VB NSW Cup TOTY | Back Row
11. Mitch Barnett (Mounties)
The 2015 VB NSW Cup Player of the Year. Mitch Barnett was simply outstanding for Mounties and was instrumental in attaining the minor premiership.
Making his NRL debut this season for the Canberra Raiders, the 21-year-old resigned on a two-year contract, after excelling in the NYC competition.
Barnett also received the honour of playing in the VB NSW Cup Representative side.
Raiders fans have high hopes for Barnett, with many predicting great things to come in the NRL for this powerful ball runner and tackling machine.
12. Adam Elliott (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Similar to Barnett, Adam Elliott is another young star on the rise in the ranks of first grade.
Elliot had the sixth most hit ups in the VB NSW Cup for 2015 with 209 charges at the line, and was named to play in the VB NSW Cup Representative side for his effort.
At just 21 years of age, Elliot has already emerged as one of the club’s leaders, and it’s just a matter of time before he bursts onto the NRL stage with his destructive ball running and physical defence.
13. Leilani Latu (Penrith Panthers)
Leilani Latu was the lynchpin of the Penrith Panthers’ premiership defence this season.
Making his first-grade debut in round 21, Latu was called up to the Panthers NRL side for the rest of the season, leaving a huge void in the club’s VB NSW Cup side.
Moving to Penrith from the Bulldogs after 2013, Latu had a superb season as one of the Panthers’ most consistent performers, awarded with an inclusion into the VB NSW Cup Representative side.
Resigning for another two years, 2016 shapes as a huge season for Latu, with his sights firmly set on retaining his first-grade position in the NRL.
Each day this week we’ll analyse the best performers of the season. Click here to view the full 2015 VB NSW Cup Team of the Year.