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Live Blog – 2022 Ken Thornett Medal

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!


Award Recipients


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.


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Colin Hussey

What a sad day against the riff-raff. For me it was a sad evening, but while we lost the match, we won with character status against the opposition. Always hard playing against 14 in the opposition though. This year has gone, as well as some ex eels players who I say fairwell and hope they all go well at their new clubs. I trust and hope they will go well but not against the eels team though. Next year there should be new faces on the playing field also in the coaching box. I thought the 2 late tries showed… Read more »


Well said hussey. Im not so down that i cant rewatch this one. They were great-we were slightly off. We will get nuggets of gold from this and the new players coming in will want to be on board the lane train next year.
Bring it on!!!
Luke Winley

Last edited 2 months ago by Anonymous

Luke, great to see Shaun honoured like this. Well deserved Medal winner.


Thank you, thank you. Oh! You mean that Shaun. I suppose he played ok this year. 🙂




Cheers Colin. I don’t need to say kept the faith to you because you never waver. As you say, bring on 2023.

Longfin Eel

Well done to Shaun Lane on winning the Ken Thornett Medal. Richly deserved!


Absolutely true. And his time on stage was very entertaining.


Well deserved to lane , slap in the face to those who bagged him in gradings , never hard to find fools !!


He had a brilliant season. Imagine if supporters picked teams or rosters. I’m adding myself in there in case anyone thinks I’m having a shot at others.

Last edited 2 months ago by sixties

Not taking anything away from Shaun Lane but feel a bit let down for Mitch Moses. Everyone knows he is our best player/game breaker and has been the most consistent he has ever been for any full season he has been at the club, born out by his Dally M ratings. I felt that he was the one player that tried his guts out consistently over the whole year (along with a couple of others) he was also a victim of the “expert” analysis again when when one in the Courier Mail in Brisbane said “Moses flopped yet again”….. I… Read more »


Shaun Lane had a great year. Happy he is extending. Worthy medal recipient.


Getting into his prime years and as he has acknowledged, BA and the coaches have developed him as a player


Thanks TCT.
Great list of award winners!
Kennedy and Samaima are both something special.
Shaun Lane he’s really coming of age. He looked spent most of last year but has really kicked on.
2023 is looking promising.
Go Eels!!


Kennedy & Simaima both spoke so beautifully and from the heart last night. Gayle is a genuine personality. Lane’s interaction with Zac Bailey was hilarious


Dont you just love the word expert , some trumped up reporter with no credentials coaching or playing at basically any level let alone nrl and they critique under the word “expert “ , still that goes for plenty of us to , the biggest clowns though are the ex players who don’t have the courage or ability to coach but constantly tell those that have and can where their going wrong, arrogance and cowardice on a grand scale , still a lot of us fit that to i suppose , love to name a few experts in order of… Read more »


24 hours on and still nothing on parra website re ken thornett medal , typical slackness , media dept slower than juniors recruitment !


Feel a bit bad for RCG, probably our most consistent player this season. Hard for a prop to win these sorts of awards. Not taking anything away from Lane, he was great. But I feel like RCG was firing from round 1. Lane probably took 5-10 rounds to get into the groove?

Anyway well done to all winners.


I think you summed up the plight of middle forwards with all awards. They do the grunt work for minimal recognition. Though the club itself made the long term signing of Junior and Reg a priority.

John Eel

Well done to all the recipients on awards night. It was good to see them put the disappointment of GF day behind them. I thought that Shaun Lane was a welcome surprise package in the back end of the season. I thought he was a big part of our late surge to the GF. There is an old saying in rugby league. You have to lose a GF before you win one. Never subscribed to it personally but I think now it may be right. Let just say that I took the loss like an adult. I laid on the… Read more »


Hi John. I’ve done similar! I have also avoided the sports shows and replays and binge watched Netflix. I took in the live action and large screen replays enough on grand final day to know how good Penrith were and where our defence fell short. That said, I have been to the team appearance and the KTMs as well as getting the content out, so I guess I haven’t avoided as much as I think I have.

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