Wests Tigers to hold 2019 Kelly-Barnes Award

Wests Tigers fullback Corey Thompson has been voted by his teammates as the NRL Players’ Player of the Year at the club’s end-of-season Presentation Night this evening.

Having played in 22 of a possible 24 matches throughout the season, Thompson took out the award narrowly ahead of Ryan Matterson and Luke Brooks, who also polled well in voting undertaken the players themselves.

A standout for Michael Maguire’s side whether playing at fullback or on the wing, Thompson finished the season as the club’s equal leading try-scorer alongside Esan Marsters while also producing team highs in linebreaks and tackle breaks.

Thompson was amongst the top five fullbacks in the NRL for kick return metres, and finished fifth amongst all players in the competition with 100 tackle breaks.

Averaging in excess of 130 metres per game, the Easts Mount Gravatt junior posted career highs in metres gained and kick return metres despite missing two games during the year.

In both games that Thompson missed throughout the year, Wests Tigers were unable to win — a testament to the 29-year-old’s importance to the side.

Thompson was rewarded with his good form with a contract extension during the season, signed through at Wests Tigers until the end of the 2021 season.

Wests Tigers would like to congratulate Corey on his award!
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Congrats to Mikaele. Well deserved.

Beau Ryan - life member. The world’s gone mad.

Thompson would have to be the best buy the club has made in recent times. Under-rated by many but throughly deserves his award.

@hobbo1 said in Wests Tigers to hold 2019 Kelly-Barnes Award:

@Geo said in Wests Tigers to hold 2019 Kelly-Barnes Award:

That Ryan gets inducted before Tuiaki is wrong IMO…

Congrats Heighington and Mr Binet

Who got plodder of the year ?

Chee-Kam…

@Tiger_Steve said in Wests Tigers to hold 2019 Kelly-Barnes Award:

Beau Ryan - life member. The world’s gone mad.

Absolutely.

@Russell next will
Be WoodsTedesco and Moses

@Russell said in Wests Tigers to hold 2019 Kelly-Barnes Award:

@Tiger_Steve said in Wests Tigers to hold 2019 Kelly-Barnes Award:

Beau Ryan - life member. The world’s gone mad.

Absolutely.

And here’s a scoop: he’s not funny!

Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks has tonight been awarded the Kelly-Barnes Award for the 2019 NRL Player of the Year.

Brooks was presented with the prestigious honour for the second year in a row as part of the club’s annual Presentation Night this evening at Le Montage.

The 24-year-old becomes the first player to win the club’s NRL Player of the Year Award in consecutive seasons since Gareth Ellis in 2010 and 2011.

After taking out the 2018 Dally M Halfback of the Year, Brooks continued his impressive form at club level in 2019 — registering career highs in try assists, offloads, tackles, kicking metres and running metres. The Holy Cross Rhinos junior was one of just four players to feature in every game for the club this season, the second year in a row in which he has played every match available for Wests Tigers.

Brooks narrowly took out the award ahead of Ryan Matterson, while Benji Marshall, David Nofoaluma and Alex Twal rounded out the top five in voting.

Brooks also finished as a finalist in the NRL Players’ Player of the Year Award, with fullback Corey Thompson taking out the award chosen by the players themselves.

Wests Tigers would like to congratulate Luke on his award tonight!
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Congrats to Luke but I think Matterson should have got it. Also congrats to Corey - always gives a 100% and easy to see why he is players choice.

Congratulations to all the winners. It would be interesting to see how the forum’s 3-2-1 totals compared to that of the coaches.

Impressive for Nofo to be in the top 5 when he missed several games early in the season. Corey is under-rated but it appears his peers value him. Both these guys play with real heart and that’s not something you can say for a couple of others.

I expected Matterson to clean up but I think the judges got it pretty right; Brooks, Matto, Benji, Nofo and Twal were consistently good.

@Tiger_Steve said in Wests Tigers to hold 2019 Kelly-Barnes Award:

@Russell said in Wests Tigers to hold 2019 Kelly-Barnes Award:

@Tiger_Steve said in Wests Tigers to hold 2019 Kelly-Barnes Award:

Beau Ryan - life member. The world’s gone mad.

Absolutely.

And here’s a scoop: he’s not funny!

Funny as a dead dog.

Summary of awards

Jersey Flegg

Players Player - Curtis Wilson

Player of the year - Felix Smith

Canterbury Cup

Players Player - Watson Heleta

Player of the year - Watson Heleta

Wayne Pearce Community award - Josh Aloiai

NRL

Rookie of the Year - Thomas Mikaele

Players Player - Corey Thompson

Player of the year - Luke Brooks

Well deserved for Brooks, Thompson and Mikaele. Brooks deserves better on this forum imo but each to their own I suppose. The awards are stacking up though.

@WT2K said in Wests Tigers to hold 2019 Kelly-Barnes Award:

Summary of awards

Jersey Flegg

Players Player - Curtis Wilson

Player of the year - Felix Smith

Canterbury Cup

Players Player - Watson Heleta

Player of the year - Watson Heleta

Wayne Pearce Community award - Josh Aloiai

NRL

Rookie of the Year - Thomas Mikaele

Players Player - Corey Thompson

Player of the year - Luke Brooks

The final award which was the Nuffie of the year award sponsored by the “No Frills” people went to:…

R O B E R T J E N N I N G S

Who would have thought!!!

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