Phillips and Reynolds named Kingstone Press Players of the W
Workington Town second row Brett Phillips and York City Knights stand-off Ben Reynolds are the Kingstone Press Players of the Week.
Phillips was the stand-out member of an impressive Workington pack in their 20-18 win over second-placed Featherstone Rovers, while Reynolds caught the eye as York beat South Wales Scorpions 48-10.
Every week each coach in both Kingstone Press Championship competitions is contacted to help produce the awards.
Kingstone Press Player of the Week – Brett Phillips (Workington Town)
Workington second row Brett Phillips was one of several heroes in the Town pack as they shocked high-flying Featherstone.
Scotland international Phillips played the whole game, with Town reduced to 16 players from the start due to injuries.
Workington coach Phil Veivers said: “Brett was outstanding, and he has been for a number of weeks.
“He takes some stopping, makes plenty of metres, and helped create a try in the first set of the game for us.
“He played the full 80 minutes in testing conditions with the heat, and I can’t take anything away from the whole pack – to only have three substitutes, they manned up extremely well.”
Kingstone Press Championship One Player of the Week - Ben Reynolds (York City Knights)
York City Knights stand-off Ben Reynolds was the key figure in his side's 48-10 victory over South Wales Scorpions.
Reynolds, a dual-registration signing from Castleford Tigers, has played the majority of the season at full-back.
York coach Gary Thornton said: “Ben is equally at home at either full-back or stand-off, but to come in at number six and do what he did against South Wales shows his versatility and that he is up to the challenge.
"He was instrumental in everything we did, kicked a few goals, and he's part of our squad as far as I'm concerned. He's a very big part of what we hope to achieve this year."
Kingstone Press Performance of the Week – Workington Town
Workington Town overcame significant adversity to beat second-placed Featherstone Rovers 20-18.
Town had just 16 fit players for the match, including conditioner Matthew Johnson who was registered during the week and played on the wing, with the injured Kayle Connor an unused substitute.
Workington coach Phil Veivers said: “We had a fair bit of adversity during the week and we had to register a couple of guys on Thursday night to make up the team.
“I’m delighted with the players and proud of what they achieved against an all-star team like Featherstone.
“It has been well documented the number of quality players they have brought to their team, but my players stuck to a very simple gameplan and took the momentum away from them.”
Kingstone Press Try of the Week – Craig Calvert (Whitehaven)
Whitehaven wing Craig Calvert got his side off to a flying start in their home game against Leigh Centurions.
There was less than three minutes on the clock when Calvert – who is currently in a testimonial season with Whitehaven – finished off a smart move from his side.
Coach Dave Woods said: “We ran the ball on the last tackle.
“Cain Southernwood threw a cut-out ball to Jessie Joe Parker, who drew their winger to put Calvert away.
“Gregg McNally covered across for Leigh, but Calvert dived in the air and managed to put the ball down one handed.”
Kingstone Press Championship Team of the Week
1 Miles Greenwood (Batley Bulldogs)
2 Richie Barnett (Keighley Cougars)
3 Shane Grady (Dewsbury Rams)
4 Josh Griffin (Batley Bulldogs)
5 Tom Saxton (Halifax)
6 Gareth O’Brien (Swinton Lions)
7 Paul Handforth (Keighley Cougars)
8 Jode Sheriffe (Keighley Cougars)
9 Andy Ackers (Swinton Lions)
10 Kris Coward (Workington Town)
11 Brett Phillips (Workington Town)
12 Ross Divorty (Halifax)
13 James Duerden (Workington Town)
Kingstone Press Championship One Team of the Week
1 Danny Thomas (Gloucestershire All Golds)
2 Mo Agoro (Oldham)
3 James Ford (York City Knights)
4 Phil Cowburn (Gloucestershire All Golds)
5 Ben Dent (York City Knights)
6 Ben Reynolds (York City Knights)
7 Tommy Connick (Oxford)
8 Matty Barron (Gateshead Thunder)
9 Craig Cook (Gloucestershire All Golds)
10 Brad Brennan (York City Knights)
11 Josh Crowley (Oldham)
12 Ryan Backhouse (York City Knights)
13 Miles Fairbank (Gloucestershire All Golds)