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St.George Queensland Reds stars Will Genia and Radike Samo and Queensland Women’s representative Shannon Parry have been recognised for their excellence in 2011 at the John Eales Medal ceremony in Sydney.
Genia finished ahead of Reds teammates, Quade Cooper and Digby Ioane, for the fan voted award, which completes an impressive personal trophy cabinet for the 23-year old in 2011 after also winning his second Pilecki Medal as Queensland’s Players’ Player and the 2011 Super Rugby Player of the Year award.
One of the fairy tale stories of 2011 also continued with veteran No.8 Radike Samo awarded Try of the Year for his inspiring 60 metre effort against the All Blacks in the Tri Nations decider last weekend.
Samo, who hadn’t donned the Gold Jumper in almost eight years brought the house down in his home town last weekend when he received a cut-out pass and then fended aside would-be tackler Adam Thomson before winning a 50 metre sprint to the line ahead of All Blacks Corey Jane and Mils Muliaina.
The five pointer was Samo’s first Test try and was deemed by to be the 2011 Try of the Year.
The 35-year old has enjoyed a stellar season with the Reds and was rewarded with a spot in the Wallabies 30-man squad to tour New Zealand in September and October.
Wallaroo and Queensland utility forward, Shannon Parry, was announced as the Women’s Player of the Year after being voted player of the tournament at the 2011 National Women’s Championships, which Queensland won.
25 JUNE 2019