Leigh Centurions prop Rob Parker and Hemel Stags scrum-half Mike Bishay are the Players of the Week following their displays at weekend.
The experienced Parker led from the front as the Centurions beat Batley Bulldogs 20-0, while scrum-half Bishay was the key figure in Hemel Stags maintaining their 100 per cent start to their Kingstone Press Championship One season by beating Gloucestershire All Golds 28-8.
Both players record the maximum five points towards their respective competition’s Player of the Year award at the end of the season.
Every week each coach in the Championship and Championship One is contacted to help compile the Premier Sports awards.
Championship Player of the Week – Rob Parker (Leigh Centurions)
Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley has paid tribute to his captain Rob Parker for his performance in adversity in the 20-0 win over Batley Bulldogs on Sunday.
The Centurions had to contend with a host of injuries but still produced their best performance of the season, with prop Parker leading from the front.
“It’s been a week where the lads needed a leader to stand up and rally the troops,” Rowley said. “I think Rob will be proud at how the players reacted when he looked them in the eye. He made some promises, they promised some stuff back, and he was a true leader for us."
Championship One Player of the Week – Mike Bishay (Hemel Stags)
Stags’ scrum-half Mike Bishay was in outstanding form as Hemel recorded a 28-8 win against Gloucestershire All Golds, scoring a try as well as creating Ash Fyson’s late score.
Hemel coach Troy Perkins said: “Mike’s on a dual registration deal from London Broncos, and he’s played every game for us this year. He’s got good footwork, he’s not afraid to take the line on and he’s got solid passing and kicking games. He’s got all the qualities you’d look for in a good half-back, and against the All Golds we also pushed him up to hooker for a while. He’s been in very good form all season.”
Performance of the Week – Leigh Centurions
Leigh Centurions went into Sunday’s game with Kingstone Press Championship rivals Batley Bulldogs with several injuries – but produced an outstanding display to record a 20-0 win.
“Often great things happen in the face of adversity, and yesterday was one of those occasions,” coach Paul Rowley said.
“Sometimes you can tell by the look in people’s eyes. There was talk of financial troubles but there are some things that money can’t buy.
“That was a strong theme in our dressing room – respect, friendship and the special bond we have between this group of players.
“Rugby league players are generally special people, and they showed that yesterday, as well as what fine players there are."
Try of the Week – Kristian Hawkes (South Wales Scorpions)
Kristian Hawkes’ try five seconds from time helped South Wales Scorpions snatch a dramatic 30-28 win over Rochdale Hornets.
It wasn’t good for the coaches, but it was great for the fans. We showed we’ve got a bit of character and a never-say-die attitude which maybe we didn’t have last year.”
Championship Team of the Week
1 Ian Hardman (Featherstone Rovers)
2 James Cameron (Whitehaven)
3 Stuart Littler (Leigh Centurions)
4 Scott McAvoy (Whitehaven)
5 Tom Saxton (Featherstone Rovers)
6 Andy Kain (Featherstone Rovers)
7 Kayle Connor (Workington Town)
8 Mitchell Stringer (Sheffield Eagles)
9 Luke Haigh (Hunslet Hawks)
10 Rob Parker (Leigh Centurions)
11 Andy Thornley (Leigh Centurions)
12 Jarrad Stack (Workington Town)
13 Dan Toal (Barrow Raiders)
Championship One Team of the Week
1 Jack Murphy (South Wales Scorpions)
2 Lewys Weaver (North Wales Crusaders)
3 Stuart Reardon (North Wales Crusaders)
4 Sean Morris (Oxford)
5 Shaun Robinson (Oxford)
6 Andy Moulsdale (North Wales Crusaders)
7 Mike Bishay (Hemel Stags)
8 Jason Payne (Gateshead Thunder)
9 Connor Farrer (South Wales Scorpions)
10 Aiden Pritchard (Hemel Stags)
11 Chris Baines (Rochdale Hornets)
12 Danny Langtree (Oldham)
13 Martin Roden (Oxford)
Championship Player of the Year award
Rob Parker picked up his first five points of the season following his Player of the Week performance against Batley Bulldogs.
He was joined on that total by Leigh Centurions teammate Stuart Littler, while Workington Town back row Jarrad Stack also collected his second points of the season.
5 points – Rob Parker (Leigh Centurions)
4 points – Ian Hardman (Featherstone Rovers)
3 points – Stuart Littler (Leigh Centurions)
2 points – Jarrad Stack (Workington Town)
1 point - Scott McAvoy (Whitehaven)
Championship Player of the Year Table
1 Mitchell Stringer (13 points)
2 Aaron Brown (9 points)
3 Paul Handforth (8 points)
Miles Greenwood (8 points)
5 Steve Crossley (7 points)
Peter Green (7 points)
Kyle Briggs (7 points)
Scott Leatherbarrow (7 points)
9 Dave Houghton (6 points)
Callum Phillips (6 points)
11 Scott Murrell (5 points)
Jack Lee (5 points)
Simon Finnigan (5 points)
Luke Helliwell (5 points)
Kurt Haggerty (5 points)
Rob Parker (5 points)
Stuart Littler (5 points)
18 Lee Waterman (4 points)
Sean Penkywicz (4 points)
Tom Hemingway (4 points)
Ian Hardman (4 points)
22 Jack Bussey (3 points)
Liam Finn (3 points)
Dominic Brambani (3 points)
Liam Harrison (3 points)
Keegan Hirst (3 points)
Cain Southernwood (3 points)
Jarrad Stack (3 points)
29 Anthony Thackeray (2 points)
Gregg McNally (2 points)
James Lockwood (2 points)
Danny Jones (2 points)
33 Steve Tyrer (1 point)
Ryan Fieldhouse (1 point)
Johnny Campbell (1 point)
Alex Bretherton (1 point)
Matt Nicholson (1 point)
Jessie Joe Parker (1 point)
Scott McAvoy (1 point)
Championship One Player of the Year
Hemel’s Mike Bishay jumps to the top of the Player of the Year rankings after collecting five points for his performance against Gloucestershire All Golds.
5 points – Mike Bishay (Hemel)
4 points – Jack Murphy (South Wales)
3 points – Stuart Reardon (North Wales)
2 points – Craig White (North Wales)
1 point – Danny Langtree (Oldham)
Championship One Player of the Year table
1 Mike Bishay (8 points)
2 Andy Moulsdale (6 points)
3 Sean Morris (5 points)
4 Gary Middlehurst (4 points)
Valu Bentley (4 points)
Jack Murphy (4 points)
7 Stuart Reardon (3 points)
Tyla Hepi (3 points)
9 Jason Payne (2 points)
Steve Roper (2 points)
Craig White (2 points)
Danny Langtree (2 point)