The next instalment of the Team of the Year sees us take a look at our options in the centers.
Centers: Willie Peace (Yass Magpies) & Cleve McGhie (Woden Valley Rams)
Willie Peace came to the Austbrokers Canberra CRC with a glowing resume. Having started his career with the Cronulla Sharks, he’d played NSW Cup for the New Zealand Warriors as well as representing Samoa.
He did his reputation no harm during 2017 as he scored six tries to help take Yass one game away from a grand final.
However, it wasn’t simply his try scoring feats that forced his way into this side. A strong runner of the ball, Peace often took the workload off his forward pack and also created opportunities for those around him with his footwork and ability to offload.
Cleve McGhie showed his incredible consistency in an otherwise inconsistent Woden side.
Despite being in his early 20’s, McGhie is remarkably one of the more experienced heads at the Rams, and the powerful center lead the way with ten tries in 12 matches.
McGhie, who also appeared in the second row this season, was rewarded for his efforts this season as he finished equal fourth for the McIntyre Medal.
Contenders: Isieli Afemui (Tuggeranong Bushrangers), Junior Vatikani (Yass Magpies), Thomas Ruediger(Queanbeyan Blues)
Up next: Halves