Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

RUSS STUNNED; Australia Masters Champ Secures Major Clarence Valley Award

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

RUSS STUNNED; Australia Masters Champ Secures Major Clarence Valley Award

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Byline: David Moase david.moase@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE WINNERS

Senior Sportsperson: Michael Russ

Female Junior: Carly Leeson

Male Junior: Hayden Ensbey/Elliott Speed

Masters: Ray Hunt

DEX Club of the Year: Grafton Hockey Association

Team of the Year: Grafton Ghosts first grade

Coach of the Year: Ryan Farrell

People's Choice Award: Tahlia Marsh (BMX)

Wall of Fame: Jim Baird, Andrew Landenberger

Ern Muller Award: Mick Corbett

Max Godbee Award: Roma Brotherson

DEX Contributor of the Year: Gary Nichols (South Grafton Team of the Century)

DEX Contributor Photographer of the Year: Shane Sedger (Grafton Hockey)

AT 51 years of age, Michael Russ reckoned he had enough experience to work out his chances of winning the Clarence Valley Senior Sportsperson of the Year Award.

Even as he stood on stage with the other nominees at Friday's presentation, waiting for the winner to be named, the veteran hockey player was sure of the likely recipients . …

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