Icon: Home-grown hero Hiscox departs on own terms
RUGBY LEAGUE: Club champions don't often have the chance to bow out on their own terms.
Sometimes injury forces premature retirement or poor form sees them dropped. Not everyone gets to waltz into retirement with a grand final medal.
After 127 games putting his body on the line for the club's cause, CQ Capras captain Gavin Hiscox will play his last game, fittingly, on his own terms.
Citing family-orientated reasons behind it, Hiscox will hang up his dedicated size 11s at 7pm on Saturday - hopefully after a win against the Ipswich Jets.
He bids farewell to the game while perhaps playing his best football.
"Mondays are a real struggle. It is hard working full-time as a carpenter,” the Yeppoon Seagulls junior said.
"It is really taxing on the body. That is one reason, then just the amount of time you miss away from family and friends. I've missed good mates' weddings, engagement parties.
"I have a baby due in January so a bit more time at home with the family will be good.”
While Hiscox refused to rule out an SOS next year, the 29-year-old (as of yesterday) said playing for a club he watched as a boy was a huge honour.
Captaining the Capras even more so.
"I looked up to the Capras and Comets as a young fella, the Williams boys, the Rotherys, I always looked up to them and thought it was an achievable goal,” he said.
"The last six years just to be part of it all and be captain ... it means the world.
"It is something I will be able to look back on with a lot of pride later on.
"I don't remember much about my first game, to be honest, but we got up. Mum and dad were there, of course, they haven't missed too many games.”
Be it throwing trusses around or frames up for Metro Builders, Hiscox never leaves a job half done. He'd rather work late and finish it than pick it up again tomorrow.
It is the same on the field.
Tipping the scales at 100kg wringing wet, he is no giant. He takes on the big boppersand more than holds his own.
Not many front rowers are capable of producing the numbers he has done on a weekly basis for six seasons.
In his five years of coaching at Intrust Super Cup level, Kim Williams knows how much the game means to his champion forward.
"He is finishing on a high. I've coached with or against him for five years and this is probably his best season to note,” Williams praised.
"He was always a danger man coaching against him, tireless in defence with high-quality attacking skills.
"He runs that middle channel with authority and plays really smart. He is an all-round great plater and an old-school no-fuss. There is never any selfishness with him. Always good for a try because he gets himself in the right position.
"Whatever happens he will be remembered as one of the greats but we have one job left to do on his behalf.”
While it won't be at Browne Park, plenty will raise a glass to one of their favourite sons.