Premier Sports Players of the Week
For immediate publication: Monday April 15
Stand-offs Scott Murrell of Halifax and Andy Moulsdale of North Wales Crusaders have clinched the Premier Sports Player of the Week awards.
Murrell was rewarded for his display in Halifax’s 60-10 Kingstone Press Championship win over Leigh Centurions, while Moulsdale was similarly impressive in his side’s 44-6 victory over London Skolars.
Moulsdale now moves to the top of the Championship One Player of the Year table, while Mitchell Stringer extended his lead in the Championship after earning three points in his side’s win over Barrow.
Every week each coach in the Championship and Championship One is contacted to help compile the Premier Sports awards.
Premier Sports Championship Player of the Week – Scott Murrell (Halifax)
Scott Murrell was the key figure as Halifax recorded a comprehensive 60-10 win over Kingstone Press Championship rivals Leigh on Sunday.
The former Hull KR playmaker showed his top-flight experience with an influential display in the big win.
Halifax coach Karl Harrison said: “Scott has been instrumental in a lot of things that we’ve done this season.
“When we lost Sean Penkywicz in the close season we had to rebuild our offensive game, and Scott has taken a lot of that on.
“He has great organisation skills and his kicking game has been sensational.”
Premier Sports Championship One Player of the Week – Andy Moulsdale (North Wales Crusaders)
Crusaders captain Andy Moulsdale was outstanding in his side’s 44-6 win over London Skolars. He was involved in each of the Crusaders’ eight tries and dominated play from start to finish.
Crusaders coach Clive Griffiths said: “Andy sits back and reads the game well, and he’s a good leader too. He came in last year, found his feet and he possesses all the qualities of a good half-back. He’s one of our key men.”
North Wales were only ahead 12-6 at half time, but Moulsdale’s display helped the hosts claim six unanswered tries in the second half. “To score that many points was fantastic,” said Griffiths.
Premier Sports Performance of the Week – Halifax
Halifax laid down a significant marker for the remainder of the season with a thumping 60-10 win over Leigh Centurions at the Shay.
Halifax ran in 11 tries to maintain their five-point lead at the top of the table.
Coach Karl Harrison said: “We played extremely well. We were solid defensively, which was very pleasing, and that created the platform for us to play well with the ball.
“I felt a bit sorry for Leigh, because the way the modern game is you can have these kind of blow-outs, and they tried really hard.
“But we have been building quietly without making any big shouts, and while we’re still a work in progress and I don’t think we’ve reached our potential yet, we’re going in the right direction.”
Premier Sports Try of the Week – Mike Forgham (Hemel Stags)
Hemel Stags full-back Mike Forgham forced his way past three attempted tackles to claim the Stags’ final try in their 21-20 win over Gateshead Thunder.
Stags coach Troy Perkins said: “We were behind with nine minutes to go when Chad Sharp found Mike from first receiver about 10 metres out.
“Mike bounced out of one tackle to begin with. Then the Gateshead winger came across and he spun out of that, before finally getting free after even more cover came across to try to stop him.”
Perkins signed Forgham after initially coaching him in a curtain raiser to the inaugural International Origin match at Headingley in 2011. “I’m a bit surprised that another club hadn’t picked him,” said Perkins.
Premier Sports Championship Team of the Week
1 Richie Hawkyard (Swinton Lions)
2 Rob Worrincy (Halifax)
3 Jason Walton (Batley Bulldogs)
4 Menzie Yere (Sheffield Eagles)
5 Waine Pryce (Hunslet Hawks)
6 Scott Murrell (Halifax)
7 Anthony Thackeray (Halifax)
8 Steve Crossley (Featherstone Rovers)
9 Jack Lee (York City Knights)
10 Mitchell Stringer (Sheffield Eagles)
11 Lee Doran (Whitehaven)
12 Liam Harrison (Barrow Raiders)
13 Luke Adamson (Halifax)
Premier Sports Championship One Team of the Week
1 Richard Lepori (Oldham)
2 Mo Agoro (Oldham)
3 Jacob Blades (Gateshead)
4 Dalton Grant (South Wales)
5 Rob Massam (North Wales)
6 Andy Moulsdale (North Wales)
7 Mike Bishay (Hemel)
8 Jason Payne (Gateshead)
9 John Clough (Oxford)
10 Ryan MacDonald (North Wales)
11 Danny Langtree (Oldham)
12 Valu Bentley (Oxford)
13 Jono Smith (North Wales)
Championship Player of the Year Award
Sheffield prop Mitchell Stringer has extended his lead at the top of the Player of the Year table after another strong performance at weekend.
Stringer scored two tries in the Eagles’ 44-18 win over Barrow Raiders to collect three points.
Featherstone prop Steve Crossley and York hooker Jack Lee also moved up the table, while Halifax duo Scott Murrell and Anthony Thackeray collected their first points of the campaign.
5 points – Scott Murrell (Halifax)
4 points – Steve Crossley (Featherstone Rovers)
3 points – Mitchell Stringer (Sheffield Eagles)
2 points – Anthony Thackeray (Halifax)
1 point – Jack Lee (York City Knights)
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)
16 Lee Waterman (4 points)
Sean Penkywicz (4 points)
Tom Hemingway (4 points)
19 Jack Bussey (3 points)
Liam Finn (3 points)
Dominic Brambani (3 points)
Liam Harrison (3 points)
Keegan Hirst (3 points)
Cain Southernwood (3 points)
25 Anthony Thackeray (2 points)
Gregg McNally (2 points)
Stuart Littler (2 points)
James Lockwood (2 points)
Danny Jones (2 points)
30 Steve Tyrer (1 point)
Ryan Fieldhouse (1 point)
Jarrad Stack (1 point)
Johnny Campbell (1 point)
Alex Bretherton (1 point)
Matt Nicholson (1 point)
Jessie Joe Parker (1 point)
Championship One Player of the Year
North Wales stand-off Andy Moulsdale has overtaken Sean Morris at the top of the rankings after collecting the Player of the Week award. Morris, Valu Bentley and Gary Middlehurst lead the chasing pack.
Week Two Championship One Player of the Week
5 points – Andy Moulsdale (North Wales)
4 points – Valu Bentley (Oxford)
3 points – Mike Bishay (Hemel)
2 points – Jason Payne (Gateshead)
1 point – Danny Langtree (Oldham)
Championship One Player of the Year table
1 Andy Moulsdale (6 points)
2 Sean Morris (5 points)
3 Gary Middlehurst (4 points)
Valu Bentley (4 points)
5 Mike Bishay (3 points)
Tyla Hepi (3 points)
7 Jason Payne (2 points)
Steve Roper (2 points)
9 Danny Langtree (1 point)