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Dally M Awards Predictions - Three best bets for NRL's night of nights

Gary Emmerson 23 Sep 2018
  • Three best bets for the 2018 Dally M Awards

The 2018 Dally M Awards take place in Sydney on Wednesday September 26 and we’ve picked out our three best bets for the night!

Winner: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ($2.00)


It’s been a strange season in 2018, with no real stand-out player like in previous years, such as when juggernaut names including Cameron Smith (2017), Cooper Cronk/Jason Taumalolo (2016), Johnathan Thurston (2015) and Jarryd Hayne/Thurston (2014) secured the coveted award for the season’s best player.

Indeed, since the turn of the century, you’d probably say Matt Orford (2008) is the only surprise winner, and that year he led Manly to the premiership. That being said, there looks to be a clear winner in 2018: Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. The Kiwi No. 1 returned to his electrifying best this season and was a big part of the Warriors making the finals for the first time in years. If Kalyn Ponga didn’t get injured after Origin, I would have backed the youngster, but Tuivasa-Sheck has put together a stellar season and I’d be very surprised if doesn’t collect the medal.

Top 3 Finish: Luke Brookes ($3.50)


It’s been that kind of year where a player in a team that finished outside the top eight could easily finish in the top three. Tigers halfback Luke Brookes produced easily the most consistent season of his career in 2018, and if not for the Tigers suffering a mid-season collapse, he would have been playing finals football. Damien Cook, Kalyn Ponga, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Valentine Holmes are all in the running for a top three finish, but the odds on Brookes are great considering they are all around an equal shot. The Tigers also had a strong end to the regular season despite failing to make the eight, making Brookes a solid outside bet to finish in the top three.

Five-eighth of the year: James Maloney ($1.80)


Gareth Widdop appeared to have this award wrapped up midway through the season, but injury coupled with the Dragons’ big collapse means James Maloney has surged into favouritism - and I think he will take home the prize. Maloney was consistent for the entire season in Panthers colours and was a big reason for their top eight finish and run to the qualifying finals. Cameron Munster is also in with a big shot after standing up for Melbourne in the absence of Cooper Cronk, but Maloney has performed in almost every match this season and should have done just enough to edge out his Storm counterpart.


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