Harry Sunderland Trophy

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Not to be confused with Harry Sunderland Medal.
Harry Sunderland

The Harry Sunderland Trophy is awarded to the Man-of-the-Match in the Super League Grand Final by the Rugby League Writers' Association. Named after Harry Sunderland, who was an Australian rugby league football administrator in both Australia and the United Kingdom, the Trophy was first awarded in the Rugby Football League Championship Final of the 1964–65 season following Sunderland's death.

After the 1972–73 season the play-off system was dropped as the League went to two divisions. The Trophy's use was continued in the Rugby League Premiership and Super League Premiership finals until Super League III when a play-off system was re-introduced to determine the Champions through the Grand Final. Rob Burrow achieved the unanimous votes of all 37 judges when winning in 2011, a feat which has never been done before.


Season Awarded in Recipient Team
1964-65 Championship Final Terry Fogerty Faxcolours.svg Halifax
1965-66 Championship Final Albert Halsall Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1966-67 Championship Final Ray Owen Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
1967-68 Championship Final Gary Cooper Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity
1968-69 Championship Final Bev Risman Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1969-70 Championship Final Frank Myler Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1970-71 Championship Final Bill Ashurst Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1971-72 Championship Final Terry Clawson Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1972-73 Championship Final Mike Stephenson Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury
1973-74 Club Championship Final Barry Philbin Wolvescolours.svg Warrington
1974-75 Premiership Final Mel Mason Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1975-76 Premiership Final George Nicholls Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1976-77 Premiership Final Geoff Pimblett Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1977-78 Premiership Final Bob Haigh Bullscolours.svg Bradford Northern
1978-79 Premiership Final Kevin Dick Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds
1979-80 Premiership Final Mal Aspey Widnes colours.svg Widnes
1980-81 Premiership Final Len Casey HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
1981-82 Premiership Final Mick Burke Widnes colours.svg Widnes
1982-83 Premiership Final Tony Myler Widnes colours.svg Widnes
1983-84 Premiership Final John Dorahy HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers
1984-85 Premiership Final Harry Pinner Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1985-86 Premiership Final Les Boyd Wolvescolours.svg Warrington
1986-87 Premiership Final Joe Lydon Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1987-88 Premiership Final David Hulme Widnes colours.svg Widnes
1988-89 Premiership Final Alan Tait Widnes colours.svg Widnes
1989-90 Premiership Final Alan Tait Widnes colours.svg Widnes
1990-91 Premiership Final Greg Mackey Hullcolours.svg Hull
1991-92 Premiership Final Andy Platt Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1992-93 Premiership Final Chris Joynt Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
1993-94 Premiership Final Sam Panapa Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1994-95 Premiership Final Kris Radlinski Wigancolours.svg Wigan
1995-96 Not awarded Not awarded Not awarded
1996 Premiership Final Andrew Farrell Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1997 Premiership Final Andrew Farrell Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1998 Grand Final Jason Robinson Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
1999 Grand Final Henry Paul Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
2000 Grand Final Chris Joynt Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
2001 Grand Final Michael Withers Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
2002 Grand Final Paul Deacon Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
2003 Grand Final Stuart Reardon Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
2004 Grand Final Matt Diskin Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2005 Grand Final Leon Pryce Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
2006 Grand Final Paul Wellens Saintscolours.svg St. Helens
2007 Grand Final Rob Burrow Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2008 Grand Final Lee Smith Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2009 Grand Final Kevin Sinfield Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2010 Grand Final Thomas Leuluai Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2011 Grand Final Rob Burrow Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2012 Grand Final Kevin Sinfield Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos
2013 Grand Final Blake Green Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors
2014 Grand Final James Roby Saintscolours.svg St. Helens RFC

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