Daniel York. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
Hard working lock Daniel York was rewarded for an outstanding Canberra Raiders Cup season by winning the Les McIntyre Medal as the competition’s best and fairest player.
At a function at Raiders Belconnen on Monday night, York won by a vote in a thrilling count from Woden Valley centre Tim Crome.
York secured two votes in Goulburn’s 36-34 loss to Belconnen United to snare the competition’s highest honour.
However, York is set to leave Goulburn after just two seasons to return to Sydney to continue his work in rugby league development.
York’s consistent performances weren’t enough to guide the Bulldogs to the finals, who suffered from a horrendous injury toll.
He is the second Goulburn player in as many seasons to win the medal after Mick Dodson tied with former Belconnen United playmaker Brent Crisp last year.
Former Raiders captain Simon Woolford was named coach of the year after guiding Queanbeyan Blues to the grand final in his first season in charge.
The Blues will take on cross-town rivals Queanbeyan Kangaroos, and will start raging favourites as they search for their first premiership since 2008.
Raiders second rower Paul Vaughan was named rookie of the year, having impressed in the NRL after debuting midway through the season.
Other award winners included Queanbeyan Blues centre Tyler Stevens, who was leading tryscorer in his first season since shifting from rugby union. His Blues teammate Craig Wilkinson won the top pointscorer gong.