2018 Awards Winners
Posted: Friday 5th October 2018 - 11:09 PM
Castleford Tigers crowned their 2018 Player of the Year at their annual Awards Gala Dinner.
The Tigers players, coaches and staff were joined by club sponsors and fans as everyone enjoyed a wonderful evening once again at Elland Road Centenary Pavilion.
500 guests joined the club to celebrate another successful season with Director of Rugby Jon Wells opening proceedings commending the hard work on and off the field
BBC Radio Leeds presenter James ‘JD’ Deighton compared the evening as Castleford Tigers celebrated the wonderful achievements of Castleford Tigers Women. In their inaugural year, the Women’s side have reached the Challenge Cup Final and will this weekend vie for a place in the Women’s Super League Grand Final as they take on Leeds Rhinos Women in the play offs.
Castleford Tigers Women also boast two of the three person shortlist for the first ever Woman of Steel award with Georgia Roche and Tara Stanley being nominated for the honour. Both ladies walked away with awards last night with Roche winning Coaches Player of the Year with Women’s Head Coach, Lindsey Anfield commending the youngsters coachability while Stanley claimed Player of the Year.
The Women’s side honoured a late fan, Russ Guy, who sadly passed away during the season as they awarded Georgie Hetherington with the Russ Guy Heart of a Tiger Award.
2018 Castleford Tigers Women’s Award Winners
Russ Guy Heart of a Tiger Award – Georgie Hetherington
Coaches Player of the Year – Georgia Roche
Player of the Year – Tara Stanley
Castleford Tigers Academy squad has played a vital role in the successes of the Tigers first team with a couple of key contributors graduating into the first team set up this year. Jake Trueman stood on the stage last year as the Academy’s Players Player of the Year and has moved up into the Super League limelight with a stellar season.
Try scoring wizard, Lewis Carr picked up both Most Improved Player and Players Player of the Year with the youngster scoring tries for fun at times. Lewis Peachey has been included in the First Team’s 19-man squad twice this year as a reward for his performances and he was awarded the Academy’s Shooting Star Award.
Joe Summers won the Academy Coaches Player of the Year award with Head of Youth Development, Darren Higgins commenting on his powerful and disruptive running which makes him handful for oppositions.
2018 Castleford Tigers Academy Award Winners
Shooting Star Award – Lewis Peachey
Most Improved Player Award – Lewis Carr
Academy Coaches Player of the Year – Joe Summers
Academy Players’ Player of Year – Lewis Carr
The first team awards were dominated by one name, Paul McShane! The hooker snagged four awards during the night taking home every major award and being recognised by Fans, Directors, his fellow Players and Coaches as Castleford Tigers’ Player of the Year.
19-year old Jake Trueman bagged two awards after his amazing 2018 season, which has seen him included in the England Knights Elite Performance Squad. Sporting a protective cast on his hand which the Tigers staff are hopefully won’t keep the half back out of the Semi-Final, Trueman picked up Young Player of the Year and 2nd Place Player of the Year.
Mr consistent, Grant Millington once again picked up an award at the event with the prop forward being awarded 3rd Place Player of the Year.
2018 Castleford Tigers Award Winners
Fans Player of the Year – Paul McShane
Directors Player of the Year – Paul McShane
Young Player of the Year – Jake Trueman
Players Player of the Year – Paul McShane
3rd Place Player of the Year – Grant Millington
2nd Place Player of the Year – Jake Trueman
1st Place Player of the Year – Paul McShane
All eyes now look towards the Super League Semi-Final on Friday night at Wigan Warriors. To join the Tigers Army at the DW Stadium click here
*Photo courtesy of Craig Milner