BACKING himself has certainly paid off for Biloela Rugby Union number eight Chris Dawson, who received the club's best and fairest award at their presentation night at the weekend.
Dawson, who switched from second row to number eight, won the award by a whopping 11 points from Luke Milne, with 3-2-1 scores given in each game the club played in the CQ Rugby Union reserve grade competition.
“I was extremely honoured and humbled as it is a very prestigious award to win at the Biloela Rugby Club with some great former players having won the award in the past,” Dawson said.
The 25-year-old, in his fourth season at the club, said turning up each week and a lot of hard work had helped him win best and fairest.
“But I couldn't have done it without the other 14 blokes on the paddock - it's a team effort,” he said.
Dawson said he put the big margin between him and the other players down to his consistency, positive mindset and backing himself.
“You have to have a desire and a want to win the game and, above all, do it for yourself and your team-mates until the final whistle.
“I would rate this season as one of the most enjoyable seasons of rugby I have been involved in. Considering that over half the team had never played rugby before this season is a great stepping stone for the club,” he said.
Coach Dean Brewer said the change in position had given Dawson more freedom.
“I also think he has taken more responsibility on - mainly due to some experienced people leaving the team,” Brewer said.
Dawson, who started playing rugby at 15 in Armidale, said it was a great leveller.
“If you put the effort in you will get the results. It is a game which allows for everybody to get out there and have a go regardless of your skill level,” he said.
Dawson said he kept pulling the boots on every year to play.Stars of the season • Biloela Rugby Union awards: • Best and fairest: Chris Dawson. • Best back: Luke Milne. • Best forward: Jared Dunlop. • Most dedicated: Laurie London. • Most improved: Matt Kurtz. • Most consistent: Andrew Leitch. • Player's player: Tim Hollingsworth. • Club person of the year: Mark McMullin.
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