Narrabri Blue Boars captain Matt Schwager has described winning the Narrabri ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ as very ‘humbling’ after it was announced at the annual Narrabri Shire Sports Awards evening on the weekend.
Schwager was out of town on Saturday night, however proud parents, Tony and Shirley, were on hand to collect the trophy on his behalf.
The top acknowledgment at the regional awards’ evening capped off a very successful end to the year for Schwager from both an individual and team standpoint.
Not only has Schwager skippered his Narrabri Blue Boars to two premierships in two years in the Central North competition, he has also led the zone representative side to the Richardson Shield glory in the Country Championships at Bowral during the year. That secured Central North’s promotion back into the top tier of next year’s championships in Armidale.
His individual genius on the field during that tournament gave selectors belief that he deserved a shot in the NSW Country Cockatoos squad.
The call-up not only saw Schwager rise above the 38-man squad to make the first-team sheet but also put on the captain armband once again, winning two of three games.
Schwager dominated in this year’s Blue Boars presentation night, following his side’s grand final classic against Moree Bulls.
He was named joint first grade and club ‘Best and Fairest’ with try-scoring winger Thomas Lynch.
Schwager will now join the likes of Jason Stoltenberg, Jim Prendergast, Nira Stove, Graeme Worley, Helen Griffith, Harry Cameron, John Wightman, David Dewsbury as well as Ken Shine, who was the winner of the inaugural prestigious Courier BP ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ trophy back in 1969.
Narrabri Shire Sportsperson of the Year: Matt Schwager was named as this year’s ‘Sportsperson of the Year’. Pictured is ABC cricket commentator Jim Maxwell with Matt’s parents Tony and Shirley Schwager.
Back home this week on his family’s property outside Wee Waa, Schwager, was honoured to receive the cup.
“It’s an amazing way to finish the year,” he said. Individual awards are great but it could have gone to anyone as there were a lot of guys that have performed really well this year.
“I guess I’m the lucky one.”
Some of the judges comments on Schwager had him as ‘the most prominent and reliable performer on any field he takes to.’
Another comment was ‘Matt is a gentleman of the game and is a special talent for club, town, region and state.’