It’s official – QLDPanthers along with our loyal members have selected James Segeyaro as the winner of the 2013 QLDPanthers Player of the Year!
JAMES SEGEYARO (24 GAMES, 10 TRIES, 40 POINTS), A+
We knew that James Segeyaro would be a fantastic signing from North Queensland. And Chicko lived up to all expectations. Dynamic out of dummy half when introduced into the game, Segeyaro was the X-Factor Penrith had been missing for years. From a Panther fans perspective, we just want to see him get more game time. He will need to wait one more season as Kevin Kingston’s career winds down.
There’s two performances which stand out in my mind in Segeyaro’s great season. Firstly on April 29 against the Parramatta Eels. Fuelled by the emotion of the death of a former Cowboy teammate in Alex Elisala, Segeyaro scored a double and played his heart out in a big win for the Panthers. The second was a five star performance against the Brisbane Broncos late season. He was too quick out of dummy half on two occasions for the Broncos defence. Then his third coming from backing up in general play capped off a great night for the PNG International.
Unfortunately Segeyaro has been ruled out of the upcoming Rugby League World Cup in England following a pectorial injury he sustained in the PNG vs Australian Prime Ministers match last weekend.
Panther fans have a lot to look forward to over the next few years as the batten is handed from Kingston to Segeyaro.
Dave Simmons has always been a handy winger. I think Dave exceeded all Panther fans expectations with an exceptional year in becoming the NRL’s top try scorer with nineteen tries, and forming a great partnership with Dean Whare out wide. Not to mention some great finishing diving for the line and being the recipient of some clever work by Whare. He recorded doubles in round 3 against South Sydney, twice against the Eels, Melbourne, Canberra, the Titans and Warriors.
Simmons deserves all the accolades after he was rewarded with Penrith Panthers Player of the Year and was placed equal third in our QLDPanthers Player of the Year.
KEVIN KINGSTON (24 GAMES, 3 TRIES, 12 POINTS), A-
Kevin Kingston had a lot of weight on his shoulders after taking over the captaincy from Luke Lewis towards the back end of 2012. Penrith had been through three captains in as many years. Kingston knew his contract was up and his efforts on-field were outstanding. It was like Kev had found a new lease of life and was leading from the front. His commitment in defence is never questionable (top tackler in the NRL 2013) and he looked more lively in attack at times when the Panthers played both he and Segeyaro on the paddock at the same time. Panther fans were delighted when they heard the news Kingston would play one more season for the club despite pressure for Segeyaro to be the lead hooker. Next year will be a transitional change but there will be a place for Kingston in the seventeen man squad come start of next season.