Castleford Tigers Foundation’s Physical Disability Rugby League team celebrated a fantastic 2022 campaign at their End of Season Awards night at The Jungle last weekend!
This year has been a standout one for the Fords’ PDRL side with the squad continuously growing in numbers as well as going on a remarkable nine-match winning run near the back end of the season.
Castleford were also represented on the international stage during the PDRL World Cup with Mark Gummerson and Nick Kennedy both representing the Three Lions proudly as they went all the way to lift the trophy.
Despite falling just short at Finals Day in Warrington, all the Tigers players who attended a brilliant night gleefully toasted a great year of progress on and off the field.
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The winners on the night were Jorge Russell and Ricky Fisher who picked up the Players’ Player of the Year awards. Simon Tams and Mark Gummerson were awarded the Coaches Player of the Year and Lucinda Kennedy took home the Club Person of the Year prize. All the other members of the squad didn’t go empty-handed however, with each of the players being presented with a bespoke heritage plaque.
Russell was selected as one of the Players’ Player of the Year winners, and the Cas youngster affirmed his delight at being voted.
“It’s mega because I didn’t expect it! I’ve loved playing for this team all year so I’m just happy to be out there playing. We had nine wins on the trot at one stage which was amazing and then had the lads in the World Cup, so it’s just been a mega year.
“You’re with your best mates and we’re family really so you couldn’t ask for much better!”
Cas PDRL coach Anthony Summerfield has played a major role in the development and the expansion of the Tigers team this term and looking back on the year that’s been, he stated that he’s been delighted by the growth of the sport as a whole in 2022.
“Tonight has been fantastic because we have been working really hard for the past four years as a collective group and we have just grown and grown. We’ve had some outstanding additions to the team this year that have really kicked us on.
“The growth of PDRL has been fantastic and it’s just going to get bigger and bigger. To see where it is now where we have just had the World Cup and a couple of our boys have represented England in it, that’s outstanding as well. Hopefully going forward, we will have more international festivals and on the big stage again.”
Tigers prop George Griffin is the First Team Ambassador for the PDRL side and experienced his first festival at The Jungle earlier in the year where Cas went unbeaten.
Touching on the positive ethos within the PDRL pack, Griffin outlined that he’d encourage anyone to get involved with the team in any way possible.
“I’ve managed to get down to a few games this year and they’ve been playing really well so it’s nice to give the rewards back to them for that and I’m sure they’ve enjoyed tonight. You can see the relationships between the players, and they’ve got bonds for life I think because you can tell that they are all friends first.
“The game is for all people and it’s inclusive for everyone down here at Cas. Just come down to throw a ball around or just to be around good people, and I’m sure we’ll get you involved at some point!”
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