Scorpions star Burke scoops trophy award
JOE Burke picked up two trophies at South Wales Scorpions' end-of-season awards night as a full house of 160 people packed into the function room at The Gnoll ground.
The night celebrated the achievements of all four sides that bear the Scorpions name — the senior side who play in Championship 1, plus the Wales Rugby League administered juniors, the under-15 and 16 scholarship sides and under-18 academy side.
Burke took the two top awards for the senior side, players' player of the year and coach's player of the year with Steve Parry winning the supporters' player of the year for the second season in succession.
Young player of the year was won by Osian Phillips, one of a number of under-18s who were brought into the senior side in the latter half of the season after being trained and developed by the WRL Academy staff.
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The first team's try of the year was voted for on the night after a choice of ten were shown on the big screen. Dalton Grant's 100-metre effort at Barrow Raiders in the year's final match took over a third of the votes to seal the award.
At under-15 level, coach's player of the year was Ben Jones, while the most improved player was Morgan Jeffries.
Jak Evans claimed the coach's nod for the under-16s, while Rhys Finney was awarded the most improved gong.
Rhys Fitzgerald was the under-18 coach's player of the year and Connor Farrer the players' player of the year.
As well as the awards, signed shirts were presented to the major club and player sponsors.