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Harrison scoops pool at Souths awards

17/09/2004 07:11:39 PM Comments (0)

South Sydney utility Ashley Harrison has cleaned up at the NRL club's post-season awards.

The 23-year-old utility won the George Piggins Medal for Best & Fairest Player, the NRL Players' Player award and Clubman of the Year at the Rabbitohs' Red and Green Ball at the Westin Hotel.

Harrison was being touted as a State of Origin contender earlier this year but missed out on making his debut for Queensland, which lost the series 2-1.

His form continued to surge in the latter half of the season, typified in a 34-all extra-time draw with his former club Brisbane in round 25.

Harrison was outstanding over the 90-minute game, scoring a try and making 12 hit-ups for 107 metres, three line breaks, two try assists and 33 tackles.

Second-rower Mark Minichiello took out the Supporters' Choice award while caretaker coach Arthur Kitinas won the Most Outstanding Contribution to the Club award for 2004.

Kitinas has vacated the first grade coaching position for former Hull mentor Shaun McRae.

Halfback Joe Williams, who scored 98 points (three tries, 43 goals) from 14 first grade appearances this year, claimed Rookie of the Year honours.

Meanwhile, Souths and the Bulldogs will take a first grade rugby league match to Western Australia next year for the first time since May, 1999.

The Rabbitohs confirmed they would meet the Dogs in a pre-season trial at either the WACA ground or Members Equity Stadium in Perth on February 25, 2005.

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