General 2021 player of the year

Best Warriors player of 2021

  • Walsh

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Tuivasa-Sheck

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Montoya

    Votes: 15 33.3%
  • Aitken

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Berry

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Hiku

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Fonua-Blake

    Votes: 22 48.9%
  • Lodge

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Afoa

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Egan

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Katoa

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Curran

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • T. Harris

    Votes: 4 8.9%

  • Total voters
    45

wizards rage

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Apr 18, 2016
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Season over and the players are about to head on holiday, so who has been our best players in 2021?

1 - overall best player

2 - most improved player

3 - best young gun (first season)

4 - favourite Warriors moment of the season
 

Billyspleen75

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May 8, 2012
665
Silverdale
1 - overall best player
Addin Fonua-Blake. Easily.

2 - most improved player
Montoya. From deadwood to incredibly consistent. Curran improved significantly as well, but he's had some shockers this year too.

3 - best young gun (first season)
Walsh

4 - Favourite Warriors moment of the season
Ummmm.. probably when we re-signed Shaun Johnson
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck try saver vs Canberra was awesome
 

bruce

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Sep 1, 2015
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wizards rage

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Apr 18, 2016
4,517
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Season over and the players are about to head on holiday, so who has been our best players in 2021?

1 - overall best player

2 - most improved player

3 - best young gun (first season)

4 - favourite Warriors moment of the season
1 - Devil’s advocate: Addin Fonua-Blake only played 14 games. Massive when on but I’m ruling him out of contention due to being injured so long. Montoya for me was a complete package. Consistency at a very high standard.

2 - Curren stepped up from not being a regular last year to overtake more promoted players.

3 - Rocco Ber… nah… Wonder kid Reece Walsh

4 - I’m going to list a few here:

A - 2nd Sharks game. Season on the line. Must win. Down by 16-6 at half time. And we acored. And scored again. Then Walsh kicked a penalty and put us ahead with 10 to go. 3 sin bins and the ref against us. Tension! That final 10 and the sound of the whistle (with the context we choked a few times this season) was truely satisfying.

B - Walsh on debut and watching him tear apart the Storm. Best debut in years. On a high because WE had a future superstar.

C - Roger Tuivasa-Sheck vs Canberra of course!
 

Trugoy

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 3, 2016
1,740
1 - overall best player
Addin Fonua-Blake. Easily.

2 - most improved player
Montoya. From deadwood to incredibly consistent. Curran improved significantly as well, but he's had some shockers this year too.

3 - best young gun (first season)
Walsh

4 - Favourite Warriors moment of the season
Ummmm.. probably when we re-signed Shaun Johnson
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck try saver vs Canberra was awesome
Agreed but my fav moment was Walsh’s “flying” try against the Tigers in Gosford.
It just dripped of superstar and was the moment when the whole NRL woke up to the potential of our young gun.
That’ll be my lasting memory in the years to come from our ‘21 season.
 

ramps

1st Grade Fringe
May 2, 2013
1,110
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
1. Overall: Addin Fonua-Blake. Needless to say but he carried the team every single time he was on the field! Far more impactful than Tohu Harris who i feel had an average year by his standards.

2. Most improved: i have to say Montoya. I personally didn't like the signing at first but he puts effort in every week and has improved leaps and bounds from what he was at the Bulldogs. Has been safe in all aspects and you know what you are going to get as opposed to our previous wingers.

3. Best young gun: Walshy by far. No arguments there

4. favourite moment: Shaun Johnson being signed to come back home. spared a tear. Never thought we would see him back in a Warriors kit again. Surreal moment.
 

snake77

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 12, 2013
9,723
Auckland
Overall best player - Addin Fonua-Blake gave us something we needed for years, grunt up front. Now this was a weird one as he suffered an injury that was meant to have kept him out for the season but he ended up coming back. Tohu Harris Harris was looking to be the player of the season until he got injured so he's worth a mention. If you split the season in half for awards this year would be the definition for having a player of the first half (Harris) and a player for the second half (Addin Fonua-Blake).

Most improved player - Montoya and Curran both needed big season. Montoya moving club after being underwhelming at the Bulldogs and not being seen as a signing that would make much of difference. Curran after being overweight last year and being disappointing ended up redeeming himself. I'd lean towards Montoya.

Best young gun (first season) - Walsh is the obvious one. Played a lot of games and at times was one of the few threats we provided on attack. Took on a lot of responsibility for a rookie.

Favourite Warriors moment of the season - Raiders comeback. Ended up missing it live as we went out for dinner and I ended up checking updates on my phone then keeping track of the game day thread as it looked like a win was possible. Weird evening as when I left the Raiders put on 3 quick tries so I was thinking it was going to be a relief not seeing us get slaughtered.

Now on the last one. I know which dressing room I'd rather be in.:cool:
 
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wizards rage

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Apr 18, 2016
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tajhay tajhay is it possible to automatically total the game day player ratings to get the official NZ Warriors website player of the year?

Alternatively, if any of you Aucklanders with nothing to do, has any spare time, can you go back through the game day treads with a spreadsheet and total it up? Your cup of tea DavidMcKay1974 DavidMcKay1974 ?

I think we might get a different highest total vs average score, due to games played…
 
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Defence

Warriors 1st Grader
May 9, 2012
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If they all played like Montoya we would have won the comp.
I see a lot of people naming him most improved but I was actually quite happy with the signing- he’s had a couple of high profile errors in the past but he’s always been a decent player in my eyes, which is why I went Curran (who I never rated) so I suppose it depends on how u rated the player at the start of the year compared to the end.
 

tajhay

Negative Nancy
Mar 30, 2012
10,447
Sydney
tajhay tajhay is it possible to automatically total the game day player ratings to get the official NZ Warriors website player of the year?

Alternatively, if any of you Aucklanders with nothing to do, has any spare time, can you go back through the game day treads with a spreadsheet and total it up? Your cup of tea DavidMcKay1974 DavidMcKay1974 ?

I think we might get a different highest total vs average score, due to games played…
Not automatically but yeah I can do it manually.

Need to first set-up the ratings for the last match. Forgot to do that have that debacle we witnessed. That will be up later today and total and averages next week.
 
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1995Warriorsfan

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Feb 22, 2016
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Harris clinches Simon Mannering Medal again


Tireless Vodafone Warriors back rower Tohu Harris Harris has today been awarded the club’s highest accolade – the Simon Mannering Medal – for the second year running.

Despite a season-ending ACL knee injury limiting him to 15 appearances, the 29-year-old’s standout consistency was acknowledged again when the Vodafone Warriors’ 27th annual awards were held offshore for the first time in the club’s history due to Covid-19’s ongoing impact.

At a function attended by teammates, staff, families and old boys, Harris has become the fourth player to win the title in consecutive years after Steve Price, Simon Mannering and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

While the Simon Mannering Medal – jointly determined by the coaching staff and players – went to Harris, first-year Vodafone Warrior and stand-in captain Addin Fonua-Blake was voted the Players’ Player of the Year by his teammates.

The 19-year-old Reece Walsh was a predictable choice for the Vodafone Rookie of the Year award following his wonderful deeds from the moment he made his debut at the age of 18 in the Anzac Day clash against Melbourne.

The fourth of the club’s main awards, the Canterbury of New Zealand Clubman of the Year, was won by another first-year Vodafone Warrior, winger Marcelo Montoya.

The 25-year-old marked his arrival at the club with consistent performances across his 18 appearances, finishing with five tries and averaging a career-best 123 metres a game.
 

Ever Hopeful

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Feb 24, 2013
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The forum's 4 well represented there.

I'd have to believe that Harris would have been surprised. He had a couple of games that were below his consistent best. Add in missing 8 games and I think it is a pretty good indication we didn't have anyone really stand up consistently this year to be our match winner.
 

Cces

1st Grade Fringe
Aug 12, 2013
511
Christchurch
Harris clinches Simon Mannering Medal again


Tireless Vodafone Warriors back rower Tohu Harris Harris has today been awarded the club’s highest accolade – the Simon Mannering Medal – for the second year running.

Despite a season-ending ACL knee injury limiting him to 15 appearances, the 29-year-old’s standout consistency was acknowledged again when the Vodafone Warriors’ 27th annual awards were held offshore for the first time in the club’s history due to Covid-19’s ongoing impact.

At a function attended by teammates, staff, families and old boys, Harris has become the fourth player to win the title in consecutive years after Steve Price, Simon Mannering and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

While the Simon Mannering Medal – jointly determined by the coaching staff and players – went to Harris, first-year Vodafone Warrior and stand-in captain Addin Fonua-Blake was voted the Players’ Player of the Year by his teammates.

The 19-year-old Reece Walsh was a predictable choice for the Vodafone Rookie of the Year award following his wonderful deeds from the moment he made his debut at the age of 18 in the Anzac Day clash against Melbourne.

The fourth of the club’s main awards, the Canterbury of New Zealand Clubman of the Year, was won by another first-year Vodafone Warrior, winger Marcelo Montoya.

The 25-year-old marked his arrival at the club with consistent performances across his 18 appearances, finishing with five tries and averaging a career-best 123 metres a game.
Tohu Harris was a surprise. Love the guy but he averaged 173m in 2020, didn't make over 160m in a match this season & finished with an average of 103m. 41 tackles & 103m per game isn't to be scoffed at but guess it represents how phenomenal he was last year & highlights how we didn't have a definitive star this season
 
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wizards rage

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Apr 18, 2016
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Tohu Harris was a surprise. Love the guy but he averaged 173m in 2020, didn't make over 160m in a match this season & finished with an average of 103m. 41 tackles & 103m per game isn't to be scoffed at but guess it represents how phenomenal he was last year & highlights how we didn't have a definitive star this season
Agree. Harris was average compared to high his standards.

Addin Fonua-Blake with 27 tackles and 162m would have been very close to better stats. Plus more offloads, more tackle breaks and a slightly higher tackle percentage

Tohu Harris 8 errors and 4 penalties. Addin Fonua-Blake half that with 4 errors and 2 penalties…

I would personally still have chosen Addin Fonua-Blake.
 
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Juno

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Apr 2, 2018
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Agree. Harris was average compared to high his standards.

Addin Fonua-Blake with 27 tackles and 162m would have been very close to better stats. Plus more offloads, more tackle breaks and a slightly higher tackle percentage

Tohu Harris 8 errors and 4 penalties. Addin Fonua-Blake half that with 4 errors and 2 penalties…

I would personally still have chosen Addin Fonua-Blake.
I think it just reflects how many jobs he had to do & how much cover he had to provide across the paddock...bit different to having one job (and doing it well btw).
Plus what you do off the paddock is something that is not known by anyone but the players and the club.
Well-deserved imo and hopefully next year he gets to do what he does best and his off the field mahi pays off for the whole team and their season results.
Much is said about his reticence to speak etc...it's BS. Ask the players and the club.
Does he get out there & push it, no. Kāore te kumara e kōrero ana mo tōna ake reka.
Others see it though
Big fan...congrats Tohu Harris!
 

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