Wigan Warriors Women hold awards evening
- Side celebrates first ever season in Women’s Super League
Awards season continued with our Wigan Warriors Women on Monday night as the Grand Final winning side came together to celebrate a fantastic first season.
After winning the Women’s Super League in their first season there was certainly plenty to celebrate. The awards celebration took place on Monday night at Revolution Wigan. Take a look at all of the individual awards below.
Player of the Year sponsored by HW Moon Toyota – Gemma Walsh
Gemma Walsh was named Women’s Player of the Year after an outstanding debut campaign with the Warriors. Walsh, 34, led Wigan to their first ever Super League Grand Final win in what was their first competitive season as a team. After representing England in three World Cups earning 15 caps as well as captaining the National side, Walsh made history as she was the first player to captain the Warriors Women’s side. The ex-Featherstone Rovers stand-off was part of an outstanding team that was only put together last September. Walsh has been instrumental on and off the field with a wealth of experience and expertise which has seen her deservedly take this award.
Young Player of the Year sponsored by Wigan Warriors Lotto – Rebecca Greenfield
20-year old Becky Greenfield picked up the Young Player of the Year award after an influential season as the Warriors full-back. The number one made 16 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring 11 league tries to record an encouraging tally in the Warriors first Season. Greenfield recently represented Lancashire in the Women’s Origin, and has also been selected to play for England in their upcoming test against France.
Top Try Scorer sponsored by SMARTStrat – Rachel Thompson
Rachel Thompson was rewarded for her attacking efforts on the night, as she picked up the Top Try Scorer award having scored 16 tries in 16 appearances for the Warriors across their competitive fixtures this season. The Warriors centre is well established in the game of Rugby League, having previously played for Leigh Miners and Thatto Heath before becoming the first female player to sign for the Warriors, Thompson has also represented England in both test series and World Cup competition. The number three earns the accolade after a fine display in attack throughout the Season.
’Katie’s Award’ Warrior of the Year sponsored by Katie’s Yard – Amanda Sibbald
The first ever Women’s Warrior of the Year is named after fan Katie Coutanche, a young supporter who has been battling with Cancer but has never failed to support the Warriors Women along the way this year. The award was given to Amanda Sibbald, a player who epitomises everything it means to be a Warrior, someone who always gets back up and never gives up fighting. The number 25, also an ex-England International, joined the Warriors shortly after the start of the Season, after coming out of retirement to take up the opportunity with Wigan. Sibbald has scored 11 tries in all competitions this season, assisting a myriad of others and consistently putting her body on the line, earning her the prestigious award.
Players’ Player of the Year sponsored by BlueSky Plumbing Ltd – Alison Burrows
Alison Burrows picked up the Players’ Player of the Year award, as voted by her teammates. The Warriors winger grew up as a Wigan fan living in St Helens, attending all the Wigan Rugby Camps and was finally given the opportunity to pull on the Cherry & White jersey herself when she was handed the number 20 following the trials. Burrows, dubbed ‘safe hands’ by her fellow team mates, has displayed consistent performances throughout the year, looking steady under the high ball and also getting five tries on her tally.
Coaches’ Award sponsored by Master Lock and Safe – Elaine Halliwell
Amanda Wilkinson decided her Coaches’ Award should go not to a player, but a vital member of her backroom staff. Elaine Halliwell, a lifelong Wigan fan, volunteered to be a part of the Women’s set up at the end of last year and is pivotal to the running of matchdays for Amanda Wilkinson and her team. Her dedication to the club and proactive approach are highly recognised.