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Newcastle Knights SG Ball player Tom Starling claimed one of the major junior rep awards for season 2015 at the New South Wales Rugby League awards night, held on Monday night at The Star.

Starling was named SG Ball Player of the Year and shared the stage with other award winners such as Josh Dugan, who won the prestigious Brad Fittler Medal.

The night 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.

“Tonight was a wonderful way to celebrate the success of rugby league in NSW, from the grassroots to the elite level,” said NSWRL chief executive David Trodden said.

“I congratulate all the award winners for their outstanding achievements. It’s truly a wonderful reflection on the organisation and its direction.”

A list of major award winners follows. 




Harold Matthews Player of the Year

Fine Kula


SG Ball Player of the Year

Tom Starling

Newcastle Knights

Junior Representative Referee of the Year

Martin Jones

Canberra Refs Association

Grade Referee of the Year

Liam Nicholls

NSW Grade Squad

Ray Stellar Award (Club Person of the Year)

Paul Griffin

Hills District Bulls

KARI Indigenous Player of the Year

Zac Saddler

Leeton Greenies

NSWRL Welfare & Education Academic Award

Lionel O’Mally

Wentworthville Magpies

Sydney Shield Player of the Year

Ben Baker

East Campbelltown Eagles

Ron Massey Cup Player of the Year

Alofi Mataele

Concord Burwood Wolves

VB NSW Cup Player of the Year

Mitch Barnett


Under-20s State Player of the Year

Brian Kelly

Gold Coast Titans

Women’s Player of the Year

Simaima Taufa

PCYC Mount Druitt

The Daily Telegraph People’s Choice Award

Aaron Woods

NSW VB Blues (Tigers)

True Blue Award

Robbie Farah

NSW VB Blues (Tigers)

Brad Fittler Medal

Josh Dugan

NSW VB Blues (Dragons)