G&GR Test Player of the Year 2011

G&GR Test Player of the Year 2011

After Certificate-gate, we went all out.

It has been discussed, 2011 was a massive year for rugby. I worked out that I attended 11 Super Rugby matches and 19 Test matches in 9 different venues. I only mention that to illustrate how much rugby there actually was last year (and brag a little). It is important to quantify the amount of rugby in the calendar though as the player who you chose as Player of the Year for 2011 played almost as many minutes as I watched.

So let’s dive straight in and countdown to the winner.

Game 1: Australia v Samoa

Kurtley Beale – 3pts, Digby Ioane – 2pts, Will Genia – 1pt

Game 2: Australia v South Africa

Will Genia – 3pts, James Horwill – 2pts, Digby Ioane – 1pt

Game 3: New Zealand v Australia

James Horwill – 3pts, Digby Ioane – 2pts, Will Genia – 1pt

Game 4: South Africa v Australia

James Horwill – 3pts, Stephen Moore – 2pts, Rocky Elsom – 1pt

Game 5: Australia v New Zealand

Will Genia – 3pts, Radike Samo – 2pts, Dan Vickerman – 1pt

At the conclusion of the Tri-Nations Australia had become the Tri-nations champions for ever. At this point James Horwill had not only taken over the Captaincy but also streaked into the lead, tying with Will Genia on 8 points and Digby Ioane was closing on 5 points. Interestingly, last year’s POTY David Pocock hadn’t even earned a point. How would the World Cup change things?

Game 6: Australia v Italy

David Pocock – 3pts, Digby Ioane – 2pts, Radike Samo – 1pt

Game 7: Australia v Ireland

Kurtley Beale – 3pts, Will Genia – 2pts, James O’Connor – 1pt

Game 8: Australia v USA

Adam Ashley-Cooper – 3pts, Berrick Barnes – 2pts, Nathan Sharpe – 1pt

Game 9: Australia v Russia

David Pocock – 3pts, Berrick Barnes – 2pts, Luke Burgess – 1pt

Game 10: Australia v South Africa

David Pocock – 3pts, James O’Connor – 2pts, James Horwill – 1pt

Game 11: Australia v New Zealand

David Pocock – 3pts, James O’Connor – 2pts, Digby Ioane – 1pt

Game 12: Australia v Wales

Berrick Barnes – 3pts, James Slipper – 2pts, James O’Connor – 1pt

End of the Rugby World Cup David Pocock had made a great run to lead the voting on 12 points. Will Genia was keeping in touch with 10 points and James Horwill was only a Man of the Match performance away on 9 points. All up, it was down to our European tour match against Wales to decide the winner. And some people said that match was a waste of time!

Game 13 Wales v Australia

Berrick Barnes – 3pts, Will Genia – 2pts, Adam Ashley-Cooper – 1pt

The conclusion of the season meant not only a well-deserved break, but also we knew who our winner was. Or did we?


A trophy AND bubble wrap...

For the First time in the history of the G&GR Player of the Year award two players were tied for points at the end of the year. A count back was needed as David Pocock and Will Genia had both finished on 12 points. As we are a site that values consistency, we thought that would be the best way to determine a winner, so we looked back through the results and While Poey had polled in 4 tests; Will had polled in 6, Making Will Genia the Green and Gold Rugby Player of 2011.

I had the chance to present Will’s trophy personally. He reads the site and was genuinely chuffed to have been voted by the learned readers of the site. He assured me the trophy would find a home on his shelf next to his Premiership and Tri-Nations trophies. He was however more excited about being able to pop the bubble wrap the trophy was in :)

Have fun and Congratulations Will.

The final table stands as follows:

1stWill Genia12
2ndDavid Pocock12
3rdBerrick Barnes10
4thJames Horwill9
5thDigby Ioane8
6thKurtley Beale6
James O'Connor6
7thAdam Ashley-Cooper4
8thRadike Samo3
9thStephen Moore2
James Slipper2
10thRocky Elsom1
Dan Vickerman1
Nathan Sharpe1
Luke Burgess1


Steve Timms, He likes watching the odd game of Rugby, occasionally writes about it.. Proud member of the original Mudchooks.

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