Canterbury fullback Ben Barba has been named the 2012 Dally M Player of the Year, Provan-Summons Medal winner and Fullback of the Year.
Barba's scintillating form also saw him share the Top Try-Scorer Award and claim the Peter Frilingos Headline Moment of the Year for his role in a freakish length of the field try against Melbourne in Mackay on a night that saw the Bulldogs claim nine awards at Sydney Town Hall.
In pics: All the Dally M award winners
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Barba tallied a commanding 32 votes, beating off late-season charges from Cowboys stars Matt Bowen (26) and Johnathan Thurston (24) and Melbourne's Cooper Cronk (25).
Running fifth when voting went 'silent' after Round 16, Barba took the lead two rounds later and was never headed. From Round 18 to Round 23 he captured 14 of a possible 18 points. A single vote in Round 24 made his position unassailable with two rounds to play.
Barba, who was presented with the Dally M Medal by NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, became the first player to graduate from the Toyota Cup and win League’s highest individual honour.
It capped a stunning night for the Bulldogs club, which this week celebrated Minor Premierships in the Telstra Premiership, Toyota Cup and NSW Cup.
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was acknowledged for his history-making efforts in becoming the first coach to lead a club to a Premiership in one season and go on to lead a different team to the Minor Premiership the following year.
Josh Morris (Centre of the Year) and Sam Kasiano (Prop of the Year) also won Positional Awards while prop David Klemmer became the first Bulldogs player to be named the Toyota Cup Player of the Year.
For the second consecutive year, Cronk finished in the top three of overall voting and was named Halfback of the Year, with Thurston’s stunning first season in the No.6 jersey recognised with the Five-Eighth of the Year Award.
Gold Coast forward Nate Myles – the Wally Lewis Medal winner in this year’s Harvey Norman State of Origin Series – was named the Representative Player of the Year and Second-Rower of the Year.
South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds was named Rookie of the Year, joining a prestigious list of past winners including Daly Cherry-Evans (2011), Matt Gillett (2010), Chris Sandow (2008) and Jarryd Hayne (2006).
The full list of Dally M Award winners is:
Dally M Medal: Ben Barba (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Provan-Summons Medal: Ben Barba (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Captain: Jamie Lyon and Jason King (Manly Sea Eagles)
Fullback: Ben Barba (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Winger: Akuila Uate (Newcastle Knights)
Centre: Josh Morris (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Five-Eighth: Johnathan Thurston (North Qld Cowboys)
Halfback: Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)
Lock: Paul Gallen (Cronulla Sharks)
Second Row: Nate Myles (Gold Coast Titans)
Prop: Sam Kasiano (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Hooker: Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)
Coach: Des Hasler (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Rep Player: Nate Myles (Gold Coast Titans)
Rookie: Adam Reynolds (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Toyota Cup Player of Year: David Klemmer (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Peter Frilingos Headline Moment: Ben Barba (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Top Point Scorer: Jarrod Croker (Canberra Raiders)
Top Try-Scorer (shared): Ben Barba (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs) and Ashley Graham (North Qld Cowboys).