'Outstanding player': 'Fish' claims season awards
MUNDUBBERA Tigers' lion-hearted forward Mark 'Fish' Fischer has claimed a swag of awards at the team's season presentation on Saturday.
He won Player's Player (alongside Daniel West-Pes), Player of the Year, and Most Dedicated On and Off the Field (alongside Tyler West).
This latter award reflected the fact that he and West both had to travel ('Fish' from Gayndah, West from Eidsvold) for training and home games.
"And they only missed five training sessions between them all season,” coach Shannon Steinhardt said.
Of 'Fish', Steinhardt said affectionately he was a "hard-headed bastard”.
"He was definitely our outstanding player, great in defence and always rucking up in attack,” Steinhardt said.
He didn't think there was much stock in talk this would be the last year for 'Fish'.
"I reckon we might get one more year out of him,” Steinhardt said.
He thought captain Cameron MacDonald may also have a thirst for revenge.
"He (MacDonald) says it's his last season but he's been saying that for a fair few years,” Steinhardt said.
MacDonald was awarded Best Forward, alongside Bailey Kimber, while MacDonald's wife Tennille was the Club Person of the Year for her unwavering backroom support.
Dave Tanzer won the Encouragement Award, Morgan Lohia was the Utility Player of the Year, West and West-Pes were named joint Best Back, Darien Jackson was Rookie of the Year, Jack West-Combo was the Quiet Achiever, Laulea 'Rocket Man' Loketi was the Most Improved, Danyon Van Mierlo was Best and Fairest and Elijah Barsah won the Coach's Award.
Steinhardt thanked his charges for giving him the opportunity to coach this season.
"I'm proud of the boys,” he said.
"We were the team to beat all year.”
He said there was a "lot of talent” in the Central and North Burnett and hoped the league would make it through another season next year.