Vodafone Warriors captain Simon Mannering has been named as one of nine finalists for the NRL's annual Harvey Norman Favourite Son Award run as a feature of the Women in League round. Photo: Photosport.







Female Rugby League fans will have the chance to vote for their favourite NRL star next week with the annual Harvey Norman Favourite Son Award kicking off almost a month of celebrations for the 2013 Harvey Norman Women in League Round.


The finalists for the coveted award are Dene Halatau (Bulldogs), Scott Prince (Broncos), Dallas Johnson (Cowboys), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Danny Buderus (Knights), Roy Asotasi (Rabbitohs), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Bryan Norrie (Storm) and Simon Mannering (Warriors).


Online voting for the Harvey Norman Favourite Son Award starts this Thursday (May 2) and closes the following Thursday (May 9) at www.nrl.com.


The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 14 at the 2013 Harvey Norman Women in League Sydney Lunch, the official start to the Harvey Norman Women In League Round which is celebrated during Round 10 of the Telstra Premiership (May 17-20).


The first of four official Harvey Norman Women in League events begin in Darwin on Thursday (May 2), followed by Canberra (May 7), Bryon Bay (May 9) and finally Sydney (May 14).


The Harvey Norman Favourite Son finalists are selected by women in the game who nominate players who act as a role model to younger players and whose off-field characteristics embody the true values of the Rugby League community, said Trish Crews, NRL General Manager, Community, Culture and Diversity.


I congratulate all of the players announced as finalists today; their integrity and leadership make us proud of the game and inspires more women to become involved as a fan, parent, coach, or volunteer.


The Harvey Norman Favourite Son Award was established in 2009 and past winners include Hazem El Masri (2009), Nathan Hindmarsh (2010), Petero Civoniceva (2011) and Luke Burt (2012).


The seventh annual celebration of the Harvey Norman Women in League initiative pays tribute to over 60,000 female volunteers, officials, players, employees and administrators at the heart of the game.


For more information on upcoming events and Harvey Norman Women in League please visit www.rloc.com.au