RTS makes it three in a row

Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has tonight become the first player in the Vodafone Warriors’ 25-season history to be named the club’s Vodafone NRL Player of the Year three years running.

The 26-year-old fullback followed his successes in 2017 and 2018 with another superb campaign this season to claim the Simon Mannering Medal at the club’s annual awards at SKYCITY.

He also again cleaned up the Vodafone People’s Choice Award voted on by the public as well as winning the players' player of the year.

After being awarded the inaugural Simon Mannering Medal last year, Tuivasa-Sheck went on to become the first Vodafone Warriors player to win the Dally M Medal as the NRL’s player of the year and is again in contention for that honour this year.

In many statistical categories Tuivasa-Sheck topped his exceptional deeds in 2018.

In both seasons he made 23 appearances. After averaging 17.7 runs and 178.4 metres a game last year, his numbers increased to 21.2 runs and 206.1 metres a game this year. His tackle breaks count was up from 112 last year to 136 in 2019, off loads from 31 to 37, try assists from eight to 10 and line breaks from 13 to 14. And he scored seven tries this year compared to three last year.

He topped all players in the NRL for most runs (488) and metres (4742) while he was second for most tackle breaks, third for most kick return metres, 11th for most line breaks and 13th for most off loads.

After having his first season with the club cut short by injury in 2016, Tuivasa-Sheck has missed only four of a possible 73 games.

It says everything about his standards across 76 appearances that he has averaged 19 runs and 187.3 metres a game as well as a total of 378 tackle breaks, 45 line breaks, 29 try assists and 89 off loads.    

The other finalists for the Vodafone Player of the Year were Leeson Ah Mau, Blake Green, Peta Hiku and Ken Maumalo while the other contenders for the Vodafone People’s Choice were Ah Mau, Maumalo and Jazz Tevaga.

Taking out the Vodafone NRL Rookie of the Year was Chanel Harris-Tavita from other nominees Patrick Herbert, Adam Keighran and Adam Pompey.

Pompey collected the Canterbury Cup Player of the Year ahead of Keighran, Ligi Sao and Setu Tu while Blake Ayshford was named the Canterbury Cup Team Man of the Year ahead of Jackson Frei and Hayze Perham.

Vodafone Warriors football operations manager Dan Floyd was named the Club Person of the Year while Dave and Lorraine McKee, who fly to every home game from Christchurch, were recognised as the Sir Peter Leitch Members of the Year.

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS AWARDS | 2019   

Sir Peter Leitch Members of the Year: Dave and Lorraine McKee

Vodafone People’s Choice Award: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Players' Player of the Year: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Canterbury Cup Team Man of the Year: Blake Ayshford

Vodafone NRL Rookie of the Year: Chanel Harris-Tavita

Club Person of the Year: Dan Floyd

Canterbury of NZ Clubman of the Year: Jazz Tevaga

Canterbury Cup Player of the Year: Adam Pompey

Vodafone NRL Player of the Year : Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Simon Mannering Medal)

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS PLAYER OF THE YEAR | 1995-2019

1995 Tea Ropati

1996 Stephen Kearney

1997 Stacey Jones

1998 Joe Vagana

1999 Jason Death

2000 Robert Mears

2001 Jerry Seuseu

2002 Ali Lauitiiti

2003 Francis Meli

2004 Wairangi Koopu

2005 Ruben Wiki

2006 Steve Price

2007 Steve Price

2008 Simon Mannering

2009 Micheal Luck

2010 Manu Vatuvei

2011 Simon Mannering

2012 Ben Matulino

2013 Simon Mannering

2014 Simon Mannering

2015 Ben Matulino

2016 Simon Mannering

2017 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

2018 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

2019 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck  

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS | ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Departing/departed players | Blake Ayshford (#204), Sam Cook (#225), Issac Luke (#206), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (#218), Ligi Sao (#210).

Vodafone Warriors debuts | Adam Keighran (#231), Lachlan Burr (#232), Chanel Harris-Tavita (#233), Patrick Herbert (#234), Hayze Perham (#235), Kodi Nikorima (#236), Adam Pompey (#237), Josh Curran (#238), Taane Milne (#239).

Achievements:

300 NRL appearances | Adam Blair.

200 NRL games | Leeson Ah Mau.

150 NRL games | Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Blake Green.

100 NRL games | Agnatius Paasi, Kodi Nikorima.

50 NRL games for Vodafone Warriors | Blake Ayshford, Bunty Afoa, Jazz Tevaga.

50 NRL tries | Issac Luke.