Cootamundra Tri-Colours hooker Darryl Hemopo took out the side's top gong at its presentation night last month.
A new player to the Tri-Colours in 2019, Hemopo was influential in guiding the Cootamundra side to an undefeated season capped with a 55-12 win in the South West Oilsplus Competition grand final over Harden.
The New Zealand import was a worthy winner, said coach Mark Elia.
"He was a standout at hooker. A new player for the club this season and was a very worthy winner," Elia said.
He was also joint winner of Players' Player with fullback Paddy Cameron.
"Paddy is a dynamic player who scored a lot of tries, he's tenacious, hard running. Both him and Darryl during the first few games of the year really led by example and the rest of the side caught up," Elia said.
Due to it being such a successful year for the Tri-Colours, Elia said it was difficult to pick award recipients.
Isaac Mitchell won best forward and Aaron Byrne received best back award.
Elia said multiple players were in the running for each award.
"All the award winners played most of the games. As you could imagine after an unbeaten season it was very hard [to pick awardees]. There was four or five players in the running for each award. We had a very fortunate year," he said.
Mel Cook took out the Best and Fairest award for the ladies' side.
Elia said Cook was consistent all year and led from the front as one of the side's most experienced players.
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