League star Ben Barba has added another award to his growing list of accolades.

The Canterbury Bulldogs’ fullback was last night voted by his peers the best player of 2012.

Jon Healy reports.


Fresh off his haul of five medals at the Dally M Awards last week, Ben Barba has been named the Rugby League Players’ Association player of the year.

Ben Barba, RLPA 2012 Player of the Year: “I won the Dally M last week and this award, voted by the players, it’s something pretty special and as I said, I’m really honoured to receive them.”

South Sydney’s Adam Reynolds and Penrith’s Josh Mansour tied for the best first year player.

Gary Ablett Junior capped off an exceptional individual season, collecting the Leigh Matthews Trophy, awarded to the AFL Players’ Association player of the season.

Ablett poled 186 more votes than his nearest competitor, Essendon captain Jobe Watson.

Jeremy Cameron of the Greater Western Sydney Giants was voted best first year player.

West Coast Eagles forward Quinten Lynch has had his one-match suspension for charging overturned at the tribunal.

It was a nervous wait for the Eagles but Lynch said he was always convinced of his innocence.

Quinten Lynch, West Coast Eagles forward: “It’s a great result. I was very confident coming in that we could get off the charge. My intention was never to charge the player at all.”

Jon Healy, QUT News.