Bulldogs Ben Barba wins Dally M
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 5:39a.m.
Ben Barba's untouchable form this season was capped off with an incredible five awards at Tuesday night's Dally M awards, including the top gong.
Barba's recognition as the competition's best player was never in doubt with the Canterbury No.1 finishing six points clear of second-placed Matt Bowen with a staggering 32 points.
In the truest example of Barba's exceptional year, the 23-year-old also went home as the fullback of the year, the Provan-Summons medallist, equal top try-scorer and winner of the Peter Frilingos headline moment.
Barba's form at the back has been the catalyst to the Bulldogs revival under new boss Des Hasler, who was named the game's top coach.
During Canterbury's 12-game winning streak which set up their minor premiership, Barba polled regularly.
In the six games between rounds 18 and 23 Barba picked up 14 of a possible 18 points to put his place as the game's most exciting player beyond doubt.
He scored 21 tries, equal with North Queensland's Ash Graham, is the team's chief playmaker and has pulled off a string of outstanding defensive plays.
Barba tallied a commanding 32 votes, clear of Cowboys stars Bowen (26) and Johnathan Thurston (24) as well as Melbourne's Cooper Cronk (25).
2012 DALLY M AWARD WINNERS
Dally M medal winner: Ben Barba (32 votes). 2nd place: Matt Bowen (26 votes). 3rd place: Cooper Cronk (25 points).
Rookie of the year: Adam Reynolds (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Coach of the year: Des Hasler (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Provan Summons medal: Ben Barba (Canterbury Bulldogs
Toyota Cup player of the year: David Klemmer (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Captain of the year: Jamie Lyon and Jason King (Manly Sea Eagles)
Representative player of the year: Nate Myles (Gold Coast Titans)
Peter Frilingos memorial award: Ben Barba (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Top try scorer: Ash Graham (North Queensland Cowboys) and Ben Barba (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Top points scorer: Jarrod Croker (Canberra Raiders)
Dally M team of the year:
Fullback: Ben Barba (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Winger: Akuila Uate (Newcastle Storm)
Centre: Josh Morris (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Five-eighth: Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys)
Halfback: Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)
Prop: Sam Kasiano (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Hooker: Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)
Second rower: Nate Myles (Gold Coast Titans)
Lock: Paul Gallen (Cronulla Sharks) NZN
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