Tom Trbojevic has capped one of the most dominant individual rugby league seasons ever produced with one final honour, the Brad Fittler Medal.
Trbojevic was announced as the best NSW player from this year’s series-winning side at a function at The Star on Wednesday night. The award is chosen by the Blues players, who retained the Origin shield with a 2-1 series win, despite all three games being played in Queensland due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Manly star was also named the fans’ favourite, while centre partner Latrell Mitchell took out the True Blue Award, which is judged by the coaching staff and goes to a player who displays the qualities upon which the team culture is built.
Trbojevic had an outstanding series for the Blues after running for an average of 187 metres across all three games. The Blues centre scored a hat-trick and set up another try in game one in Townsville and scored another try in game two in Brisbane to help seal a historic series win.
The Brad Fittler Medal adds to a burgeoning trophy case for the Sea Eagles fullback, who also collected the Wally Lewis Medal as the best player in the Origin series, Dally M Medal for the best player in the game and The Players’ Champion, awarded by the Rugby League Players Association.
He also took out the Roy Bull best and fairest player award, the players’ player, leading try-scorer and the Gordon Willoughby Medal as the members’ best player’ at the Sea Eagles presentation night; the NRL and RLPA’s academic player of the year; and was also named at fullback in the Dally M and RLPA teams of the year.
Other major award winners tonight included Isabelle Kelly, who took out the Harvey Norman NSW Sky Blues Player of the Year after a spirited performance in the narrow 8-6 loss to Queensland in which she showed great determination to power her way over the line for the Sky Blues’ only try.
The night also featured a State of Origin panel discussion with NSW Blues captain James Tedesco, hooker Damien Cook, NSW Blues assistant coach Craig Fitzgibbon and advisor Greg Alexander.
NSW coach Brad Fittler and True Blues Nathan Hindmarsh and Ian Schubert also spoke to the guests about their upcoming tour (December 2-8) throughout regional NSW, which will focus on promoting junior rugby league registrations for the 2022 season.