TOP GONG: Isis Devils' Tim Cole talks to his team.
TOP GONG: Isis Devils' Tim Cole talks to his team. Matthew McInerney

Cole is one of the best: Player wins BRL player of the year

LEAGUE: When Isis Devil Tim Cole came home from the Bundaberg Rugby League awards on Friday night he had some explaining to do to his lovely wife.

The Devils hooker was so confident he wasn't going to win an award on the night he told Cara that she didn't need to go.

"As it can be a long night I told her she won't enjoy it," he told the NewsMail yesterday.


"I said I was going there to make up the numbers from the club, I had no chance of winning, so there was no need to turn up."


Cole would regret that decision a few hours later when he took out the A-Grade player of the year for the competition.

The Devils player shared the award with Wallaroo Shaun Collins.

"Yeah she wasn't the happiest when I came home with the award," Cole admitted.

"She said 'I thought you told me I was going to make the numbers up and now you've won'."

Cole said he was still in shock at taking out the gong.

"When they announced there were two winners and I was one of them, I almost fell of my chair," he said.


"To share it with Shaun is a special feeling, he is a top bloke on and off the field and it is one of my career highlights."


Cole put the victory down to playing all games this season and leading the club at a crucial time.


"When Jake Thompson went down with injury the captaincy rolled over to me," he said.


"It put more pressure on me to perform as I didn't want to let the team down.


"I wanted to lead from the front."


The award for Cole highlights a season of what could have been.


The Devils finished second to last as injuries crippled the team in the end.


"It was really disappointing because we had a side we thought was capable of finishing in the top five," he said.


"Our problem was keeping a side on the park week in and out."


Cole said the side would focus on one area for next year.


"We need to build up the depth at the club," he said.


"We need a squad of 25 so hopefully we can get all the boys back that were injured and get a couple of recruits."


Cole wasn't the only winner on the night with Past Brothers captain Kevin Sherriff being named representative player of the year and Lewin Theuerkauf-Smith being named reserve player of the year.

Joey Alberts claimed the gong for rookie of the year.

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