WINNER: NDRL player of the year Tim McIntosh (centre) with the family of   Gary Stehbens, in whose honour the award has been named.
WINNER: NDRL player of the year Tim McIntosh (centre) with the family of Gary Stehbens, in whose honour the award has been named. Neil Redfern

McIntosh honoured to win new award

LEAGUE: Northern Force's Tim McIntosh is hoping one shield win can lead to another one in three weeks time.

The Force captain won the inaugural Gary Stehbens Northern Districts Rugby League player of the year award at the competition's annual awards dinner in Gin Gin.

McIntosh won the award in the final five rounds, racking up 29 points ahead of Gin Gin's Josh Lammin.

The award was named after Stehbens, who died in May. He had played a role in the competition for almost 45 years.

"It's a big honour to take the award,” McIntosh said after the presentation.

"He's been a big asset and a life member of the association.

"Without those sort of players and referees you can't have a competition.”

McIntosh's achievement is also special given the merged side almost didn't play this year.

"It was looking that way,” he said.

"Without the committee of Miriam Vale and Agnes Water Marlins joining together there would be no Force and no award.”

McIntosh also took out the most goals, most points and multiple player of the week awards but didn't think he could win overall.

"Avondale had such a great year with a lot of good football players this year,” he said.

"Ricky Noy was a big asset in the halves and took a lot of pressure off of me.”

McIntosh said the focus was now on winning the big one with the NDRL finals series starting this weekend.

"I think since I've been playing I've played in nine grand finals and won two,” he said.

"They are hard to come by so hopefully, fingers crossed, we get there on the day.”



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