The season didn’t quite the way our NRL and NRLW squads dreamed it would but it is time to close the books on their wonderful journeys in 2022. The Ken Thornett Medal celebrates their accomplishments alongside those of the NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg squads, nominating the players that went above and beyond for each team.
Isaiah Papali’i is the reigning Ken Thornett Medalist following his breakout 2021 campaign and has backed it up strongly this year. However the likes of Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Dylan Brown, Clinton Gutherson, Mitchell Moses and fellow edge forward Shaun Lane will all mount serious challenges for the big gong given their intergral roles in Parramatta’s push to the Grand Final.
Likewise in the NRLW, Simaima Taufa and Kennedy Cherrington were simply inspirational on a weekly basis but they were far from alone. Rookie sensation Gayle Broughton lit up the competition while a pair of breakout playmakers in Tayla Preston and Ashleigh Quinlan could also feature.
Sixties is the pointman on site tonight to bring you all of the coverage which I will in turn relay. While the bitterness of those grand final defeats obviously still lingers, tonight is a chance to toast the valiant efforts that got us so far this year so enjoy!
Blue & Gold Army NRLW Award – Tiana Penitani
Blue & Gold Army NRL Award – Dylan Brown
Ray Price NRLW Community Award – Kennedy Cherrington
Ray Price NRL Community Award – Dylan Brown
Brett Kenny Jersey Flegg Coaches’ Award – Ethan Sanders
Steve Ella Jersey Flegg Player Of The Year – Ryan Jones
Geoff Gerard NSW Cup Coaches’ Award – Elie El Zakhem
Bob O’Reilly NSW Cup Player Of The Year – Ky Rodwell
Mick Cronin Club Person Of The Year – Laura Davidson
NRLW Coaches’ Award – Kennedy Cherrington
NRLW Players’ Player Award – Simaima Taufa
Eric Grothe Senior NRL Rookie Of The Year – Ky Rodwell
Jack Gibson NRL Coaches’ Award – Mitchell Moses
Nathan Hindmarsh NRL Players’ Player Award – Shaun Lane
NRLW Player(s) Of The Year – Kennedy Cherrington & Simaima Taufa
Ken Thornett Medal – Shaun Lane
NB – Top 3 in KTM
Shaun Lane – 26 points
Mitch Moses – 21
RCG – 19
The evening was set up with Yvonne Sampson as the MC and Zac Bailey conducting interviews on the couch, along with Vonnie. It was a format which allowed for personalities to shine. I think that was a good move as asking questions to players at a podium is very formal and some are uncomfortable like that.
It was a fun night, but also presented very professionally.
I’ll talk more about it in today’s podcast.