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Dally M awards: Hynes joins Thurston in rare club of winners

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Nicho Hynes has proven his status as the NRL’s premier buy for 2022, joining Johnathan Thurston in an exclusive group of players to win a Dally M in his maiden season at a club.

Hynes on Wednesday night became the clear star at rugby league’s night of nights, with the Cronulla halfback claiming the game’s top gong with two rounds to play.

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After trailing Ben Hunt by three points when voting went behind closed doors following round 12, Hynes collected three votes in five of his last 11 games to win the award.

It helped him sit ahead of James Tedesco in second, while Hunt was third.

Sydney Roosters star Raecene McGregor claimed her maiden women’s Dally M, beating out Tamika Upton and Tarryn Aiken.

Dally M winners Nicholas Hynes and Raecene McGregor. Credit: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

Rising Newcastle star Jesse Southwell was named the NRLW rookie of the year, while Sydney Roosters coach John Strange was the top mentor.

Todd Payten claimed the major men’s coaching gong, while his second-rower Jeremiah Nanai was the rookie of the year after scoring 17 tries for North Queensland.

Penrith’s Isaah Yeo was named captain of the year, headlining three Panthers in the NRL’s Dally M team of the year.

Hynes was also awarded the Provan Summons spirit of NRL award for his work in raising awareness for mental health.

But it is the top gong he will remember most, given it was his first season as a full-time starter.

Making his name as Ryan Papenhuyzen’s replacement last year when the Melbourne fullback went down with injury, Hynes was an instant star for the Storm.

A playmaker as a junior, Craig Fitzgibbon placed his faith in the 26-year-old as one of his first signings to lead the Sharks into the next era as No.7.

He was instantly rewarded with Hynes setting up 26 tries in a stellar season and becoming the first Shark to win the award since Preston Campbell in 2001.

In claiming the award, Hynes joined Todd Carney (2010), Thurston (2005), Gary Freeman (1992) and Steve Morris (1979) as the only players to have won the medal in their first season at a club.

Final Dally M Leaderboard

Nicho Hynes 38

James Tedesco 33

Ben Hunt 32

Scott Drinkwater 23

Dylan Edwards 23

Mitchell Moses 22

Daly Cherry-Evans 21

Isaah Yeo 20

Harry Grant 19

Cameron Munster 19

The full list of winners:

NRL

Dally M Medal – Nicho Hynes – Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Fullback – James Tedesco – Sydney Roosters

Winger – Joseph Sua’ali’i – Sydney Roosters

Winger – Alex Johnston – South Sydney Rabbitohs

Centre – Joseph Manu – Sydney Roosters

Centre – Valentine Holmes – North Queensland Cowboys

Five-Eighth – Cameron Munster – Melbourne Storm

Halfback – Nicho Hynes – Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Prop – Joseph Tapine – Canberra Raiders

Prop – Payne Haas – Brisbane Broncos

Hooker – Api Koroisau – Penrith Panthers

Second Row – Viliame Kikau – Penrith Panthers

Second Row – Jeremiah Nanai – North Queensland Cowboys

Lock – Isaah Yeo – Penrith Panthers

Rookie of the Year – Jeremiah Nanai – North Queensland Cowboys

Captain of the Year – Isaah Yeo – Penrith Panthers

Coach of the Year – Todd Payten – North Queensland Cowboys

Top Points Scorer – Valentine Holmes – North Queensland Cowboys

Top Try Scorer (Ken Irvine Medal) – Alex Johnston – South Sydney Rabbitohs

Peter Frilingos Headline Moment – Jada Taylor/Queensland’s State of Origin win

Provan-Summons – Nicho Hynes – Cronulla Sutherland Sharks

DrinkWise Try of the Year – Scott Drinkwater – North Queensland Cowboys

YOUI Tackle of the Year: Mitchell Moses (Parramatta Eels)

VB Hardest Working Player of the Year: Isaiah Papali’i (Parramatta Eels)

NRL and NRLW team of the year winners. Credit: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

NRLW

Dally M Medal – Raecene McGregor – Sydney Roosters

Fullback – Sam Bremner – Sydney Roosters

Winger – Teagan Berry – St George Illawarra Dragons

Winger – Jaime Chapman – Brisbane Broncos

Centre – Isabelle Kelly – Sydney Roosters

Centre Jessica Sergis – Sydney Roosters

Five-Eighth – Tarryn Aiken – Brisbane Broncos

Halfback – Raecene McGregor – Sydney Roosters

Prop – Caitlan Johnston – Newcastle Knights

Prop – Millie Boyle – Newcastle Knights

Hooker – Keeley Davis – St George Illawarra Dragons

Second-Rower – Keilee Joseph – Sydney Roosters

Second-Rower – Olivia Kernick – Sydney Roosters

Lock – Simaima Taufa – Parramatta Eels

Provan Summons Medal – Toni Hunt – Brisbane Broncos

Coach of the Year – John Strange – Sydney Roosters

Top Points Scorer – Zahara Temara – Sydney Roosters

Top Try Scorer – Jayme Fressard – Sydney Roosters

Rookie of the Year – Jesse Southwell – Newcastle Knights

Captain – Isabelle Kelly – Sydney Roosters

Try of the Year – Tarryn Aiken – Brisbane Broncos

Tackle of the Year – Tarryn Aiken – Brisbane Broncos

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