Surprising omission in Championship awards

Dewsbury Rams head coach Neil Kelly has been overlooked as a nominee for the Championship Coach of the Year.

Kelly returned to take charge at the Tetley’s Stadium in April after the club made a dreadful start to the new season, failing to win any of their first eight league matches.

However, the 55-year-old turned their form around to ease any relegation fears and they now sit fourth in the Championship Shield table.

London Broncos head coach Andrew Henderson, Hull KR’s Tim Sheens and Halifax boss Richard Marshall have been nominated for the Championship Coach of the Year.

Although those mentioned above are worthy nominees, Kelly’s absence is somewhat of a surprise considering how he turned Dewsbury’s fortunes around in such a short space of time.

Elsewhere, Chris Atkin, Mark Kheirallah and Shaun Lunt have been nominated for Championship Player of the year, with Alex Walker, Brandon Moore and James Bentley the nominees for Young Player of the Year.

You can see all the nominations for the Championship and League 1 below, with the winners announced at the annual dinner in Manchester on Monday September 18.

Championship Player of the Year:

Chris Atkin (Hull Kingston Rovers), Mark Kheirallah (Toulouse Olympique XIII) and Shaun Lunt (Hull Kingston Rovers)

Championship Coach of the Year:

Andrew Henderson (London Broncos), Richard Marshall (Halifax RLFC) and Tim Sheens (Hull Kingston Rovers)

Championship Young Player of the Year:

Alex Walker (London Broncos), Brandon Moore (Halifax RLFC) and James Bentley (Bradford Bulls),

League 1 Player of the Year:

Bob Beswick (Toronto Wolfpack), Craig Hall (Toronto Wolfpack) and Joe Bullock (Barrow Raiders)

League 1 Coach of the Year:

Carl Forster (Whitehaven RLFC), James Ford (York City Knights) and Paul Crarey (Barrow Raiders)

League 1 Young Player of the Year:

Ash Robson (York City Knights), Lewis Young (Newcastle Thunder) and Liam Harris (York City Knights)