Season in Review: Michael Chee Kam



  • After a breakout 2017 season, Michael Chee Kam took another huge step forward at Wests Tigers in 2018 as he continues to develop his role as a versatile edge forward.

    Now 26, Chee Kam has long showed the talent and potential that made him such a star in the Holden Cup competition, but is now starting to show that consistently — season after season — in the top grade.

    Having played 22 of a possible 24 games in 2017, Chee Kam again racked up 22 appearances in 2018 as he passed the 50-game mark of his career. However, his impact was certainly far greater this year, with a string of starting appearances paving the way for career highs in almost every statistical category.

    Chee Kam’s move in to the run-on side was met with a challenge from Coach Ivan Cleary to be prepared for additional workload and responsibility — one that was certainly met from the 26-year-old.

    After the Round 17 bye, Chee Kam started in all but one game and was a huge part of Wests Tigers’ late charge towards the finals series with his relentless running and deceptive strength close to the line.

    Versatility has always been one of Chee Kam’s greatest assets (having played a lot of centre in his younger days) and his ability to shift between the left and right edge with little fuss added plenty to the side.

    With the pending arrival of Ryan Matterson, competition for spots will be high at Wests Tigers in 2019 — something which seemingly brought the very best out of Chee Kam in the season just gone.


    WHAT STOOD OUT IN 2018
    It’s been mentioned above, but Chee Kam’s consistency in his carries was on show throughout the year with the forward averaging more post contact metres per game than any other Wests Tigers forward. He became an international forward with his debut for Samoa, and you just get the feeling that with another full season under his belt, Chee Kam is really taking strides forward as a rugby league player. He finished as a finalist in both the club’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year voting, and looks primed to build on that form again in 2019 as he seeks to keep his place in a competitive forward pack.



    WHAT’S TO COME IN 2019
    With the emergence of Luke Garner and the arrival of Ryan Matterson, Chee Kam will again find himself in a race for spots — something which seemed to bring the best out of him in 2018. What will be interesting is as to what side of the field he finds himself on, and what role he will play throughout the year. Both Matterson and co-captain Chris Lawrence are viewed as 80-minute edge forwards; whether that ends up being the case or not still remains to be seen. What is for sure is that, just as it was in 2018, Cleary will look to use the full squad throughout the year and let the competition for spots bring out the best in everyone.



    MILESTONES AND ACHIEVEMENTS
    50 NRL Games — Round 21 vs. Newcastle Knights, McDonald Jones Stadium (03/08/18)

    International Debut — Samoa vs. Tonga, Pacific Test, Campbelltown Sports Stadium

    Nominated for Wests Tigers NRL Player of the Year (Kelly-Barnes) Award

    Nominated for Wests Tigers NRL Players’ Player Award



  • Awesome job!

    MILESTONES AND ACHIEVEMENTS
    50 NRL Games — Round 21 vs. Newcastle Knights, McDonald Jones Stadium (03/08/18)

    International Debut — Samoa vs. Tonga, Pacific Test, Campbelltown Sports Stadium

    Nominated for Wests Tigers NRL Player of the Year (Kelly-Barnes) Award

    Nominated by the WTF as Beast of the Year

    Nominated for Wests Tigers NRL Players’ Player Award



  • Awards Galore ay



  • I thought the stupid penalties and sin bins stood out, but not mentioned in the article.


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    Thought this would be 10 pages by now…fanbois in hibernation…



  • I’m here.
    He went alright.



  • The falcon in round 1 for Corey Thompson to score and beat the Roosters was a highlight of the season



  • We keep players like this in our First Grade squad then we will continue to miss the finals. You can carry one player with limited impact (I wanted to say ability but that is harsh), we seem to carry four at any one time.


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    Salute MCK - standout year.
    Enjoyed his carries & lines…

    While I think @ top speed & at full flight he has the ability to mow down just about anyone - I would like to see him work on his stop starts i.e. 10/20 metre sprints i.e. he needs to get lower and explode.

    Back posture seems a bit upright at the jump (As evidenced by his stint in the centres).

    You can tell he’s a fan of the NFL.
    Some of his plays were running back-esque.

    I look forward to a big off season from him.



  • MCK in 2018 was better than any previous MCK, so I can’t complain. Like Brooks, the point is to be better again in 2019.


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    @:

    MCK in 2018 was better than any previous MCK, so I can’t complain. Like Brooks, the point is to be better again in 2019.

    Agreed. Individual progression = collective improvement. We’re all striving to be incrementally better than we were yesterday.

    Doesn’t just apply 2 footy, life in general.


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    Congrats 4 the representation USO.



  • @:

    Awesome job!

    MILESTONES AND ACHIEVEMENTS
    50 NRL Games — Round 21 vs. Newcastle Knights, McDonald Jones Stadium (03/08/18)

    International Debut — Samoa vs. Tonga, Pacific Test, Campbelltown Sports Stadium

    Nominated for Wests Tigers NRL Player of the Year (Kelly-Barnes) Award

    Nominated by the WTF as Beast of the Year

    Nominated for Wests Tigers NRL Players’ Player Award

    He only got 9 votes as the beast


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