Your 2018 Knights Player of the Year

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  1. kurtsux

    kurtsux Tony Townsend

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    Who is your 2018 Knights Player of the year?

    Aiden Guerra for mine (closely followed by Ponga and Fitz).

    Aiden played all 24 games and was easily the best defender for us. He managed to clean up all the poor defence from the other middle forwards and he'd be out on his feet but would just keep turning up. He also does the 1 percenters no one else does. A big hats off from me.
     
  2. Joel

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    Guerra wouldn't surprise me given the defensive principles our club was built from, but lets be real... Ponga should be a shoe in, but so was Daniel last year so who knows.
     
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    slotmachine Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    88Knight4life Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Definitely should go to Guerra imo.
    Has busted he's *** all year with little accolades.
     
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    Simon Templar Matt White

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    Guerra for me , I have always placed high weighting on defence- his work ethic and defensive work on key opposition forwards week in with his clean up work due to the inefficiencies of others shouldn’t be under valued.
     
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    Ponga with out a doubt Won us several games, Came close too Dally M and shown us what a superstar he will be. But can see it a draw with Guerra? Can that happen?
     
  7. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Guerra deserves some recognition.
    We have seen a lot of guys come to the club for a payday before retiring, but from day one Guerra seemed different.
    He decided not to play in the WC so he could start training early.
    He could have taken a few more weeks off season because he played finals last year, but showed up early and got stuck in.
    He clearly wanted to resurrect his career after a few poor seasons with injury and has gone above and beyond all the way.
     
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    Think it will be close between Ponga who is brilliant and Guerra who is a workaholic, Pearce gets honourable mention but missed too many games through injury.
     
  9. Tubby

    Tubby Matthew Rodwell

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    Ponga player of the year.
    Guerra coach's award (if that's still a thing).
     
  10. danknights

    danknights Mark Hughes

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    Guerra all day. The bloke has set the standard of where our players need to be. Followed by ponga, fitzgibbon.
     
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    slotmachine Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Did anyone go to the game or turn on the TV to watch Guerra tackle till he spewed? Yeah he tried hard but ponga made games worth watching. If he didn't get injured he might have snatched the Dally m in his first full season.
     
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    Ponga, Guerra and Ese’Ese in that order.
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Doubt Fitz has ever won an award - because he's never deserved one - always been there to make up the numbers to be honest.
    He deserves something this year - biggest improver or something.
     
  14. Beaumont

    Beaumont Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    He's also gone from coming across as a knob to being a likable bloke.
     
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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Guerra, Ponga, Daniel Saifiti, Ese'ese and then Fitzy top five for mine.

    Tragedy Pearce missed so much of the year.
     
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    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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  17. Ethan

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    Guerra Fitzy and Ponga all 3 should get it .
     
  18. Still_Nutty

    Still_Nutty Kade Snowden

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    Aiden Guerra for mine...

    Games - 24
    Minutes Per Game - 69.7
    Metres - 2,377 (99.1 per game)
    Post Contact Metres - 943 (39.6% of all running metres)
    Line Breaks - 4
    Tackle Breaks - 43
    Tackles - 954 (39.7 per game)
    Missed Tackles - 76 (3.1 per game)
    Tackle Efficiency - 90%
    Offloads - 4
    Errors - 6
    Penalties Conceded - 17
    Sin Bins - 1
    Send Offs - 0
    Tries - 5

    And what these stat's don't show was the passion and second and third efforts he made for this team that would also contribute to things like his missed tackles, etc. and the leadership and mentoring he provides for the young players coming through, who will be 20% better than they would have been in their careers without his influence.

    Ponga a very close second - injury and a little bit of inconsistency(not a criticism - just an observation based on the fact he's a 19 year old in his first full season of NRL) for mine means he will get it every year from 2019 until he stops playing for the club.

    Herman E'see'se was consistently up there with Guerra (see mentoring above) for effort and enthusiasm and is learning his craft very well and I think Dan Saifiti will be our best middle forward next year based on the development (that was very slow to start with) he has shown over the back end of this season

    Pearce - full season on the paddock and he would take it hands down this year...next year will be different (see comment re Ponga above :))
     
  19. Matty23

    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    It should be out of Guerra or Ponga, I’d probably go with Guerra due to the fact he’s spent more time on the field and does all the little 1% plays that usually go unnoticed by most people. Fitzy and Ese’ese not too far behind either.
     
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    Beaumont Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Guerra will get Players Player. Ponga will get Player of the Year.
     

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