General TIGHT RACE FOR VODAFONE WARRIORS' PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Skinny_Ravs82

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Annual awards will be handed out to the Vodafone Warriors’ top achievers at Sky City next Thursday night (September 14) after one of the club’s best seasons in the NRL.
Props Steve Price and Ruben Wiki, hooker Nathan Fien, back rowers Awen Guttenbeil and Micheal Luck, standoff Jerome Ropati and fullback Brent Webb are the leading contenders for the Lion Red player of the year accolade.
Wiki won it last year to become the 11th different player of the year in the club’s first 11 seasons in the competition.
The Vodafone young player of the year award, no longer limited strictly to debutants, has a strong field including winger-fullback Patrick Ah Van, centre Simon Mannering, prop Sam Rapira and halfback Grant Rovelli, all of whom have had substantial first-grade experience this year. Rovelli appeared in all 24 matches, Mannering played 17 times, Ah Van 15 and Rapira 10.
Also announced on the night will be the Puma club person of the year award and the Vodafone One Tribe player of the year, which has been decided by tribe members.
In finishing their 2006 NRL campaign against Brisbane last Sunday, the Vodafone Warriors ended with an even 12 wins and 12 losses from their 24 games, the tally of 12 wins bettered only three times in the club’s history (2002, 2003 and 1995).
There were also several other impressive statistical achievements. In scoring 552 points, the Vodafone Warriors were the fourth-best attacking team in the competition behind only the Bulldogs, Newcastle and Melbourne and they had the third-best defensive effort in conceding only 463 points.
The 552 points scored was topped only twice previously in the regular season by the Warriors (2002 and 2003) while the defensive performance was also among the best, equating to an average of only 19 points conceded a game. That has been bettered only once (2002). The total of 97 tries scored was one of the club’s best as well.
The 2006 Vodafone Warriors also achieved a rare feat in the club’s history by putting together two four-match winning streaks, the first instances of more than two wins on end since 2003. They also had an instance of back-to-back wins early in the year against Wests Tigers and Newcastle.
Individually centre Tony Martin was the season’s top points-scorer with 160 in 20 games from six tries and 68 goals. Despite missing the last four matches through injury, his tally is the third best behind only Ivan Cleary’s 173 in 22 matches in 2001 and 242 in 26 games in 2002.
The top try-scorer was Brent Webb with 11.
The public are invited to attend the awards dinner. Tickets can be bought through the Vodafone Warriors (Phone: 09 526 8822).
Previous player of the year winners:

1995 Tea Ropati
1996 Stephen Kearney
1997 Stacey Jones
1998 Joe Vagana
1999 Jason Death
2000 Robert Mears
2001 Jerry Seuseu
2002 Ali Lauitiiti
2003 Francis Meli
2004 Wairangi Koopu
2005 Ruben Wiki
 

Jesbass_old

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My picks would be Price for player of the year, Webb probably to get the One Tribe fan's choice award, and Rovelli to get young player of the year.
 

warriorfaithful*_old

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Jesbass said:
My picks would be Price for player of the year, Webb probably to get the One Tribe fan's choice award, and Rovelli to get young player of the year.

Yeah i agree completley.
 

*Kimmy*_old

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Hope so!!..when i can be bothered i'll check the sky tv website..ahh i'll do it now!
 

*Kimmy*_old

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Just checked Sky's website. I don't see them anywhere. But they should have bits and pieces on NRL Primetime or CODE.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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commonsense said:
cant believe jerome ropati is actually in the running.

Yeah you ain't the only one but I guess those who count have found improvements in him somewhere along the lines...
 

Jesbass_old

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Skinny_Ravs82 said:
commonsense said:
cant believe jerome ropati is actually in the running.

Yeah you ain't the only one but I guess those who count have found improvements in him somewhere along the lines...

I can't believe you haven't. :shock:
 

warriorfaithful*_old

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Jesbass said:
Skinny_Ravs82 said:
commonsense said:
cant believe jerome ropati is actually in the running.

Yeah you ain't the only one but I guess those who count have found improvements in him somewhere along the lines...

I can't believe you haven't. :shock:

TBH i agree. I mean sure he aint the best 5/8th ever but hes defintley got better there as the year progressed and has shown some great improvements.
 

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