Flanker takes out top award
CLERMONT Bush Pigs openside flanker Blake Edwards is never too far from the action, so it was of little surprise to see him honoured as the club's Players' Player for the 2011 season.
The ruck-rummaging forward was also named as the best forward and best defensive player of the year, at the Bush Pigs' annual presentation evening on Saturday.
"He's a consistent performer and a real leader," Clermont coach Josh Scott said.
"He's the one who steps up when the going gets tough."
Another Bush Pig who starred for Clermont was newcomer and halfback Travis Bettridge.
"He played a bit in Mackay before coming to us," he said.
The Clermont pivot proved to be an invaluable asset to the club and was almost always able to find himself in the right place at the right time on the field.
"He's a talented player," Scott said.
"Always has a cool head on him and manages to be in the right spot."
The Bush Pigs' changing of the guard has had little ill-effect on overall performance Scott said, with many of the new players who took up the reins this year performing exceptionally.
"I'm pretty happy looking back," he said. "It was a new side and we had only a handful of players from last year."
Scott was doubtful he would return as coach again next year due to ongoing work commitments, but was looking forward to a bigger and better season for the Bush Pigs in 2012.