Prolific Vodafone Warriors try scorer David Fusitu’a has been honoured as the first recipient of the Ken Irvine Medal at the annual Dally M Awards in Sydney tonight.
The 24-year-old right winger became the first Vodafone Warriors player to top the NRL’s regular season try-scoring charts when he finished with 22 touchdowns in 22 appearances.
His total is also a record for a Vodafone Warrior in a regular season.
In recognising his feat, Fusitu’a was tonight presented with the Ken Irvine Medal, struck in honour of Irvine, the freakish former North Sydney and Manly winger Ken Irvine who scored 212 tries in 236 first-grade game from 1958-1973.
Fusitu’a now has 55 tries in 80 NRL appearances.
Fusitu'a was one of seven Vodafone Warriors among finalists at the 2018 Dally M Awards.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was up for both fullback and captain of the year as well as being a leading contender for the Dally M Medal as the player of the year. Fusitu'a was in attendance to collect the top try scorer award and was also nominated for the winger of the year while Tohu Harris (second rower), Issac Luke (hooker) and Jazz Tevaga (interchange) were the others nominated for positional awards.
Stephen Kearney was a finalist for the coach of the year and Krystal Rota was a finalist for the Dally M women's player of the year. Warriors women's captain Laura Mariu and her partner and team-mate Hilda Mariu were also at the dinner along with Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.