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PREDICTIONS: 2018 Dally M Awards

September 26, 2018

 

 

Dally M Player of the Year: Damien Cook

 

 Many have put his form into question over the last month but when you look at his performances throughout the whole season, including his time during Origin, you can't deny the quality of his form. I believe he'll just scrape in over Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. However if it was a tie I wouldn't be surprised. It's very hard to pick between the two but I can't see it going to anyone besides the South Sydney hooker or New Zealand fullback.

 

Team of the Year: 

 

Fullback: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Winger: David Fusitu'a

Centre: Latrell Mitchell

Five-Eighth: Cameron Munster

Halfback: Cooper Cronk

Prop: Andrew Fifita

Hooker: Damien Cook

Second Row: Tyson Frizell

Lock: Jake Trbojevic

 

Peter Moore Award (Rookie of the Year): Jamayne Isaako

 

I believe this was a battle between the winger and lock in Victor Radley however with his ineligibility due to suspensions, Radley handed Isaako the honour. An incredibly impressive season for the winger even finishing the season with the "NRL's top point scorer" honour under his belt. An incredibly bright future for the winger from Brisbane. 

 

Captain of the Year: Greg Inglis 

 

A potentially controversial decision considering the crown that Cameron Smith wears as a captain however I believe the leadership that Inglis has provided to South Sydney after missing the 2017 season due to injury is highly commendable. He wore the honour proudly, even leading the Queensland Maroons for the series and leading by example in strong performances. 

 

Coach of the Year: Anthony Seibold

 

Not too many people had South Sydney in their top 8 predictions come season's start and close to no one them in their top 4 but Anthony Seibold had different plans. They weren't just an attacking team they were also a defensive force to be reckoned with. South Sydney became an all rounded power horse of a team which no one wanted to find themselves up against. 

 

Representative Player of the Year: James Tedesco

 

Despite the Wally Lewis medal sitting nice and pretty on a shelf in the Slater household, I believe Tedesco earned this honour fair and square. He has already taken home the Brad Fittler medal for blues player of the year and with the 2018 origin series win under his belt as well, I can't see him coming home empty handed tonight. 

 

Peter Frilingos Memorial Award (Headline Moment of the Year): Baby Blues Origin Win 

 

Many people applauded the appointment of Fittler as blues coach however many were unsure about his gamble in debuting so many debutants however they can't find a reason to complain now. A beyond exciting Origin series which left NSW fans buzzing for days and QLD fans impatiently waiting for another crack at the shield. Brad Fittler found himself with a young, inexperienced blues team with a whole lot of heart and that saw him winning the series in his first year as coach. 

 

Female Player of the Year: Isabelle Kelly

 

Not only was she instrumental in the women's NSW team taking home victory against QLD she has also been a huge force for the Sydney Roosters in the NRLW competition. She is a hard runner, smooth ball player and knows how to score a try when needed. 

 

 

 

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