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Rookie of the Year contenders Dally M

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Captain of the Gate, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Captain of the Gate

    Captain of the Gate Active Member

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    Now that we are halfway through the season regular (well 1 game shy) I was thinking about which players would be in line for Dally M Rookie of the Year.
    For those who don't know to qualify you have to have played in no more than 3 games in previous seasons. Buhrer still qualifies if my math is correct because the 3 games where he sat on the bench and didn't take the field don't count towards your game count. NRL doesn't officially recognise you as playing a game if you never take the field. Here is a list I put together. If I missed anyone or accidentally gave someone rookie status when they have played 3+ games, I'm sorry.

    Broncos -Dane Gagai, Jack Reed
    Raiders - Sam Williams
    Sharks - Stuart Mills
    Titans -Matt Srama, Ben Ridge
    Sea Eagles - Jamie Buhrer, Daly Cherry-Evans, Daniel Harrison, Will Hopoate, Michael Oldfield, Tim Robinson
    Knights - Beau Henry
    Cowboys - Tariq Sims, Kalifa Fai-Fai Loa
    Eels - Taniela Lasalo, Jacob Loko
    Panthers - Nafe Seluini
    Dragons - Kyle Stanley, Ratu Tagive
    Rabbitohs - Chris McQueen, Kane Morgan
    Roosters - Steve Naughton
    Tigers - Aaron Woods, Ben Murdoch-Masilla, Jacob Miller, Jason Shirnack, Alan Shirnack
    Warriors - Elijah Taylor

    I think its easy to write off most of these players as they aren't playing regularly or doing enough in games to get the win.
    My personal opinion is that it comes down to probably 5 players:

    Jamie Buhrer has been solid all year, he has slipped a little in the last few weeks but if he runs strong in the 2nd half of the year he could take it.

    Daly Cherry-Evans started off slow but the form he is finding and teh confidence he is gaining to let him run away with it.

    Will Hopoate has to be well up there as a favourite, the only rookie on the list to make rep football, has set the world on fire, commentators and experts love him. Everyone is disappointed to see him leave the game for 2 years. I'm not sure if leaving will help or hinder him in the judges eyes.

    Tariq Sims was strong in his first game and has played well every game. Is already in the starting squad when surrounded by fierce veteran 2nd rowers. All the experts and commentators love this guy as he is one of those x-factor players and is probably the favourite at this point.

    Aaron Woods has been the Tigers strongest front rower and is making the guys around him look bad. The kid will be one of the star front rowers in a few years, when he and Fafita mature they will be one of the most devestating bookend pairings in the comp.

    The dark horses may be Beau Henry and Matt Srama depending on how they spend the back end of the year, but they are long shots at the moment in my eyes.

    What does everyone else think?
     
  2. Brookie

    Brookie Well-Known Member

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    i reckon a bloke call will hopoate might get it?
     
  3. Stevo

    Stevo Well-Known Member

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    Did you not read his whole post Brookie?
     
  4. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

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    Can the Warriors win it?

    Elijah Taylor has been good over there too.

    But agree T Sims is probably the front runner followed by Buhrer and DCE.
     
  5. Captain of the Gate

    Captain of the Gate Active Member

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    Before the player list it explains why he is not eligible. He played too many games last year to qualify for Rookie status this year.
     
  6. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    DCE would have to pretty short odds at the moment.

    I'm sure I read somewhere that Hoppa was eligible this year because he only played 3 games last season.
     
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    • Fro

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      yeah Taylor is a goodun.

      if we go deep into the semis and DCE stays fit he should have a lock on it.

      halves are up there as they always have the ball.

      Sims would be a smokey
       
    • Captain of the Gate

      Captain of the Gate Active Member

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      Sorry an oversight on my part, Taylor definately qualifies. I've added him to teh original post. Thanks Gronk.
       
    • stoodamire

      stoodamire Well-Known Member

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      It's 4 games or less i think.

      So Hopoate is a shoe in if his form continues
       
    • Brookie

      Brookie Well-Known Member

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      you're allowed to have played only 3 games in the prior season.
      will only played 3 in 2010, so he is eligible for 2011 rookie of the year

      first poster is wrong
       
    • Captain of the Gate

      Captain of the Gate Active Member

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      From NRL:

      A player is only made eligible for the Dally M Rookie of the Year if he has played in no more than three first grade games in previous years.

      William Hopoate Played
      Round 13 [06 Jun 10] L 6-22 v Broncos (H). [WG]
      Round 14 [11 Jun 10] L 14-28 v Titans (A). [WG]
      Round 22 [07 Aug 10] W 26-6 v Storm (H). [FB]

      Guess based on that he is eligible. Hopa has to be a favourite then. I'll edit the original post.
       
    • Chip and Chase

      Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Gareth Widdop from Storm only played a couple of games last year, not sure if it was more than 3 though. Also that bloodnut centre from Broncos Jack Reed only debuted this year didn't he ?
       
    • Masked Eagle

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      The rule is no more than 3 games.

      Hoppa should be infront at this stage but hopefully DCE overtakes him by the end of the season. If that happens it means we are looking very good for a premiership. Sims is a chance and I also like Taylor but agree that Beau Henry is a smokie simply because he will be running the team now with Mullen gone.
       
    • Kiwi Eagle

      Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      There is a rumour going around over here that Shaun Johnson might debut this weekend, if he does, watch him, massive potential
       
    • Stevo

      Stevo Well-Known Member

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      What happened to Mullen?
       
    • Fro

      Fro Well-Known Member

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      did a tit fonz
       
    • Stevo

      Stevo Well-Known Member

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      oww. That's gotta hurt!!
       
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      • Cameron

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        i feel for his husband then :D
         
      • patorick2010

        patorick2010 Mr BPD

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        Elijah Taylor, barring injury, should walk it in.

        He's that good.
         
      • Jatz Crackers

        Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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        You best ask permission before you feel him up.
         

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