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Rugby League: A prize night at double! Newsome Panthers reward for 200 players and volunteers.

NEWSOME Panthers celebrated another successful season at their recent presentation nights.

Held at St Patrick's Catholic Centre and spread over two consecutive evenings, awards were handed out to over 200 of the club's players and volunteers. The club welcomed three former players and current Huddersfield Giants players Michael Lawrence, Leroy Cudjoe and James Martin, who presented the younger teams with awards. Older players received their awards from club coach, ex-international and former Giants captain Darren Fleary.

Individual team award winners were:

Under 8: Most Improved Player, Conah Boylan, Players Player, Jasper McGuire, Coaches Award, Billy Haywood

Under 9s: Most Improved Player, Dylan Knowles, Players Player, Tom Booth, Coaches Award, Liam Greig

Under 10 Red: Most Improved Player, Alice Senior, Players Player, Eliot Lander, Coaches Award, Jordan Gabrielli

Under 10 Black: Most Improved Player, Ryan Dunbar, Players Player, Josh Clay & Eddie Graham, Coaches Award, Freddie McGuire

Under 11: Most Improved Player, Nathan Kershaw, Players Player, Harry Redfearn, Coaches Award, William Walsh & Ryan Newburn

Under 12: Most Improved Player, Connor Matherson, Players Player, Callum Parkinson, Coaches Award, Nathan Pimm

Under 13:, Most Improved Player, Carlo Zaffino, Players Player, Joseph Gillespie, Coaches Award, Jordan Higo

Under 14: Most Improved Player, Bem Marchington, Players Player, Jack Blagborough, Coaches Award, Zach Hudson

Under 16 Cubs: Most Improved Player, Alex Rollins, Players Player, Luke Nelmes, Coaches Award, Tom Eidson

Under 16: Most Improved Player, ZacMorris, Players Player, Harry McQuillan, Coaches Award, Chris Kendall and Joe Hayward

Under 18: Most Improved Player, Josh Taylor, Players Player, Ben Cuttell, Coaches Award, Tom Guinan.

Mathew Moylan won the Sue Jackson Award for endurance, Yorkshire and England player Ben Warillow won the Garth Pratt Award for achievement, team manager and fund raiser Angie Hunte won the Landlord's Trophy and Volunteers representative Jane Pullein won the Clubman's Award.

Many players have signed professional contracts from the club in recent years and it was particularly relevant that the club's founder Paul Brick was able to return from his new home in Australia to oversee the occasion and receive an honorary life membership.

Paul founded the club with just 12 players in 1995 which included his son Adam. With over 200 players on their books he can be proud of the club's speedy growth into a formidable force and breeding ground for future professionals.

Club chairman Steve Martin presided as MC for both evenings. Having been involved with Panthers since its formation Steve also received an honorary life membership in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the club in his swansong year as chairman.

Similar awardsweremade to former club chair Malcolm Heeley who has worked tirelessly for club over the last 13 years; SueHeeley who, until recently, held the role of club treasurer and similarly selflessly dedicated her time to fund raising and organising and Steve Cuttell who has coached for the past 12 seasons. Steve will now join Newsome Panthers Open Age club.

Last but not least Landlady of the Panthers spiritual home The Fountain Inn in Newsome Sheila Studholme. Sheila and husband Rod have tirelessly provided a home to Panthers to which the club is eternally grateful. A special mention must also go to retiring coach Anthony Kendall. Keen to keep someone of his ability within the club Anthony will now take on an advisory role running parallel to his work within the Huddersfield Giants Academy.

The club also made nominations to the RFL for its National Volunteer Awards for each of its categories and were jubilant to discover that two of its five entrants won.

Dave Newton (father of coach Steve and grandfather to players Luke and Dominic) was nominated for Volunteer of the Year as someone who makes an outstanding contribution to the running of the club.

Dave hasworkedwith a number of clubs for 30 years as a first aid helper. Over the past 10 years Dave has supported Newsome. He acts as groundkeeper at Hall Bower, spending hours roping out the fields, opening up the facilities, watching the games and when everyone has left, collects everything in and locks up. He will return later in the week to pick up litter, clean the facilities and attend to any on-site maintenance like fixing the walls and fences.

Mandy Brook won the New Volunteer of the Year Award. This was for someone who become a volunteer in the past year and made an immediate impact. She took on the role of Team Manager when her son Kian joined in September 2007. Her commitment to the position goes way beyond the usual duties of collecting subscriptions, liaising with parents, touchline raffles, attending meetings, cooking food, selling calendars. She volunteered to do the First Aid course, has assisted at training sessions, has organised training sessions and has even stood in as coach on the field.


FAMOUS LINE-UP: Former players Michael Lawrence, James Martin and Leroy Cudjoe with Tom Guinan and right: the legendary Darren Fleary with Jordan Higo (zzhwe240608news); AWARD WINNERS: top: the club founder Paul Brick, who travelled from his new home in Australia especially for the presentation nights; right: Mandy Brook, Steve Martin and Dave Newton; below left: Josh Clay, Richard Graham and Eddie Graham and below right: Many Brook, Jasper McGuire and Mick Rogers. (zzhwe240608newsome)
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 28, 2008
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