General 2017 Warriors Awards


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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck takes out player of the year title
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Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck became just the fifth back in the club’s history to be named the Vodafone NRL Player of the Year when he took out the title at the Vodafone Warriors’ 23rdseason-closing presentation at SKYCITY tonight.

He’s the first backline player to receive the accolade since club great Manu Vatuvei in 2010 while the only other backs recognised have been Francis Meli (2003), Stacey Jones (1997) and Tea Ropati (1995).

The other 18 winners have been split between 12 forwards with Simon Mannering winning it five times and Steve Price and Ben Matulino twice each.

After another rock-solid campaign, veteran back rower Mannering was among the finalists once again this time as was halfback Shaun Johnson but 24-year-old fullback Tuivasa-Sheck headed them off after impressing throughout a challenging season.

Coming back from knee surgery, Tuivasa-Sheck appeared in all but one of the Vodafone Warriors’ 24 games, scoring 10 tries (his second highest tally in his six seasons in the NRL behind the 12 he scored in 2015). Only wing David Fusitua (12) scored more tries for the team this year.

In the club’s final match against Wests Tigers, Tuivasa-Sheck made 207 metres from 18 runs, the 13th time he gained 200 metres or more during the season. His total of 4172 metres – an average of 181.4 metres a game – was bettered by only North Queensland’s Jason Taumalolo (4469) and Cronulla’s Paul Gallen (4387) in the regular season.

Tuivasa-Sheck also stood out in a number of other categories (stats not including the finals):

  • Second for most runs with 445 (an average of 19.5 a game) behind Gallen’s 465 runs
  • First for kicks defused (82)
  • First for bomb kicks defused (30)
  • First for kick returns (141)
  • Second equal for try saves (4)
  • Fourth for kick return metres (1255)
  • Eighth for tackle breaks (106)
  • And 13th for line breaks (16)
Last week Tuivasa-Sheck was the only Vodafone Warriors player among the 23 finalists for The Players’ Champion at the Rugby League Players’ Association Awards.

The 31-year-old Mannering won the Vodafone People’s Choice Award tonight after a season in which he went past Jones’ club record of 261 appearances. He finished on 280 games to leave him on track to become the first player to reach 300 NRL matches for the Vodafone Warriors.

Mannering clocked 986 tackles (the second most in the regular season) – an average of 44.8 a game – as well as averaging 14.8 runs and 128.3 metres a game while making just six errors. Last year he averaged 47.4 tackles, 11.3 runs and 90 metres a game.

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, who made his NRL debut this year, was named the Canterbury of New Zealand Clubman of the Year while Bunty Afoa was singled out as the Vodafone NRL Rookie of the Year ahead of Ata Hingano and Nicoll-Klokstad. In his first full first-grade campaign, Afoa made 17 appearances.

The Vodafone Warriors finished just one game short of reaching the ISP final after losing to Wyong 12-16 on Sunday.

Finalists for the Vodafone ISP Player of the Year were Matt Allwood, James Bell, Mason Lino and Ofahiki Ogden with captain and halfback Lino taking out the award. A finalist in the ISP’s overall player of the year award, Lino scored 154 points and also made an NRL comeback with six appearances.

The Vodafone ISP Team Man of the Year went to utility Sam Cook, who was used in multiple positions while missing just one game all season. Other finalists were Daniel Palavi and Semisi Fotu.

Vodafone Warriors community ambassador Georgia Hale was named the Club Person of the Year and TeKanawa Harris was recognised as the Sir Peter Leitch Member of the Year.

Long-time sponsor Vodafone was the recipient of the SKYCITY Legacy Award in recognition of the 19 seasons it has been associated with the Vodafone Warriors.


Sir Peter Leitch Member of the Year | TeKanawa Harris

SKYCITY Legacy Award | Vodafone

Vodafone People’s Choice Award | Simon Mannering

TNT NYC Rookie of the Year | Tyler Slade

Vodafone ISP Team Man of the Year | Sam Cook

Vodafone NRL Rookie of the Year | Bunty Afoa

Club Person of the Year | Georgia Hale

Canterbury of NZ Clubman | Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

Canterbury of NZ NYC Clubman of the Year | Kenese Kenese

Vodafone NYC Player of the Year | Chanel Harris-Tavita

Vodafone ISP Player of the Year | Mason Lino

Vodafone NRL Player of the Year | Roger Tuivasa-Sheck


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


Departing players | Ofahiki Ogden, Erin Clark (#216), Toafofoa Sipley (#212), Matt Allwood (#199), Kieran Foran (#217), Charlie Gubb (#183), Tuimoala Lolohea (#192), Bodene Thompson (#194), Ryan Hoffman (#195), Jacob Lillyman (#146), Ben Matulino (#142), Manu Vatuvei (#115).

Vodafone Warriors debuts | Isaiah Papalii (#215), Erin Clark (#216), Kieran Foran (#217), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (#218), Chris Satae (#219), James Bell (#220).

Club record appearances | Simon Mannering 280 (surpassed Stacey Jones’ 261).

Club record points | Shaun Johnson 775 (surpassed Stacey Jones’ 674).

300 NRL games | Ryan Hoffman.

250 NRL games | Jacob Lillyman.

200 NRL games (all for Vodafone Warriors) | Ben Matulino.

150 NRL games | Blake Ayshford.

100 NRL games | Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

50 NRL games for Vodafone Warriors | Solomone Kata, Sam Lisone, Ryan Hoffman, Bodene Thompson, David Fusitua, Tuimoala Lolohea.

500 NRL points | Issac Luke.
Man the Facebook comments on the Warriors post announcing Roger Tuivasa-Sheck as the winner are rough.

Hence why I'm glad we have this forum.

While Mannering was as solid as always and could have taken away this award easily, I can't complain with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck being awarded.

Coming back from season-ending knee injury mixed with the pressure of having the captaincy, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck played consistency throughout the season and through his actions tried to lift those around him.

His last line of defence was horrible at times (being left out to dry because of the shit defensive line in front of him). His leadership from the outside looking in could he questioned (but benefit of the doubt being his first stint being a captain) - being fair we don't know/see/hear enough of what goes on during the game to make a clear judgement.

You could argue the Warriors had a poor season under Roger Tuivasa-Sheck leadership - but do remember Mannering won the award as captain in 2013-2014 where we finished outside the 8, where I'm sure his contributions weren't questioned.

I think Roger Tuivasa-Sheck handled himself well this season all things considered. His runs and running meters were all up there, commendable after coming back from his ACL tear in terms of winning the mental battle (Shaun Johnson on the other hand still seemed tentative on his ankle). His 10 tries (second most in a season for him) was a good bounce back from his 1 try in 7 games last season.

He's still young, he was guarded at the Roosters but here has had to become "the man". He can only improve and has the positive attitude and belief to do so. A good role model for the younger lads to mould themselves after. Even Simon himself would say Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is a deserved winner.

The mud being thrown at him on Facebook though...if Roger Tuivasa-Sheck left after next season I'm sure all those fools would turn their snarky comments into crying emojis real quick.

Hope the bro knows he's appreciated - keep improving and success will follow.
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In what world was Roger Tuivasa-Sheck better than Mannering this season??
Don't get me wrong he had a good yet unspectacular season, but surely this is just another ploy to entice him to stay, because he wasn't on the same level as Mannering this year
The voter fatigue is real with Mannering
To be fair they both had pretty good stats and he isn't going to stay because of some award, he is going to want to see some improvement on the field.
I heard on the radio that there has been chatter around the player of the year being given to him, because he was wanting to leave after his contract ends?
The same people think he was given the captaincy for the same reason. Who knows, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck probably doesn't know himself. I'd say he'd be after an All Blacks jersey if he did leave, and I wouldn't be surprised if he waits until mid next season to see how he feels. If we are rubbish, he'll be off IMO.

From the same Warriors 'fans' who continually say the players should be on performance bonuses... :inpain:
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I believe the captaincy was given to Roger Tuivasa-Sheck certainly in large part so he'd take on the ownership of the side, the perception is that the closer he's tied into to the club the more chance there is he'll extend his contract.

It wouldn't surprise if giving him the player of the year award was designed to appease his desire to always be the best.

He must see through it all though, if you asked him he'd say this wasn't his best year by his standards.

I'm sure I read he'd knocked back an offer by the club to renegotiate an extension to his contract recently, time will tell but it looks to me like he's very much 50/50 to stay at the Warriors beyond the term of his current contract.


I'm sure I read he'd knocked back an offer by the club to renegotiate an extension to his contract recently, time will tell but it looks to me like he's very much 50/50 to stay at the Warriors beyond the term of his current contract.
Very understandable, although he is being well paid. I don't know that he will improve the money elsewhere, but he will get more trophies and not have to hit up like a prop forward.


Very understandable, although he is being well paid. I don't know that he will improve the money elsewhere, but he will get more trophies and not have to hit up like a prop forward.

I'm not so sure it's all about the money for Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, I think he's just a winner and has a genuine desire to be the best player in the best team.

He was sold a vision by the club and it hasn't panned out that way, it'll be an interesting 2018 and as someone else mentioned much will depend on the success of the Warriors.


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Had to laugh at the clubs comms team accidentally posting the winners about 3 hours before the event even started. While it was taken down straight away, that 30 seconds is all you need in this day and age for someone to get a screen grab. List was posted on Facebook. Poor Roger Tuivasa-Sheck found out from his sister ringing to congratulate him as he was driving to the awards night.

Warriors staff just hoped that none of the other winners knew beforehand but it was being discussed by players so a few would have known they had won. What an anticlimax lol.

Sums up the Warriors season perfectly...