Finn and Rovers are big winners on awards night

Championship Player of the Year Liam Finn with his trophy.
Championship Player of the Year Liam Finn with his trophy.

FEATHERSTONE Rovers stand-off Liam Finn was presented with the prestigious Championship Player of the Year trophy at the Co-operative Championships Awards Dinner on Tuesday night.

It is the second time in three years that the record-breaking stand-off has won the award, but surprisingly Daryl Powell was not announced as the Championship Coach of the Year, that honour going to Leigh’s Paul Rowley. Featherstone, however, were named Championship Club of the Year.

Batley Bulldogs forward Alex Walmsley was awarded the Championship Young Player of the Year while George Stokes earned the Referee of the Year award.

Touch-judge Paul Grundill was also awarded the Neil Whittaker Award for outstanding contributions to officiating, with the Egremont local having devoted the best part of two decades to the game.

The 2012 Co-operative Championships award winners:

Championship Player of the Year: Liam Finn (Featherstone Rovers)

Championship Young Player of the Year: Alex Walmsley (Batley Bulldogs)

Championship Coach of the Year: Paul Rowley (Leigh Centurions)

Championship One Player of the Year: Paul Cooke (Doncaster)

Championship One Young Player of the Year: Elliott Miller (Workington Town)

Championship One Coach of the Year: Tony Miller (Doncaster)

Northern Star winner: Paul Cooke (Doncaster)

Neil Whittaker Award: Paul Grundill

Referee of the Year: George Stokes

Club of the Year: Featherstone Rovers (Championship) and Doncaster (Championship One)