Earlier this week Australian Skipper Cameron Smith who will lead his country out at this weekend’s World Cup Final in his home state of Queensland took one more step towards the ‘Perfect season’ when he was awarded the 2017 Golden Boot at this week’s award ceremony.
This is the second time the Melbourne, Queensland and Australian captain has won the award after being named the worlds best a decade ago in 2007, but this time had to beat three other worthy candidates in Tonga’s and North Queensland rampaging loose forward Jason Taumalolo, Fijian & fellow Melbourne team mate Suliasi Vunivalu and England’s star of the World cup Jermaine McGillvary.
In doing so he joins a collective few that have won the award twice and now sits on par with former Kangaroo legends Andrew John’s and Darren Lockyer, while he is still behind three-time winner Johnathan Thurston who has had a horrible year with injuries.
In a season which as already seen Smith already take so many records, including playing the most ever NRL games, the most consecutive Test Match’s and the Most Origin games, he has lead his club team Melbourne Storm to both the Minor Premiership before beating North Queensland to win the Grand Final. He has also lead his beloved Queensland team too, yet another successive Origin win over the Auld Enemy New South Wales.
On a more personal note he was named Captain of the year and Hooker of the year before taking the main prizes of Dally M player of the year at the NRL awards night, should he indeed left the World cup in Brisbane on Saturday it will be the closest any player as had to what can be described as the ‘perfect Season’.
Of course, as always Smith was quick to heap praise on those around him and his team mates that allow him to have the opportunities to play in the ‘Big Games’. Although he is now coming to the end of his extraordinary career, he is still at the top of his game and if he can stay clear of injury will have the unthinkable target of 400 NRL games clear in his sights.