His team won't get a chance to defend its title in this Sunday's grand final, but Queanbeyan Kangaroo Jordan Macey received some consolation by streeting the field to win the Les McIntyre Medal on Monday night.
The five-eighth secured 24 votes to claim the Canberra Raiders Cup's highest individual honour, nine ahead of Goulburn hooker Ben Picker (15), with Woden's Tim Crome and Gungahlin's James Ulrick (13) in third.
After winning last year's premiership, the Kangaroos hopes of going back-to-back were crushed by Goulburn in the preliminary final last Sunday, who will play Queanbeyan Blues in the grand final at Seiffert Oval.
Macey said he was "embarrassed" and surprised to win the medal by such a margin after missing two games mid season through injury.
"It's definitely a consolation [after not making the grand final] and I'm very proud to win the award," he said. "There's been some really good players before me who have won it.
"It's something I can look back on and say I've won it, I'm stoked. I was surprised I won it because I had an operation on my nose halfway through the year and missed a couple of games."
In his first season of rugby league, Blues outside back Tom Ruedinger grabbed 15 tries to take home the award for Top Try scorer.
He said he grew in confidence during the season after switching codes from the Wests rugby club.
"At the beginning of the year no-one really knew who I was. I was just a little kid on the team," Ruedinger said.
"I don't think I got a try until the third game, and then after that I knew I could play."
His three years in rugby with Wests helped him develop his skills, and despite the extra physicality in the backline, Ruedinger found the transition into the Blues "easy".
He also said that he would take added confidence heading into the weekend's grand final against Goulburn.