MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Connecticut Wildcats coach and USA Tomahawks representative Matt Walsh has been announced as the 2012 AMNRL MVP. In a stellar season to date, Walsh has led the Wildcats to Cup Final XV and been selected in all three US internationals against Ireland, Tonga, and Canada.
Playing hooker and halfback he amassed 134 points in the domestic competition through 12 tries and 43 goals which made him second in the points scoring table behind Todd Fisher, and fourth on the try scorers list. In the Cup Final he was close to the best player on the park scoring a try and kicking 4 goals. Whilst his point scoring feats certainly contributed to his selection as MVP, his ability to guide his team around the field with dynamic running from dummy half and solid defense presented a compelling case for his name to be added to an exciting list of past winners. The Wildcats have improved in many areas under his astute leadership and his transition to international rugby league has been a revelation for the US coaching staff.
In a close race for the MVP honors, Matt held out another Wildcats star player Mike Goward, who scored 22 tries and was one of the most dynamic players in the competition. Other players from each club that were in the running for the award were:-
Zac Padgett (Sharks)
Kevin Wiggins (Bulls)
Gareth Baxendale (Knights)
Ed Fua (Eagles)
Adam Wendland (Raiders)
Matt is third Wildcat to win MVP. Joining Andrew Webster and Danny Bull on the honor roll.
Congratulations Matt Walsh - 2012 AMNRL MVP!
Past winners of the AMNRL MVP:
2011 Nigel Millgate - New York Knights
2010 Adrian Grayson - Jacksonville Axemen
2009 Luke Hume - New York Knights
2008 Siose Muliumu - New Haven Warriors
2007 Conway Maraki - Aston Bulls
2006 Jason Gangaram - Glen Mills Bulls
2005 Andrew Webster / Erik Hollingsworth - Connecticut Wildcats / Glen Mills Bulls
2004 Marcus Vassilakopoulos - Glen Mills Bulls
2003 Danny Bull - Connecticut Wildcats
2002 Shayne Mains - Glen Mills Bulls
2001 Dave DiValerio - Media Mantarays
2000 Ed Woodbridge - Glen Mills Bulls
1999 Shayne Mains - Glen Mills Bulls
1998 Bill Hansbury - Glen Mills Bulls