Peacock leads the way for Rhinos at Awards night
Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Peacock MBE took the two top prizes at the club's Annual Awards Dinner sponsored by Grosvenor Casinos at Headingley Carnegie.
Peacock was named the Rhinos Player of the Year for the second time in his career following an incredible season on the field for the 35-year-old. On an emotional night for the former England captain, he was also named the Cravendale Fans Player of the Year after polling nearly half of the 1,300 votes from supporters cast on the club's official website. Peacock starred for the Rhinos in their win over Wigan last Thursday that secured third place in the table and set up a trip to Warrington Wolves this Saturday. He was earlier in the day named in the Super League Dream Team however the accolades were tinged with sadness following personal suffering after the death his father, Darryl, from cancer on Friday night.
Rob Burrow was third in the Player of the Year judging whilst Joel Moon marked a great first season at the club by being named runner up to the top award.
Other awards presented on the night saw 18-year-old stand off Liam Sutcliffe named the Yorkshire Evening Post Shooting Star winner and he received his award from YEP reader Graham Poulter. Whilst Jamie Jones-Buchanan was rewarded for his outstanding work in the community with the Commitment to the Community Award presented by the Leeds Rugby Foundation.
For the first time, the club's highly successful Academy section were also acknowledged on the evening with Elliot Minchella named the Leeds Metropolitan University Academy Player of the Year having made his first team debut less than twelve months after turning professional, whilst Academy Physiotherapist Richard Partner received the special accolade as FPS Outstanding contribution to the Rhinos Academy.
The medical themed continued with the Clubman of the Year award with first team physiotherapist Andy Barker picking up the award. This was in recognition of his outstanding work this season given the horrendous run of injuries on the squad throughout 2013.
Finally Kallum Watkins was awarded the Leeds Building Society Try of the Season winner for his effort against Bradford at the Provident Stadium beating Alex Foster into second place for his try against London and Ryan Hall in third for his score against Warrington at Headingley Carnegie.