Tom Trbojevic wins his first Dally M Medal stellar NRL season with Manly


Manly’s Tom Trbojevic has won the 2021 Dally M Medal as the Awards kicked off on Monday night and the best and brightest stars of the NRL were all on show. 

However all eyes were on the wives and girlfriends as a cavalcade of WAGS descended on the red carpet at the the Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane.  

Leading the pack were Sea Eagles player Daly Cherry-Evans and his wife Vessa Rockliff who opted for a cutting edge ensemble. 

Tom Trbojevic of the Sea Eagles and his partner Kristi Wilkinson attend the NRL 2021 Dally M Awards at the Howard Smith Wharves on Monday

All eyes: Leading the pack at the 2021 Dally M Awards were Sea Eagles player Daly Cherry-Evans and his wife Vessa Rockliff who opted for a cutting edge ensemble. Both pictured

All eyes: Leading the pack at the 2021 Dally M Awards were Sea Eagles player Daly Cherry-Evans and his wife Vessa Rockliff who opted for a cutting edge ensemble. Both pictured 

The blonde beauty’s dress featured an open slash at the midriff which showed off her tanned abs. 

It featured a bra-like lace cup that showed off her cleavage, before skimming her figure in a closely-fitted fabric. 

She wore her hair slicked back off her face and opted for a peachy makeup palette with lots of highlight, as well as strappy heels. 

A look: The blonde beauty's dress featured an open slash at the midriff which showed off her tanned abs

A look: The blonde beauty’s dress featured an open slash at the midriff which showed off her tanned abs

Wow! It featured a bra-like lace cup that showed off her cleavage, before skimming her figure in a closely-fitted fabric

Wow! It featured a bra-like lace cup that showed off her cleavage, before skimming her figure in a closely-fitted fabric

Daly meanwhile beamed alongside his wife, looking smart in a classic tuxedo.   

Also turning heads was the night’s eventual winner Tom Trbojevic who arrived with his stunning blonde girlfriend Kristi Wilkinson. 

Kristi opted for a silky white frock in gorgeous pearl tones, which fitted to her figure before flaring out. 

All white: Kristi opted for a silky white Aura Gown frock in gorgeous pearl tones, which fitted to her figure before flaring out, from the brand Grace Loves Lace

All white: Kristi opted for a silky white Aura Gown frock in gorgeous pearl tones, which fitted to her figure before flaring out, from the brand Grace Loves Lace

She chose a bronzed makeup palette and wore her flaxen hair up in a high bun, with loose strands around her face. 

The beauty added delicate accessories and carried a pale, pink clutch, along with a pair of glittering earrings. 

Trbojevic’s stellar 2021 NRL season was rewarded with the Manly star claiming his maiden Dally M medal.

Tom Trbojevic (pictured) holds up his first Dally M Medal after a stellar NRL season with Manly

Tom Trbojevic (pictured) holds up his first Dally M Medal after a stellar NRL season with Manly 

At a gala awards night in Brisbane, Trbojevic claimed his first major gong ahead of Penrith’s Nathan Cleary and South Sydney five-eighth Cody Walker.

The Manly No.1 topped the poll despite playing just 15 of a possible 24 games this year.

That’s the least number of games in a campaign of any Dally M or Rothmans Medal winner in the past 50 years, eclipsing Steve Morris’s 16 of a possible 22 in his rookie 1979 campaign with St George.

Tanned: Kristi chose a bronzed makeup palette and wore her flaxen hair up in a high bun, with loose strands around her face

Tanned: Kristi chose a bronzed makeup palette and wore her flaxen hair up in a high bun, with loose strands around her face

Trbojevic went into Monday’s awards one vote behind Cleary on counting revealed up to the final six rounds.

A barnstorming finish to the season, featuring 11 tries including three hat-tricks from the Sea Eagles’ last five games was enough for Trbojevic to overhaul Cleary and become the third Manly player alongside Cliff Lyons (1990, 94) and Matt Orford (2008) to win the gong.

Johnathan Thurston’s record tally of 36 points came from 22 games in 2007.

Sam Walker (pictured) of the Sydney Roosters poses after winning Rookie of the Year

Sam Walker (pictured) of the Sydney Roosters poses after winning Rookie of the Year

In other awards, Melbourne’s Craig Bellamy won coach of the year with Sydney Roosters captain James Tedesco named captain of the year

Tedesco’s teenaged Roosters teammate Sam Walker won the rookie of the year prize.

Tedesco and his girlfriend Maria Glinellis ensured all eyes were on them with Maria donning a show-stopping black frock with sultry cult-outs. 

All eyes: James Tedesco of the Roosters and his girlfriend Maria Glinellis ensured all eyes were on them with Maria donning a show-stopping black frock with sultry cult-outs. Both pictured

All eyes: James Tedesco of the Roosters and his girlfriend Maria Glinellis ensured all eyes were on them with Maria donning a show-stopping black frock with sultry cult-outs. Both pictured 

Amazing: The halter neck dress had a plunging neckline that showed off plenty of bust and carried a silver glitter purse

Amazing: The halter neck dress had a plunging neckline that showed off plenty of bust and carried a silver glitter purse 

Details: She chose a pink makeup palette with a bright lipstick and wore her brunette hair in soft curls, while James wore a navy blue suit with black satin lapels

James Tedesco won captain of the year

Details: She chose a pink makeup palette with a bright lipstick and wore her brunette hair in soft curls, while James wore a navy blue suit with black satin lapels

The halter neck dress had a plunging neckline that showed off plenty of bust and he beauty added a pair of strappy black heels, as well as a silver glitter purse.

She chose a pink makeup palette with a bright lipstick and wore her brunette hair in soft curls. 

Meanwhile James looked quite dashing, wearing a navy blue suit with black satin lapels.  

Stars: Ryan Papenhuyzen of the Storm and his girlfriend Kelsey Browne made an impressive entrance with Kelsey pretty in pink while he chose a classic tuxedo. Both pictured

Stars: Ryan Papenhuyzen of the Storm and his girlfriend Kelsey Browne made an impressive entrance with Kelsey pretty in pink while he chose a classic tuxedo. Both pictured

Tickled: The high-fashion dress featured a fitted form and sharp, retro shoulders, as well as a satin slash across the midriff that showed off a hint of skin

Tickled: The high-fashion dress featured a fitted form and sharp, retro shoulders, as well as a satin slash across the midriff that showed off a hint of skin

Catwalk: The brunette chose a bronzed makeup look with a coral lipstick and wore her hair off her face while carrying a red clutch

Catwalk: The brunette chose a bronzed makeup look with a coral lipstick and wore her hair off her face while carrying a red clutch

Ryan Papenhuyzen of the Storm and his girlfriend Kelsey Browne made an impressive entrance with Kelsey pretty in pink while he chose a classic tuxedo. 

The high-fashion dress featured a fitted form and sharp, retro shoulders, as well as a satin slash across the midriff that showed off a hint of skin. 

The brunette chose a bronzed makeup look with a coral lipstick and wore her hair off her face while carrying a red clutch. 

Red hot: Dane Gagai of the Rabbitohs and his wife Kelly Turner brought the drama with Dane looking smart in a tuxedo while Kelly wore a show-stopping red gown. All pictured

Red hot: Dane Gagai of the Rabbitohs and his wife Kelly Turner brought the drama with Dane looking smart in a tuxedo while Kelly wore a show-stopping red gown. All pictured 

What a frock: The satin dress featured flared out ruffles and low neckline that revealed a glimpse of bust, along with understated nude shoes and a pale clutch

What a frock: The satin dress featured flared out ruffles and low neckline that revealed a glimpse of bust, along with understated nude shoes and a pale clutch

Fantastic: She opted for an old Hollywood style hairdo, soft makeup and a matte pink lipstick, as well as a pair of pearl earrings with a matching bracelet

Fantastic: She opted for an old Hollywood style hairdo, soft makeup and a matte pink lipstick, as well as a pair of pearl earrings with a matching bracelet

Dane Gagai of the Rabbitohs and his wife Kelly Turner brought the drama with Dane looking smart in a tuxedo while Kelly wore a show-stopping red gown.  

The satin dress featured flared out ruffles and low neckline that revealed a glimpse of bust, along with understated nude shoes and a pale clutch. 

She opted for an old Hollywood style hairdo, soft makeup and a matte pink lipstick, as well as a pair of pearl earrings with a matching bracelet. 

Glamourous: Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs and his wife Courtney Cook also looked red hot, with Damien smart in his suit and Courtney setting off alarms in sequins. Both pictured

Glamourous: Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs and his wife Courtney Cook also looked red hot, with Damien smart in his suit and Courtney setting off alarms in sequins. Both pictured 

Melbourne Storm's coach Craig Bellamy took out the award for the 2021 coach of the year

Melbourne Storm’s coach Craig Bellamy took out the award for the 2021 coach of the year 

Shine: The embellished gown caught the light making for a dazzling effect, and featured a bow at the hip as well as a train, and was strapless

Shine: The embellished gown caught the light making for a dazzling effect, and featured a bow at the hip as well as a train, and was strapless

Fresh: Courtney wore her blonde hair dead straight and added delicate accessories, while choosing a clean makeup look with pink lipstick

Fresh: Courtney wore her blonde hair dead straight and added delicate accessories, while choosing a clean makeup look with pink lipstick

Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs and his wife Courtney Cook also looked red hot, with Damien smart in his suit and Courtney setting off alarms in sequins. 

The embellished gown caught the light making for a dazzling effect, and featured a bow at the hip as well as a train, and was strapless. 

Courtney wore her blonde hair dead straight and added delicate accessories, while choosing a clean makeup look with pink lipstick.  

Green with envy: Sam Walker of the Roosters and his stunning girlfriend Bella Allan made waves with Sam in a slim-fit suit and Bella wearing an olive sequined gown. Both pictured

Green with envy: Sam Walker of the Roosters and his stunning girlfriend Bella Allan made waves with Sam in a slim-fit suit and Bella wearing an olive sequined gown. Both pictured 

Dressy: The dress featured a plunging neckline that showed off plenty of bust as well as a thigh high split that flaunted her slim pins

Dressy: The dress featured a plunging neckline that showed off plenty of bust as well as a thigh high split that flaunted her slim pins

A look: She carried a silver clutch, wore her hair in waves and chose a soft, peachy makeup palette with pale pink lipstick

A look: She carried a silver clutch, wore her hair in waves and chose a soft, peachy makeup palette with pale pink lipstick 

Sam Walker of the Roosters and his stunning girlfriend Bella Allan made waves with Sam in a slim-fit suit and Bella wearing an olive sequined gown. 

The dress featured a plunging neckline that showed off plenty of bust as well as a thigh high split that flaunted her slim pins. 

She carried a silver clutch, wore her hair in waves and chose a soft, peachy makeup palette with pale pink lipstick. 

Patterns: Viliame Kikau of the Panthers and his partner Brittany Carey were show stopped with Viliame handsome in his tux while Brittany chose a patterned frock. Both pictured

Patterns: Viliame Kikau of the Panthers and his partner Brittany Carey were show stopped with Viliame handsome in his tux while Brittany chose a patterned frock. Both pictured 

Baby love: The blonde beauty cradled her baby bump in the loose dress, which featured a snakeskin design and low neckline

Baby love: The blonde beauty cradled her baby bump in the loose dress, which featured a snakeskin design and low neckline

Bright: Brittany wore her hair down in soft waves and chose a natural makeup look with lashing of highlighter

Bright: Brittany wore her hair down in soft waves and chose a natural makeup look with lashing of highlighter

Viliame Kikau of the Panthers and his partner Brittany Carey were a pair of show stopped with Viliame handsome in his tux while Brittany chose a patterned frock. 

The blonde beauty cradled her baby bump in the loose dress, which featured a snakeskin design and low neckline. 

Brittany wore her hair down in soft waves and chose a natural makeup look with lashing of highlighter. 

Wedding daze: Alex Johnston of the Rabbitohs and his partner Taryn Carson ensured all eyes were on them, with Alex in a maroon tux while Taryn wore a huge white gown. Both pictured

Wedding daze: Alex Johnston of the Rabbitohs and his partner Taryn Carson ensured all eyes were on them, with Alex in a maroon tux while Taryn wore a huge white gown. Both pictured 

All the deatails: The frock, which resembled a wedding dress, featured a thigh-high split, a long train, and a low neckline with huge, ruffled sleeves

All the deatails: The frock, which resembled a wedding dress, featured a thigh-high split, a long train, and a low neckline with huge, ruffled sleeves

Smiles: Taryn beamed as she posed, showing off her slim pins, and added white heels as well as a statement ring, while wearing her hair down around her shoulders

Smiles: Taryn beamed as she posed, showing off her slim pins, and added white heels as well as a statement ring, while wearing her hair down around her shoulders

Alex Johnston of the Rabbitohs and his partner Taryn Carson ensured all eyes were on them, with Alex in a maroon tux while Taryn wore a huge white gown. 

The frock, which resembled a wedding dress, featured a thigh-high split, a long train, and a low neckline with huge, ruffled sleeves. 

Taryn beamed as she posed, showing off her slim pins, and added white heels as well as a statement ring, while wearing her hair down around her shoulders. 

Classic: Daniel Saifiti of the Knights and his partner Mickenzie McManus were in black and white outfits with Daniel in a tux and Mickenzie in a white, Grecian style gown. Both pictured

Classic: Daniel Saifiti of the Knights and his partner Mickenzie McManus were in black and white outfits with Daniel in a tux and Mickenzie in a white, Grecian style gown. Both pictured 

Fab: The dress featured a one-shoulder design with a thin strap and skimmed her slender figure, while a pair of metallic heels brought some pizzazz

Fab: The dress featured a one-shoulder design with a thin strap and skimmed her slender figure, while a pair of metallic heels brought some pizzazz

Glowing: She chose a paired back makeup look with a nude lip and a natural glow, while wearing her hair off her face

Glowing: She chose a paired back makeup look with a nude lip and a natural glow, while wearing her hair off her face

Daniel Saifiti of the Knights and his partner Mickenzie McManus were in black and white outfits with Daniel in a tux and Mickenzie in a white, Grecian style gown. 

The dress featured a one-shoulder design with a thin strap and skimmed her slender figure, while a pair of metallic heels brought some pizzazz. 

She chose a paired back makeup look with a nude lip and a natural glow, while wearing her hair off her face.  

All black: Reuben Garrick of the Sea Eagles and his girlfriend Riley Wishart chose matching black outfits. Both pictured

All black: Reuben Garrick of the Sea Eagles and his girlfriend Riley Wishart chose matching black outfits. Both pictured 

Woah: Riley looked stunning in the evening gown with a thigh-high split that showed off her shapely pins

Woah: Riley looked stunning in the evening gown with a thigh-high split that showed off her shapely pins

Bling: She chose dramatic, bling-encrusted statement earrings and wore her blonde hair down in soft waves, while adding a peachy makeup palette with nude lipstick

Bling: She chose dramatic, bling-encrusted statement earrings and wore her blonde hair down in soft waves, while adding a peachy makeup palette with nude lipstick

Reuben Garrick of the Sea Eagles and his girlfriend Riley Wishart chose matching black outfits, with the footballer in a black tuxedo for the night.

Riley looked stunning in the evening gown with a thigh-high split that showed off her shapely pins, while a pair of glittering heels added some interest. 

She chose dramatic, bling-encrusted statement earrings and wore her blonde hair down in soft waves, while adding a peachy makeup palette with nude lipstick. 

Red and black: Adam Reynolds of the Rabbitohs and his wife Tallara Reynolds opted for the popular combination of black and red for the event. Both pictured

Red and black: Adam Reynolds of the Rabbitohs and his wife Tallara Reynolds opted for the popular combination of black and red for the event. Both pictured 

So lovely: Tallara chose a one-shoulder satin gown with sheer detailing across the shoulder, a gathered skirt and long train

So lovely: Tallara chose a one-shoulder satin gown with sheer detailing across the shoulder, a gathered skirt and long train

Accessories: She opted for a peachy makeup look with heavy blush and added glittering accessories as well as a glomesh purse

Accessories: She opted for a peachy makeup look with heavy blush and added glittering accessories as well as a glomesh purse

Adam Reynolds of the Rabbitohs and his wife Tallara Reynolds opted for the popular combination of black and red for the event. 

Tallara chose a one-shoulder satin gown with sheer detailing across the shoulder, a gathered skirt and long train. 

She opted for a peachy makeup look with heavy blush and added glittering accessories as well as a glomesh purse.  

All black: Cameron Murray of the Rabbitohs and his girlfriend Miranda Cross arrived in matching black with Miranda in a black, satin gown that had all eyes on her. Both pictured

All black: Cameron Murray of the Rabbitohs and his girlfriend Miranda Cross arrived in matching black with Miranda in a black, satin gown that had all eyes on her. Both pictured 

Hail satin: The dress trailed behind her on the red carpet, and featured a sweetheart neckline, while matching her satin heels with silver bow detailing

Hail satin: The dress trailed behind her on the red carpet, and featured a sweetheart neckline, while matching her satin heels with silver bow detailing

Blinging: Miranda wore her blonde hair slick and straight, added a sparkling star ring and earrings from the same set, as well as a rosy makeup look

Blinging: Miranda wore her blonde hair slick and straight, added a sparkling star ring and earrings from the same set, as well as a rosy makeup look

Cameron Murray of the Rabbitohs and his girlfriend Miranda Cross arrived in matching black with Miranda in a black, satin gown that had all eyes on her. 

The dress trailed behind her on the red carpet, and featured a sweetheart neckline, while matching her satin heels with silver bow detailing. 

Miranda wore her blonde hair slick and straight, added a sparkling star ring and earrings from the same set, as well as a rosy makeup look.  

Stunners: Haumole Olakau'atu of the Sea Eagles and his partner Anna Ikavalu made a gorgeous pair as they arrived on the red carpet. Both pictured

Stunners: Haumole Olakau’atu of the Sea Eagles and his partner Anna Ikavalu made a gorgeous pair as they arrived on the red carpet. Both pictured 

Shiny: Anna commanded attention in a sequined gown with sheer lace cut-outs that fit to her fantastic figure and showed off a hint of cleavage

Shiny: Anna commanded attention in a sequined gown with sheer lace cut-outs that fit to her fantastic figure and showed off a hint of cleavage

Haumole Olakau’atu of the Sea Eagles and his partner Anna Ikavalu made a gorgeous pair as they arrived on the red carpet. 

Anna commanded attention in a sequined gown with sheer lace cut-outs that fit to her fantastic figure and showed off a hint of cleavage. 

She chose a rosy makeup look and wore her brunette locks in curls, while Haumole looked smart in black and white. 

Old world: Broncos star Millie Boyle (pictured) could not be ignored as she commanded the red carpet in a retro white dress with a long train that flowed behind her

Old world: Broncos star Millie Boyle (pictured) could not be ignored as she commanded the red carpet in a retro white dress with a long train that flowed behind her

Vintage: She opted for a rosy makeup palette with a vintage red lip, nude strappy heels and carried a pale yellow clutch

Vintage: She opted for a rosy makeup palette with a vintage red lip, nude strappy heels and carried a pale yellow clutch

Broncos star Millie Boyle could not be ignored as she commanded the red carpet in a retro white dress with a long train that flowed behind her. 

The footballer’s frock had an open back and skimmed her shapely derrière before fanning out. 

She opted for a rosy makeup palette with a vintage red lip, nude strappy heels and carried a pale yellow clutch. 

Fabulous: Ali Brigginshaw of the Broncos and her wife Kate Daly looked fantastic in matching black, with Ali wearing a tux with patent dress shoes and no socks, while her hair was pulled up into a bun. Both pictured

Fabulous: Ali Brigginshaw of the Broncos and her wife Kate Daly looked fantastic in matching black, with Ali wearing a tux with patent dress shoes and no socks, while her hair was pulled up into a bun. Both pictured 

Opulent: Kate ensured heads would turn as she passed with an opulent black, satin gown with gathering and bow details, as well as a long train

Opulent: Kate ensured heads would turn as she passed with an opulent black, satin gown with gathering and bow details, as well as a long train

Touches: She wore her blonde hair back in a dramatic do, and chose a highlighted makeup look with pale pink lipstick, as well as black heels

Touches: She wore her blonde hair back in a dramatic do, and chose a highlighted makeup look with pale pink lipstick, as well as black heels

Ali Brigginshaw of the Broncos and her wife Kate Daly looked fantastic in matching black, with Ali wearing a tux with patent dress shoes and no socks, while her hair was pulled up into a bun. 

Kate ensured heads would turn as she passed with an opulent black, satin gown with gathering and bow details, as well as a long train.

She wore her blonde hair back in a dramatic do, and chose a highlighted makeup look with pale pink lipstick, as well as black heels. 

Looking fine: Joseph Manu of the Roosters and his girlfriend Tyrelle Eketone made an attractive pair with Joseph opting for velvet tux and dress shoes with no socks. Both pictured

Looking fine: Joseph Manu of the Roosters and his girlfriend Tyrelle Eketone made an attractive pair with Joseph opting for velvet tux and dress shoes with no socks. Both pictured

Plunge: Tyrelle chose a black frock with long sleeves and a plunging neckline that showed off lots of cleavage, as well as featuring a train that trailed along behind her

Plunge: Tyrelle chose a black frock with long sleeves and a plunging neckline that showed off lots of cleavage, as well as featuring a train that trailed along behind her

Joseph Manu of the Roosters and his girlfriend Tyrelle Eketone made an attractive pair with Joseph opting for velvet tux and patent dress shoes with no socks. 

Tyrelle chose a black frock with long sleeves and a plunging neckline that showed off lots of cleavage, as well as featuring a train that trailed along behind her. 

The brunette wore her hair straight to highlight her shiny statement earrings, and opted for a nude makeup palette as well as delicate heels. 

A fine pair: Bradman Best of the Knights and his girlfriend Amy Wood were all smiles as they arrived together, with Bradman looking chic in black suit. Both pictured

A fine pair: Bradman Best of the Knights and his girlfriend Amy Wood were all smiles as they arrived together, with Bradman looking chic in black suit. Both pictured 

Clear choice: Amy chose a red, satin gown with corset detailing which accentuated her bust, as well as clear heels

Clear choice: Amy chose a red, satin gown with corset detailing which accentuated her bust, as well as clear heels

Bradman Best of the Knights and his girlfriend Amy Wood were all smiles as they arrived together, with Bradman looking chic in black suit. 

Amy chose a red, satin gown with corset detailing which accentuated her bust, as well as clear heels. 

She had her blonde hair pulled off her face and a nude makeup palette with a rosewood lipstick.  

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