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As it happened: Titans NRLW Awards

Join us throughout the night as we bring you all the latest from the Gold Coast Titans' 2021 NRLW season awards. 

Who will be crowned the player of the year?

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9pm - That's a wrap!

Congratulations to all our winners in our inaugural season.

A full wrap-up from the Titans' NRLW night of nights will be available on in the coming days.

8.55pm - Jessika Elliston crowned Titans NRLW player of the season

Powerhouse forward Jessika Elliston is the inaugural Gold Coast Titans NRLW player of the year after a strong end to the season. Moving from the back-row to join the front rowers’ union, she excelled, averaging 111 metres a game off the bench and a weapon in defence. She also bagged a handy try in Round 5.

The final count is as follows:

Jessika Elliston - 7 votes
Destiny Brill - 6 votes
Evania Pelite - 5 votes
Steph Hancock - 4 votes
April Ngatupuna - 4 votes
Shaniah Power - 3 votes
Brittany Breayley-Nati - 2 votes
Georgia Hale - 2 votes
Karina Brown - 2 votes
Kimiora Breayley-Nati - 1 vote

8.50pm - Semi-final votes

An incredible achievement to qualify for the play-offs, the Titans gave it their all against the St George Illawarra Dragons, toiling hard to make their first-ever grand final. Despite a heroic effort from Steph Hancock with a two-try haul, it sadly wasn’t enough to overpower the eventual grand finalists.

A proud end to the inaugural season, with plenty of motivation to go one better and play in 2022 grand final later this year.

3 votes – Steph Hancock
2 votes – April Ngatupuna
1 vote – Evania Pelite

8.45pm - Round 5 votes

At the prestigious Cauldron, Suncorp Stadium, the Titans finished the regular season with a hard-fought 14-10 victory over the Newcastle Knights. The win confirmed the Gold Coast were off to their inaugural NRLW finals series in their maiden season.

3 votes – Jessika Elliston
2 votes – April Ngatupuna
1 vote – Steph Hancock

8.40pm - Brilliant season from Destiny earns youngster rookie title

18-year-old dynamo Destiny Brill is the Titans’ NRLW rookie of the year after a barnstorming season in the blue and gold. Solid in the middle third, the lock forward may have only scored one try, but busted through 35 tackles and made an incredible 173 at 95 percent efficiency in her six appearances across the season.

She was also a great accumulator of NRL Fantasy points across the season with an average of 59 points each game.

8.35pm - Round 4 votes

A passionate crowd packed into Cbus Super Stadium for the Queensland derby against the Broncos, with the Gold Coast Titans victorious in an absolute thriller 28-26 thanks to a 32-metre Brianna Clark penalty goal.

3 votes – Shaniah Power
2 votes – Georgia Hale
1 vote – Karina Brown

8.30pm - Impressive April Ngatupuna rewarded by coaching staff

Young prop April Ngatupuna receives this season’s coaches award after an incredible debut season for the Titans. At only aged 18, the New Zealand forward got an opportunity to come into the side due to injury and from getting her chance, she flourished.

Playing five matches this season, Ngatupuna made eight tackle breaks, 160 post-contact metres and her defensive effort was outstanding with a 93 percent tackle efficiency.

7.50pm - Round 3 votes

A heart-breaking loss, the Titans led for a majority of the Round 3 clash against the Eels until the home side edged out the Gold Coast in the second half.

3 votes – Destiny Brill
2 votes – Jessika Elliston
1 vote – Kimiora Breayley-Nati

7.45pm – Much-loved legend Steph Hancock the Legion’s MVP

In her 20th season taking the field, women’s rugby league champion Steph Hancock is this season’s members’ most valuable player.

The Queensland and Jillaroos legend proved age was just a number, having one of her most dominant seasons whilst turning 40 this year.

Scoring four tries in her fourth season of NRLW, the experienced prop pipped fellow Titans Evania Pelite and Destiny Brill as the members’ favourite.

7.40pm – Round 2 votes

At WIN Stadium, Wollongong, Round 2 saw the club’s first-ever win against the Sydney Roosters, 26-16 with captain Brittany Breayley-Nati leading the way with an incredible two-try haul against the premiers.

3 votes – Destiny Brill
2 votes – Brittany Breayley-Nati
1 vote – Evania Pelite

7.35pm - Round 1 votes

Round 1 was a very proud day for the Gold Coast Titans as they took to the field for the very first time against the St George Illawarra Dragons. In a brave performance, the eventual grand finalists were too good, winning 20-12.

3 votes – Evania Pelite
2 votes – Jessika Elliston
1 vote – Karina Brown

7.30pm – Karina Brown wins Community Award

Winger Karina Brown has claimed the Titans’ Community Award in recognition for her efforts to inspire and mentor young female athletes.

The much-loved player, affectionally known as Goose, was also acknowledged nationally on Sunday with the Veronica White Medal for her contribution to the next generation.

Brown nominated for Veronica White Medal

7.15pm - Titans chair Dennis Watt opens the night

Gold Coast Titans chair Dennis Watt officially opens the 2021 NRLW Awards night.

6.45pm -  Titans NRLW players arrive

Our Titans NRLW players, staff and club partners have arrived at The Star for the 2021 season awards, ready in anticipation for who will be announced as this season's player of the year.

6.15pm - All ready for the night of nights

We're not too far away from seeing our NRLW stars roll through the doors for the 2021 NRLW season awards.

5.45pm - Live cross into Channel 9 Gold Coast

The 2021 Gold Coast Titans NRLW awards

The NRLW player of the year medal is awarded on a 3-2-1 voting system from Titans coaching staff and players each round.

Other awards include rookie of the year, coach's award, members' most valuable player and the community award.

Stay tuned for live updates by refreshing this page throughout the night!

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.