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In a stunning result, the Dally M Medallist for 2005 has been awarded to North Queensland Cowboys half Johnathan Thurston. With fierce competition from rival playmaker Andrew Johns, the vote went down to the final round with both players polling 3 points. Ben Kennedy for Manly came a deserved third place.
The final results are as follows:
Dally M Player of the Year ? Johnathan Thurston
Top Try-scorer ? Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm) & Shaun Berrigan (Brisbane Broncos) Top Point-scorer ? Brett Hodgson (Wests Tigers) Provan Summons Medallist ? Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta Eels) Representative Player of the Year ? Andrew Johns (Newcastle Knights)
Fullback of the Year ? Brett Hodgson (Wests Tigers) Winger of the Year ? Eric Grothe jnr (Parramatta Eels) Centre of the Year ? Mark Gasnier (St George Illawarra Dragons) Five-eighth of the Year ? Braith Anasta (Canterbury Bulldogs) Half Back of the Year ? Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys) Prop of the Year ? Luke Bailey (St George Illawarra Dragons) Back-rower of the Year ? Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta Eels) Lock of the Year ? Ben Kennedy (Manly Sea Eagles) Hooker of the Year ? Danny Buderus (Newcastle Knights) Captain of the Year ? Scott Prince (Wests Tigers) Coach of the Year ? Tim Sheens (Wests Tigers) Rookie of the Year ? Tim Smith (Parramatta Eels)
Hall of Fame Inductees: Brian Carlson, Chris McKivat, Jimmy Craig, Brian Bevan, Duncan Thompson, Ron Coote
Top 10 Final standings
Johnathan Thurston - 32 Andrew Johns - 31 Ben Kennedy - 27 Scott Prince - 24 Brett Hodgson - 22 Craig Gower - 21 Stacey Jones - 18 Anthony Watmough - 18 Shane Webcke - 17 Matt Orford - 17