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Tuimavave in NYC Team of the Year again
Tuesday 21 August 2012 2:17 PM


Vodafone Junior Warriors standoff Carlos Tuimavave, now ensconced in the club’s NRL side, has been named in the Toyota Cup Team of the Year for the second season running.

But while he was joined by team-mates Omar Slaimankhel and Konrad Hurrell in last year’s side, he’s the only Vodafone Junior Warrior included in the 2012 selection.

Not for the first time, the Vodafone Junior Warriors have attracted minimal recognition despite the team featuring strongly throughout the season and still having a chance of retaining both the minor premiership and the NYC premiership this year.

For the fourth year running no Vodafone Junior Warriors forward has been included although Ligi Sao, Siliva Havili and David Bhana must have warranted serious consideration.

Among the others named is Dylan Napa, son of former Auckland and Otahuhu prop Stan Napa, and Otahuhu product Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

The 2012 Toyota Cup Team of the Year features a trainee accountant, a horticulturalist, apprentice carpenters and four university students.

NRL interim chief executive Shane Mattiske, Toyota regional manager, eastern region Bernie Smith and members of the 2012 Toyota Cup Team of the Year gathered today to mark the latest achievements in the televised national youth competition which is unrivalled in Australian sport.

In a showcase of the success of the Toyota Cup as a development pathway since its inception in 2008:

• Ten Toyota Cup graduates have already played State of Origin and 17 have played international football for Australia, New Zealand or England (players listed below)

• Vodafone Warriors and Kiwi Test prop Ben Matulino – a member of the inaugural 2008 Toyota Cup Team of the Year – this season became the first Toyota Cup graduate to play 100 NRL games. He was followed by fellow 2008 Team of the Year members Chris Sandow (Eels) with his Vodafone Warriors team-mate Russell Packer playing his
100th game this weekend

• In round 21 of this year’s NRL Telstra Premiership, 43 per cent of the players were Toyota Cup graduates

• In the same round, the Brisbane Broncos fielded 13 Toyota Cup graduates, with 12 of the 13 also local juniors. The Raiders side featured 12 graduates, 10 of whom were local talent, while the Vodafone Warriors fielded 11, all of whom came through the club’s Toyota Cup system

• 65 per cent of this year’s Toyota Cup players are studying post-secondary school qualifications (23 per cent are studying at University, 35 per cent a Certificate II to Diploma qualification and 15 per cent are doing apprenticeships). Others are either at high school or already in the workforce

• Of the 66 players selected in the Toyota Cup Team of the Year between 2008-2011, 56 have already made their NRL debuts.

This year’s team features five players who have already made their NRL debuts –Wests Tigers excitement machine Marika Koroibete, Edrick Lee, one of three Raiders in the side, Dragons centre Nathan Green, Roosters flyer Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and the Vodafone Warriors utility Carlos Tuimavave, who was selected in the team for the second time.

It also includes Bulldogs forward Paul Carter, the son of Panthers legend Steve Carter and Korbin Sims, the brother of Cowboys duo Ashton and Tariq, with Tariq named the 2010 Toyota Cup Player of the Year.

The 2012 Toyota Cup Team of the Year is:

Fullback: Evander Cummins (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Wing: Marika Koroibete (Wests Tigers)
Centre: Edrick Lee (Canberra Raiders)
Centre: Nathan Green (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Wing: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Sydney Roosters)
Five-eighth: Carlos Tuimavave (Vodafone Junior Warriors)
Halfback: Mitchell Cornish (Canberra Raiders)
Prop: David Klemmer (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Hooker: Michael Lichaa (Cronulla Sharks)
Prop: Korbin Sims (Newcastle Knights)
Second Row: Michael Chee Kam (Canberra Raiders)
Second Row: Vaipuna Tia Kilifi (Penrith Panthers)
Lock: Paul Carter (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Interchange: Caleb Timu (Brisbane Broncos)
Interchange: Chris Grevsmuhl (North Queensland Cowboys)
Interchange: Luke Keary (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Interchange: Dylan Napa (Sydney Roosters)
Coach: Garth Brennan (Penrith Panthers)

“You only have to look at the highlights reel each week in the NRL to appreciate the exciting role the Toyota Cup is playing as a development pathway,” said Mattiske.

“The likes of Ben Barba, Daly Cherry-Evans, Ben Matulino and Adam Reynolds are now among the best talents in the NRL and in a few years’ time we will be talking about many of the players here today in the same way.

“Just as significantly, these players are now entering the NRL with the training and support to achieve their goals off the field as well, in their studies and in the workplace.

“I would like to congratulate the players on their selection in the team of the year and wish all the clubs that will be competing in the Toyota Cup Finals Series the best of luck.

“I also want to thank Toyota and FOX SPORTS for their ongoing support of a competition that is a benchmark in Australian sport.”

Each member of the 2012 Toyota Cup Team of the Year will receive a $2000 education grant in addition to the grants clubs already receive for education and workplace training. They also receive a Toyota Cup Team of the Year plaque and polo shirt.

The 2012 Toyota Cup Player of The Year will be named during Fox Sports’ live telecast of the Dally M Awards at Sydney’s Town Hall on Tuesday, September 4.

The 2011 Team of the Year: 1 Omar Slaimankhel (Vodafone Warriors), 2 Dane Gagai (Broncos), 3 Konrad Hurrell (Vodafone Warriors), 4 Mahe Fonua (Storm), 5 James Roberts (Rabbitohs), 6 Carlos Tuimavave (Vodafone Warriors), 7 Jacob Miller (Wests Tigers), 8 Kane Evans (Roosters), 9 Kurt Baptiste (Broncos), 10 Dale Finucane (Bulldogs), 11 Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys), 12 Alex McKinnon (Dragons), 13 Tyrone Peachey (Sharks), 14 Kenneath Bromwich (Storm), 15 Tim Lafai (Bulldogs) 16 Jack De Belin (Dragons) 17 Kyle Feldt (Cowboys). Coach: John Ackland (Vodafone Warriors).

The 2010 Team of the Year: 1 Dane Gagai (Broncos); 2 Kalifa Fai-Fai Loa (Dragons); 3 Dylan Farrell (Rabbitohs); 4 Siuatonga Likiliki (Vodafone Warriors); 5 Josh Mansour (Rabbitohs); 6 Aidan Sezer (Bulldogs); 7 Sam Williams (Raiders); 8 Tariq Sims (Broncos); 9 James Segeyaro (Cowboys); 10 Andrew Clayton (Broncos); 11 Ryan James (Titans); 12 Sam Mataora (Raiders); 13 Ethan Cook (Knights); Interchange: Brad Murray (Roosters); Dale Finucane (Bulldogs); Matt Hyland (Wests Tigers); Lama Tasi (Sea Eagles). Coach: Andrew Patmore (Bulldogs).

The 2009 Team of the Year: 1 Malcolm Webster (Rabbitohs); 2 Joe Vickery (Dragons); 3 Drury Low (Raiders); 4 Taioalo Vaivai (Rabbitohs); 5 Siuatonga Likiliki (Vodafone Warriors); 6 Robert Lui (Wests Tigers); 7 Beau Henry (Dragons); 8 Jesse Bromwich (Storm); 9 Travis Waddell (Raiders); 10 Trent Merrin (Dragons); 11 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sea Eagles); 12 Jake Marketo (Dragons); 13 Jamie Buhrer (Sea Eagles); Interchange Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles); Joel Romelo (Panthers); Gareth Widdop (Storm); Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles).

The 2008 Team of the Year: 1 Lachlan Coote (Panthers); 2 Jharal Yow Yeh (Broncos); 3 Justin Carney (Raiders); 4 Tony Williams (Eels); 5 Kevin Gordon (Titans); 6 Ben Barba (Bulldogs); 7 Chris Sandow (Rabbitohs); 8 Russell Packer (Vodafone Warriors); 9 Masada Iosefa (Panthers); 10 John Kite (Bulldogs); 11 Joel Thompson (Raiders), 12 Daniel Harrison (Bulldogs); 13 Shaun Fensom (Raiders); Interchange: Ben Hunt (Broncos); Matt Mundine (Dragons); Jordan Rapana (Titans); Ben Matulino (Vodafone Warriors).

Toyota Cup graduates to have played for either Australia, New Zealand or England: Gareth Widdop (England), Jharal Yow Yeh (Australia), Jamal Idris (Australia), Kieran Foran (NZ), Ben Matulino (NZ), Matt Duffie (NZ), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (NZ), Sam McKendry (NZ), Tony Williams (Australia), Jesse Bromwich (NZ), Daly Cherry-Evans (Australia), Josh Hoffman (NZ), James Tamou (Australia), Kevin Locke (NZ), Alex Glenn (NZ), Russell Packer (NZ), Gerard Beale (NZ), Kalifa Fai-Fai Loa (NZ), Elijah Taylor (NZ), Kevin Proctor (NZ), Bill Tupou (NZ), Shaun Johnson (NZ).

State of Origin reps: Jharal Yow Yeh (Qld), Trent Merrin (NSW), Josh Dugan (NSW), Tim Mannah (NSW), Jamal Idris (NSW), Matt Gillett (Qld), Jamie Buhrer (NSW), Tony Williams (NSW), James Tamou (NSW), Tim Grant (NSW).
It's ridiculous that we only have one player in it and yet are sitting third and if we win both games we have left we'll almost certainly win the Minor Prem again!!
Not sure how he made it tbh...his form hasn't been SUPER OMG amazing in NYC. If anything, his NRL form has been better lol. Sao being left out is a funny one for mine after hearing so much fapping about him.
This team is always a farce IMO. Warriors players should of dominated at least 4 or 5 positions since its inception. Fucking aussies are such homos
Not sure how he made it tbh...his form hasn't been SUPER OMG amazing in NYC. If anything, his NRL form has been better lol. Sao being left out is a funny one for mine after hearing so much fapping about him.

Sao ...should definately be there.
He has played nearly every game, massive minutes and would have huge metres. most game around 200m.

Carlos has barely played much football this year...picked on name/talent.

Klemmer is a beast and has massive metres...but he plays selfish football.
And goes hiding in defence.

Cant argue that any other players other than sao demanded a spot in the team.

Havili has been one dimensional, he will most likely feature next year.
Lichaa...from the sharks looks quality and ripped up the warriors

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