CAPELLA Cattle Dog Bernie Brooks would throw his body into a ruck where no sane man would dare. So it's fitting the blindside flanker was honoured as the Cattle Dog of the Year at the club's annual presentation night.
The premiership-winning Capella coach Chris Roberts said the Cattle Dog award was a true measure of physical toughness.
"It's the bloke who shows that bit of mongrel," Roberts said.
"Someone who goes hard all day and just does that little bit extra."
The hard-hitting Wes Grayson took out Player of the Year honours, while second-rower and rookie Cattle Dog Andy Sellick claimed the club's Best and Fairest.
"He (Andy) was very consistent," Roberts said.
"If he wasn't leading the points, he was certainly in the top five each week."
Behind the scenes Cattle Dogs Club Person of the Year Sean Cavanagh was working tirelessly to keep the players watered, strapped and everything in between.
"He can't play anymore but he would still jump in his car and drive all the way to Rolleston to do the strapping," Roberts said.
The grand final win was the first for coach Roberts at the Capella club but one he was reluctant to take recognition for.
"It's a credit to the boys and all their hard work," he said.
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