Manly Warringah Sea Eagles half-back Daly Cherry-Evans has tonight taken out the Roy Bull ‘Best and Fairest’ Award for season 2020.
With COVID restrictions not allowing a formal presentation night last season, the Sea Eagles decided to hold back four major awards to coincide with the Club’s 75th Anniversary season launch held in Manly tonight. The rest of the awards were announced at a small club only function last September.
The Roy Bull award is named after Manly’s first international player who played 22 Tests for Australia and 177 club games.
Cherry-Evans played 23 games for Manly last season with his superb leadership and match-winning plays seeing him take out the Roy Bull award. It was a memorable season for Cherry-Evans, who also captained the Queensland Maroons to a State of Origin series victory.
Jake Trbojevic was a popular winner of the NRL Players’ Player Award. The respected vice-captain again got through a mountain of work in his 20 matches last season.
Cherry-Evans took home a second award when he claimed the Gordon Willoughby Medallion for Best Player as voted by Sea Eagles Members.
Willoughby played 130 games for Manly before serving as an administrator for the football club, where he held the roles as a delegate to the NSWRL, club vice president, and chairman of the board of directors.
The Doug Daley Clubman of the Year Award was presented to Rod Valdes, Manly’s Finance and Player Contract Manager in recognition of his outstanding work last season during the challenging COVID period for the club.
Daley played seven seasons at Manly before moving into the role of club treasurer, secretary, and eventually, CEO. The Doug Daley Award celebrates an individual’s contribution towards the success and development of the club whether it is on or off the field.
“Rod has earned the respect of everyone across the club for his professional and friendly manner as well as his incredible work ethic and dedication to the Sea Eagles,’’ Manly CEO Stephen Humphreys said.
2020 Sea Eagles Award winners
Roy Bull Best and Fairest: Daly Cherry-Evans
NRL Players’ Player: Jake Trbojevic
Gordon Willoughby Medallion: Daly Cherry-Evans
Doug Daley Clubman of the Year: Rod Valdes
Rookie of the Year: Tevita Funa
Leading Pointscorer: Reuben Garrick
Leading Tryscorer: Jorge Taufua
Steve Menzies Medal (Play of the Year): Curtis Sironen
NRL Academic Team of the Year: Toafofoa Sipley