Player Of The Year Awards Night 2004
The WWST 2004 Player Of The Year Awards were held in the packed out Prime Time Recruitment Suite in the Martin Dawes stand. 4-500 Trust, SquadBuilder and Wolfpack members and fans guaranteed late arrivals standing room only and showed that Warrington Wolves’ army of supporters is growing well since the move to the new stadium.
The action-packed evening saw the following players receive awards after keen voting from Supporters’ Trust and SquadBuilder members in the weeks previous:-
Player of the Year – Mike Wainwright (collected by Louis Wainwright)
Away Player of the Year – Darren Burns
Under-18 Player of the Year – Craig Ashall
Under-21 Player of the Year – Steve Pickersgill
Unsung Hero – Gary Hulse
Most Improved Player – Paul Noone
Trust Committee Player – Gary Hulse
Top Try Scorer – Brent Grose
First Try at the HJ (special) – Nat Wood
Clubman of the Year – Gary Hulse
The awards were received well by all the players, all seemed genuinely pleased to be recognized by the fans, even Paul Noone once reassured that it doesn’t mean he was ‘rubbish’ last year. Steve Pickersgill also made sure that the efforts of his brother, John didn’t go unnoticed either by getting him to ‘joint’ receive the award, something the fans recognised with rapturous applause. Look out for those two next year!
Gary Hulse yet again stressed his passion for the club and his determination to stay at the Wolves, something Cullen backed up in that the club are working hard to find a way to keep Hulse while staying under the constraints of the 20/20/30 rule imposed by the RFL.
Finally, the departing 3 players, Darren Burns, Jerome Guisset and Mike Forshaw were all specially recognised by the Supporters and gave a sentimental farewell. Jerome tested our School learnt French giving a version in his native language.
The awards were capped off with a surprise performance from Independance, leading into the AGM.
The AGM was a brief affair, if anyone wants to register an interest in joining the committee and helping out with events like this one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then, the evening rolled on to the Q&A with Cullen where a pick of the questions included future signings, ability of some of the current squad, Gary Hulse for GB, the move to the new Stadium from a playing and atmosphere perspective and salary cap regulations. Cullen also went on to praise the work of SquadBuilder in driving forward youth development and growing the grass roots level of the club and urged more fans to join.
Thanks go to all who were involved in making the Awards night such a great night again and a special thanks to Paul Cullen for the time given in answering with intelligence and honesty many fans sometimes frank questions!
A good time was had by all and those who didn’t or couldn’t make it certainly missed out.
Attention now turns to the 125th Anniversary Dinner to be held in the same venue on 18th. October 2004. Please keep an eye on the website for news on how the guest list for that evening is progressing. Information on booking can be found in the news section.