2017 NRL Season Review – The Kick has Come

Welcome to The Gurgler's Kick has Come - the briefest of 2017 NRL Season reviews.

2017 nrl season review

The 2017 NRL season is now officially over and the Melbourne Storm confirmed their status as the best team all season, so what better time to do our 2017 NRL Season Review.

We go through the 2017 NRL Season as only we can, thorough and brief at the same time.

Our Team of the Year is selected, as well as some other awards. Included also is the shortest possible team by team review of their respective 2017 NRL Seasons.

So after our weekly Kick to Comes throughout the season we sign off with out Kick Has Come 2017 NRL Season review.

 

CLUB OF THE YEAR

WINNER Melbourne Storm – Too good and too everything

North Queensland Cowboys – Sensational finals run belied their injury toll.

Newcastle Knights – May have finished last but played their hearts out all season. Unlike many other clubs.

Parramatta Eels – Deserved top 4 finish, and will hopefully build for next season.

 

THE MELBOURNE STORM TRANSFORMATION OF YET ANOTHER PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

WINNER Josh Addo-Carr

 

REVELATION OF THE YEAR

Cameron Munster at Five Eighth for Queensland Origin

WINNER – Michael Morgan as Jonathan Thurston’s replacement and at Centre in Origin.

 

WORST PIECE OF NRL RUBBISH

NRL Marvel Super Hero Round.

Channel Nein Proudly Presents Sunday Afternoon Rugby League.

State of Origin affected 4-5 game rounds.

“WINNER” – The NRL in general around Origin time. Stand alone needed NOW.

 

SURPRISE OF THE YEAR

WINNER – North Queensland finals run.

Parramatta Top 4 finish.

Tim Gladsby playing State of Origin. Although can’t argue with results.

NSW thrashing of Queensland in Brisbane in Game One.

 

NON SURPRISE OF THE YEAR

NSW Origin selecting Mitchel Pearce and expecting something different.

NSW talking dynasty after 1 big win only to lose series.

Robbie Farah to Souths didn’t quite work out.

WINNER – Jarryd Hayne on the Gold Coast didn’t quite work out either, and another coach is gone.

People talked up NZ Warriors as a dark horse and they did nothing.

 

FIVE MOST DISAPPOINTING SEASONS

WINNER – Burgess Twins (Souths)

Kieran Foran (NZ)

Josh Papalii (Canberra)

Jarryd Hayne (Gold Coast)

 

THE JACK THE SLASHER PLAYER TRANSFER BARGAINS OF 2017

Nathan Brown – Eels

Cameron McInness – Dragons

Paul Vaughan – Dragons

WINNER – Luke Keary – Roosters

Tautau Moga – Broncos

Josh Addo-Carr – Storm

 

THE KIERAN MEYER ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

WINNER – Brodie Croft

Curtis Scott

Nick Cotric

Brian Kelly

Corey Harawira-Naera

 

THE CODY WALKER HARD YARDS BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR

WINNER Ryley Jacks

 

TEAM OF THE YEAR

  1. Billy Slater

  2. Semi Radradra

  3. Dane Gagai

  4. Clint Gutherson

  5. Suliasi Vanivalu

  6. Cameron Munster

  7. Michael Morgan

  8. Martin Taupau

  9. Cameron Smith

  10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard

  11. Felise Kafusi

  12. Matt Gillett

13.  Jason Taomolo 

  1.  Paul Gallen

  2. James Tedesco

  3. Josh Maguire

  4. Angus Crichton

Coach: Craig Bellamy

 

A TEAM BY TEAM 2017 NRL SEASON REVIEW IN 10 WORDS OR SO

MELBOURNE STORM

Way too good. Best all year. And more to come.

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

Sensational finals run, sensational Michael Morgan. Pity for injuries.

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Too Hot and Cold. Indecision over halves was killer.

SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Top 2 vast improvement. Dropped too much ball in finals.

PENRITH PANTHERS

Great late season run, hopefully NSW Origin don’t ruin Nathan Cleary.

PARRAMATTA EELS

Electrified fans with Top 4 finish. Primed for better next year.

CRONULLA SHARKS

Ptemiership hangover. Fact Gallen/Lewis are still best is worry.

MANLY SEA EAGLES

So Trent Barrett can coach. Future is Trbojevic.

ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Could/Should have made top 8 instead of Cowboys. Ruined great start to season.

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Pre season promise. Too many under performers.

BULLDOGS

ZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Hopefully the new head coach pays off. Pardon the pun.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Somehow became even more mediocre than last year. Someone had to go. Maguire this time around.

WESTS TIGERS

The “Big 4” really stuffed the club with their contract negotiations. You could argue the only one they kept is the least valuable.

GOLD COAST TITANS

You could blame it all on Jarryd Hayne, and we will.

NZ WARRIORS

Surprised with the depth of their disappointment in 2017. Surely won’t be anyone’s dark horse for 2018.

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Tried so hard, had a great run of three straight wins, and the reinforcements coming for next year.

 

 

 

 

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Max has no time for long bios, he has only time for sport and then more sport. Each week he tries to sum up what sport has tickled the collective fancy of The Gurgler.

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