Tom Robinson wins Mealamu Medal at Blues awards night

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The medal is in honour of former Blues and All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu. The medal is awarded annually to the player who makes his mark on the field and who had a positive and consistent contribution to the side's culture.

 

Robinson suffered a concussion in the side's last regular-season game against the Force that ruled him out of the final.

 

But, in the most significant season in his Blues career, he stepped up to the captaincy role when regular captain and lock Patrick Tuipulotu was out for a long stretch due to a neck and shoulder injury.

 

He led the side from the front as it achieved improved winning consistency.

 

Departing lock Gerard Cowley-Tuioti had triple rewards at the team's awards function this week.

 

 

The players voted him their player of the year. He was also judged the side's Most Valuable Player, the reward for his consistently high performances during the season. He also stood up during Tuipulotu's absence in the middle row. That contributed to him also being named forward of the year.

 

At the core of the Blues' successful season was their defensive play, which was the best of all teams in the Super competition, and as one of their highest tacklers, Dalton Papalii was named defence player of the year.

 

New All Black halfback Finlay Christie was named back of the year.

 

Fullback Zarn Sullivan, who made the position his own during the Trans-Tasman series, was named rookie of the year.

 

Northland midfield back Corey Evans, a New Zealand Under-20 representative, was named the development player of the year.

 

For their efforts in supporting the Blues' community initiatives, Papalii, and five-eighths Harry Plummer, earned Community awards.