Castleford Tigers Supporters Club
2017 Player of the year awards night
Monday 11th September, Roundhill WMRC
Executive event sponsor The Powder Keg
Event sponsor Rachel's Tiger cubs, child minding
The 13th CTSC awards night took place at a sold out Roundhill WMRC on Monday night, it was a another sell out for the second year running. We reviewed the history making season, the Tigers finishing League Leaders for the first time in 91 years.
Highlights of the season, winning the League Leaders Shield at home against Wakefield, a magical night. So many others, the style of rugby in attack has been breathtaking, some brilliant tries, beating Leeds 4 times in a season, qualifying for the super 8s home semi final in the third super 8s game. The whole squad takes the credit, the defense has shown a massive improvement, what a season and it's not finished yet.
Everyone wished CEO Steve Gill a happy birthday and he gave his review of the season. Steve thanked everyone at the club, the players, coaching staff, directors and supporters for a great season. He praised the squad on the professional way all of them have performed this season, he congratulated the U19s on a great season, finishing second and losing in the Grand Final. The club is doing well and we just need to finish the job.
Pete Riding was next on stage and he gave a review of the Under 19s season, A great season finishing second in the league and just missing out in the final to a very good Wigan team. Many of the players still qualify to play next season, so Pete was looking forward to another good 2018.The first award of the night went to the Under 19s player of the year, sponsored by Faye's Sandwich bar, Faye Noon presented the award to Jacques O'Neill. Jacques has had an eventful season but always gave 100% and improved as a player throughout the year.
Next up on stage was club captain Michael Shenton, he was asked about what it meant wining the League leaders shield, a dream come true the script could not have been better he said. Michael said that he knew at the training camp in January that the squad had a special feel and bond. About the forthcoming semi final, he said the squad was confident and they all knew the standard that had to be reached to go all the way.
The next award was the CTSC Committee player of the year, sponsored by the Black Swan, Normanton, the award was presented by CTSC Committee member Dave Bowman to the winner Zac Hardaker. After joining us on a seasons loan, Zac quickly settled into the Tiger style of play, scoring some sensation tries, especially the one at Headingley. His defensive work has also been a major factor in the Tigers historic season and in our opinion Zac is the best full back in Super League. Now a firm Tigers fan favorite Zac can be very proud of a fantastic 2017 season.
Daryl Powell was next up and he gave his review of the season, thanking the players for all their efforts in a historic season. Daryl referred back to last seasons Super 8s were we only lost once, that's when it all started, with the new additions it was carried on into the training camp and the new season. A lot of hard work had gone into producing the style of attacking play, defense had also improved, a major goal back in January. Daryl was very happy having a home semi final and wanted the squad to be the best Castleford team ever, we are very well placed to do that he said.
This year the CTSC Committee felt we should award 2 special achievement awards, so the first one was presented by Holly Bennett to the retiring Andy Lynch. We wanted to recognize Andy's long and distinguished career, starting at the Tigers in 1999, playing for Bradford, Hull FC and finishing at the Tigers. A lot of great memories including this years League Leaders Shield.
Next award was the Special Achievement award, sponsored by Carpet Magic, Kippax and presented by Steve Smith, this went to the entire Castleford Tigers squad and coaching staff for winning the 2017 league leaders shield for the first time in the clubs 91 year history.
The last award of the night was the 2017 CTSC Player of the year, sponsored by Churchfield Foods, presented by Sharon Hardisty.
Our largest poll to date with 11 different players chosen, a real difficult choice in a magical season.
The description on the night of the winner, 100% effort and a no nonsense style of play, Second row or prop and sometimes stand off, Silky ball skills, Master of the big hit, a Tigers fans favorite, our man of steel, very happy he has signed a long term deal.
2017 Castleford Tigers Supporters Club player of the year is
The CTSC wished Tom Holmes the very best in his future career at Featherstone Roves.
Lastly the CTSC would like to thank the following, Sponsors, Powder Keg, D&R Group, Rachel's Tiger cubs, child minding, Faye's sandwich bar, Black Swan Normanton, Carpet Magic, Kippax and Churchfield Foods.
The Roundhill WMRC staff and committee, everyone who donated a raffle prize, the staff at the Tigers Den. The Tigers players, coaching staff and directors for your attendance. Everyone who attended and supported the event and lastly the CTSC Committee.
We are very pleased to report that the event raised £817.96
This is a all time record for our Player of the year awards night, thank you to everyone who made this a fantastic event.
Friday 20th October
George V WMC
A Night of Rugby League Debate
Sponsored by Ryder and Caddock
Richard Stead – Radio Leeds.
Phil Caplan – Forty Twenty magazine.
Kirk Dixon – Radio Pundit- Cas fan.
Mark Wilson – Radio Yorkshire
Photos by Rachel Brocklehurst