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  1. National Rugby League 08 Toyota Cup Season Review

  2. 2008 Premiers • Canberra Raiders 28 defeated Brisbane Broncos 24 (extra time)

  3. Competition Table

  4. Season Highlights • Coverage by Fox Sports of 2 Toyota Cup games per week LIVE • 52 Players competing in both the Toyota Cup and Telstra Premiership • A proven development pathway for players, match officials and administrators • The announcement of the “Toyota Cup Team of the Year” • Recognition for the Player of the Year at the Dally M Awards • Toyota rewarding recipient with a loan car for 12 months • Presentation of the “Jack Gibson Medal” to the player of the match in the Toyota Cup GF • Players competing in the Toyota Cup were required to attend an Induction Camp which introduced them to the expectations and responsibilities of semi professional football • Over 350 players participated in referees course with several using this to officiate in games throughout the season • 98% of players were either employed or undertaking some form of study at an education institution. (school, TAFE, University)

  5. TV Ratings • Highest Viewing Audience - • Saturday 112,000 • Sunday 63,000 • Average 54,271 per game • Grand Final Ratings • Channel 9 • SYD. – BRIS. 418,742 • Regional 302,307 • Fox Sports 62,957

  6. Honour Roll • Brisbane - Josh Hoffman, Andrew McCullough • Bulldogs – Heka Nanai (07), Arana Taumata, Ben Barba, John Kite, Jamal Idris • Canberra – Justin Carney, Joel Thompson • Cronulla – Jayson Bukuya, Karl Filiga • Gold Coast – Esikeli Tonga, Shannon Walker, Will Matthews, Jordan Rapana, Jordan Rankin • Melbourne – Liam Foran, Sam Joe, Kevin Proctor, Aiden Tolman, Joseph Tomane • North Queensland – Obe Geia, Nick Slyney, Sam Bowie, Brandon Boor • Parramatta – Kristopher Keating, Taulima Tautai, Tony Williams, • Penrith – Wade Graham, Tim Grant (07), Masada Iosefa, Sam McKendry, Joseph Paulo, Lachlan Coote, Daniel Penese, William Isa • South Sydney – Luke Capewell, Sam Huihahau, Eddie Paea (06), Eddy Pettybourne (07), Chris Sandow • St George illawarra – Lagi Setu (07), Chase Stanley (07) • Sydney Roosters – Anthony Cherrington, Jake Friend, Ben Jones • Warriors – Sonny Fai, Ben Matulino, Russell Packer, Patrick Ah Van (06) • Wests Tigers – Tim Moltzen, Peni Tagive • 52 players competed in the Toyota Cup and Telstra Premiership

  7. Awards • Toyota Cup Player of the Year – Ben Hunt (Brisbane Broncos) • Dally M Rookie of the Year – Chris Sandow (Rabbitohs) • Jack Gibson Medal - Josh Dugan (Canberra Raiders) • George Green Medal – Chris Sandow (Rabbitohs)

  8. Toyota Cup Team of the Year • Fullback: Lachlan Coote (Penrith Panthers) • Wing: Jharal Yow Yeh (Brisbane Broncos) • Centre: Justin Carney (Canberra Raiders) • Centre: Tony Williams (Parramatta Eels) • Wing: Kevin Gordon (Gold Coast Titans) • Five-Eighth: Ben Barba (Bulldogs) • Halfback: Chris Sandow (South Sydney Rabbitohs) • Prop: Russell Packer (Warriors) • Hooker: Masada Iosefa (Penrith Panthers) • Prop: John Kite (Bulldogs) • Second Row: Joel Thompson (Canberra Raiders) • Second Row: Daniel Harrison (Bulldogs) • Lock: Shaun Fensom (Canberra Raiders) • Interchange: Ben Hunt (Brisbane Broncos) • Interchange: Matt Mundine (St George Illawarra Dragons) • Interchange: Jordan Rapana (Gold Coast Titans) • Interchange: Ben Matulino (Warriors)

  9. Team of the Year

  10. Player Statistics • 550 players were used in the Toyota Cup in it’s inaugural season • On average 34 players were used by each club in the Toyota Cup this season • 57% of players that competed in the Toyota Cup this year are eligible in 2009 • 98% of players were either employed or engaged in some form of study • The Mandated Non Training hours enabled the players to fulfill their employment and education obligations • Ben Barba was the leading point scorer in the competition with an amazing 248 points (28 tries, 67 goals and 2 field goals) • There were 11 draws throughout the season – (no extra time) • 10 Toyota Cup players will represent their country in the 2008 World Cup • 5 Toyota Cup players were selected in the Aboriginal Dream Team • 2 Toyota Cup players were selected to represent the NZ Maori team

  11. Publicity

  12. 2009 and beyond • The Toyota Cup will remain an under 20’s competition in 09 • The Mandated Non Training Hours have been extended from 8.00am – 5.00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday • LAHA has a maximum excluded amount of $200 per week per player and is regardless of rent, sustenance or other • The Tertiary Education Allowance is now regarded as a $15,000 (gross) allowance • Toyota have resigned for 2 years with a 2 year option • There are current negotiations between Fox Sports and the NRL regarding broadcast rights for the next 4 years • A season review is currently underway. Some of the points raised include: • Maintain flexibility with Mandated Non Training Hours • Increased demand on Club Welfare Managers • Use of Video Referee in Finals Matches • Improving the turnover of match footage and stats • Added costs to clubs for travelling teams, meals etc. • Induction Camp program to have more workshops that encourage player participation

  13. Oh What a Feeling