Player review: Alex Elisala
Friday 28 September 2012 9:21 AM
With the 2012 NRL Telstra Premiership season wrapped up for the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, we take a look back at each player's performance throughout the year and preview what's in store for them in 2013...
GAMES: 21 out of 24 NYC games
AVERAGE TACKLES: 29.3
AVERAGE RUN METRES: 61.5m
AVERAGE HIT-UPS: 7.5
In a struggling Cowboys NYC line-up, Elisala was one of the standouts in 2012.
In three games, the determined hooker made more than 40 tackles and showed he could still fill in at the back, running for 170 metres against the Knights when Zac Santo was injured – although it’s unlikely he'll be used in that role in senior football with the Cowboys.
The 20-year-old, who finished the year by playing the 80 minutes in five of the last six rounds, also gained selection in the Queensland Junior Origin squad.
What's ahead in 2013?
After three solid seasons in the Toyota Cup, initially as a winger/fullback and then as a hooker, Elisala will step up to the full-time NRL squad for the first time in 2013.
With both Aaron Payne and James Segeyaro no longer with the Cowboys, there’s a chance he could break into the team sometime in 2013.
Adjusting to the more strenuous training regime will be his first task and he will probably start the year off in the Intrust Super Cup.
He will be a young gun to watch in ’13.