Castleford legends hand out awards

Tiger of the Year Award winner Derek Edwards. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MERRICK
Tiger of the Year Award winner Derek Edwards. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MERRICK

Castleford Rugby League Players Association held their annual reunion dinner on Sunday at Roundhill WMC, with more than 200 people attending a sell-out event.

A number of awards were handed out in the presence of legends from Castleford’s illustrious past.

The Junior Tiger Award – the Colin Butterfield Trophy – went to Castleford’s promising under 19s winger Declan Sheehan.

First team assistant coach Danny Orr was on hand to present the trophy to the youngster and spoke of the potential in the flying winger and speeds he is capable of.

He said that if Sheehan continues to progress at his current rate there was no reason why he cannot go on and play for the first team.

The association awarded their annual Tiger of the Year award to Derek Edwards, who played full-back at the club in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Playing over 300 times for the Black & Amber, he was a member of Castleford’s victorious Challenge Cup winning sides of 1969 and 1970, along with being a member of the 1970 Great Britain touring side in Australia.

Edwards spoke of his love of playing for his home-town club and received his trophy from another Cas legend in Players Association president Alan Hardisty.

Other legends to attend the event included Keith Hepworth, Malcolm Reilly and John Joyner.