Rams spread out awards ahead of final match

Rams spread out awards ahead of final match

DEWSBURY RAMS held their annual awards night on Wednesday, with Sam Day claiming the Man of Steel award.

Day has emerged this season to become first-choice hooker and has scored nine tries in 26 appearances in all competitions.

Kyle Trout was awarded the Players’ Player and Coaches’ Player of the Year gongs with the versatile forward, who last month earned a move to Super League side Hull KR, making 25 appearances and scoring seven tries.

Trout also shared the Amber Ribbon’s award with Martyn Reilly, while the prize for Forward of the Year went to prop Tom Garratt, who has impressed since stepping up to the professional game ahead of the season from amateur side Siddal.

The Back of the Year award was handed to flying winger Andy Gabriel, another new signing who was brought in from League One side Keighley and has scored eight tries.

Experienced half-back Paul Sykes was the supporters’ choice for Player of the Year, after scoring over 100 points over the course of the season with four tries, 43 goals and three drop-goals.

Long-serving kitman Chris Hill was given the Special Recognition Award, Elsie Fryer and Margaret Brearley were handed the Lifetime Award, and former coach Ray Abbey got the Heritage Award.

The club’s media team, comprising Tom Coates, Steven Downes, James Taylor and Lucas Whitehead, won the Clubmen of the Year prize.

Meanwhile, Dewsbury finish their Championship campaign at home to Widnes on Sunday (3pm) in a head-to-head clash for 11th spot in the table.

Both sides are level on 14 points, albeit thanks to the Vikings’ 12-point deduction earlier in the season, and the Rams pulled off a surprise 25-24 win in April’s reverse fixture.

Lee Greenwood’s side lost their fourth match in a row at Toulouse last weekend, but the coach had no complaints with the effort from his side in a 42-14 defeat to the second-placed side in searing French heat.

“It wasn’t about the score really as I half-expected that type of scoreline,” said Greenwood. “However, what was important was to see 17 lads to really dig in for each other.

“When they are looking at each other with sweaty bodies they can’t be having a go at anyone, because you can’t say anything bad about anyone who has travelled with us on this trip.

“That was nothing I’d ever quite been involved in before conditions-wise, it was scorching. I was in the shade and even I was struggling so fair play to those lads out there.”

With a number of players unable to make the trip there were plenty of changes and players out position. Jacob Thomas was handed a first appearance since the opening day of the season on the wing, Jack Ray played his first league game for the club, and Harvey Whiteley featured for the Rams for only the third time.

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