Here are the latest news from around the sporting world and beyond, and our guide to what’s happening in the big 12 this weekend.
What is the new ‘trophiest trophy’ award?
The new trophy for most valuable trophy, awarded to the top-ranked club in the top division of the NRL, is the 2016 Holden Cup, and it is being held at the MCG.
The Holden Cup is a three-day tournament for the clubs competing in the Holden Cup and has previously been held at ANZ Stadium.
The three winners are the highest-ranked team from each club, while the two teams that finish in the middle of the table are awarded the trophy, and the teams that end the table at the bottom are eliminated.
The top two teams in the current Holden Cup are rewarded with the trophy.
The 2016 Holden Trophy winners: St George Illawarra Dragons (No.8) Melbourne Storm (No) Wests Tigers (No).
The 2016 AFL trophy winners: Collingwood (No.)
Collingridge Bulldogs (No), Brisbane Lions (No No) Sydney Swans (No, No No).
The 2017 Holden Cup winners: North Melbourne (No.), Carlton (No); Geelong Cats (No)] Source: NRLW – Facebook page Source: FourFourSecond – Facebook post This year’s Holden Cup will be held in front of 50,000 fans at the ANZ stadium in the wake of the AFL finals and it will also be the first Holden Cup finals since the 2010 season.
The 2017 AFL final will be at the SCG in Melbourne.
The NRL will also play three games at the stadium and the club’s home in Townsville, with the Melbourne Storm hosting Sydney Roosters on Saturday (7:30pm AEDT) and the Western Bulldogs hosting St George Ilamar Hunt on Saturday and Sunday (7pm AET).
Here are some other highlights from the Holden Trophy: All-time Holden Cup record holder and current Brisbane Lions captain Dylan Walker was named the best player in the competition for the third time in his career last year, but he was not a part of the top three of the best players in the league, with only the two premiership winners in history.
Walker finished third in the NRL for the 2016 season with 29 goals (tied with Shane Mumford for most in the modern era), while his team-mate Trent Hodkinson finished fourth (24 goals) behind fellow Lion Trent Robinson and Rabbitohs star Dane Gagai.
The Holden Cup has been played since 1997 and the inaugural event was won by the Dragons in 1996.
It was the second-highest ranking team from the top six sides in the ladder, behind only the 2012 season, when the Titans finished second.
The trophy is also known as the Holden trophy because it was first awarded to players who had played for the club at least once.
It was previously held in Perth and Brisbane, but the NRL has decided to relocate it to the MCg at the NRLW’s request.
This will be the clubs first visit to the venue since the 2012 finals, when it was held in Melbourne as a pre-season game.
Players will be given the opportunity to compete for the Holden Award at the Holden Club Championship on Sunday, and in 2019, it will be played in the MCE for the first time.