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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

  • Braveheart

    Interesting how well Berrick Barnes polled from only a handful of tests.

    I think that shows how important he is to our test team.

    Well done to Will Genia on winning the thing.

    • The Rant

      Barne: 10points
      McCabe: …
      Cooper: …

      Still can’t believe Deans gave Cooper 80mins in the Irish and NZ games…

    • Kiap

      Especially considering QC got no votes.

  • Isnt a award thats goes to a count back usually awarded to the player with the most MOM (3votes)?


      Congrats to Will Genia – he had a great season.

      BUT….. Will Genia pulls 4 points during the World Cup against David Pocock’s 12 and he wins on a count-back and that’s considered consistency???

      Will Genia can thank Robbie Deans for breaking Pocock in the World Cup due to no back-up No 7!!

      Robbie will continue to break David P if he keeps forcing him to play the full 80 minutes in EVERY test. Fantastic work rate but No 7 takes a pounding esp when he’s into everything like Pocock.

  • Waratahjesus

    Wouldn’t have picked that at all. I think some super rugby hangover contributed to a few extra points for the little man.

    • qwerty51

      No doubt about it WJ, I even remember most calling for Burgess to get more game time because of how bad Will was playing.

  • Brax

    Just goes to show how wrong you NSWelshman were & are! The numbers don’t lie & your perceptions and bias shade everything baby blue….. Now watch him tear the Tah’s a new one this weekend just in time for Mardis Gra!

    Oh, and well done Will, yet another great accolade.

    • Waratahjesus

      What bias.
      The guy was below his best and I’m surprised he polled so well. I’m not surprised that Pocock was up there nor would I have been shocked by a few others. I think you Qlders have forgotten to actually look outside your overrated backyard.

      • RJ

        you cant overrate the best buddy.

      • Brax

        It’s only NSWelshmen questioning his worthiness of this award…. read into that what you will…. I read blue bias.

        • waratahjesus

          so your saying im bias in being surprised genia got the award cos he is from qld but im not surprised pocock was up there cos im also NSW bias, i havnt mentioned one NSW player actually, not sure how bias comes into it at all.

          good on him, i dont think he had a good year but its a peoples choice just like the logies, means alot.

      • Baldy

        Overrated??? who are you kidding WJ???

        As sanchez eloquently summed the situation up this week – The Waratahs have not won shit!!! i believe that makes them overated. Bookmakers must drink from the same cup as you mate, installing the Tahs as favourites against the Reds!! What a joke!

        • Waratahjesus

          I agree, NSW shouldn’t be favorites especially with injury, but the reds poor record in Sydney and QC absence have surely had an impact on the market as well.

          Genia is a good player, he is a great super player but I believe the “best in the world” tag is overrated fir him currently. Great scrum halves in my opinion can turn games when times are tough through there running and kicking games. Genia has a great pass and backs up fantastically but I am yet to see him contribute positively behind a beaten pack that I have seen other players in world rugby do at times. He has the potential but to often he just throws the pass and doesn’t read the game for mine. Worked fir QLD and if this was a best super rugby player I wouldn’t have disagreed but it’s not, therefore I am surprised and believe QLD bias caused by a hangover from watching there teams success in SR may have led to a few extra votes for him.

          As for thetahs winning nothing, well, fair cop. QLD have won the title, so according to that logic anything they do that isn’t wining it again is pretty much a failure so good luck for the year indeed.

  • suckerforred

    Congrats Shanaz!!! Where’s the acceptance speach and pic of the GAGR trophy price of place in the pool room?

  • ShtinaTina

    Gotta love bubble wrap!

  • AJ

    From the headline I thought immediately of two standouts. Pocock and Moore. They both had their best years in the green and gold and coincidently were off the field for that shemozzle against Ireland.

    Sorry if you’re reading this Will, but I wish I could count back every one of your bloody box kicks.

  • Nick

    McCalman and McCabe didn’t get any votes??!!?!?!!???

  • Gallagher

    Digby’s the man.

  • AJ

    Why does the trophy actually look like Pocock? Did you guys think he was a shoe-in and get it made in the human torso’s image.

    I’d be pretty pissed if I was Sanchez. Having to look at the real winner up on his shelf.

  • Louis

    That is an absolute joke. Genia is overrated, and him beating Pocock for player of the year is bullshit. Game 2 and Game 5 you awarded him MOTM, thats crap. Game 2 against RSA, he did nothing, Quade played a blinder, as did JOC and Kurtley. Game 5 he was alright, but not MOTM.
    I still have not seen anything to back up the view that Genia is the No.1 halfback in the world.
    He makes bad decisions under pressure, and don’t even get me started on that f***ing box kick that we saw so much throughout the year

  • Jman

    It would only be biased if those nswelshmen were saying a warratah deserved it instead of genia. But they were saying pockock (a qld boy) deserved it so I don’t see where bias comes into it. Anyway well done to genia.

  • Just some background on the voting, it isn’t us sitting around with our scotches and cigars saying which chap should get it.

    The votes are tallied in the forum on a 3-2-1 basis, we simply add all the points up for each player, getting a total. The player with the most aggregate points gets awarded 3 points, second most gets 2 points and the 3rd most gets 1 point for that match.

    So lets look at the RWC Quarter final against South Africa, most people are saying they can’t believe McCabe got not even a point. He did, but the final voting looked like this:

    Pocock – 194
    JO’C – 76
    Horwill – 40
    McCabe – 31
    Vickers – 23
    Genia – 14
    Rocky – 12
    Moore – 3
    Samo – 2
    Beale – 1

    The top three get the points resulting in:

    Game 10: Australia v South Africa

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

    The decision to award it to the player who polled in the most games rather than most MOM was based on a desire to reward the consistency of being in the top three players over more games rather than having blinders mixed with nothing. Not that Pocock had nothing in other games, but a line needed to be drawn somewhere. Would a player that is MOM one game in three be better than a player who was the third best on field every game?

    Hope that clears it up.

  • Disco

    I can’t believe the negative comments on here. If you don’t like the system then start your own website & voting system.

    I say thanks to all the volunteers @ GAGR that spend their own time to put this together.


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

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