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Klemmer Claims Brad Fittler Medal

The 2017 Brad Fittler Medal Player of the Year Awards take place at The Star Events Sydney. Image: NRL Photos.
The 2017 Brad Fittler Medal Player of the Year Awards take place at The Star Events Sydney. Image: NRL Photos.

NSW Blues front-rower David Klemmer has tonight been crowned the 2017 Brad Fittler Medal winner following an impressive State of Origin campaign in which he ran for more metres than any forward from NSW and Queensland across the three-game series.

Klemmer amassed 519 metres after starting all three games off the interchange bench, with Maroons’ Dane Gagai (577) and Blues teammate James Tedesco (541) the only players who tallied more metres. 

On a night that recognised the achievements of players across all NSWRL teams and competitions, from Origin to seniors, juniors, women and Indigenous, as well as the contributions of referees and club officials, Klemmer accepted the state’s top award in front of more than 600 guests at The Star Event Centre.

The 22-year-old polled the highest votes from fellow Blues teammates, as well as Laurie Daley and his coaching staff. Previous winners include Josh Jackson (2016) Josh Dugan (2015), Jarryd Hayne (2014), Paul Gallen (2011) and Danny Buderus (2008).

Klemmer said he was honoured to receive the prestigious individual award.

“Growing up, Brad Fittler was one of my idols and to accept the award named after him is a special moment,” Klemmer said.

“I wouldn’t have received this award without the players around me. As a Rugby League player you don’t necessarily think about individual honours but it’s nice to be recognised for my performance.”

In his debut year, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles forward Jake Trbojevic claimed both The Daily Telegraph People’s Choice Award and the True Blue Award for his contribution off the interchange bench.

The Daily Telegraph People’s Choice Award is chosen by Blues supporters, while the True Blue Award is picked for the player who displays qualities upon which the team culture is built.

Origin stars shared the stage with some of the state’s rising talent as Manly’s Joshua Schuster took out the Under-16 NSW State Player of the Year, Zac Lomax (St George Illawarra) claimed the Under-18 award, while Melbourne's Curtis Scott was named the Under-20 NSW State Player of the Year. 

Caitlin Moran (North Newcastle) was recognised for her stellar season, taking out the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership Player of the Year, while Simaima Taufa (Mounties) claimed the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s State Player of the Year for her performance in the state's victory over Queensland in the Interstate Challenge. 

In the senior competitions, to be decided on NSWRL Grand Final Day at Leichhardt Oval later this month (24 September), Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles playmaker Cameron Cullen was crowned Intrust Super Premiership NSW Player of the Year, Heath L’Estrange (Hills District Bulls) was named Ron Massey Cup Player of the Year and Christian Bate (Belrose Eagles) claimed Sydney Shield’s Player of the Year.

List of Awards Winners:

Award

Winner

Club

U16 NSW State Player of the Year

Joshua Schuster

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

U18 NSW State Player of the Year

Zac Lomax

St George Illawarra Dragons

U20 NSW State Player of the Year

Curtis Scott

Melbourne Storm

Junior Representative Referee of the Year

Daniel Luttringer

 

Grade Referee of the Year

Darian Furner

 

Ray Stellar Award (Club Person of the Year Award)

Eric Galloway

Belrose Eagles

KARI Indigenous Achievement Award

Ulysses Roberts

Macksville

Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership Player of the Year

Caitlin Moran

North Newcastle

Harvey Norman NSW Women’s State Player of the Year

Simaima Taufa

Mounties

Sydney Shield Player of the Year

Christian Bate

Belrose Eagles

Ron Massey Cup Player of the Year

Heath L’Estrange

Hills District Bulls

Intrust Super Premiership NSW Player of the Year

Cameron Cullen

Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles

The Daily Telegraph People’s Choice Award

Jake Trbojevic

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

True Blue Award

Jake Trbojevic

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Brad Fittler Medal

David Klemmer

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs