Mathison named top player

IT was a surprise to him, but after more than 10 years at the top of the sport, it wasn't too much of a shock when Craig Mathison was named CQ Extended League player of the year.

Although on the wrong side of a grand final loss at the weekend, Mathison was named as the top player after a solid year with the Meteors outfit.

'It was a bit of a surprise actually, I didn't really expect it,' Mathison said.

Mathison has proved a solid performer in the centre of the park for Meteors throughout 2005, continuing his stella career. A modest Mathison said it was hard to know exactly why he had picked up the award, but admitted it was good to see the honour won by a Gladstone player.

'This sort of thing is usually won by a Rocky player, so it is good to take it off them,' he said.

Mathison said as with any extended league competition, there was plenty of rivalry between the local and Rockhampton teams, making the honour that much sweeter.

Mathison yesterday said he couldn't be sure how many goals he had notched up during the year.

'I got a few, but I honestly wouldn't have a clue how many,' he said.

Despite just finishing the 2005 season, Mathison is already planning next year's assault, planning to line up again. "Yeah I'll probably have another go,' he said.

'It's one of those things, while you're enjoying it you have to keep going.

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