Centurions dominate Championship awards ceremony

Table-topping Leigh Centurions scooped four of a possible five awards at the Championship’s end-of-season dinner in Manchester last night.

Stand-off Martyn Ridyard won player of the year, while half-back partner Ryan Brierley won young player of the year for the second season in a row.

The Centurions were named club of the year and foundation of the year, too.

Just as his side prevented Leigh from going unbeaten in the league, Doncaster boss Paul Cooke stopped another perfect record by holding off Paul Rowley to take the final gong of the night – coach of the year.

In Championship One, York stole the headlines. Hooker Jack Lee won player of the year while Ben Reynolds and James Saltonstall shared young player of the year honours. Former Knights boss Gary Thornton, who was sensationally sacked this week, won coach of the year.

Gloucestershire All Golds were named the third tier’s club of the year.

2014 Kingstone Press Championship Award Winners
Championship Player of the Year: Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions)
Championship Young Player of the Year: Ryan Brierley (Leigh Centurions)
Championship Coach of the Year: Paul Cooke (Doncaster)
Championship Club of the Year: Leigh Centurions

Championship One Player of the Year: Jack Lee (York City Knights)
Championship One Young Player of the Year: Ben Reynolds and James Saltonstall (both York City Knights)
Championship One Coach of the Year: Gary Thornton (York City Knights)
Championship One Club of the Year: Gloucestershire All Golds

Championships Foundation of the Year: Leigh Centurions