Player of the Week – Scott Leatherbarrow (Keighley Cougars)
Keighley Cougars scrum half Scott Leatherbarrow is Player of the Week after guiding his side to two crucial Easter victories.
The former Wigan Academy half-back played a key role in wins over Barrow and Hunslet that lifted the Cougars from bottom place to ninth in the Kingston Press Championship.
Keighley coach Paul March said: “I left Scott out against York a couple of weeks back so that he could sit on the sidelines and watch what was going on during games.
“He took it all on board, and when I put him back in the side he had a massive impact on both our wins over Easter.
“Scott has a great kicking game, is a good goal kicker, and organises the team. He definitely showed what he can produce in those two games.”
Championship One Player of the Week – Sean Morris (Oxford)
Coach Tony Benson highlighted a “classy” performance from centre Sean Morris as one of the key reasons behind Oxford’s 40-30 win against Gloucestershire All Golds.
Benson said: “Sean was really classy. Defensively, his decision-making was superb, and on attack he was dangerous every time he got the ball.
“It was only his third game of rugby league.
“We’ve seen that he’s an outstanding athlete in training, and he’s so quick and skilful, but to do it in a game situation was very impressive.”
Performance of the Week – Hemel Stags
Hemel coach Troy Perkins hailed his side after they secured a 26-8 win at London Skolars in their first ever Championship One fixture.
Perkins said: “Every player played their part. We played with a lot of energy, our line speed was good, and I think the Skolars were a bit shell-shocked.
“We had seven players aged 20 or under, so it’s great to start so well. You only ever get one chance to win your first Championship One game, and it was really important in terms of setting the tone for the rest of the season.
“However, one game doesn’t make a season – we’ll back to reality at training on Tuesday night.”
Try of the Week – Ryan Fieldhouse (Halifax v Dewsbury Rams)
Halifax coach Karl Harrison said his players deserve plenty of credit for Ryan Fieldhouse’s superbly worked second-half try against Dewsbury Rams during their 60-6 win.
Harrison: “It was a set play that the players had been practicing themselves in training for the previous two weeks.
“There were bodies in motion everywhere, Paul Handforth came out of the ruck, and with several decoys, he hit Ryan Fieldhouse from behind him, and he scored by the posts from 20 metres out.
“I’ve watched it several times on video since – it was a very well-worked try that reminded me of something Deryck Fox did back in 1986.”
Team of the Week
1 Tom Carr (York City Knights)
2 Rob Worrincy (Halifax)
3 Jessie Joe Parker (Whitehaven)
4 Elliot Cosgrove (Keighley Cougars)
5 Adam Clay (Barrow Raiders)
6 Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions)
7 Scott Leatherbarrow (Keighley Cougars)
8 Sam Barlow (Halifax)
9 Paul Handforth (Halifax)
10 Keegan Hirst (Batley Bulldogs)
11 Tommy Goulden (Leigh Centurions)
12 Chris Spurr (Doncaster)
13 Ashley Lindsay (Batley Bulldogs)
Championship One Team of the Week
1 Mike Forgham (Hemel Stags)
2 Stuart Reardon (North Wales Crusaders)
3 Danny Davies (Rochdale Hornets)
4 Sean Morris (Oxford)
5 Shaun Robinson (Oxford)
6 Andy Moulsdale (North Wales Crusaders)
7 Steven Roper (Rochdale Hornets)
8 Louis Robinson (London Skolars)
9 John Clough (Oxford)
10 Aiden Pritchard (Hemel Stags)
11 Tyla Hepi (Gloucestershire All Golds)
12 Gary Middlehurst (North Wales Crusaders)
13 Jordan Rice (Gloucestershire All Golds)
Championship Player of the Year award
Both Scott Leatherbarrow and Halifax hooker Paul Handforth picked up points in both of their teams’ matches over the Easter weekend to climb the table for the Player of the Year award.
Handforth moves up to joint third in the table having collected one point previously, while Leatherbarrow is just a point behind.
Good Friday Player of the Year points
5 points – Paul Handforth (Halifax)
4 points – Callum Phillips (Workington Town)
3 points – Keegan Hirst (Batley Bulldogs)
2 points – Scott Leatherbarrow (Keighley Cougars)
1 point – Matt Nicholson (York City Knights)
Easter Monday Player of the Year points
5 points – Scott Leatherbarrow (Keighley Cougars)
4 points – Tom Hemingway (Batley Bulldogs)
3 points – Cain Southernwood (Whitehaven)
2 points - Paul Handforth (Halifax)
1 point – Jessie Joe Parker (Whitehaven)
Championship One Player of the Year
Oxford’s Sean Morris is the early pacesetter after securing Round One’s Player of the Week.
Week One Player of the Year points
5 points – Sean Morris (Oxford)
4 points – Gary Middlehurst (North Wales Crusaders)
3 points – Tyla Hepi (Gloucestershire All Golds)
2 points – Steve Roper (Rochdale Hornets)
1 points – Andy Moulsdale (North Wales Crusaders)
Edited by Honor James, 02 April 2013 - 01:07 PM.