Posted: 21 September, 2014
The NSWRL has put out their Team Of The Year for 2014 and there are some familiar faces
Knights NSW Cup Veteran Josh Mantellato Photo: Getty Images
NSW Cup grand finalists the Newcastle Knights and Penrith Panthers have been rewarded by contributing a combined seven players to the competition's Team Of The Year.
Four Knights players (Nathan Ross, Josh Mantellato, Michael Dobson and Tyler Randall) were selected which was the most of any club.
Penrith was the next best alongside the Wyong Roos who each provided three players.
The NSW Cup five-eighth selected in the Team Of The Year is Panthers playmaker Will Smith. The pivot will not play in the grand final but instead partner Jamie Soward in the first grade preliminary final against the Bulldogs next week.
Smith was eligible for the side under the selection criteria which stated:
- Players must be involved in at least ten VB NSW Cup Games
- A player is selected in a position they have played in for most of the season
- If a player is suspended more than three times they become ineligible
2014 NSW Cup Team Of The Year
1. Nathan Ross - (Newcastle Knights)
2. Bureta Faraimo - (Wentworthville Magpies)
3. Sami Sauiluma - (Mounties)
4. Asipeli Fine - (Wests Tigers)
5. Josh Mantellato - (Newcastle Knights)
6. Will Smith - (Penrith Panthers)
7. Michael Dobson - (Newcastle Knights)
8. Magnus Stromquist - (Wyong Roos)
9. Mitch Williams - (Wyong Roos)
10. Tim Robinson - (Cronulla Sharks)
11. Jake Foster - (c) (Mounties)
12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner - (NZ Warriors)
13. Ryan Simpkins - (Penrith Panthers)
14.Tyler Randell - (Newcastle Knights)
15. Shannon Wakeman - (Illawarra Cutters)
16. Sam Anderson - (Penrith Panthers)
17. Lachlan Burr - (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
18. Clinton Gutherson - (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
COACH: Rip Taylor (Wyong Roos)
Triple M would like to congratulate the players named and wish the remaining team the best of luck in the VB NSW Cup Grand Final.