Western Suburbs five-eighth Ryan Walker has made a clean sweep of the Newcastle Rugby League awards for 2017.
The in-form playmaker was crowned player of the year and voted players’ players by his peers at Wednesday night’s presentation at McDonald Jones Stadium.
It rewarded Walker’s stellar season steering Wests to a minor premiership and Sunday’s double, taking his already leading try tally to 24, helped the Rosellas book the first spot in next weekend’s grand final.
Walker’s club mentor Matt Lantry was named coach of the year. He claimed the same prize at Central (2014).
Central fullback Jake Maizen collected rookie of the year. Best representative player went to Luke Higgins.
Wests halfback Sam Keenan was officially recognised as the first grade leading point scorer with 148 (seven tries, 60 goals). He added another 11 to that mark with five goals and a late field goal in the Rosellas’ 35-8 major semi-final victory at Harker Oval on Sunday.
In ladies league tag South Newcastle’s Jordan Glanville was announced as the inaugural player of the year while Wests’ Rhianni Cipta scored players’ player.
And the junior Rebels’ representative awards went to Central’s Cody Bryant (under 18s) and Wests’ Ryan Weatherall (under 16s).