Adam Hall wins Woodbridge Cup player of the year award

CUP KING: Adam Hall takes home the Woodbridge Cup's player of the year medal. Photo: RS WILLIAMS

CUP KING: Adam Hall takes home the Woodbridge Cup's player of the year medal. Photo: RS WILLIAMS

Mark Adam Hall down as the Woodbridge Cup's Château Poujeaux, Moulis 2011.

A fine red wine that just gets better with age.

The Trundle half took out the competition's player of the year award last Friday night, winning the Adam Armstrong medal for the first time.

Hall, 33, led the count at the end of round 14 and then, despite challenges from teammate Conner Farrar, Canowindra's Frazer Ryder, Molong's Kade Barrow and Peak Hill's Luke Thompson, maintained his lead to win by two votes with a total of 21.

Ryder (19 votes), Farrar (17), Thompson and Barrow (both on 16) rounded out the top five in that order.

SHARED JOY: Condobolin's Nikita Kirby and Manildra flier Molly Hoswell were joint-winners of the Woodbridge Cup league tag player of the year award. Photo: RS WILLIAMS

SHARED JOY: Condobolin's Nikita Kirby and Manildra flier Molly Hoswell were joint-winners of the Woodbridge Cup league tag player of the year award. Photo: RS WILLIAMS

Hall joins the likes of Jayden Brown (Canowindra, 2017 and 2018) and Mitch Gibson (Manildra, 2016) as recent winners of the Armstrong Medal.

Peak Hill's Torin Hando won coach of the year, the livewire hooker helping turn the Roosters around mid-season.

TOP COACH: Peak Hill's Torin Hando (left) won coach of the year in the 2019 Woodbridge Cup competition. Photo: RS WILLIAMS

TOP COACH: Peak Hill's Torin Hando (left) won coach of the year in the 2019 Woodbridge Cup competition. Photo: RS WILLIAMS

Peak Hill is the only side to beat Trundle this season, and went on a six-game winning run that started at the turn of the season to almost make the finals.

Cargo's Dion Jones won the youth league player of the year award - the Houghton/Eppelstun Medal - and the ladies' league tag player of the year gong was shared between Manildra flier Molly Hoswell and Condobolin's Nikita Kirby.

YOUNG WONDER: Dion Jones was crowned the Cup's youth league player of the year. Photo: RS WILLIAMS

YOUNG WONDER: Dion Jones was crowned the Cup's youth league player of the year. Photo: RS WILLIAMS

Hoswell scored 33 tries this season and topped the competition's point-scorers tally with 214, while Jones also headed both lists in the youth league.

The Blue Heelers' best in the under 19s, Jones scored 21 tries and finished with 100 points during the 2019 season.

In first grade, Grenfell's Mitch Stevens scored 22 tries - the most in the Cup this year - and booted a swag of goals to finished the season with 248 points.

Troy Newham won the referee of the year award and Cargo, Manildra and Trundle were presented with their minor premiership shields, the Gary Hewan, Kevin Forde and Ken Hodge shields respectively.

He was so humble and grateful to be playing for his home town and for someone like Adam, who's played Group 11, Group 10 and Group Nine, to have never won an award like this, it was great to see.

Woodbridge Cup president Andrew Pull on medal winner Adam Hall.

But the night belonged to the Cup's cab sauv, Hall a humble and gracious winner of the player of the year medal.

"He polled pretty well throughout whole year where as some of the others came in two or three week hits," Woodbridge Cup president Andrew Pull said of Hall.

"He was so humble and grateful to be playing for his home town and for someone like Adam, who's played Group 11, Group 10 and Group Nine, to have never won an award like this, it was great to see."

Over 150 people attended the night, which aligns with the super crowds the Cup has been generating all season.

And Pull is expecting one more bumper attendance mark on Sunday for the grand final at Berryman Oval, Trundle.

"I certainly am. I'm expecting it to be similar to Manildra last year," he added, 2019 a campaign that's seen the Cup go from strength-to-strength.

"We're over the moon," Pull said.

"The Molong and Manidlra game was a club game record and our semi-final attendances are up across the four weeks.

"The volunteers at the clubs are making it work. They're giving back. Without them we've got nothing."