Gower Wins State Cup MVP

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Gower Wins State Cup MVP

Post by smeghead » Fri 25 Sep, 2009 9:06 am

Gower takes out NSW Cup Most Valuable Player Award
Sep 24, 2009


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Balmain Ryde’s David Gower has taken out the NSW Cup Most Valuable Player award at the New South Wales Rugby League annual presentation dinner tonight.

2009 has been an exceptional year for Gower who, in July, was selected in the NSW Residents team and won the Apprentice of the Year at the Central & Northern Sydney Regional Training Awards night. In September he made his NRL debut for the Wests Tigers in their round 26 victory over the Bulldogs and he is also highly regarded by Wests Tigers and Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens.



On Sunday Gower will take to Leichhardt Oval for the Tigers when they play the North Sydney Bears in the 2009 NSW Cup Preliminary Final. Gower has been inspirational for the Tigers in the final series and he says a premiership with Tigers would cap off a terrific year.

“To be named NSW Cup player of the year is a huge honour because there is some prestigious talent in this competition,” Gower said.

“All the accolades in the world don’t compare to a Premiership though.

“To win one with all my mates at the Tigers would be a dream come true because we have worked so hard for it.”

Gower beat out a host of prestigious talent including Hep Cahill (Storm), Samu Wara (North Sydney), Danny Williams (Bankstown City Bulls) and Ben McFadgean (Windsor).

2009 NSW Cup club Players of the year:

Sione Tongia – Auckland Vulcans
Samu Wara – North Sydney Bears
Dean Rysko – Western Suburbs
Khalid Deeb – Newtown
David Gower – Balmain
Scott Sablowski – Shellharbour
Brendan Oake – Wentworthville
Hep Cahill – Central Coast Storm
Daniel Rauicava – Cronulla
Danny Williams – Bankstown City
Ben McFadgean - Windsor
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Post by crouching_tiger » Fri 25 Sep, 2009 11:37 am

Well done and well deserved to Gower. Disgraceful to think that he was only given a fair go by Sheens in a dead rubber after 26 weeks..
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Post by smeghead » Fri 25 Sep, 2009 11:42 am

From memory the Big Easy just missed out on NSW Apprentice of the year as well
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Post by willow » Fri 25 Sep, 2009 12:39 pm

Congrats to Gower and hopefully he is looked at very closely by Sheens during the off-season. He deserves a spot in the top grade based on his current form.

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Post by king sirro » Fri 25 Sep, 2009 7:30 pm

Im dead set blown away by the young talent we have in the backrow. Its going to hurt to see some of them move on and excel at another club, but i guess we cant keep them all. I dont want to get into a whole thing about certain players, but i really hope we dont hang onto the likes of Fulton and Heighno at the expense of these guys. I truly believe that Mataka, Gower, J. Shirnack, Dwyer,and Akeripa are all capable of being better that Liam and Chris.

Congrats to David Gower.
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Post by Peaches » Fri 25 Sep, 2009 8:33 pm

This bloke is obviously ready for a step-up. It should come and the coach should make personnel changes if required.

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Post by Aladinsane » Sat 26 Sep, 2009 7:07 am

Congratulation to David......see what happens when you put in for 22 rounds of State Cup mate.....you get reward with 15 minutes of first grade in Rd 26.....Keep your head up mate and smash those Bears and the Bulls the following week :pray:

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Post by Danos » Sat 26 Sep, 2009 7:41 am

king sirro wrote:Im dead set blown away by the young talent we have in the backrow. Its going to hurt to see some of them move on and excel at another club, but i guess we cant keep them all. I dont want to get into a whole thing about certain players, but i really hope we dont hang onto the likes of Fulton and Heighno at the expense of these guys. I truly believe that Mataka, Gower, J. Shirnack, Dwyer,and Akeripa are all capable of being better that Liam and Chris.

Congrats to David Gower.
Yeah I know what you mean Sirro. A future backrow of Gower, Mataka & J.Schirnack would just maul opposition teams. Hopefully the club can find a place for them, though I doubt it.

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