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Championship One plaudits for Paul Cooke and Lee Waterman
FORMER York City Knights centre Lee Waterman has been named in the Championship One team of the year, but it was ex-Hull KR star Paul Cooke who capped a fine debut season at Doncaster by collecting a double at last night’s Co-operative Championships Awards Dinner in Leeds.
The stand-off was named the Championship One Player of the Year after guiding the Dons to the league leaders’ shield and promotion to the Championship title and he also lifted the Northern Star Award for his contributions to the local community.
Dons coach Tony Miller was named the Championship One Coach of the Year and the club also took the Championship One Club of the Year gong.
The place in the Team of the Year for Waterman was reward for him having scored 34 tries so far this term.
Doncaster face Barrow in the Championship One Grand Final on Sunday.
Featherstone stand-off Liam Finn took the prestigious Championship Player of the Year award, the second time in three years the half-back has earned the honour.
Rovers, who play Sheffield in the Championship Grand Final on Sunday, were also named Championship Club of the Year.
Batley forward Alex Walmsley was the Championship Young Player of the Year, after a season which has seen the youngster earn a contract with St Helens for 2013.
The Championship Coach of the Year was Leigh’s Paul Rowley, beating off competition from Fev’s Daryl Powell, Batley’s John Kear and Halifax’s Karl Harrison to take the award in his first season in charge.
2012 Co-operative Championships Award Winners
Championship: Player of the Year – Liam Finn (Featherstone); Young Player of the Year – Alex Walmsley (Batley); Coach of the Year – Paul Rowley (Leigh).
Championship One: Player of the Year – Paul Cooke (Doncaster); Young Player of the Year –Elliott Miller (Workington); Coach of the Year – Tony Miller (Doncaster).
Northern Star winner: Paul Cooke (Doncaster).
Neil Whittaker Award (for contribution to officiating): Paul Grundill.
Referee of the Year: George Stokes.
Club of the Year: Featherstone (Championship) and Doncaster (Championship One) Community Programme of the Year: Workington.
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