2013 Ken Allen Medal Wrap


Rhys Peakman has taken out the 2013 Ken Allen Medal after polling 15 votes over the 21-round season.

In front of 270-plus people at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, the Willagee Bears five eighth held on to claim his maiden Ken Allen Medal after some stellar performances this season.

Whilst Peakman collected the main award, there were several outstanding individual honours won by senior players throughout the night.

Cheryl-Anne McCann from the South Perth Lions cleaned up the Women’s League Tag category, collecting the Most Tries, Most Points and RED FM Player of the year in her group.

Stephanie O’Lone of the Joondalup Giants was the other winner collecting the award for Highest Goal Scorer.

TeKarawa ‘TK’ Kahaki of South Perth collected the Highest Try Scorer and Curtin Stadium Player of the Year for the Under 18’s category, the first time the age group has been represented at the Ken Allen Awards, whilst Joondalup’s Erueti Jnr Poihi collected Highest Goalscorer and Pointscorer for the 2013 season.

Premier Grade provided cheers from the crowd as Sky Wanahi collected the Highest Try Scorer honour, with Anthony Piggott of South Perth and Karl Harding of Fremantle picked up the Highest Goal Scorer and Highest Point Scorer respectively.

Ashley Turner picked up the 2013 Solo Player of the Year for his performances in Premier Grade this year.

The TDH Insurance Volunteer Awards brought fanfare to those who selflessly work for the game and dedicate their time and efforts to the great game of Rugby League.

Angela Terrell picked up the Female Volunteer of the year award, whilst Tony Crowe of the Rockingham Sharks collected the Male Volunteer of the Year award and at the same time received the club champion award for the Rockingham Sharks for their performances over all grades this season.

The Live auction saw some high bids on some quality items including a signed South Sydney Rabbitohs jersey and a trip for two to the NRL grand final before entertainer Mick Colliss entertained the crowd for twenty five minutes with his rendition of his tour to the World Sudoku Championships.

Andrea Abraham was named the 2013 State Female Representative Player of the Year whilst Jon Phipps collected the Men’s award.

Halfway through the night and it was time to announce the Team of the Year, comprising of the best players in the competition in their given position.

In the back line, Isaac Thomas (South Perth) took out the Full Back position, with Winger Vincent Silulu (Rockingham) and Centre Kieran Timothy (Fremantle) in their respective positions as James Aspden (Fremantle) and Rhys Peakman (Willagee) took out the pairing of Half-Back and Five-Eighth respectively.

In the forwards, Taurean Sheehan (North Beach) was named the Lock of the season, with Joss Boyton (South Perth) and Hugh Mackey (South Perth) being named Second and Front Row, whilst Matthew Doeg (North Beach) took out Hooker of the Year.

Ryan Gundry was named Coach of the Year after leading the North Beach Sea Eagles to a second successive premiership.

Next Up, the Life Members announced the Rising Star Award with a strong message of goodwill for the game, and Keelyn Tuuta-Edwards collected the sponsored Rising Star Awards for the best young player in the competition. 

It was now time for the big plaudits to be dealt out, in the form of the 2013 Cash Converters WARL Premiership awards.

Joss Boyton of South Perth again collected an award, this time for Highest Try Scorer of the Year, after nabbing the award from Vincent Silulu with three tries in Round 21.

Harry Debique picked up the Highest Goal Scorer of the Year and Highest Point Scorer of the Year for his efforts with the South Perth Lions also.

Then came the final award for the night, which was of course the Ken Allen Medal for the player of the competition in 2013.

Joss Boyton and Isaac Thomas both polled strongly at the end but it was the Willagee man who took the award home after a stellar season by the club, to reach the finals for the first time in 20 years.