Sport Locky explains Wally Lewis Medal voting

17:11  12 july  2018
17:11  12 july  2018 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

Joey's solution to Origin medal controversy

  Joey's solution to Origin medal controversy Andrew Johns has slammed State of Origin's "overcomplicated" Wally Lewis medal voting system, revealing his simplified alternative.The decision to award Queensland fullback Billy Slater the Wally Lewis medal for player of the series has been widely slammed given Slater played just two of the three games and he finished on the losing side.

Walter James Lewis AM (born 1 December 1959) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer and coach of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Billy Slater has farewelled the State of Origin arena with the Wally Lewis medal as the player of the series. Dragons fire late to avoid Eels shock. 14dAAP. Six Again: Rep round review, penalty try explained .

Queensland legend Darren Lockyer explained on the NRL Footy Show why Billy Slater was given the Wally Lewis Medal for 2018 State of Origin player of the series.

Lockyer was one of three selectors alongside Mal Meninga and Laurie Daley who judged the Maroons fullback as the best player in NSW Blues' 2-1 series victory.

The decision to award Slater the Wally Lewis Medal despite missing one game and being on the losing side was met with some criticism by fans and pundits in the aftermath of Game 3 though, leading to Lockyer to defend the trio on Thursday night.

State of Origin: Laurie Daley slams critics for reaction to controversial Wally Lewis Medal decision

  State of Origin: Laurie Daley slams critics for reaction to controversial Wally Lewis Medal decision Laurie Daley has gone on the offensive over criticisms about Billy Slater being named the State of Origin player of the series.Laurie Daley probably thought the days of him explaining decisions based around State of Origin were long over.

The outcry over Billy Slater being awarded the Wally Lewis Medal has overshadowed Wednesday night’s final Origin game, but what it has done is highlight a flaw in the voting system. It has raised the question - how does a player, who only played two games

Billy Slater has farewelled the State of Origin arena with the Wally Lewis medal as the player of the series. Dragons fire late to avoid Eels shock. 14dAAP. Six Again: Rep round review, penalty try explained .

"The system is after every game, myself, Laurie and Mal independently give our 4-3-2-1 votes of the game and that decides the man-of-the-match," Lockyer said.

Billy Slater standing in a room © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd

"So Game 1 was James Tedesco, Game 2 was Boyd Cordner and last night was Billy Slater. Now all the points that were given to all the series and then tallied up and they're given to us at the end of the third game as a guide to then select a man of the series.

"We're not going to disclose everyone's points but the gap between Billy and the next person was quite significant, and we had to make a call that if we were going to give it to Bill.

"But we thought the gap was significant enough to then award the medal to Billy.

"We were sure that that wasn't always going to be popular, particularly below the border but we've got to live by that decision and we'll stand by it."

Freddy: Why Billy shouldn't have won

  Freddy: Why Billy shouldn't have won New South Wales coach Brad Fittler has explained why he thought Billy Slater should not have won the Wally Lewis Medal in the 2018 State of Origin series.  The decision to award the retiring Slater the prestigious award came under fire following the completion of Game 3, after Slater played in just two of the three games in the series. Speaking on the NRL Sunday Footy Show, Fittler pointed to Slater's inability to close out a tense Game 2 at ANZ Stadium as his reason for why award should have gone to another player.

MORE: Slater's Wally Lewis Medal win wasn't all thanks to Queenslanders | Fittler puts Blues players on notice after Origin III defeat. “That’s as easy and as simple as I can explain it.” Daley said he would be comfortable if the NRL released the judges’ voting tallies to the general public.

Queensland captain Billy Slater has capped off his State of Origin career by becoming the first player to claim the Wally Lewis medal from a losing state. Slater missed the series-opener with injury but was one of the Maroons’ best in their game-two defeat

a close up of a man: State of Origin: Player of the Series, Billy Slater © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd State of Origin: Player of the Series, Billy Slater

The NRL answered media scrutiny about the controversial decision, and said they would be open to a "review".  

"We review everything at the end of an Origin series, so I'm sure that will be part of it," NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.

"But what you can't question is the integrity of the three people making the decision, and you can't question the capacity they have to judge that themselves as three people who played the game at the highest level."

a group of people looking at each other © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd

Lockyer agreed that a review may be a good idea to improve the process.

"We want to get to a point where the system is fair and honest, which I think it is now, but can it be done a little bit better, possibly. I think a review by the NRL will be a good thing," he said.

"There's not a lot of time between after the game to when the ceremony is on. You've got to think pretty quickly.

"But what I think we'll learn from this is that it can be done better. It's a bit of a shame that it's taken the gloss off the game and Billy but I think it can be done better, but at the same time the three of us stand by our decision." 


Slater outpolled for Origin medal: Lockyer .
Queensland champion Billy Slater has become the first player to claim the Wally Lewis medal from the losing side of a State of Origin series.Kangaroos selector Darren Lockyer has defended the decision to crown Billy Slater the best player of this year's State of Origin series despite playing in just two of the three matches.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!