Thackeray scoops hat-trick of awards

ANTHONY THACKERAY claimed a trio of trophies as Dewsbury Rams celebrated their end-of-season awards on Wednesday night.

The Tetley’s Stadium’s Royal Suite was the venue for the sold-out event, which not only recognised the player’s achievements but also allowed the fans a night of entertainment.

Star half-back Thackeray stole the show as he scooped the supporters’ trophy, man of steel and a joint players’ player award for a stellar campaign.

The 28-year-old playmaker – who joined the club from Halifax at the start of the 2014 season – pipped Tommy Gallagher (second) and Shane Grady (third) to the coveted fans’ award.

“I am over the moon with the awards I received tonight. It’s all down to the boys next to me on and off the field,” said Thackeray.

“It’s the happiest I’ve been both on and off the field and it’s the best group of lads I could be associated with.”

The influential pivot shared the players’ player trophy with fellow newcomer Shane Grady.

The centre or second-rower who signed from London Broncos at the beginning of the season earned plaudits from coach Glenn Morrison for his versatility in an injury-hit Rams side.

The Widnes-born outside back also gained praise from Morrison, who picked him as the coaches’ player-of-the-year.

Dale Morton clinched the best back trophy, edging out teammates Karl Pryce and Grady to claim the silverware.

The best forward went to second-rower Scott Hale who beat veteran Ewan Dowes and fans’ favourite Tommy Gallagher to the award.

There was also a special award handed out to Dr Jim Lee, who is retiring as the club’s doctor after 32 seasons of service. Clubman of the year went to Andrew Farrow.

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