Dally M Delight: Who’ll be the NRL’s Number One?
September 12, 2014
The NRL’s number 1 player will be crowned on the 29th of September as speculation continues over who’ll be named the 2014 Dally M winner. There’ll be plenty of betting options on the event and Betfair which offers new customers up to $200 first bet refund has their market open for who’ll be this year’s Dally M.
When voting went underground after round 16, Brisbane Broncos young gun Ben Hunt was level with Cowboys five-eight Jonathan Thurston in the lead on 19 points. But Thurston’s been on his own planet since, guiding North Queensland to a top 5 finish. The Kangaroos playmaker is favourite to win his third the Dally M after a stunning final flourish which saw the Cowboys Co-captain dominate most matches in the Townsville team’s last 10 games.
2009 Winner Jarryd Hayne was electric for the Eels in the second half of the season, as he almost single handedly pushed Parramatta into the finals. The New South Welshman recently shared the Brad Filter Medal with Ryan Hoffman for the best Blues player in this year’s origin series but has the Hayne Plane soared to higher heights than JT?
Hayne was along side Souths forward Sam Burgess on 18 points 1 behind Thurston and Hunt when the voting went secret, so what’s super Sam’s chance of stealing the top prize? The Englishmen was all action towards the conclusion of the regular season. In round 25 Burgess bagged 2 tries against the Bulldogs to earn his fourth Channel Nine Man of the Match award in 2014.
But what of the forgotten man Ben Hunt? Well while Hunt was strong Brisbane were patchy when voting went dark. The Broncos only won 4 games after round 16 to just scrape into the top 8. And Hunt’s team mate Justin Hodges may have hurt the young half’s chances of upsetting the odds to win the Dally M. Hodges has been brilliant since his switch to fullback and has more than likely taken crucial points from Ben.
While NRL officials and Bookmakers have Thurston on top to take out the NRL’s highest individual honour nobody will know for certain until the announcement is made. Whoever wins will have deserved it in a season where many of the game’s superstars have shone. Why not back yourself to pick the winner and you could also be feeling like a true champion.
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