Kingston wins top award

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Hooker Kevin Kingston was tonight named Penrith’s Player of the Year, capping off a sensational season in which he tackled his heart out and took over the club captaincy.

Kingston, who replaced Luke Lewis as skipper mid-season, broke a tackling record and proved an inspiration during an otherwise dour season at Penrith.

He took out the top honour at the club’s annual presentation night, held at Panthers this evening.

Guests were entertained by live performances, comedy acts and performances by the Panthers cheerleaders.

Earlier, Kingston had won the coveted John Farragher Award for Courage.

Lachlan Coote, who played every game for the Panthers this season, won the Members Player of the Year award, as well as picking up Tackle of the Year.

Josh Mansour secured Rookie of the Year, as well as Try of the Year for his sensational four pointer against the Gold Coast in round 25.

Long-time development manager Jim Jones won Clubman of the Year, whilst the reformed Arana Taumata secured NSW Cup Player of the Year.

Vaipuna Tia-Kilifi won the Toyota Cup Player of the Year after a stunning season.

Panthers boss Phil Gould addressed the presentation night, saying that one day the full story of what has happened at Panthers would be told, and promising that things are on the right track.

He said the 2012 season was a failure compared to what the Panthers will ultimately achieve.

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