2014 Review: Mahe Fonua

Overview:

2014 was a breakout year for Mahe Fonua who missed just five matches for the season, locking down a starting position in the centres.

After playing four games in 2012 and then 13 last season Fonua found the consistency required to play regular first-grade football, becoming a threatening attacking option on the left edge and improving defensively.

Fonua’s 10 tries for the season saw the Victorian local finish fourth at Melbourne for tries scored in 2014 with his enterprising and no fuss style of play exciting fans.

On four occasions Fonua scored a double, including an all-important brace against the Broncos in the final round of the home and away season to help Melbourne secure a finals berth.

With strong competition for spots among the Club’s outside backs, Fonua will need to continue to improve and develop his game next season if he is to remain a regular in Craig Bellamy’s starting 17 as he was in 2014.

2014 Stats:

 

Games:

Tries:

Points:

Tackles:

Hit-ups:

Offloads:

Fonua

20

10

40

219

238

15

2014 ‘Moment’:

Fonua’s two tries against the Broncos in Round 26 was the young Victorian’s ‘moment’ of 2014. With the game in the balance and Melbourne needing victory to guarantee a finals berth Fonua stepped up to make an impact and tip the match in the home side’s favour.