Dickfos takes top gong at awards ceremony
GYMPIE Gold all-rounder Kaden Dickfos has had a clean sweep at the recent Sunshine Coast Division One awards ceremony, taking out trophies for player of the year, best all-rounder and most wickets.
Skipper of the Gold and last season's player of the year recipient, Troy Ashton, joined Dickfos at Caloundra's events centre on Friday night, saying it was a great evening to acknowledge the team's valiant efforts.
"After a stellar season it is important to recognise the players who performed exceptionally throughout the year," he said.
"Kaden was a huge asset in our minor premiership win and he really deserved the honours."
Dickfos said he was surprised to receive player of the year honours but owed the award to his team.
"I really wasn't expecting to receive player of the year, when they called my name it was a complete surprise," Dickfos said.
"The season's success was a team effort and I really owe it (to) my teammates who played sensationally all year round."
Dickfos bowled 38 wickets throughout the season saying he knew he would be in contention for most wickets.
"I had a hot streak with the ball towards the end of the season, which put me ahead of the field," he said.
"I was only a couple (of) wickets in front of the other bowlers so it was definitely tight competition."
As an all-rounder Ashton said it was a huge feat for Dickfos to receive the award, which was often only won by bowlers.
"Usually specific bowlers take out most wickets but for Kaden to win it really shows his all-rounding abilities," he said.
Other members of the Gold to receive awards were Josh Brady placing third in the points and Troy Ashton and Brad Millard taking out a tied fifth place.
Ashton said it went to show the depth within the Gold's line-up, proving they would be back stronger than ever in next season's competition.
Gympie son and Scorchers' player Ben Smith picked up the most improved player award and best bowling aggregate on the night.
This Saturday the Gympie Gold will host its own awards night where Dickfos is expected to receive another haul of perpetual trophies.