The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - GRAND FINAL BUZZ -

THE NRL has had an em­bar­rass­ing year with their ma­jor awards. Billy Slater ater won the Wally Lewis medal from m the los­ing Ori­gin team and af­ter r miss­ing the first game.

The Dally M po­si­tional awards were a joke, too. How did Joey Leilua get cen­tre-of-theeyear ahead of La­trell Mitchell? How about Josh Jack­son get­ting the sec­ondrower gong ahead of Billy Kikau, Tyson Frizel, Tariq Sims or Felise Kau­fusi. And so­some past Medal win­ners like 1992 re­cip­i­ent Gary Free­man (left) we were not even in­vited.

For­mer player Frank Pule­tua is the man in charge of all these NR NRL awards. This is the bloke wh who in­ex­pli­ca­bly re­fuses to hono hon­our and ac­knowl­edge the late and great PPeter ‘Chippy’ Frilin­gos in the me­dia sec­tion of the NRL mu­seum.

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