Castleford Tigers Supporters Club
2019 Player of the year awards night
Friday 6th September,
Executive Sponsor, Powder Keg. D&G Group
Event Sponsor, Fins Fisheries
Event Sponsor, Glasshus Facades
Event sponsor, McTigue Funeral Directors
U19S 2019 CTSC POTY presented by, Faye Noon, Sponsored by
Faye's sandwich bar,
2019 CTSC Committee player of year, presented by Christine
Sponsored by Iris Foukes and Christine Taylor
2019 CTSC Special achievement award,
Sponsored and presented by Steve Smith, Carpet Magic,
2019 CTSC Woman's player of the year.
Sponsored by Rachel's Tiger cubs, presented by Rachel
2019 CTSC POTY award, presented by Daryl Powell,
Sponsored by Churchfield Foods
The 15th CTSC awards night took place at a packed out Roundhill WMRC
on Friday night, the full Tigers first team squad and Coaching staff
For the first time members of the Women's team squad attended along
with coach Lindsay Anfield.
The event got underway at 7.45pm with a welcome to everybody and a
massive thanks to all the sponsors, who with there very kind help have
helped us to this year to have food for our guests from both the men's
and women,s teams.
Our first award of the night was the U19s Player of the year, sponsored
by Faye's sandwich bar, CTSC Committee member Graham Smith said a
bit about the winner Lewis Peachey. Lewis's development had continued
in a difficult season for the U19s team. Questioned on next season,
Lewis wanted to keep improving and press for a first team spot, having
made his first team debut at Catalan earlier in the season. Faye Noon
presented the trophy, Lewis had also collected this award in 2018.
The 2019 CTSC committee player of the year was next up, 2019 CTSC
Committee player of year, presented by Holly, Poppy and Christine
Sponsored by Iris Foukes and Christine Taylor.
CTSC committee member Christine Taylor introduced and gave some
back ground about the award.
We have a new trophy for the Committee award in memory of my
husband Keith Taylor who passed away in February this year.
As many of you already know Keith was always a very enthusiastic
member of the committee and I would like to thank my fellow
committee members in agreeing to allow me to remember Keith in this
Keith’s two little darlings Holly and Poppy will present this award.
Christine then introduced the 'CTSC committee player for 2019,
someone who came on loan right at the beginning of the season.
He has moved position a couple of times and performed brilliantly
wherever he’s played. The winner Jordan Rankin.
Jordan said he had settled in very well at the Tigers and would like to
thank all his team mates, coaching staff for helping that happen. He was
enjoying his rugby and was looking forward to making the play off's and
having a crack at the Super league trophy.
We then moved on to the next award.
Sponsored by Carpet Magic Kippax, the 2019 CTSC Special Achievement
award, presented by Steve Smith. For the second year in a row this
award went to a player who for his age and experience, had taken on a
difficult role in organising the team. He has had different half back
partners, improved his defence, and for his form and continued
improvement has been selected for the GB training squad.
The winner Jake Truman.
On being interviewed, Jake said he was looking forward to the play off's
and attending the GB Training squad meetings. He modestly thanked the
rest of Tigers squad for the help and support throughout the season.
We then had a break for food, kindly prepared and served by Faye from
Faye's Sandwich bar. The CTSC committee would like to thank Faye very
much for the buffet and your hard work on the night. Thanks again.
The evening then continued with Graham interviewing Lindsay Anfield
the Castleford Tigers women's coach.
The very successful season was reviewed, unbeaten in the league and
losing narrowly in the Challenge Cup final.
The concentration and focus now was winning the League leaders shield
and winning the Super League title. We wish the team all the very best
for the rest of the season.
Lindsay tanked the CTSC committee for the invitation to the event.
2019 CTSC Woman's player of the year.
Sponsored by Rachel's Tiger cubs, presented by Rachel Brocklehurst.
This is the first historic presentation of this award, the voting took place
at the recent Featherstone home game. Over 500 votes were cast, and
only a handful of votes separated the top three players.
In 3rd place was Georgia Roche, 2nd place was Tara Stanley.
The winner Kelsey Gentles.
Graham interviewed Kelsey, and the leading try scorer this season talked
about celebrating the tries in her own special way. Kelsey's unique try
scoring technique was analysed and the ambition's of Kelsey for the
team and herself. A special player who makes everyone smile the way
she plays the game.
Derek Whale CTSC committee member then asked Daryl Powell to the
stage to say a few words about the season.
A very tough and difficult season,hampered by long term injuries to key
players in key positions. Daryl was very proud of how the squad had
come through the season, and thanked them for there efforts. Changes
were made to training 10 weeks ago, this change had helped and recent
form had got us into a position to reach the play off's. It's now up to the
team he said, knock out rugby all the way, believe in yourselves and we
can do it.
Daryl thanked everyone for attending and he also thanked the CTSC for
the support throughout the season.
Lastly a record vote with a record winning margin for the
2019 CTSC Castleford Tigers Supporters Club Player of the Year,
sponsored by Churchfield Foods and presented by Daryl Powell.
The overwhelming winner was Liam Watts.
After joining us from Hull FC last season, this season, Liam's form has
been outstanding, playing long minutes and leading the pack forward in
a inspirational style. So good was his form that he has been selected for
the GB training squad. Consistency has been the key for Liam along with
his controlled aggression, a great season, well done, Liam Watts.
Derek interviewed Liam, he was proud to back and representing the
Castleford Tigers, the reputation he had was affecting his rugby and he
felt that he had put that right. Liam was looking forward to the play off's
and hopefully representing Great Britain at the end of the season.
We ended the night thanking the players who were leaving us at the end
of the season,
Cory Aston, Tuoyo Egodo, Will Maher, Chris Clarkson, Greg Minikin and
It is always sad when we say goodbye to players, on behalf of the CTSC
we wish them all every success in there future careers.
Come and see us again if you are back at the Tigers.
Lastly the CTSC would like to thank the following, Sponsors, Powder Keg,
D&R Group,Fins Fisheries, Glasshus Facades, McTigue Funeral Directors,
Rachel's Tiger cubs, child minding, Faye's sandwich bar, Iris Foukes and
Christine Taylor, Carpet Magic, Kippax and Churchfield Foods.
The Roundhill WMRC, staff and committee, Cheryl and Steve, special
thanks to Robert Crossland, everyone who donated a raffle prize, the
Castleford Tigers, Castleford Tigers Women, staff and players.
Faye Noon at Faye's Sandwich bar for the lovely food.
The staff at the Tigers Den.
Everyone who attended and supported the event and lastly the CTSC
We are very pleased to report that the event raised £636.54.
Thank you to everyone who made this a fantastic event.
Photos by Rachel Brocklehurst