England’s Tommy Makinson joins world elite by winning Golden Boot

Paola Ditto
Novembre 9, 2018

England wing Tommy Makinson has beaten out Kiwis captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak to be crowned the 2018 Golden Boot victor.

Makinson's award follows his stunning three-try performance for England in their series-deciding victory over the Kiwis in the second test in Liverpool on Monday.

The award, which is given to the player deemed to have made the most impact at worldwide level over the past 12 months, had previously been won by four England internationals: Ellery Hanley, Garry Schofield, Andy Farrell and Kevin Sinfield.

Makinson burst on to the worldwide stage in May when he came off the bench to score a try in England's win over New Zealand in the mid-season Denver test at Mile High Stadium.

Though St Helens failed to qualify for the Super League Grand Final, Makinson's form was recognised with a place in the competition's Dream Team.

England coach Wayne Bennett has been glowing in his praise of Makinson, who has reached the top after overcoming a series of career-threatening injuries.

Roosters and Australian centre Isabelle Kelly was named the inaugural Golden Boot victor from the women's game after a starring season. Kelly was nominated alongside teammates Ali Brigginshaw and Brittany Breayley, while New Zealand's Honey Hireme and England's Georgia Roche - the first victor of the Woman of Steel award - were also nominated.

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