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Sims, Haynes in the top 5

Written By : MACIU MALO. Brisbane Broncos tough forward Ashton Sims and Canterbury Bulldogs elusive fullback Jared Hynes are the two front runners for the Vodafone Rugby League Player of
02 Jan 2009 12:00

Written By : MACIU MALO. Brisbane Broncos tough forward Ashton Sims and Canterbury Bulldogs elusive fullback Jared Hynes are the two front runners for the Vodafone Rugby League Player of the Year.
The other three Batis who are also running for the 2008 best player award includes vice-captain Waisale Suka, Ilisoni Vonomateiratu and Semisi Tora. Fiji National Rugby League administrator Rusiate Ratakele said the five chosen have proved themselves throughout the season and their remarkable performance at the RLWC was one of the reasons they were chosen ahead of the others.
“Sims. Haynes, Suka, Vono and Tora have been impressive throughout the seasons and their performances at the RLWC speak for itself.” “Vono has been consistent during the local club competition before he was offered a contract to play three months in Australia where he came back a better and improved player. He played in all the games at the RLWC and he wasn’t replaced in any of the games he played.” Ratakele said vice-captain Suka who has been dubbed as the ‘explosive missile’ because of his splendid outings at the world meet would give other contenders a good go.
“Suka has been has been a true Bati over the years, he skippered the Fiji team against the Junior Kangaroos in 2007 and he was one of the standout performers at the world cup in Australia last year.” Fullback Haynes who is best remembered on the tackle he made on the Australian Kangaroos skipper Darrly Lockyer is another hot prospect for the award.
Ratakele said “His performance at the world cup needs no introduction, he played in all the Fiji games and scored some best tries of the tournament.” “His tackle on Lockyer during the semifinal and his creativity at the last line of defence made this versatile fullback a class of his own.”
Haynes’s father Manoa Thompson also played for the Fiji Bati in 2005.
Ratakele said rookie Semisi Tora and son of dual international Kaiava Salusalu is the another contender who gave his all for Fiji at the world cup.
“He first played for the Fiji Bati at the age of 19 years old and has been impressive in all his games, he scored one the best tries at the world cup when he received a pass from halfback Alipate Noilea to dive between the posts.” Hitman Sims is another hot contender for the award and his loyalty to Fiji is second to none at the world cup. “Sims led by example at the world cup, he was instrumental in leading our forwards and his passion to play for Fiji makes him one of the standout performers at the world cup,” Ratakele said.
He said selecting the best player of the year would be a big headache to the committee but as always there would be one winner at the end of the day.
Ratakele a committee has been appointed to look into the selection of the best player.
The awards night will be held on January 16.
Awards:
* Secondary schools player of the year from U-15to U-19
*Junior competition player of the year U-13,U-15,U-17,U-19
*Volunteer of the year
*Technical official of the year
*National team of the Year
*Team of the Year
*Sports Journalist of the Year
*Rookie of the Year
*Manager of the Year
*Coach of the Year
*Player of the Year
*Secondary School team of the Year
*World Cup Police team player of the Year.




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