A ROCKINGHAM Coastal Sharks player has won WA rugby league’s highest honour for the first time after Jarek Goebel took home the Ken Allen Medal.
Goebel was named the NRL WA Premiership Player of the Year at an awards night held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth last Friday night, polling 20 votes to finish one ahead of Fremantle’s Samson Graham.
Despite a strong season, which saw them finish third on the ladder and miss out on a place in the grand final at the final hurdle, no other Sharks player finished in the top 10.
The five-eighth was recruited from the Manurewa Marlins club in Auckland earlier this year and proved influential in the Sharks solid season, polling strongly early in the season, which saw him race into the lead.
Despite having an injury- disrupted final third of the season, a switch to full back for the final three games saw him pick up a further four points to hold on to claim the medal.
Earlier in the evening, Goebel was named in the NRL WA Team of the Year along with teammate Hayden Dangen-Toby, who won the top try-scorer award for the season with 18.
Sharks Grand Final hero John Taituha finished the season as the reserve grade’s highest points scorer, while under-18 players Wicus Boschoff and Caleb Norton also won awards.
Boschoff was named the under-18s Player of the Year, and shared the leading try- scorer award with teammate Norton and Fremantle’s Iliani Naleba on 14 tries.