North Sydney Bears centre Ed Murphy and lock Cheyne Whitelaw have been named in the 2017 ISP Team of the Year after helping guide the Bears to a 6th placed finish in the second tier competition.

Selected by the NSWRL.com.au staff writers in consultation with experts from broadcast partners Fox League, Steele Sports, Hawkesbury Radio and Triple H FM, the side highlights the most consistent performers who have played the majority of the season in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW.

Selections are also influenced by the amount of times players have featured in the Team of the Week, published after each round on NSWRL.com.au.

On the eve of the Intrust Super Premiership NSW Finals Series, the competition’s top seven-placed teams are represented, while minor premiership-winning Wyong Roos coach Rip Taylor is deservedly named Coach of the Year.

Team Of The Year

1 – Luke Sharpe
Club: Wyong Roos; 2017 TOTW selections: 5.
13 line-breaks, 84 tackle-breaks, 12 tries, 123 metres per game.

2 – Tom Hughes
Club: Newcastle Knights; 2017 TOTW selections: 2.
17 tries, 18 line-breaks, 120 metres per game, 49 tackle-breaks

3 – Matt Ikuvalu
Club: Wyong Roos; 2017 TOTW selections: 4.
Six tries, 10 line-breaks, 133 metres per game, 55 tackle-breaks.

4 – Ed Murphy
Club: North Sydney Bears; 2017 TOTW selections: 3.
Four tries, seven line-breaks, 47 tackle-breaks.

He’s only 24 years old, and his performances this year have been a huge reason as to why North Sydney will play finals football next week. A highlight for the year is a ridiculous try against the Wentworthville Magpies where he athletically leaped into the corner and planted the ball down, and his two first grade games will not be last if he takes his form beyond this finals series into future seasons.

5 – Bureta Faraimo
Club: Warriors (formerly Wentworthville Magpies); 2017 TOTW selections: 6.
13 tries

6 – Josh Cleeland
Club: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs; 2017 TOTW selections: 8.
12 tries, 10 try assists, 13 line-breaks, 57 tackle-breaks.

7 – Cameron Cullen
Club: Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles; 2017 TOTW selections: 7.
Eight tries, 12 try assists, 11 line-breaks, 13 line-break assists, 58 tackle-breaks.

8 – Eloni Vunakece
Club: Wyong Roos; 2017 TOTW selections: 4.
Three tries, 102 metres per game, 27 tackles per game, 44 tackle-breaks.

9 – Mitch Rein
Club: Penrith Panthers; 2017 TOTW selections: 7.
Seven tries, eight line-breaks, five try-assists, 40 tackles per game.

10 – Kurt Dillon
Club: Newtown Jets; 2017 TOTW selections: 8.
Three tries, 145 metres per game, 32 tackles per game.

11 – Jamil Hopoate
Club: Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles; 2017 TOTW selections: 9.
Four tries, 134 metres per game, three try-assists, 33 tackles per game.

12 – Rhyse Martin
Club: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs; 2017 TOTW selections: 9.
Seven tries, 53 goals, 122 metres per game, 30 tackles per game.

13 – Cheyne Whitelaw
Club: North Sydney Bears; 2017 TOTW selections: 8.
37 tackles per game, 104.1 metres per game, two tries.

Cheyne Whitelaw is arguably Ben Gardiner’s most important player for North Sydney. He does a mountain of work on a weekly basis for the Bears, having made 740 tackles in season 2017, and having run over two kilometres with the ball in hand, and also has a lightning-quick play the ball that gets his team on the front foot. He was rightfully picked for the Intrust Super Premiership NSW Residents side earlier in the year, and for what he adds to the team, an NRL contract does not seem far away for the young powerhouse forward. 

INTERCHANGE

14 – Mason Lino
Club: Warriors; 2017 TOTW selections: 3.
142 points, 15 try assists, seven line-break-assists.

15 – Toafofoa Sipley
Club: Warriors; 2017 TOTW selections: 3.
1771 total metres, seven tries, 307 tackles

16 – Scott Sorensen
Club: Mounties; 2017 TOTW selections: 7.
1951 total metres, 408 tackles, four tries, nine line-break assists, six line-breaks.

17 – Rod Griffin
Club: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs; 2017 TOTW selections: 8.
132 metres per game, 30.9 tackles per game, 45 tackle-breaks.