Earlier this week St Helens fullback Ben Barba became the only the second player ever to win both the NRL and RFL player of the year when he was named Super Leagues Steve Prescott Man of Steel at the awards ceremony in Manchester.
The Australian beat of competition from his club captain James Roby and England international John Bateman for the award which is named after a former England, St Helens, Wakefield and Hull FC full back ‘Steve Prescot’ who passed away in 2013 due to Stomach Cancer, but only after he had under took countless challenges to raise money and awareness through his Charity ‘the Steve Prescot Foundation’. With his name added to the award the following year.
The 29 year old was also named Top Try scorer with 28 tries in only 23 appearances this what will be his only full season in super league after he announced he would be returning to Australia to play for North Queensland Cowboys a fortnight ago.
Other awards given on the night were to Castleford Tigers 17 year old Georgia Roche who became the recipient of the first ever Woman of Steel award after a fantastic season in which she has helped her side to the Women’s Challenge Cup final and the Super League Semi Final, both of which they were beaten on the day by Leeds Rhino’s
Coach of the year went to Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane, who will take charge of his side one final time on Saturday at the Grand Final before he leaves to take up a high performance role with Scottish Rugby Union. This will be his fifth final in charge of the Warriors since he took over the reins in 2011.
The young player of the year went to heavy favourite Castleford Tigers 19 year old half back Jake Trueman, who made his dream debut just over twelve months ago scoring a hat trick on debut in a win over Wigan Warriors. This year the teenagers has become a pivotal member of the Tigers side which has missed first choice half backs Luke Gale, Jamie Ellis and Ben Roberts for long periods of the season, however the youngster as guided the side to finish third in the table, losing out to Wigan in the Semi final last weekend.
A full list of the awards hand out on the night were;
Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel: Ben Barba (St Helens)
Woman of Steel: Georgia Roche (Castleford Tigers)
Super League Young Player of the Year: Jake Trueman (Castleford Tigers)
Super League Coach of the Year: Shaun Wane (Wigan Warriors)
Hit man: Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers – 1,160 tackles)
Top metre maker: Bill Tupou (Wakefield Trinity – 4,114 metres made)
Top try-scorer: Ben Barba (St Helens – 28 tries)
Top gun: Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers – 87% conversion rate)
Outstanding Contribution: Louis Anderson (Catalans Dragons)
Super League Club of the Year: Warrington Wolves
Foundation of the Year: Leeds Rhinos