Present on the night were the majority of the Rhinos first team squad. The
night began with a drink before we sat down at our table. Where we were
lucky enough to be joined by Tony Smith, Phil Daly and Gary Hetherington.
The food was especially fine, including John_D's tart.|
The first awards was the Appreciation Award from the Academy department
which went to Tara Myers, who cleans the training facilities and also
provides breakfast for all the players at the Kirkstall training base on a
Both grades presented a Players Player of the Year award and the Player of
the Year as judged by the Coaching staff.
The Junior Academy Players Player of the Year was Luke Gale who was
presented with his award by Kevin Sinfield. Michael Hayley got the coaches
vote, with John Bastion on hand to dish out the trophy.
Then the main award (in our eyes) of the evening was for the
Southstander.com Shooting Star and was the player adjudged by, according to
Gary Hetherington, "the experts from Southstander.com" to be most likely to
progress to first team success in the years to come. I had the pleasure of
being on stage to announce the winner as Danny Williams.
For the Senior Academy Jordan Tansey was named Players Player of the Year,
he was presented with his trophy by Willie Poching and Senior Academy
sponsors Leeds Metropolitan University. Chris Buttery was presented with his
award as the Player of the Year by coach Stuart Wilkinson.