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That time of year where the club announce their awards.

Not sure when the 1st Grade do their ceremony but the U20's held theirs last night.

We'll keep you posted.

Afoa club’s NYC player of the year
Richard Becht
Thu 10th September, 12:17PM
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[parsehtml]<script height="349px" width="620px" src="https://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#ec=dxbzVndzpPXgW4xgbvwTdqIjGgDEKIe-&pbid=fd5fc71d2bcc4b60a622cf8d3348d605"></script>[/parsehtml]Prop Bunty Afoa beat five other nominees to be named the Vodafone NYC Player of the Year and winner of the prestigious Sonny Fai Medal at the Vodafone Warriors’ 2015 NYC awards dinner at Mount Smart Stadium on Wednesday night.

The former St Paul’s College pupil headed off wing Tomas Aoake, standoff Ata Hingano, utility Marata Niukore, hooker Nathaniel Roache and loose forward Jazz Tevaga for the accolade.

Just turned 19, Afoa is still eligible for the NYC next year after two impressive seasons in the competition.

He appeared in 26 matches in his rookie campaign peaking with grand final success when the Vodafone Junior Warriors beat Brisbane 34-32 at ANZ Stadium last October.

A knee injury has sidelined Afoa for the last two games leaving him one game short of joining 13 other players who have appeared in 50 NYC matches for the club. He has also been ruled out of this Friday night’s elimination final against the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.

A Point Chevalier Pirates junior, Afoa has been exceptional throughout the season reeling off a series of consistent performances.

In 23 games he has gained a total of 2551 metres, averaging 111 metres game while he has made 677 tackles, an average of 29 a game.

He had the distinction of playing for the New South Wales Cup and NYC sides on the same day last month. First he had a 29-minute stint from the bench in his NSW Cup debut against the Penrith Panthers and then backed up with 53 minutes for the Vodafone Junior Warriors against North Queensland later in the afternoon.

Afoa also received the players’ player of the day award, decided on votes accrued on a weekly basis throughout the season.

He’s the second front rower to win the Vodafone NYC Player of the Year crown after 2015 NRL rookie Sam Lisone received the title last year.

Three players vied for the TNT NYC Rookie of the Year – Hingano, wing Lewis Soosemea and halfback-hooker Erin Clark. Hingano won the award after a season in which he hasn’t missed a game so far, amassing 15 appearances for the Vodafone Junior Warriors as well as nine for the club’s NSW Cup side after being promoted to make his debut against the Mounties in late June.

Injured captain Toafofoa Sipley received two awards acknowledging his all-round contribution. He had been in outstanding form when he was promoted to make his NSW Cup debut against Newcastle in late May only to have his season ended by a serious knee injury. Studying a Bachelor of Education at the University of Auckland, received the NYC Education Ambassador Award and was also named the NYC Clubman of the Year.

Sipley, signed to join the club’s NRL squad next year, was one of 12 NYC graduates recognised as their time in the competition ends this season. The others were Aoake, Kauri Aupouri, Mikaere Beattie, Isaiah Cooper-Tetevano, Matiu Love-Henry, Wesley Tauti, Tevaga, Roman Tuhimata, Paul Tuli, Semisi Tyrell and Paul Ulberg.

During the season a total of 11 NYC players were promoted to make their debuts for the club’s NSW Cup side. Six NYC graduates debuted for the Vodafone Warriors at NRL level, four of them after playing in the club’s winning NYC grand final side last year (Solomone Kata, Sam Lisone, Ken Maumalo and Mason Lino) while Tuimoala Lolohea, still NYC-eligible, established himself at NRL level. When Lino made his debut as Vodafone Warrior No 202, he became the 48thgraduate from the club’s NYC system to make the step up to first-grade level.

Three of the club’s academy players were acknowledged tonight. Keanu Laumatia-Paki and Mark Graham received academy merit awards while Jerome Mamea was recognised with an academy excellence award.



VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS – ROLL OF HONOUR
VODAFONE NYC PLAYER OF THE YEAR & SONNY FAI MEDAL WINNER
2008 Kevin Locke

2009 Elijah Taylor

2010 Nafe Seluini

2011 John Palavi

2012 Peta Hiku

2013 Michael Sio

2014 Sam Lisone

2015 Bunty Afoa



TNT NYC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
2008 Elijah Taylor

2009 Ben Henry

2010 Carlos Tuimavave

2011 Siliva Havili

2012 David Bhana

2013 Tuimoala Lolohea

2014 Brad Abbey

2015 Ata Hingano



NYC CLUBMAN OF THE YEAR
2008 Kurt Tehira

2009 Kurt Kara

2010 Charlie Gubb

2011 Donald Tony

2012 Toka Likiliki

2013 Viliami Kaveinga

2014 Kurt Robinson

2015 Toafofoa Sipley

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John Palavi wins NSW Cup Player of the Year...



 
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John Palavi - NSW Cup player of the year and we are cutting him?

Does anyone know who from that bunch of NYC graduates the warriors are keeping on for 2016?

I would hope the have offered Tevega, Ulberg, Aaoke and Love-Henry contracts....?
 
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John Palavi - NSW Cup player of the year and we are cutting him?

Does anyone know who from that bunch of NYC graduates the warriors are keeping on for 2016?

I would hope the have offered Tevega, Ulberg, Aaoke and Love-Henry contracts....?
Was curious about who we're keeping on as well.

On Palavi, I think no matter who got named player of the year for NSW Cup it would have been a case of "he got player of the year and we're cutting him?" Is there anyone we're not cutting (or haven't tried to cut)?
 
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This year we blooded the hopeful an should keep
Vete , Lolohea Lino cut the rest
 
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Does anyone know who from that bunch of NYC graduates the warriors are keeping on for 2016?

I would hope the have offered Tevega, Ulberg, Aaoke and Love-Henry contracts....?
Tui and Sipley will be the only ones with top 25 contracts, I assume they'll try to keep Aoake and Tevaga (on 2nd tier) and maybe Ulberg/Tuli (less likely) although, the 2015 class is pretty weak apart from Tui and Sipley, the 2016 class of players has a lot more potential (Roach, Bunty, Ogden, Niukore)
 
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Tui and Sipley will be the only ones with top 25 contracts, I assume they'll try to keep Aoake and Tevaga (on 2nd tier) and maybe Ulberg/Tuli (less likely) although, the 2015 class is pretty weak apart from Tui and Sipley, the 2016 class of players has a lot more potential (Roach, Bunty, Ogden, Niukore)
Agreed, just was wondering as both Ulberg and Aaoke have been blooded at NSW Cup level.

Afoa, Ogden are huge talents.

Tevega for mine is exactly the player the Warriors should keep. Plays with heart as captain and makes a ton of tackles in the Elijah Taylor mould.

Roache and Niukere already have NRL contracts for next year. Both are highly rated, good trainers and intelligent prospects
 
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