Brown leads way at Batley presentation

James Brown scooped a hat-trick of awards at the Bulldogs' presentation night.
James Brown scooped a hat-trick of awards at the Bulldogs' presentation night.

Batley back row forward James Brown scooped a hat-trick of awards at the Bulldogs presentation evening last Friday.

Brown was one of three players to feature in 30 games for the Bulldogs in 2015, along with Shaun Ainscough and winger Wayne Reittie, and he scored three tries along the way.

Brown scooped supporters player of the year, players player and took the coaches award after a terrific campaign, which saw the Bulldogs finish fifth in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield.

Reittie, who was the Bulldogs leading try scorer with 19 from his 30 starts, received the Jack Tindell Trophy from Bulldogs chaplain and Pastor at Staincliffe Baptist Church, Derek Ventress.

Ainscough was second in the Bulldogs try scoring charts with 16, closely followed by winger Alex Brown, who scored 14 in as many matches having returned to the club on loan from Halifax as Batley scored a total of 142 tries during the season.

Reittie has already pledged his future to the Bulldogs, having agreed a deal which will keep him at Mount Pleasant until the end of the 2017 season.

Forward Joe Chandler and Shaun Squires, who scored 12 tries from 28 matches in his first season for the club after joining from Sheffield Eagles, will also remain at Batley until the end of 2017.

Chandler featured in 25 matches before injury brought a premature end to his campaign.

Prop forward Alex Rowe also had a terrific season and scooped two awards as he was named Batley’s man of steel and received the Kerr Interiors Man of the Match Trophy from Stuart Hull.

Rowe played in 29 games for the Bulldogs, with his fearsome running a major factor in the team’s armoury. He also bagged two tries.

The Bulldogs club person of the year was awarded jointly to Alexandra Nicholas and Beverley Nicholas.

Alexandra has given 10 years’ service working at the club and is now departing for university, while Beverley Nicholas, wife of chairman Kevin, has organised the Pink Weekend for the last two years, which has now raised more than £20,000 for breast cancer charities.

Anthony Nicholson was awarded Batley’s rear of the year, which was presented by Nellie Earnshaw.

Nicholson made his 100th career appearance in the final match of the season against Hunslet Hawks but is set to join Swinton Lions in 2016.