By Jack Brady
As we say goodbye to 2012, the Brady Foray though it would deliver some awards to those deserving in the realm of sport. To say adieu to 2012, please be enlightened and enjoy the inaugural Brady Foray Sporting Awards for 2012. Have a happy new year.
Best Sportsman of 2012
Lionel Messi. The FC Barcelona footballer, and arguably the greatest player in the world game at this point in time went further and beyond any footballer this year. Messi, having broken a forty-year old record of most goals scored in a calendar year, scoring 91 for his club and country along with the ridiculous albeit amazing skills that the man possesses deservingly wins best sportsman of 2012.
Runner Up: Usain Bolt
Notable Mentions: Michael Clarke, Cameron Smith, Novak Djokovic, Ryan Lochte
Best Sportswoman of 2012
Two women in two completely different sports, both of whom achieved amazing achievements in 2012. This award could not be split between Serena Williams and Missy Franklin. Serena Williams, after being dismantled in the first round of the French Open came back in true Serena style by winning Wimbledon, the US Open, Olympic Gold and Tennis’s player of the year. Not to be outdone, Missy Franklin became the second most successful Olympian of all-time after winning four gold and one bronze medal at the London Olympics before winning a further three gold medals at the World Championships. Congratulations ladies.
Notable Mentions: Sally Pearson, Anna Meares, Ellyse Perry
Best Female Newcomer
We may be bias when it comes to this award but we couldn’t deny Jessica Fox the “Brady Foray! Best Female Newcomer Award” for 2012. Fox, in her debut Olympics, won Silver in the Canoe Slalom. The eighteen year old has plenty of Olympics up her sleeves and the illustrious Gold Medal could be very well achieved in future years. Go Jess, Go!
Runner Up: Katie Ledecky, Gabrielle Douglas
Best Male Newcomer
Glory Glory to Adam Reynolds, the rookie halfback, whose presence in a usual struggling team, saw thousands of Rabbitohs fans screaming from the hilltops of Redfern with joy. In his debut season, Reynolds led South Sydney to their first finals appearance since 2007 and only their second finals appearance since 1989. Reynolds, in the end, was the NRL’s leading point-scorer this season, the Dally M and RLPA Rookie of the Year medallist, if it wasn’t for a torn hamstring in the preliminary final that derailed his team’s chances against the Bulldogs, Reynolds could just as well have been an NRL premiership winner in 2012.
Runner Up: Roger Griffin III
The James Blunt “Goodbye My Lover” Award
Although wanting to play in the Ashes next year, Ricky Ponting knew his time was up, his last test scores signalling an end to an illustrious career. Ponting ends his career as second only to Sir Donald Bradman as Australia’s greatest cricket player.
Runner Up: Nathan Hindmarsh, Petero Civoniceva
Tell Me I Didn’t Just See That Award
Here I was, sitting on my couch gearing up for the final day of play of the English Premier League for another season. It was simple. If (and too many suggestions) when, Manchester City won against QPR, they would be crowned champions of the 2011-2012 season. But not all went to plan. By the time injury time came around, City were down 2-1. I quickly turn the channel to see that Manchester United had finished their season with a win, and for the time being were perched on top of the table. The stakes were higher than ever. Then, as if the gods had turned all their attention to Manchester, Edin Dzeko equals the scores in the 92nd minute. I sit on the edge of my lounge, nervous for the City boys. (Please note that I’m not even a City fan, I just hate Manchester United). Two minutes later I manage to wake up my entire household with my wild celebrations as I claimed witness to Sergio Aguerro snatching the victory and the glory of a title win from the hands of United with his goal in the 94th minute. I have never seen anything quite like it and probably will never again.
Runner Up: Triple H vs. Undertaker ‘End of an Era’ match at Wrestlemania 28
Notable Mentions: Joey Barton’s rampage, Greg Inglis’s ‘knock-on’ try, Ben Barba’s escapades, James Graham biting ears
Dud of the Year
The Brady Foray cannot go past Olympic swimmer, James Magnusson for the Dud of the Year. Hyped as a genuine Gold Medal contender at the London Games, Magnusson duded out with a single Silver and Bronze. While this anything to throw away, the way Magnusson carried himself on the post-swim interviews was atrocious. This contributed to his award of not living up to his potential in 2012. Congratulations and see you in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Jimmy (when swimming becomes relevant once again).
Notable Mentions: New Zealand Warriors, Liverpool F.C., Australian Olympic Swimming Team, England’s Euro2012 Campaign, Ricky Hatton
Wanker of the Year
If you follow this blog you’ll know how we at the Brady Foray feel about Bernard Tomic. His well documented ‘wankerisms’ proves that this spoilt brat is nothing to aspire towards but low and behold once the Australian Open comes back around he’ll be the talk of the country, unfortunately. Congratulations Bernard, you well and truly deserve this award.
Notable Mentions: Israel Folau, Anthony Mundine, Quade Cooper, Joey Barton, James Magnusson
The John Sattler Inspirational Award
This award is inspired by South Sydney Rabbitohs legend John Sattler’s inspirational effort in the 1970 Grand Final in which he played most of the game, in leading the Bunnies to victory over Manly, with a broken jaw. The Brady Foray cannot help but hand this award to Paul Woods. Never heard of him? Woods is a front-rower for the Warrington Wolves in the English Super League. In this season’s grand final Woods managed to play on for the final twenty minutes, conduct interviews, and applaud the victorious Leeds players with a wait for it…..ruptured testicle. I guarantee every male reader just cringed. He now only has one testicle. You deserve this award Paul, said every man ever.
Runner Up: New Zealand Warriors hooker Nathan Friend playing 75 minutes with a broken jaw.
“Welcome to the big time, son” Award
Tim Grant wins this award for his rampaging first charge into the State of Origin cauldron by smashing attempting tackler Petero Civoniceva during the second origin in 2012. Ironically, it was Civoniceva who helped develop Grant to the monster he is today during his time at the Penrith Panthers.
Runner Up: Brad Maddox
Biggest Snub of the Year
The Parramatta Eels went to hell and back with the NRL and the AFL’s GWS Giants to help secure the release and then signing of Israel Folau back home to the NRL. Parramatta went to such extents to using their salary cap from 2014 and counting it as a loss when season 2014 comes around but albeit it never came to fruition as Israel Folau decided he wasn’t ready to return home to the code that made him. Instead Folau signed with the NSW Waratahs. This is beyond a snub, Folau betrayed Parramatta, their fans and the code itself.
Runner Up: Olympic promoter, David Beckham, snubbed by Team GB.
Notable Mentions: James Tamou snubs New Zealand, Wayne Bennett snubs Newcastle Knights veterans
The Michael Jordan Award
$onny Bill William$’s 2012 is defined by his Super Rugby Championship success for the Chiefs, Bledisloe Cup winner for the All Blacks, World Heavyweight Champion of New Zealand Boxing while playing for the Panasonic Wild Cats in Japan and moreover soon to be a pivotal part of the Sydney Roosters in the NRL next season, ultimately he could not be denied the ‘Ranging Out’ award for 2012. While he would be a terrible, unreliable teammate, there is no denying that he is an outstanding athlete regardless if he is yet to fight a legitimate threat of a boxer.
Runner Up: Ellyse Perry
Notable Mentions: Israel Folau, Brock Lesnar