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Calderdale College celebrated the great work done by students and staff at their annual Sports Awards Evening at Siddal ARLFC.

College Principal Chris Jones was on hand to present the awards as Jake Smith claimed the Sportsperson of the Year award after a successful season captaining the rugby league team.

George Hulme (Rugby), Matthew Waller (Football first team), Luke Couchman (Football second team), Aleathia Smith (female Football) and Sophie Fisher (Netball) were also big winners on the night.

All sports were also covered in reavi of a hewighly scucessful season

Coach Lee Greenwood managed to field two rugby league teams this season. The first team started well but two defeats to Wakefield meant they had to settle for runners-up spot in the Yorkshire Premier.The second team entered tYorkshire Division Two and finished fourth.

Both teams made it through to the Yorkshire Cup final where the first team claimed their first county success with a stunning 20-4 victory over Wakefield. They also fell just short in the National final, losing 20-8 to Runshaw 20-8 at Widnes.

George Hulme, Brad Hill, Jake Smith, Sam Dunn, Louis Hobbs and Callum Dunne made it through to the successful Yorkshire Colleges squad that won the regional tournament in May. Smith, Dunne and Hill were all subsequently selected for the England Colleges squad for 2013.

The College’s link with Halifax RLFC continued to bear fruit with Jordan Whippey, Sam Dunn, Callum Dunne, Louis Hobbs, Brad Hill, James Hanson, Connor Farnell and Aron Manger all playing for the club’s under 20s team.

The Calderdale College Football Development Centre first team finished fourth in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

The team were unbeaten in the league by Christmas but the second half of the season was plagued by inconsistency and they had to settle for fourth.

They also reached the Pennine League playoffs final which is due to be played over the next couple of weeks.

The second team also competed well, claiming excellent wins against York and Harrogate, but in the end finished in the bottom half of the table.

Trials for the new season are being held on Wednesday, June 12.

This has proved to be the most successful for the girl’s football team as they won the British Colleges of Sport, Yorkshire and Humberside League.

Some great displays left the Calderdale College Football girls top of the league, with 42 points, losing only two games all year.

Captain Kirstie Poxon and top scorer Jessica Doyle gained selection for the West Riding FA representative squad.

After losing their full team from the previous season, it was always going to be a transitional year for the netball team.

They showed their commitment by fulfilling all of their fixtures, despite having to play against much more established Colleges in the BCS Yorkshire & Humber League.

Next year the girls are hoping to enter a local Thursday night league alongside the BCS fixtures on Wednesday afternoons.

If anyone would like more information or apply, ring 01422 357357 or email sportsdev@calderdale.ac.uk

Sports Person Of The Year - Jake Smith; Player Of The Year: Rugby League – George Hulme, Male Football – Matthew Waller Male Football 2nd Team – Luke Couchman, Female Football – Aleathia Smith, Netball – Sophie Fisher; Players’ Player Of The Year: Rugby League – Daniel Garrett, Male Football – Carlton Pownall, Male Football 2nd Team – Adam Leslie, Female Football – Molly Kennedy, Netball – Mbuuaraa Kambazembi; Trainer Of The Year: Rugby League – Tyler Balmforth, Male Football – Jordan Hadden & Nathan Holmes, Male Football 2nd Team – Hardy Janecki, Female Football – Anna Womersley, Netball – Lauren McGow.