Saturday 17 April 2010

NRL Tweet Player of the Year 2010 - Round 6 Update

Round 6 Update

Forget the Dally M Awards - in 2010 the best gauge of the standout players of the NRL Regular Season will come via The NRL Tweet Player of the Year Award.

For too long a combination of short-sighted journalistic bias and the single person voting process has counted both for and against players when it comes to a Player of the Year Award and while we aren't expecting The NRL Tweet Award to surpass the Dally Ms for 'official recognition' we certainly believe this is the best way to conduct the voting process for a Player of the Year Award.

Our process is as simple as it is effective.

We've assembled a group of true Rugby League fans who love their NRL team. Given they'll be watching their team play each and every week - they vote on the best three performers in the game their team plays. That doesn't mean they push the barrow of their own players simply because they are passionate fans of one team - rather it is that passion for the game that ensures they view each game as objectively as possible, meaning that if their own team's players get votes they will have earned them. Given each team is represented by a voter - every game has two sets of eyes objectively viewing the contest and producing Player of the Year Votes that best reflect the best on ground.

An added factor to establishing the best of the best is the value assigned to each set of Votes.

The NRL Tweet's Player of the Year Award operates via a 4-2-1 System.

The top player in each game receives 4 Player of the Year Votes - up by 1 vote on the traditional 3. This is to reflect the true value of being the best on ground as opposed to simply being the second (2 Votes) or the third best (1 Vote) - while achieving a 2 or 1 vote is no mean feat, it certainly should not be worth nearly as many votes as a Man of the Match Performance. Plus there are two sets of Votes cast for every NRL Regular Season Game - which means that if both voters are in agreement about who was the best player - that player earns 8 Player of the Year Votes for a Man of the Match performance - the way it should be.

So on to the Votes so far in 2010.

Entering Round 6 of the 2010 NRL Premiership
 > The NRL Tweet Player of the Year Leaderboard <

So Benji Marshall is the clear leader entering Round 6. But the race seems open considering perennial contender Johnathan Thurston is currently injured and even if he returns in short time - his shoulder injury looks susceptible to re-injury that could rule him out for all of 2010. The big mover is South Sydney's Issac Luke, while Lance Hohaia (Warriors) and Sam Burgess (South Sydney) are also making an early season push.

Keep checking back on or @NRLTweet on Twitter for more updates and check out our NOT The Footy Show Videos for weekly leaderboards and insight and analysis you shouldn't have to pay a cent for.

Who do you think has been the standout player in the 2010 NRL Premiership so far?