02/10/2014 - Tim Alison wins four major awards at Orange Emus presentation dinner

RED TERROR: Emus fullback Tim Alison cleaned up the club's presentation night. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0809emus4RED TERROR: Emus fullback Tim Alison cleaned up the club’s presentation night. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0809emus4

UNHERALDED Orange Emus fullback Tim Alison has cleaned up at the greens 2014 presentation, taking home four of the club’s major awards.

Dubbed a “clear stand-out for Emus this season” by coach Andrew Logan, Alison won the Phil Morrissey Award for best player voted by coaches and board, the Jeff Jeffries for club players’ player as well as both the first grade best and fairest and also the first grade players’ player.

In a break-out year for the versatile outside back, Alison found a home at fullback and was dominant in Emus’ run to the 2014 Blowes Clothing Cup grand final.

Even though Emus lost the decider 42-24 to a powerful Roos outfit at Dubbo’s No.1 Oval, Alison was blistering in his performance and was a clear cut winner for most of the top grade awards.

Held at the Emus clubhouse at Endeavour Oval, the greens handed out a host of club perpetuals.

Flying kiwi Carter Hirini won the Don Strachan Patrons award, the Peter Kirk Shield was claimed by colt Cody Perrott, while first grade winger Tom Green won the Tim Keen Award, annually presented to a young player at Emus with the most promise.

Awarded to the player with the most potential, the Lou Pattinson Award was this year won by Adam Perri, Tommy Fenuelelei’s tireless efforts in both second and first grade netted the Fijian hardman the Shane Cross Award, and James Simmons took home the Mick Fisher-Barry Rodwell Award, designed to provide encouragement to a player who has shown great spirit and attitude towards the game.

The Dick Hutchinson Award to the player who is still playing for the club and who is considered best clubman was this year Joe Tulikaki, while the Barry Ruddy Award for the true spirit of rugby went to young colt Sam Chamberlain.

Second grade coach Mitch Dansey (Frank Gleeson Award), point-scoring whiz Nigel Staniforth (Baden and Clive Walker Award), first grade flanker Andrew Cosgrove (Tony Lewis Award) and Donna Roberts (Tim Cutcliffe Award) were the other big winners at Emus’ end of season night.

Logan said both Fenuelelei and Tulikaki were popular winners.

“(Tulikaki) refs wallas, helps out in the club, plays colts, volunteers for duty at rep carnivals … whatever needs doing Joe is there,” Logan said.

“Tom Fenuelelei won a premiership with second grade, played over half the season in first grade and brought huge energy to everything he did.”

taken from http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/2597413/alison-cleans-up-at-emus-awards-night/?cs=104

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