Sydney Roosters Members, it’s time for you to vote for your Red Rooster Members Player of the Year for 2021!
Voting has now closed. The winning try will be announced at the Jack Gibson Medal Awards Night.
Season 2021 has produced some scintillating performances from your men in Red, White and Blue, and now is your opportunity to have your say and pick your Player of the Year, proudly brought to you by Red Rooster.
There are only two conditions for voting:
- Only Sydney Roosters Members are eligible for voting
- Players nominated must have played 12 or more games in 2021 for the Roosters (50% or more)
With that out of the way, here’s a rundown of who you can vote for as the 2021 Members Player of the Year!
Making his NRL debut in Round 2 against the Wests Tigers which also included a memorable try, young front rower Fletcher Baker has provided plenty of impact and energy off the bench for the Tricolours and has also featured in the starting side on a number of occasions.
Fletcher Baker Scores on Debut
Since making his NRL in Round 12, Egan Butcher has been a consistent member of the Roosters’ line up. A powerfully built backrower, Butcher has shown plenty of power and conviction in both attack and defence and was rewarded with his maiden try in first grade in the opening minutes against the Dragons in Round 23.
Tedesco Puts Egan Over for his First Try
Ever-reliable Nat Butcher found himself with a seniority role on a number of occasions through the season, regularly shifting between a starting position on the edge and as an impact player from the interchange bench. In his sixth season in the NRL, Butcher has continued to grow as a leader, evidenced by his whopping 70 tackles in the Round 9 match against Parramatta.
Walker Steps and Butcher Crashes Over
Season 2021 marked Angus Crichton’s third in the Red, White and Blue, and also marked his first as a starting player in all but one match. In a year that also saw him play a role in the Blues’ State of Origin series win, the 25-year-old second rower nailed down a spot on the Roosters’ lethal left side, which has seen him scoring a career-high nine tries.
Crichton Gets His Feed for the Night
Cool, calm and collected Drew Hutchison doubled his career tally of NRL matches in 2021 as he became a mainstay in the halves from Round 4 – aside from a few weeks on the sideline in between. The 26-year-old five-eighth has risen above and beyond, guiding the Tricolours each week while adding direction to a young side.
Sidestepping Hutchison Goes Over
Another player who has had arguably a career-best season, Matt Ikuvalu slotted onto the wing for the retired Brett Morris and hasn’t taken a backwards step. A powerfully built winger, Ikuvalu has scored 12 tries in his 13 matches, while amassing an impressive 59 tackle breaks and an average of 129 metres per game.
Ikuvalu's Acrobatic Effort
A new addition to the Roosters in 2021, Adam Keighran caught the eye of many fans through 2021, notably as a sharpshooting goal kicker. The young utility proved his versatility on many occasions through the season, playing anywhere from hooker, centre, five-eighth and lock – and showed his ice-cool temperament with a final-minute penalty goal against the Brisbane Broncos in Round 22, which won the game for the Tricolours.
Keighran Drills Pressure Kick to Win it
Starting the season in the no.6 jersey, Lachlan Lam showed plenty of potential as a half leading forward, with a knack of questioning opposition defences with his agility and with a sound kicking game. Lam also proved to be one of the most adaptable players in the Roosters’ system, regularly playing in the halves, at hooker and even in the centres.
Lam Collects Deflection for Another Try
A member of the Roosters’ leadership group, Isaac Liu has assumed a mentoring role in what will be his final season at the Club, and has played an integral role in the development of young forwards during the year. His crowning achievement came in Round 24 where he became just the 11th player to reach 200 games in the Red, White and Blue, while he has also recorded the most average metres and tackles per game in his career.
Verrills Feeds Liu Close to the Line
In one of his busiest seasons for the Roosters, Joseph Manu became one of the attacking mainstays of the backline. Playing across the park in his familiar place in the centres, on the wing, at fullback and even five-eighth, Manu showed plenty of power and skill both with ball in hand, in the air and with the boot in his 23 appearances for the side.
Manu Kicks, Catches and Scores
One of the great stories of 2021, Ben Marschke started the season on the bench for the Roosters’ feeder club North Sydney, before being propelled into the NRL in Round 4. From there, the 23-year-old proved to be a tireless worker in both attack and defence in his twelve matches and claimed his much-deserved maiden try in the final round of the season against the Raiders.
Hutchison Hands Marschke Maiden Try
In his final season in the NRL, Josh Morris once again was an imperative member of the Tricolours’ backline in both attack and defence. The veteran centre continued to display his consistent form despite disruption from injuries with 8 tries and 10 linebreaks while maintaining a 92% tackle efficiency.
Walker Puts Morris Over to Score First
Making a successful return from an ACL rupture in Round 4, Victor Radley’s game continued to grow in 2021 in his 14 appearances – becoming one of the focal points of the team’s attack in the middle of the field as a ball playing rover while continuing to dominate in defence with his one-on-one tackles that have seen him touted as a future State of Origin representative.
Verrills Hits a Hard-Running Radley
Hard-hitting and strong running front rower Siosiua Taukeiaho enjoyed another stellar season at the Club, which saw him take a position in the leadership group and mentor for a number of young forwards coming through. Taukeiaho also notched up 150 games in both the NRL and in Roosters’ colours, proving his longevity in one of the toughest positions on the field.
Taukeiaho Bursts Through and Tedesco Dots Down
The Roosters fullback became the side’s full-time captain in 2021, and with that added another dimension to his vast repertoire. A consistent threat in attack, a number of his striking maneuvres have proved to be the catalysts for victory, which began with a hat-trick against Manly in Round 1.
Tedesco Fends and Sprints Away
The longest-serving member of the Roosters backline celebrated his tenth season in the Red, White and Blue with a number of milestones – firstly by becoming the third-highest try-scorer in Club history in Round 8, before playing his 200th match for the Club in the first week of the finals, further etching himself in Club lore.
Tupou Scores his Hat-Trick as the Siren Sounds
A breakout season for the 24-year-old backrower, Sitili Tupouniua has not only made the most appearances in his career for a season, but has also become the Club’s top tryscorer with twelve tries after 22 matches. One of the most improved players in the competition, Tupouniua also took over the right edge back row spot, featuring in the most starting matches in his career.
Tupouniua Extends His Tryscoring Streak
Despite a disrupted season early on for Sam Verrills, the crafty hooker continued to build with each coming match in the second half of 2021, returning to the form that saw him solidify the vacant no.9 jersey with consistent 80-minute performances. Verrills has recorded a career-high number of try assists and has maintained a 94% tackle efficiency.
Sam Verrills Contorts to Score
The Roosters’ forward leader and enforcer enjoyed one of his greatest seasons in the Tricolours, moving from a bench impact player in the early rounds to leading the side around with conviction and passion in every carry. Waerea-Hargreaves also added to his Club achievements by becoming the 4th player in history to play 250 matches for the Roosters.
JWH's Massive Hit Forces an Error
Carving out an impressive start to his career in his rookie season, halfback Sam Walker has proven to be a player of talent highlighted by his ad-lib style of play. After starring in the Anzac Day victory where he took home the cherished Ashton-Collier Medal as man of the match, Walker has had starring performances both as a starting no.7 and from the interchange bench.
Walker Stays Calm to Sink Titans