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Moimoi wins Parramatta's top NRL award

14/09/2011 10:59:05 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta 'metre-eater' Fuifui Moimoi on Wednesday night edged out Luke Burt and seven-time winner Nathan Hindmarsh to receive the 2011 Ken Thornett NRL Player of the Year Award at the club's annual presentation.

A standout in almost every Eels match this year, the Kiwi international led the team with 3068 metres - the sixth highest in the NRL - and 353 hit-ups for the season.

The 31-year-old capped a memorable night by taking out the Jack Gibson NRL Coach's Award - the first time a player has won both awards.

Interchange forward Mitchell Allgood took out the Eric Grothe NRL Rookie of the Year Award, with the 22-year-old a regular fixture in Stephen Kearney's side throughout the year, playing in all but one game in his first season in the top grade.

Experienced backrower/centre Ben Smith was awarded the inaugural Ray Price NRL Community Award for his effort and commitment off the field in the club's various community initiatives.

In the Toyota Cup, outstanding young second rower and 2010 Australian Schoolboy representative Matthew Eisenhuth picked up the Brett Kenny Coach's Award. Fresh from signing a new two-year deal with the Club, boom prop Peni Terepo was named Steven Ella NYC Players Player Award winner.

The Eels paid tribute to the top performers from feeder club Wentworthville, with Troy Savage picking up the Geoff Gerard NSW Cup Coach's Award and Manase Manuokafoa taking out the Bob O'Reilly NSW Cup Players Player Award.

The Michael Cronin Clubman of the Year Award, given to an Eels player/employee who best displays the blue and gold club spirit, went to popular statistician and gear manager Les Tex Brooker.

A highlight of the evening was a presentation by Parramatta Mayor John Chedid to Eels Leagues Club chief executive Bob Bentley. The Mayor officially unveiled Eels Place and, in doing so, paid tribute to a club that has 'contributed so much to the fabric of the City of Parramatta'.

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