Arthur Beetson Medal

BY A.J NASH AND SCOTT DILLON

Kiwi ace and Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has joined Kalyn Ponga atop the Arthur Beetson Medal leaderboard after 22 rounds of the 2018 season.

Cronulla-Sutherland prop Andrew Fifita is still a major threat just 1 point further adrift.

Daly Cherry-Evans is also a dark horse after snaring three votes in Manly’s victory over the Bulldogs.

Award winners will be announced on Twitter and Facebook on Monday 3rd September.

Our annual end-of-year award also has a funny knack of predicting the Dally M winner which is announced a few weeks later. Since our award began in 2012, only once has our winner not also gone on to win the Dally M.

2017: Cameron Smith

2016: Johnathan Thurston, Jason Taumalolo, Cooper Cronk

2015: Johnathan Thurston

2014: Johnathan Thurston, Jarryd Hayne

2013: Greg Inglis

2012: Ben Barba

Here are some more quick facts:

  • Johnathan Thurston won three consecutive Arthur Beetson Medals.
  • The Arthur Beetson Medal has been previously known as the Ultimate Sports Memorabilia Medal, Handyman Magazine Medal and the Steele Sports Medal.
  • Before being replaced by Cooper Cronk at the Roosters – half Mitchell Pearce won both Halfback of the Year and our Roosters Player of the Year in 2017.
  • The first ‘Utility MVP’ award was given out in 2017 to Parramatta’s Clint Gutherson.
  • Shaun Johnson led the 2016 count with two rounds to play but was overrun by Jason Taumalolo, Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk.
  • Cameron Smith’s 2017 win was the largest margin since the award began in 2012. Smith won by 7 votes from Mitchell Pearce.
  • Jason Taumalolo has won 7 individual awards including an Arthur Beetson Medal, positional awards in the Team of the Year and the Cowboys Player of the Year.
  • The 2018 Arthur Beetson Medal will be announced on:

Facebook: Totally Rugby League

Twitter: @the81stminute

Monday 3rd September

2018 awards list

  • Arthur Beetson Medal
  • Coach of the Year
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Representative Player of the Year
  • Utility MVP of the Year
  • All 16 club Player of the Years as chosen by us
  • Positional Team of the Year

Arthur Beetson Medal

AFTER ROUND 22

Kalyn Ponga 22

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 22

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Andrew Fifita 21 

Daly Cherry-Evans 19

Gareth Widdop 18 

Damien Cook 18

Cameron Smith 17 

Cameron Munster 17

Luke Brooks 17

Jason Taumalolo 17

Sam Burgess 16

Shaun Johnson 15 

Matt Dufty 14 

Nathan Brown 14

Jake Trbojevic 14

James Maloney 13 

Jai Arrow 13

Tevita Pangai Jr 12 

Johnathan Thurston 12

Issac Luke 12

Jack de Belin 11 

David Klemmer 11 

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 11 

Matt Moylan 11 

James Tedesco 11

Cooper Cronk 11

Benji Marshall 10 

Nelson Asofa-Solomona 10

Billy Slater 10

Josh McGuire 10

Tom Trbojevic 10

Blake Green 10

Matt Lodge 10

Ash Taylor 9 

Angus Crichton 9 

Adam Reynolds 9 

Blake Ferguson 9

Latrell Mitchell 9

Robbie Farah 9

Ben Matulino 9

Josh Papalii 9

Viliame Kikau 9

Martin Taupau 8 

Victor Radley 8 

Tariq Sims 8 

Nathan Cleary 8

Valentine Holmes 8

Ben Hunt 8

Luke Keary 7 

Tohu Harris 7 

Corey Oates 7 

Sio Taukeiaho 7 

Josh Hodgson 7 

Ryan James 7 

John Sutton 7

Tyrone Peachey 7

Mitchell Moses 7

Jarryd Hayne 7

Dylan Napa 6 

Greg Inglis 6 

Paul Gallen 6 

Mitchell Pearce 6

Rhys Martin 6

Josh Addo-Carr 6

Alexander Brimson 6

Jake Granville 5 

Raymond Faitala-Mariner 5 

Herman Ese’ese 5 

Trent Merrin 5 

Corey Thompson 5 

Cody Walker 5 

Chad Townsend 5 

Matt Prior 5 

Joseph Tapine 5 

Corey Norman 5 

James Fisher-Harris 5 

Paul Vaughan 5 

Aidan Sezer 5 

Esan Marsters 5 

Mitch Barnett 5 

Kodi Nikorima 5 

Lachlan Fitzgibbon 5

Jordan Rapana 5

Joey Leilua 5

Boyd Cordner 5

Siliva Havili 4 

Cameron McInnes 4 

Mahe Fonua 4

Tyson Frizell 4 

Dallin Watene-Zalezniak 4 

Daniel Saifiti 4 

Ryan Hoffman 4 

Anthony Milford 4 

Blake Austin 4 

Jarrod Wallace 4 

Agnatius Paasi 4 

Joel Luai 4 

Moses Mbye 4 

Brenko Lee 4

Wade Graham 4

Lachlan Lewis 4

Waqa Blake 3 

Elijah Taylor 3 

Russell Packer 3 

Corey Harawira-Naera 3 

Andrew McCullough 3 

Jayden Bailey 3 

Reagan Campbell-Gillard 3 

Kaysa Pritchard 3 

Shannon Boyd 3 

Dale Finucane 3 

Api Koroisau 3 

James Roberts 3 

Jack Wighton 3 

Josh Reynolds 3 

Sione Mata’utia 3 

Elliot Whitehead 3 

James Segeyaro 3 

Joe Ofahengaue 3 

Brodie Croft 3 

Jake Friend 3 

Coen Hess 3

Joel Thompson 3

Joseph Manu 3

Clint Gutherson 3

Solomone Kata 3

Matt Frawley 3

Tom Burgess 3

Nene McDonald 2

Dane Gagai 2

Phillip Sami 2

Jesse Ramien 2

Michael Lichaa 2

Chris Lawrence 2

Jesse Bromwich 2

Will Chambers 2

Cameron Welch 2

Alex Johnston 2

Matt Scott 2

Josh Morris 2

Jamayne Isaako 2

Isaac Liu 2

Robert Jennings 2

Keegan Hipgrave 2

Jeremy Marshall-King 2

Jarrod Croker 2

Simon Mannering 2

Brian Kelly 2

Jordan McLean 2

Ryley Jacks 1

Konrad Hurrell 1

Euan Aitken 1

Mason Lino 1

Josh Aloiai 1

Josh Dugan 1

Tim Mannah 1

Ben Hampton 1

Jason Clark 1

Ryan Matterson 1

Alex Glenn 1

Manu Ma’u 1

Peta Hiku 1

George Burgess 1

Brett Morris 1

Darius Boyd 1

Kyle Feldt 1

David Fusitua 1

Kevin Proctor 1

Kerrod Holland 1

Tim Glasby 1

Michael Gordon 1

Aidan Tolman 1

Campbell Graham 1

Luke Lewis 1

 

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2017

Steele Sports Medal: Cameron Smith 31
2nd: Mitchell Pearce 24
3rd: Gareth Widdop 21
Rookie of the Year: Nick Cotric
Coach of the Year: Craig Bellamy
Representative Player of the Year: Matt Gillett

Team of the Year
Fullback: Darius Boyd
Wingers: Semi Radradra and Jordan Rapana
Centres: Dane Gagai and Jarrod Croker
Five-Eigth: Gareth Widdop
Halfback: Mitchell Pearce
Props: Paul Vaughan and Andrew Fifita
Second Row: Matt Gillett and Josh Papalii
Lock: Sam Burgess/Jason Taumalolo – joint winner
MVP Utility: Clint Gutherson

Individual Club Awards
Broncos: Anthony Milford
Raiders: Josh Hodgson
Bulldogs: Josh Jackson/Will Hopoate
Sharks: Paul Gallen
Titans: Ash Taylor
Sea Eagles: Daly Cherry-Evans/Jake Trbojevic
Storm: Cameron Smith
Knights: Dane Gagai
Cowboys: Michael Morgan/Jason Taumalolo
Eels: Corey Norman
Panthers: Nathan Cleary
Rabbitohs: Sam Burgess
Roosters: Mitchell Pearce
Warriors: Shaun Johnson
Wests Tigers: James Tedesco

 

 


 

2017: Cameron Smith

2016: Johnathan Thurston, Jason Taumalolo, Cooper Cronk
2015: Johnathan Thurston
2014: Johnathan Thurston, Jarryd Hayne
2013: Greg Inglis
2012: Ben Barba

 

 


 

2016

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For the first time in its five year history, The81stMinute Handyman Magazine Medal has been won by three players. North Queensland teammates Johnathan Thurston and Jason Taumalolo both finished on 30 votes along with Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk.

It’s Thurston’s third consecutive win after 2014 (with Jarryd Hayne) and 2015.

Kiwi Shaun Johnson led after 24 rounds on 28 points but failed to claim a vote in the final two rounds.

Taumalolo is the first forward to win the award while this is also Cronk’s first win.

Handyman Magazine Medal: Johnathan Thurston, Jason Taumalolo, Cooper Cronk

Rookie of the Year: Ash Taylor (Titans)
Coach of the Year: Ricky Stuart (Raiders)
Representative Player of the Year: Cameron Smith (Queensland and Australia)

 

Team of the Year
1 Ben Barba
2 Jordan Rapana
3 Jarrod Croker
4 Joey Leilua
5 Josh Mansour
6 Anthony Milford
7 Johnathan Thurston
8 Ryan James
9 Cameron Smith
10 Andrew Fifita
11 Josh Papalii
12 Bryce Cartwright
13 Jason Taumalolo
Club Awards
Warriors: Shaun Johnson
Cowboys: Jason Taumalolo
Wests Tigers: James Tedesco
Storm: Cooper Cronk
Dragons: Gareth Widdop
Raiders: Josh Hodgson
Broncos: Anthony Milford
Bulldogs: Josh Reynolds
Sharks: Ben Barba
Rabbitohs: Sam Burgess
Titans: Ryan James
Sea Eagles: Tom Trbojevic
Panthers: Matt Moylan
Knights: Dane Gagai
Eels: Michael Gordon
Roosters: Blake Ferguson
Final results 2016:

Johnathan Thurston 30
Jason Taumalolo 30
Cooper Cronk 30
Shaun Johnson 28
Ryan James 24
Anthony Milford 24
Cameron Smith 23
Ben Barba 23
Sam Burgess 22
James Tedesco 20
Josh Reynolds 19
Matt Moylan 19
Andrew Fifita 17
Cameron Munster 16
Trent Merrin 16
Josh Hodgson 15
Darius Boyd 15
Jarrod Croker 14
Mitchell Moses 14
Adam Reynolds 14
Josh Papalii 13
Bryce Cartwright 13
Michael Ennis 12
Tyrone Roberts 12
Jesse Bromwich 12
Gareth Widdop 12
Tom Trbojevic 12
Michael Gordon 12
Manu Ma’u 11
Greg Bird 11
Joey Leilua 11
Corey Norman 10
Paul Gallen 10
Ben Hunt 10
Ash Taylor 9
Corey Parker 9
Jamie Lyon 9
Jake Trbojevic 9
Tohu Harris 9
Jack Wighton 9
Cody Walker 9
James Graham 9
Sam Kasiano 8
Josh Dugan 8
Blake Ferguson 8
Aaron Woods 8
Benji Marshall 8
Jordan Rapana 8
Mitchell Pearce 7
Michael Morgan 7
Mitch Rein 7
Lachlan Coote 7
Nathan Peats 7
Ben Matulino 7
Ethan Lowe 7
David Klemmer 7
Moses Mbye 7
Nathan Cleary 7
James Roberts 7
Clint Gutherson 7
Tui Lolohea 6
Josh Morris 6
Iosia Soliolia 6
Luke Brooks 6
Chad Townsend 6
Corey Oates 6
Jake Granville 6
Kenny Edwards 6
Greg Inglis 6
Tyrone Peachey 6
Andrew McCullough 6
Simon Mannering 6
Josh Mansour 6
Dylan Napa 5
Kieran Foran 5
Will Hopoate 5
Elijah Taylor 5
Junior Paulo 5
Jack Bird 5
Josh Aloiai 5
Api Koroisau 5
Matt Gillett 5
Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5
Martin Taupau 5
Wade Graham 5
Latrell Mitchell 5
Konrad Hurrell 5
Semi Radradra 5
Dane Gagai 5
Shaun Fensom 4
Jamie Soward 4
Jacob Lillyman 4
Aidan Guerra 4
Paul Vaughan 4
Michael Jennings 4
Jake Friend 4
Agnatius Paasi 4
Sione Mata’utia 4
Zeb Taia 4
Aiden Tolman 4
Solomone Kata 4
Jeff Robson 4
Boyd Cordner 4
Tariq Sims 4
Sam Thaiday 4
Sausao Sue 4
Gavin Cooper 4
Elliott Whitehead 4
Sam McKendry 3
Matt Parcell 3
Korbin Sims 3
Steve Matai 3
Luke Lewis 3
Sam Perrett 3
Sio Siua Taukeiaho 3
Ryan Matterson 3
Matt Scott 3
David Fusitu’a 3
Bodene Thompson 3
Suliasi Vunivalu 3
Aidan Sezer 3
Josh McGuire 3
Connor Watson 3
Chris McQueen 3
Tim Grant 3
Peter Wallace 3
Euan Aitken 3
David Mead 3
Joel Thompson 3
Mitch Barnett 3
Jarrod Mullen 2
Blake Green 2
Cameron McInnes 2
Kerrod Holland 2
Matt Prior 2
Jack De Belin 2
Isaah Yeo 2
Beau Scott 2
Pauli Pauli 2
Josh Addo-Carr 2
Issac Luke 2
Chris Lawrence 2
Josh Jackson 2
Robbie Rochow 2
Valentine Holmes 2
Leilani Latu 2
Jamie Buhrer 2
Daly Cherry-Evans 2
Trent Hodkinson 2
Brad Takairangi 2
Marieke Koroibete 2
Aaron Gray 1
Will Chambers 1
Reagan Campbell-Gillard 1
David Shillington 1
Ben Hannant 1
Will Zillman 1
Tepai Moeroa 1
Te Maire Martin 1
Russell Packer 1
Jazz Tevaga 1
Jackson Hastings 1
Tim Glasby 1
Paul Carter 1
Daniel Saifiti 1
Greg Eastwood 1
Mike Cooper 1
Nathan Brown 1
Charlie Gubb 1
Jason Nightingale 1
Danny Wicks 1
Nathan Ross 1
Ricky Leutele 1
Bunty Afoa 1
Dale Copley 1
Tony Williams 1
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 1
Luke Douglas 1
Scott Bolton 1
Coen Hess 1
Cheyse Blair 1

 

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