The Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup competition once again showcased some of the best under-18 talent playing rugby league across the state.
After each round of the regular season, a player has been designated as Auswide Bank’s “player to bet on” and it’s now up to you to decide who you think is most deserving of receiving the title of best player in the season.
Voting closes Tuesday, April 26 at 3 p.m. and the winner will be announced the following day, Wednesday, April 27.
Note: Round 1 had no contender due to the split nature of the competition with a number of matches rescheduled.
Auswide Bank ‘Player to bet on’
Round 2: Shannon Subritzky Stewart – Norths Devils
Norths Devils center Shannon Subritzky Stewart was a handful for his side in Round 2 against the Brisbane Tigers, crossing for two tries in the 58-6 win. In that game, Subritzky Stewart also had nine tackles, four tackle jumps, two line breaks and ran for 77 yards.
Player to bet on – Shannon Subritzky Stewart
Round 3: Bailey Nash – Western Clydesdales
Bailey Nash was a key player for the Western Clydesdales in Round 3 against the Wide Bay Bulls, crossing for a hat-trick in the 34-22 win. The center also had eight carries for 88 yards, making three line breaks and four tackle jumps along the way, as well as eight tackles. After the regular season, Nash tied for fourth for the top try scorer with six, with Townsville’s Tekelu Mene first with 11.
Player to bet on – Bailey Nash
Round 4: Kai Simon – Mackay Cutters
A try hat-trick at Mackay Cutters center Kai Simon helped his side to a narrow 30-22 win over Northern Pride in their Round 4 derby match. Simon also helped his teammates score, producing one assist for a try and one assist for a line break in this game, as well as two line breaks and nine tackle jumps on the way to the 159-yard run.
Player to bet on – Kai Simon
Round 5: Sean Bourke – Townsville Blackhawks
The Townsville Blackhawks’ talented fifth-rounder Sean Bourke was in fine form in the fifth round as his team proved far too strong for Northern Pride, earning a 58-6 win. During the match, Bourke was impressive, scoring three tries and setting up another. Bourke also completed 98 running yards with three line breaks and two tackle jumps, as well as three line break assists and 121 kicking yards.
Player to bet on – Sean Bourke
Round 6: William Lewis – Central Queensland Capras
It was a round 6 captaincy shot from Central Queensland Capras second rower William Lewis who impressed with his all-around performance in the 36-10 win over Northern Pride. Lewis completed two tries, covering 135 yards with two line breaks and nine tackle jumps. To top it off, he also had 22 tackles.
Player to bet on – William Lewis
Round 7: Felix Faatili – Wynnum Manly Seagulls
In a narrow 28-20 win over the Redcliffe Dolphins in Round 7, the contribution of Wynnum Manly Seagulls power forward Felix Faatili proved vital, with the prop crossing for three tries. Faatili also ran 108 meters on eight tracks, including 53 after contact. In the match, Faatili also produced a try assist, a line break assist, had two line breaks and seven tackle breaks and made 24 to start.
Player to bet on – Felix Faatili