Brad Fearnley named Group 10 under 18s player of the year

BRAD Fearnley is having one of the best weeks of his life.

That's how the Bathurst Panthers junior prop sees things following a special run of awards and results.

STAR PERFORMER: Bathurst Panthers' Brad Fearnley was recently named Group 10's under 18s player of the year. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

STAR PERFORMER: Bathurst Panthers' Brad Fearnley was recently named Group 10's under 18s player of the year. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

Fearnley was named Group 10 under 18s player of the year on Saturday night just a week after helping his team book a grand final appearance.

Panthers' front row of Fearnley, Elijah Sharwood and Luke Bain have been too much for most opponents to handle.

They played a crucial role in the Panthers' 26-14 win against Orange CYMS in the major semi-final - the same team they'll face in the decider at Cowra.

Fearnley was thrilled to come away with the prize but won't let it distract him before the finale.

"It's topped off what's been a great year so far but we've still got one more week to go in the grand final," he said.

"It's a great honour but we've still got one more week to work together as a team.

"This year I said to myself it was about being consistent instead of trying to have a big game every game.

"Every game's just a fresh starting point. We don't like looking too far into the future and that's helped us bind well as a team."

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On top of those achievements Fearnley was also on Monday named captain of Bathurst High School for 2019. 

"It's probably been one of the best weeks of my life so far," he said.

"It's another achievement that I'm honoured to get."

The Panthers under 18s are currently on an 11-game winning streak and have dropped just a single game this year.

That came against their upcoming grand final opponents, CYMS, in May.

Fearnley expects another big clash against the Orange side who are also the defending under 18s champions.

"There's no point getting these awards but not winning that grand final," a determined Fearnley said.

"CYMS had a big win over Blayney on the weekend in a close game so they'll be ready to go this week as well."

The league tag clash at Cowra’s Sid Kallas Oval will kick-off from 11.30am.

After the season's conclusion Fearnley will work towards what he hopes could be a start in city football, following in the footsteps of older brother Adam at Penrith.

"At the end of the year I'll head down there for a bit of training and a trial to see how I go," he said.

"I'll be seeing if I can get a crack in the SG Ball team." 

Fearnley’s awards extend even to the representative arena. He was the coach’s award recipient for the Western Rams 18s in May.

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