Gildart Takes Top SL Gong

Gildart Takes Top SL Gong

  • Oliver Gildart named 2017 Super League Young Player of the Year

  • Gildart handed the award by former Great Britain 800m runner and fellow Wiganer Jenny Meadows

  • The 21-year-old has already won the World Club Challenge and Super League playing in the Challenge Cup Final and another Grand Final

Wigan’s Oliver Gildart was tonight named 2017 Super League Young Player of the Year.

The Wigan centre, a product of the Wigan Academy, was handed the award at the Man of Steel awards dinner held in Manchester.

Given the number four jersey ahead of the 2017 season, Gildart has made 20 appearances scoring 15 tries, his only absence owing to a back injury picked up in the game at Leeds in March.

The 21-year-old won the Grand Final with Wigan last year and scored in the World Club Challenge win over Cronulla in February. He also played in this year’s Challenge Cup Final and in the 2015 Super League Grand Final. He was handed the award by former Great Britain 800m runner and fellow Wiganer Jenny Meadows.

In a second success of the night, the Warriors Community Foundation was named Foundation of the Year

The Foundation has had a busy and productive year with the support of Key partners SKY TRY, Mitsubishi Electric and Houses for Homes. Delivery of the ‘Drop the Beat’ Education programme alongside Heart Research UK as well as the Green Warrior programme.

The Foundation has also led the way with the Health Warrior programme in support of Fur Clemt, the pay-as-you-feel community café hosted at Central Park.

Luke Gale was named Steve Prescott Man of Steel becoming the first Castleford player since Rangi Chase in 2011 to take the game’s top individual honour. Gale saw off teammate Zak Hardaker and Hull’s Albert Kelly to win the award.

Castleford Tigers were awarded Club of the Year for a great year on and off the field and their coach, Daryl Powell, took the Coach of the Year.

St Helens’ Alex Walmsley took the Metre-Maker award having amassed 4256 metres during 2017. With an 89% success rate and 103 goals, Marc Sneyd of Hull FC won the Top Gun award. Sneyd’s teammate Danny Houghton was Top Tackler with 1123 tackles. Castleford’s Greg Eden won the Top Try Scorer gong with 38.

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