2021 Fans' Choice Player of the Year

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2021 Fans' Choice Player of the Year

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2021 Fans' Choice Player of the Year

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2021 Fans' Choice Player of the Year

Total Points

Jordan Rapana 22
Josh Papalii 18
Joe Tapine 14
Ryan Sutton 11
Corey Harawira-Naera 10
Josh Hodgson 10
Hudson Young 9
Tom Starling 8
Bailey Simonsson 6
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 5
Jack Wighton 4
Curtis Scott 3
George Williams 3
Matt Timoko 3
Ryan James 3
Sebastian Kris 3
Caleb Aekins 2
Elliott Whitehead 2
Harley Smith-Shields 2
Sam Williams 2
Semi Valemei 2
Xavier Savage 2



Round by round voting

Rd 25 V Roosters

3 - Joe Tapine
2 - Josh Papalii
1 - Harley Smith-Shields

Round 25 Votes

Joe Tapine - 54
Josh Papalii - 40
Harley Smith-Shields 15
Jordan Rapana - 5
Semi Valemei - 5
Matt Timoko - 3
Ellitt Whitehead - 3
Emre Guler - 2
Siliva Havili - 2
Josh Hodgson - 1
Corey Horsburgh - 1

Rd 24 V Warriors

3 - Jordan Rapana
2 - Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
1 - Josh Papalii

Round 24 Votes

Jordan Rapana - 123
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad - 41
Josh Papalii - 39
Joe Tapine - 20
Matt Timoko - 17
Hudson Young - 7
Harley Smith-Shields - 6
Matt Frawley - 4
Josh Hodgson - 1
Seb Kris - 1

Rd 23 V Sea Eagles

3 - Matt Timoko
2 - Joe Tapine
1 - Harley Smith-Shields

Round 23 Votes

Matt Timoko - 45
Joe Tapine - 30
Harley Smith-Shields - 25
Jordan Rapana - 15
Josh Papalii - 7
Ryan Sutton - 3
Bailey Simonsson - 1

Rd 22 V Storm

3 - Jack Wighton
2 - Hudson Young
1 - Bailey Simonsson

Round 22 Votes

Jack Wighton - 76
Hudson Young - 31
Bailey Simonsson - 22
Jordan Rapana - 20
Harley Smith-Shields - 20
Josh Hodgson - 9
Matt Timoko - 9
Tom Starling - 5
Elliott Whitehead - 2

Rd 21 V Dragons

3 - Jordan Rapana
2 - Tom Starling
1 - Josh Papalii

Round 21 Votes

Jordan Rapana - 63
Tom Starling - 62
Josh Papalii - 13
Jack Wighton - 11
Joe Tapine - 6
Sam Williams - 6
Ryan Sutton - 5
Semi Valemei - 4
Josh Hodgson - 3

Rd 20 V Knights

3 - Jordan Rapana
2 - Josh Papalii
1 - Hudson Young

Round 20 Votes

Jordan Rapana - 64
Josh Papalii - 34
Hudson Young - 9
Tom Starling - 7
Josh Hodgson - 5
Jarrod Croker - 4
Harley Smith-Shields - 3
Joe Tapine - 3
Sam Williams - 1

Rd 19 V Eels

3 - Jordan Rapana
2 - Joe Tapine
1 - Corey Harawira-Naera

Round 19 - Votes

Jordan Rapana - 199
Joe Tapine - 86
Corey Harawira-Naera - 83
Josh Hodgson - 19
Tom Starling - 15
Matt Frawley - 7
Seb Kris - 4
Sam Williams - 4
Hudson Young - 3
Harley Smith-Shields - 1
Ryan Sutton - 1
Semi Valemei - 1

Rd 18 V Sharks

3 - Corey Harawira-Naera
2 - Xavier Savage
1 - Jordan Rapana

Round 18 - Votes

Corey Harawira-Naera - 182
Xavier Savage - 111
Jordan Rapana - 52
Hudson Young - 23
Tom Starling - 12
Ryan Sutton - 6
Josh Papalii - 5
Jack Wighton - 5
Joe Tapine - 3
Josh Hodgson - 1
Sam Williams - 1

Rd 17 V Sea Eagles

3 - Joe Tapine
2 - Josh Hodgson
1 - Tom Starling

Round 17 - Votes

Joe Tapine - 99
Josh Hodgson - 39
Tom Starling - 37
Matt Frawley - 32
Sam Williams - 16
Ryan Sutton - 14
Corey Harawira-Naera -12
Jordan Rapana - 12
Seb Kris - 7
Emre Guler - 2

Rd 16 V Titans

3 - Josh Papalii
2 - Ryan Sutton
1 - Tom Starling

Round 16 - Votes

Josh Papalii - 69
Ryan Sutton - 36
Tom Starling - 9
Dunamis Lui - 4
Corey Harawira-Naera -1
Sam Williams - 1
Semi Valeimi - 1

Rd 15 V Dragons

3 - Bailey Simonsson
2 - Josh Papalii
1 - Josh Hodgson

Round 15 - Votes

Bailey Simonsson - 40
Josh Papalii - 35
Josh Hodgson - 18
Joe Tapine - 16
Corey Harawira-Naera -11
Matt Timoko - 8
Seb Kris - 5
Jack Wighton - 3
Elliott Whitehead - 2
Dunamis Lui - 1
Semi Valeimi - 1

Rd 14 V Broncos

3 - Josh Papalii
2 - Bailey Simonsson
1 - Josh Hodgson

Round 14 - Votes

Josh Papalii - 83
Bailey Simonsson - 75
Josh Hodgson - 55
Matt Tomoko - 50
Corey Harawira-Naera -10
Jack Wighton - 8
Semi Valeimi - 7
Jordan Rapana - 3
Sam Williams - 3
Emre Guler - 2
Seb Kris - 2
Elliott Whitehead - 1

Rd 12 V Roosters

3 - Corey Harawira-Naera
2 - Josh Hodgson
1 - Ryan Sutton

Round 12 - Votes

Corey Harawira-Naera - 54
Josh Hodgson - 26
Ryan Sutton - 24
Curtis Scott - 3
Corey Horsburgh - 2
Dunamis Lui - 2
Elliott Whitehead - 2
Jack Wighton - 2
Ryan James - 1

Rd 11 V Storm

3 - Curtis Scott
2 - Sam Williams
1 - Corey Harawira-Naera

Round 11 - Votes

Curtis Scott - 57
Sam Williams - 51
Corey Harawira-Naera - 33
Ryan Sutton - 9
Elliott Whitehead - 6
George Williams - 4
Bailey Simonsson - 2
Tom Starling - 2
Semi Valemei - 2
Corey Horsburgh - 1
Brad Schneider - 1

Rd 10 V Bulldogs

3 - Josh Hodgson
2 - Semi Valemei
1 - Corey Harawira-Naera

Round 10 - Votes

Josh Hodgson - 72
Semi Valemei - 58
Corey Harawira-Naera - 51
Caleb Aekins - 37
George Williams - 25
Curtis Scott - 24
Tom Starling - 15
Bailey Simonsson - 10
Jack Wighton - 4
Josh Paplii - 2
Seb Kris - 1

Rd 9 V Knights

3 - Josh Papalii
2 - Jordan Rapana
1 - George Williams

Round 9 - Votes

Josh Papalii - 58
Jordan Rapana - 30
George Williams - 20
Tom Starling - 18
Elliott Whitehead - 13
Corey Harawira-Naera - 9
Corey Horsburgh - 9
Bailey Simonsson - 6
Joe Tapine - 3
Curtis Scott - 1

Rd 8 V Rabbitohs

3 - Jordan Rapana
2 - Elliott Whitehead
1 - Tom Starling

Round 8 - Votes

Jordan Rapana - 56
Elliott Whitehead - 51
Tom Starling - 33
Jack Wighton - 28
Curtis Scott - 13
Caleb Aekins - 5
Seb Kris - 5
Ryan Sutton - 3
Bailey Simonsson - 1
Joe Tapine - 1

Rd 7 V Cowboys

3 - Tom Starling
2 - Jordan Rapana
1 - Corey Harawira-Naera

Round 7 - Votes

Tom Starling - 49
Jordan Rapana - 44
Corey Harawira-Naera - 30
Corey Horsburgh - 19
Ryan Sutton - 17
Jack Wighton - 9
Josh Papalii - 7
George Williams - 4

Rd 6 V Eels

3 - Ryan Sutton
2 - Caleb Aekins
1 - Joe Tapine

Round 6 - Votes

Ryan Sutton - 82
Caleb Aekins - 69
Joe Tapine - 11
George Williams - 10
Emre Guler - 9
Josh Hodgson - 8
Jordan Rapana - 6
Josh Papalii - 5
Jack Wighton - 4
Jarrod Croker - 1
Elliott Whitehead - 1
Hudson Young - 1

Rd 5 V Panthers

3 - Hudson Young
2 - Seb Kris
1 - Jack Wighton

Round 5 - Votes

Hudson Young - 50
Seb Kris - 39
Jack Wighton - 36
Elliott Whitehead - 33
Josh Papalii - 17
Josh Hodgson - 12
Jordan Rapana - 11
George Williams - 3
Jarrod Croker - 1
Ryan James - 1
Sia Soliola - 1

Rd 4 V Titans

3 - Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
2 - Ryan Sutton
1 - Josh Papalii

Round 4 - Votes

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad - 132
Ryan Sutton - 86
Josh Papalii - 52
Elliott Whitehead - 34
George Williams - 12
Josh Hodgson - 6
Hudson Young - 4
Jarrod Croker - 3
Ryan James - 3
Seb Kris - 1
Siliva Havili - 1
Bailey Simonsson - 1

Rd 3 V Warriors

3 - Ryan Sutton
2 - Jordan Rapana
1 - Josh Hodgson

Round 3 - Votes

Ryan Sutton - 86
Jordan Rapana - 36
Josh Hodgson - 32
Josh Papalii - 19
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad - 9
Curtis Scott - 9
Elliott Whitehead - 8
Jack Wighton - 6
George Williams - 6
Siliva Havili - 5
Sia Soliola - 5

Rd 2 V Sharks

3 - Ryan James
2 - Joe Tapine
1 - Seb Kris

Round 2 - Votes

Ryan James - 81
Joe Tapine - 64
Seb Kris - 55
Hudson Young - 27
Curtis Scott - 22
Elliott Whitehead - 6
Jordan Rapana - 5
Josh Hodgson - 4
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad - 4
Ryan Sutton - 3
Josh Papalii - 1
George Williams - 1

Rd 1 V Tigers

3 - Hudson Young
2 - George Williams
1 - Joe Tapine

Round 1 - Votes

Hudson Young 85
George Williams 54
Joe Tapine 51
Ryan Sutton 25
Jordan Rapana 12
Sebastian Kris 8
Ryan James 4
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 3
Josh Hodgson 2
Bailey Simonsson 2
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Re: 2021 Fans' Choice Player of the Year

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Jordan Rapana wins the 2021 Canberra Raiders Fans' Choice Player of the Year

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Jordan Rapana is the Canberra Raiders Fans' Choice Player of the Year for 2021. Rapana took out the Meninga Medal on the weekend, and the Green Machine faithful who voted through throughout the year agreed, giving him a clear victory. It is the second time Rapana has won the award, after sharing the title with Nick Cotric in 2017.

Rapana secured the award in Round 24, with a man of the match performance in the win over the Warriors. He was judged the best player on the park five times - four times after he moved to fullback in the Round 19 win over the Eels. He was man of the match in three games straight between Rounds 19 and 21 - against the Eels, Knights and Dragons.

Rapana, 32, recently extended his stay with the Canberra Raiders for another two years. When he left for Japanese rugby union at the end of 2019, it seemed like his football career was winding down. As it turned out, he didn't play a game in Japan. When the pandemic intervened, he returned to the national capital, and the club he holds dear.



It wasn't plain sailing for him in 2020. It took some time for him to get his fitness back. He ended up being an "everywhere man", playing games on the wing, centre, fullback and from the bench. He was mostly used on the left wing, rather than his usual right wing spot. He didn't seem to be quite the player he once was.

But this year has been different. With a "full pre-season under his belt", he's produced some vintage form. It sure has been some comeback.

He was the Raiders' top try scorer of the year with 12 tries - his best tally since the halcyon years of 2016 (23) and 2017 (21). He was also the second highest point scorer for the club (66 points), after taking on goal kicking duties in four matches (nine goals). He ranked second in the NRL for tackle breaks (138), behind David Fifita, fourth for total runs and sixth for running metres. He averaged 165 running metres per match, more than he ever has in a season. He also finished first at the club for line breaks (15), second for try involvements (17) and fourth for offloads (18).

"He creates a lot of energy around the players. They love playing with him and they were all very excited when Jordy announced that he'd re-signed for another two seasons," Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said.

"He's been at the club for a long time now. I think it's nearly nine or 10 years now. He's a real Raider and a bloke who we all love playing with and I certainly enjoy coaching."



Rapana brings an enormous amount of enthusiasm to the squad, the sort of infectious enthusiasm that rubs off on others. He always tries his heart out. He loves the club and what is now his home. And that's why he's a much loved player, amongst the players and the fans.

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The four time winner of the Fans' Choice Award, Josh Papalii, is the Forward of the Year. Papalii has won or shared the trophy for the past three years straight. But he couldn't quite extend his run. He had a slow start to the season, and he did not take out man of the match honours until the Round 9 loss to the Knights. He was man of the match in three games all up, and picked up points in half a dozen other matches.

Papalii scored four tries in his 20 appearances this year, averaging 131 running metres per game. He was second only to Jordan Rapana for post contact metres. He made more offloads than any other Raider (30) and was second to Hudson Young for tackle breaks amongst the forwards. He had the best tackle efficiency rate at the club (96 per cent), alongside Ryan James, while averaging 27 tackles per game. His error rate was effectively zero. He wasn't the Prop of the Year, as he was in 2020, but he was certainly amongst the top five.

The Canberra Raiders Fans' Choice Player of the Year has been awarded since 2004, with the inaugural winner being Ruben Wiki. Other winners have included Alan Tongue, Terry Campese, Shaun Fensom, Jarrod Croker and Josh Hodgson. The award, sponsored by The Greenhouse Canberra Raiders supporters site (www.TheGH.com.au), is voted on by the fans on line, who give 3-2-1 points to the best players each week. The Player of the Year receives a crystal trophy from The Greenhouse.

2020 Canberra Raiders Fans' Choice

Fans' Choice Player of the Year: Jordan Rapana
Best Forward: Josh Papalii
Best Back: Jordan Rapana

Final leader board:

Jordan Rapana 22
Josh Papalii 18
Joe Tapine 14
Ryan Sutton 11
Corey Harawira-Naera 10
Josh Hodgson 10
Hudson Young 9
Tom Starling 8
Bailey Simonsson 6
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 5
Jack Wighton 4
Curtis Scott 3
George Williams 3
Matt Timoko 3
Ryan James 3
Sebastian Kris 3
Caleb Aekins 2
Elliott Whitehead 2
Harley Smith-Shields 2
Sam Williams 2
Semi Valemei 2
Xavier Savage 2

Previous winners:

2020 Josh Papalii, Jack Wighton, Elliott Whitehead, George Williams
2019 Josh Papalii
2018 Josh Papalii
2017 Jordan Rapana, Nick Cotric
2016 Josh Papalii
2015 Josh Hodgson
2014 Jarrod Croker
2013 Jarrod Croker
2012 Shaun Fensom, Blake Ferguson
2011 Shaun Fensom
2010 Josh Dugan
2009 Josh Dugan
2008 Terry Campese
2007 Alan Tongue
2006 Alan Tongue
2005 Jason Smith (Clinton Schifcofske finished on equal points, with Jason Smith declared winner on countback)
2004 Ruben Wiki
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