Two Rabbitohs Acknowledged At Norths Awards

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:05 pm    Post subject: Two Rabbitohs Acknowledged At Norths Awards Reply with quote
Two Rabbitohs Acknowledged At Norths Awards
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Thu 15th September, 11:51AM

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Rabbitohs players Patrice Siolo and Tautalatasi Tasi were awarded for their 2016 efforts, picking up the Best Forward award and Utility Player of the Year award at the North Sydney Bears' presentation night on Thursday.

The North Sydney Bears finished 10th on the ladder in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition. Despite the position, Head Coach Ben Gardiner, is pleased with the energy and determination shown by his team throughout the season and has high hopes for 2017.

Co-Captain, Brad Deitz took out the Best and Fairest award while Clayton Williams received the highest votes from his teammates to be honoured with the Players Player award.

"Brad came to us as an U20s player from 2015 and played 22 games, which is every game this year," commented Gardiner.

"He started at hooker which is a big step up from U20s for him and everything he did rose in class on a week to week basis."

"Clayton Williams also came from Souths U20s and played 22 games at lock."

"He stepped up and performed exceptionally well for a fella that isn't that big in the middle and will be looking for bigger and better things for 2017."

Halfback, Eli Levido had an outstanding season, claiming the most try assists and line breaks in the competition and was acknowledged by receiving two awards including the Best Back and Fans Player of the Year.

"He was the sixth highest points scorer in the NSW cup which is a fantastic achievement for a rookie,

"Eli played 20 games this season, and topped try assists and line break assists in the competition and really led the team around the field obviously being a halfback.

"He has re-signed for next year and we look to continue that pathway to bigger and better things in 2017."

The North Sydney Bears' 2016 NSW Cup Award Winners are:

Best and Fairest – Brad Deitz

Players Player – Clayton Williams

Best Back – Eli Levido

Best Forward – Patrice Siolo

Utility Players of the year – Tautalatasi Tasi

Most Consistent Player of the Year – Fred Junior Mauala

Most Improved – Sitiveni Moceidreke

Coaches Award – Abbas Miski

Fans Player of the Year – Eli Levido

Fans Choice Award – Abbas Miski

2016 North Sydney Bears Clubman of the Year – John Zollo
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done to these winners.

There was a very good speech by Ben Gardiner on the night and plenty of detail given about the performances of each player, including some great stats.

A couple that I remember:
- Only 4 teams won the week after they played the Bears, which showed that we were a tough physical side which made it hard for teams to back up the next week.
- Clayton Williams dominated tackles and hitups. Abbas Miski also strong with hit ups.
- Eli and Sitiveni dominated try and line-break assists.
- FJ Mauala - only 1 error all year, back in Round 3

There are some good images of the award winners on facebook:
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