Houghton named Premier Player of the Week
Whitehaven prop Dave Houghton has been named Premier Sports Player of the Week after a strong performance in his club’s 16-12 Kingstone Press Championship win at Keighley Cougars.
Every week each coach in the Kingstone Press Championship (and Championship One once it kicks off) will be consulted to help choose both a Premier Sports Team of the Week and Player of the Week.
A top five will then be formed for the individual award, with the points awarded counting towards the Championship’s player of the year accolade later this year.
The weekly awards will also see a team performance and try of the round selected, while inclusion in the Premier Sports Team of the Week will count towards the end of season selections for the two competitions.
Premier Sports Player of the Week – Dave Houghton (Whitehaven)
Dave Houghton produced a second strong performance in the space of eight days to land the Premier Sports Player of the Week award.
Houghton made the Premier Sports Team of the Week after Round One following a big display against York, and became the only player to maintain his place in the team.
The former Widnes front row was picked out by his coach coach Dave Woods for his performance off the bench in the 16-12 win at Keighley Cougars, along with fellow prop Paul Jackson and full-back Neil Thorman.
“Dave was outstanding last week off the bench and he came on against Keighley and had a real big impact again,” said Woods.
“His carries have been tremendous for us – he’s worked really hard in the off season and that’s showing now.”
Premier Sports Performance of the Week - Whitehaven
Promoted Whitehaven made it two wins in as many matches with a 12-16 win at Keighley Cougars.
The Cumbrians backed up their opening day victory over York City Knights with another accomplished performance.
First-half tries from Cain Southernwood and Lee Paterson gave them a 10-point interval advantage, and Neil Thorman’s second-half try sealed matters.
“We’re still learning at this level but defensively we were outstanding,” said Woods.
“Defensively we’ve been very, very good, and although we’ve been a bit naïve with the ball at times, that will come.
“To win two out of two against teams that have been there is a great start for us.”
Premier Sports Try of the Week – James Ford (York City Knights)
James Ford’s score for York helped the Knights on their way to a 34-12 win over Swinton.
York coach Gary Thornton said: “Tom Carr made a great break, bursting through Ian Watson’s tackle, and James Ford produced some superb support to finish from distance. It was a well-worked try.”
“James is our club captain and gives us some real strike on the left edge, but he’s also got pace, experience and reads the game very well. He scored a very similar try from a break by Jack Lee at Whitehaven in the opening weekend.”
Premier Sports Team of the Week
1 Lee Waterman (Doncaster)
2 Tom Lineham (York City Knights)
3 Steve Tyrer (Halifax)
4 Scott Hale (Dewsbury Rams)
5 Jonny Pownall (Leigh Centurions)
6 Peter Lupton (Workington Town)
7 Cain Southernwood (Whitehaven)
8 Dave Houghton (Whitehaven)
9 Kyle Kesik (Doncaster)
10 James Lockwood (Featherstone Rovers)
11 Jack Bussey (Featherstone Rovers)
12 Peter Green (Sheffield Eagles)
13 Sam Hopkins (Leigh Centurions)
Championship Player of the Year
At a meeting of Kingstone Press Championship clubs last week, it was decided that the cumulative Player of the Week points counting towards the end-of-season Player of the Year award would move to a top-five for each round. As such, Week One has been adapted to the following, and added to a new table.
Week One Player of the Week points:
5 points – Aaron Brown (Dewsbury Rams)
4 points – Miles Greenwood (Oldham)
3 points – Steve Crossley (Featherstone Rovers)
2 points – Callum Phillips (Workington Town)
1 point – Dave Houghton (Swinton Lions)
Week Two Player of the Week points:
5 points – Dave Houghton (Whitehaven)
4 points – Lee Waterman (Doncaster)
3 points – Jack Bussey (Featherstone Rovers)
2 points – Peter Green (Sheffield Eagles)
1 point – Steve Tyrer (Halifax)
Current Player of the Year table
1 Dave Houghton (6 points)
2 Aaron Brown (5 points)
3 Miles Greenwood (4 points)
Lee Waterman (4 points)
5 Steve Crossley (3 points)
Jack Bussey (3 points)
7 Callum Phillips (2 points)
Peter Green (2 points)
9 Steve Tyrer (1 point)