Over the course of a season ‘Sustained Performance’ on the field can be displayed in many ways. From showing consistency week-in and week-out, to being reliable in the big moments that count it’s about staying in there for the full 80 and showing quality and care whenever called upon. Thanks to Hostplus we'll be going through and pleading the case for the most Sustained Performers of the 2020 season, but we need you to vote!
Let's not forget the Bubble conditions the players have been under - especially for those who are not playing regular first grade - to continue to train and stay focused is a display of sustained performance and discipline in itself.
From a 38-0 team performance against Parra to a 60-8 drumming of the rival Roosters, all of our players could plead their case for how they have sustained their football performance during the season, but Hostplus need you to decide who you believe stands out from the rest!
To get the ball rolling, let’s single out a couple of sustained performers who have also proven to be 'unsung heroes' in their own right. It's time to state their claim why they find themselves in the conversation!
For the team at Hostplus, sustained performance means delivering strong investment returns to their members over the long term. It’s the same for the Rabbitohs, it’s not just one great game - it’s about consistently bringing your best, game after game, season after season.
Which Rabbitohs player is your Hostplus Sustained Performer of the year?
CALLING OUT THE 'UNSUNG HEROES'
Sustained Performer - ‘Ever Reliable’ - CAMPBELL GRAHAM
When we talk about sustained performance over the course of the year, it’s hard to go past the consistency Campbell Graham has brought to the team. A top three performer in just about every game, Graham has also shown his versatility on either side of the field and at both Centre or Wing.
While playing the majority of the season in his familiar position of Centre, Graham can still find his way to the try line scoring 13 tries in just 19 games (in the last seven regular season games he scored 10 tries). Along with this he has made 13 Linebreaks and averages a tick over 140 metres per game.
Graham scores as South Sydney continue to fire
Graham has been so consistent that there were only two games all year where he didn’t run for over 100 metres.
A standout game for Graham was in Round 15 against the Sea Eagles where not only did he bag a double, but he also set up two tries of his own while clocking over 160 metres with the ball. Graham has certainly taken his game to new heights off the back of this consistency and as a result, the Souths Junior was rewarded with a contract extension this year.
Sustained Performer - ‘Roll Up The Sleeves’ - BAYLEY SIRONEN
An unsung hero, Bayley Sironen has made the starting backrow position his own and has even slotted in at five-eighth and centre when called upon. Prior to this season, Bayley only played five games across three seasons (since making his debut in 2017), so the transition from ‘fringe first grader’ to ‘regular starter’ is a testament to the consistent performances he has put together in 2020.
A standout performance of Sironen’s would have to be against his junior Club the Wests Tigers back in Round 18 where he cleaned up attackers on multiple occasion, by trailing along on the inside and not clocking off from his assignment.
Another Sironen joins the NRL try-scoring ranks
In Round 15 Bayley came up against his brother Curtis (on the same side) and ran for a career high 127 metres as the Rabbitohs demolished the Sea Eagles 56-16.
Like Graham, Sironen was also rewarded with a contract extension proving he is loving his time in the red and green.
Sustained Performers - ‘The Improver’ - COREY ALLAN
A ‘no frills’ kind of player who rarely gets the accolades he deserves, Corey Allan has proved that even without the big name of Latrell Mitchell, he can be just as impactful at the back. Comparing the last five games at fullback, Allan has had the same amount of tries and try assists as Mitchell while running for an impressive 164 metres per game!
Perhaps his breakout game at the back was against the Roosters in the last round of the regular season where he ran for a career-high 181 metres, had two try assists and a try of his own. Not only has his numbers been consistent whenever called into first grade but another sign of a ‘Sustained Performer’ is being a likeable character who is well respected within the playing group.
Allan makes sure Johnston equals Feldt
Arguably one of the most respected and selfless acts on a football field as quoted by Coach Wayne Bennett; with the line wide-open Allan passed the ball back to Alex Johnston so that he could claim the illustrious title of Top Tryscorer. It also sometimes gets forgotten that Corey Allan was the first ever player to represent the Prime Minister’s XIII before making his first grade Debut.