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April 20th, 2019 by admin

Merrin named medal winner

WINNER: Panthers forward Trent Merrin with the 2016 Merv Cartwright Medal. Pictures: Supplied.
Nanjing Night Net

Forward Trent Merrin has been named winner of the 2016 Merv Cartwright Medal at a glittering ceremony at Panthers Pavillion.

The club held its annual awards on Wednesday, October 5, with Merrin named player of the year following his outstanding debut season with the Panthers.

Merrin played 25 games for the Panthers in 2016, finishing with five tries, 56 offloads, 861 tackles and 3891 running metres,a club statement said.

The announcement came just days after Merrin was named beside teammates Josh Mansour and Panthers skipper Matt Moylan on the Australian Kangaroos squad for theupcoming Four Nations tournament, the greatest representation of players the Panthers have had on the side since 2009.

Merrin said he was “shocked” to receive the award, and described the move to Penrith as one of the biggest challenges of his life.

“I’ve just got to thank the boys, I wouldn’t be standing here at all without you boys,” he said as he received the award.“Every week I put on that jersey for youse, you made this year the most humbling and best experience of my footy career so far.

“Coming out west from the south was one of the biggest challenges of my life, one of the hardest pre-seasons I’ve ever done in my career, 42 degrees heat I’m not built for that.

Trent Merrin on stage receiving his medal.

“It was a rollercoaster coming out here, stepping out of my comfort zone, and really testing myself personally. It was a bumpy ride throughout it all. missing out on selections and whatnot and trying to get thegame down pat throughout the year.

“We finally hit our stride halfway through the year, and the bond that we built all the way throughout the year was something I haven’t been a part of and it’s something that I hold special and something we are building towards the future.”

Merrin said the club was “heading in the right direction” with the coaching staff and said there was “a lot of excitement ahead of us”.

Former local junior and Blue Mountains native Peter Wallace was named winner of three awards on the night, taking out the Try of the Year, Members’ Player of the Year, and the prestigious John Farragher Courage and Determination Award.

“I’d like to thank everyone from the coaching staff right through to the back office, Gus [Panthers general manager Phil Gould] and all the boys,” Wallace said.

Peter Wallace receives the John Farragher Courage and Determination Award.

Coach Anthony Griffin congratulated all players and staff who received awards, in particular Peter Wallace.

“It[theJohn Farragher Courage and Determination Award] is a magnificent recognition of what he’s done for this team,” he said. “He’s put his body on the line over the last few years for the club without much of a reward.

“Congratulations, Wal, very well deserved.”

The full list of winners announced on the night were:

2016 Junior Education Award: Liam Martin.

2016 Senior Education Award: Isaah Yeo.

2016 OAK Try of the Year: Peter Wallace.

2016 NYC Player of the Year:Corey Waddell.

2016 ISP Player of the Year:Zach Dockar-Clay.

2016 Club Person of the Year:Glen Liddiard.

2016 Members Player of the Year: Peter Wallace.

2016 Ben Alexander Rookie of the Year: Shared betweenJames Fisher-Harris and Nathan Cleary.

2016 John Farragher Courage and Determination Award: Peter Wallace.

2016 Merv Cartwright Medal: Trent Merrin.

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