Castleford Tigers supporters hand out awards

Luke Gale receives his committee player of the year award at Castleford Tigers' Supporters Club player of the year awards night.
Luke Gale receives his committee player of the year award at Castleford Tigers' Supporters Club player of the year awards night.

It was standing room only at the George V WMC as the 12th annual Castleford Tigers Supporters Club player of the year awards night took place.

On a night of celebration following the Tigers’ fifth place finish in Super League, record breaking winger Denny Solomona won the 2016 CTSC player of the year, sponsored by Churchfield Foods.

The new Castleford and Super League all time tries in season record holder was unable to attend as he was attending his sister’s wedding back home, but it was accepted on his behalf by Luke Dorn and presented by Sharon Hardisty.

The CTSC committee player of the year award, sponsored by the Black Swan, Normanton, was presented by Holly Bennett and went to Luke Gale for the second year running after another fine season for the Tigers in which he finished top of the goalkicking charts, made the Dream Team and won the Albert Goldthorpe medal.

The special achievement award, sponsored by Carpet Magic, Kippax was presented by Steve Smith to Luke Dorn, who ended his great RL career with an outstanding season for Cas.

Under 19s player of the year, sponsored by Faye’s Sandwich bar, was presented by Faye Noon to Luis Johnson, who had a great season after joining from Oulton Raiders on a second year scholarship.

Head coach Daryl Powell went through a review of the season and said how proud he was at the way the whole squad dug in. He thanked the players for all their efforts in a season influenced by injuries.

Chief executive Steve Gill gave his review of the season and had an exclusive for supporters in attendance, announcing that Rangi Chase had signed a one-year contract.

Head of youth Pete Riding gave a review of the under 19s season, saying that the Tigers had a large number of players with great potential to make the first team squad.

CTSC secretary Paul Burns-Williamson was delighted with the way the night went.

He said: “We are very pleased to report that the event raised £728 in total with a fantastic amount of £326 for the raffle.

“This is an all time record for our player of the year awards night, thank you to everyone who made this a fantastic evening.

“The CTSC thanks the players who are leaving, Lee Jewitt, Ryan Boyle, Frankie Mariano and Luke Dorn for the service given to the Tigers and wish them all well in their future careers. A special mention to Danny Tickle who gave his all in his short spell with the Tigers.

“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 George V WMC 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.”