Paul Aiton and Danny Kirmond were the big winners at the annual end of season presentation night as they scooped five awards between them as a reward for their fantastic performances in 2013.
The event, held at the luxurious Oulton Hall Hotel in Leeds, was presented by Back Chat host Rod Studd as coaches, players, staff, sponsors and loyal Wildcats supporters helped to make the evening a huge success.
Hooker Paul Aiton walked away with three awards as he picked the Wildcats Man of Steel, Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year as the Papua New Guinea captain was rewarded for his consistently high level of performances.
The Wildcats number nine has made 24 appearances this campaign and has been like a rock in defence, completing over 900 tackles, the second most of any player in Super League.
With six tries to his name, the 28-year-old has run from dummy half a staggering 286 times this season causing opposition defences no end of problems and was undoubtedly a deserved winner of all the awards.
Wakefield skipper Kirmond picked up two awards as he collected Members Player of the Year and Sandal Post Office Try of the Year for his fine effort against the Catalan Dragons in May.
All through the year fans have been voting on Twitter and Facebook for their Sandal Post Office Tries of the Month and all the monthly winners were shortlisted for the yearly award.
The Try of the Year was chosen by Sandal Post Office and they opted for the try against the Dragons. It came as Tim Smith’s no-look pass found Ben Cockayne, who raced away before handing on to Kirmond to score.
Captain Kirmo also picked up Member Player of the Year and it’s no wonder as the back-rower has led by example all season. In his 21 appearances he has notched up an impressive 13 tries, the second most of any forward in the competition.
Reece Lyne was the other first team winner on the night as the centre picked up the Rising star award. The-20-year-old has had a fine first season with the club making 16 appearances and scoring four tries.
His try against St Helens last month underlined his quality as he raced the length of the field, rounding Saints full-back Johnny Lomax, to score a fantastic try.
There were also awards for the under 19’s Academy with captain Corbyn Kilday earning the accolades of Players’ Player of the Year and Coaches Player of the Year whilst Curtis Macdonald was the under 19’s Man of Steel.
Club Historian Lee Robinson won the Jonny Thompson Trophy for Club Person of the Year. Lee has played a big role in the setting up of the Past Players’ Association as well as contributing to the Wildcats match day programme and being the go-to man for all things Wakefield Trinity and their heritage.
Here is a list of all the winners from this evening:
Man of Steel (sponsored by C & D Cleaning): Paul Aiton
Players’ Player (sponsored by Fisher Construction): Paul Aiton
Coaches Player of the Year (sponsored by SCS Group): Paul Aiton
Members Player of the Year (sponsored by Sports ID): Danny Kirmond
Rising Star (sponsored by SCS Group): Reece Lyne
Try of the Year (sponsored by Sandal Post Office): Danny Kirmond
Clubman (sponsored by Spire Methley Park): Lee Robinson
Under 19’s Academy Man of Steel (Sponsored by HSBC Bank): Curtis MacDonald
Under 19’s Academy Players’ Player of the Year (Sponsored by HSBC Bank): Corbyn Kilday
Under 19’s Academy Coaches Player of the Year (Sponsored by HSBC Bank): Corbyn Kilday
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