Helliwell named Premier Sports Player of the Week
Hunslet Hawks scrum-half Luke Helliwell has been named Premier Sports Player of the Week following his performance in Hunslet’s 42-22 win over Doncaster on Sunday.
Coach Barry Eaton described it as Helliwell’s best display for the club as the Hawks moved into the Kingstone Press Championship top eight.
Each week every coach in the Kingstone Press Championship - and Championship One once it begins - is consulted to help select 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 Championships’ Player of the Year accolade.
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 – Luke Helliwell (Hunslet Hawks)
Scrum-half Luke Helliwell excelled in his first game as captain, helping Hunslet to a 42-22 win over Doncaster.
Hawks coach Barry Eaton said: “We put some pressure on Luke’s shoulders, making him captain after David March missed out through injury, and he responded really well.
“He thrived on that extra responsibility and made sure we stuck to our game-plan, even when we were 16-0 down inside the first quarter.
“Luke showed real composure, kicked well and probably topped the tackle count because Doncaster were sending a lot his way. It was his best ever game in a Hunslet shirt.”
Premier Sports Performance of the Week – Workington Town
Workington Town’s second win of the season came from a sensational second-half display against Cumbrian rivals Barrow Raiders.
The scores were locked at 10-10 at half time, but Mark Calderwood, Kris Coward, Jarrad Stack, Peter Lupton and Brett Phillips all scored after the break to give Workington a 38-10 victory.
Workington coach Gary Charlton said: “We were going sideways rather than forward in the first half, but the boys rolled up their sleeves in the second half.
“We took our chances very well. We’ve now played well for 40 minutes against Sheffield Eagles and Barrow. When we play well for 80 minutes, we’ll be able to hold our own against anyone in this division.”
Premier Sports Try of the Week – Johnny Campbell (Batley Bulldogs)
Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear said that Johnny Campbell’s dramatic last play try against Halifax, which earned his side an 18-all draw, reminded him of England winger Ryan Hall.
Kear said: “It was Ryan Hall-esque, it was a sensational finish.
“When you watched it live you thought he had half a chance, and he’d taken it.
“But when you review it and look at the replays, he shows a great grip to put the ball down one-handed, and has great body awareness to keep himself in the field of play.
“There was obviously immense pressure from the opposition, as well as pressure from the context of the try – it was the last play of the game and our last chance to get a result.”
Premier Sports Team of the Week
1 Gregg McNally (Leigh Centurions)
2 Tom Saxton (Featherstone Rovers)
3 Stuart Littler (Leigh Centurions)
4 Scott Hale (Dewsbury Rams)
5 Dale Morton (Dewsbury Rams)
6 Paul Handforth (Halifax)
7 Luke Helliwell (Hunslet Hawks)
8 Mitchell Stringer (Sheffield Eagles)
9 Callum Phillips (Workington Town)
10 Brad Singleton (Hunslet Hawks)
11 Jarrad Stack (Workington Town)
12 Alex Bretherton (Batley Bulldogs)
13 Kyle Briggs (Featherstone Rovers)
Championship Player of the Year
Featherstone Rovers loose forward Kyle Brigg and Sheffield Eagles prop Mitchell Stringer have both moved up the Player of the Year table after collecting points for a second time this season.
Briggs is now joint third with Stringer just two points behind, while Dewsbury Rams player Aaron Brown continues to lead, despite missing out on any points this week.
Week Five Player of the Week points
5 points – Luke Helliwell (Hunslet Hawks)
4 points – Kyle Briggs (Featherstone Rovers)
3 points – Mitchell Stringer (Sheffield Eagles)
2 points – Stuart Littler (Leigh Centurions)
1 point – Jarrad Stack (Workington Town)
Player of the Year Table
1 Aaron Brown (9 points)
2 Miles Greenwood (8 points)
3 Peter Green (7 points)
Kyle Briggs (7 points)
5 Dave Houghton (6 points)
6 Mitchell Stringer (5 points)
Simon Finnigan (5 points)
Luke Helliwell (5 points)
9 Lee Waterman (4 points)
10 Steve Crossley (3 points)
Jack Bussey (3 points)
Liam Finn (3 points)
13 Callum Phillips (2 points)
Gregg McNally (2 points)
Stuart Littler (2 points)
16 Steve Tyrer (1 point)
Ryan Fieldhouse (1 point)
Paul Handforth (1 point)
Jarrad Stack (1 point)