We have announced the 2010 Player of the Year below... so scroll down for the result.
These are the Three NRL Players who were still in contention for the NRL Tweet Player of the Year Award entering Round 26 of the 2010 Regular Season.
The mandate was simple.
Two voters would watch each game played in the National Rugby League and hand out votes to the best three players on the field. Objectivity was the name of the game - even if a voter had a strong allegiance to one team, they knew that the other voter would hold them accountable for any bias and vice versa.
NRL Tweet Player of the Year Votes were awarded under the following weighting:
'4 Votes' - Best on Ground, '2 Votes' - Next Best on Ground & '1 Vote' - Third Best on Ground.
This meant that if both sets of voters agreed that Player XYZ was the best - that player would register 8 Player of the Year Votes. The reason for the higher '4' rather than the normal '3' was to recognise that if a player was agreed to be the best by both voters - they deserved a huge bonus for that performance. With two sets of eyes watching each game - it was not uncommon for a different player to gain a single '4' vote from both voters.
The result is an End of Season Table that quite frankly - underscores the value of such a system.
When you break down where a player gained their votes via the table - there is simply no doubt that if a Player had a bearing on the result - they gained valuable votes.
All the winners in the 2010 NRL Tweet Player of the Year Awards will be announced on wdnicolson.blogspot.com, The NRL Tweet, NSCVideos on YouTube & via the NOT The Footy Show Podcast on iTunes at approx 6pm Tuesday September 7th.
Fullback: Jarryd Hayne PAR
Wingers: Michael Gordon PEN + Manu Vatuvei WAR
Centres: Jamie Lyon MAN + Matt Gillett BRI
Five-Eighth: Todd Carney SYD
Halfback: Benji Marshall WTG
Lock: Luke Lewis PEN
Second Rowers: Sam Thaiday BRI + Gareth Ellis WTG
Front Rowers: Sam Burgess SOU + Nate Myles SYD
Hooker: Robbie Farah WTG
Bench: Terry Campese CAN, Kurt Gidley NEW, Issac Luke SOU + (3 Way Tie) Preston Campbell GLD, Paul Gallen CRO & Josh Dugan CAN.
* Individual Awards to Fullback, Two Wingers, Two Centres, Five-Eighth, Halfback, Lock, Two Second Rowers, Two Front Rowers and Hooker. Although players may gain votes in different positions - a player must play at least 4 games in each position to gain 'new eligibility for that position' - please note that if in the case of a player polling more votes than another in the same position is able to shift to another position to allow another high voters into the team - this will happen to make sure that as many of the highest vote getters make it into the Team of the Year.
2010 NRL Tweet Mr. Consistency:
2010 NRL Tweet Game Breaker:
* The Player who gained the most '8' Votes in 2010 - this meant that both Voters thought this player was the best player on the field.
And finally... the Big One.