), Ben Gardner (G), James Cooper (NT).