Harrison pipped to coaching prize

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Halifax coach Karl Harrison was pipped to the Co-operative Championship Coach of the Year title by his former front row teammate Paul Rowley at Tuesday night’s awards bash in Leeds.

Leigh boss Rowley, who packed down alongside Harrison in the Fax side that finished third in the 1998 Super League season, picked up the prize after an impressive first season in charge at the LSV which saw him guide the Centurions to a second-placed finish.

Rowley, who took his side to within one game of a Grand Final appearance, saw off the challenge of Harrison, Featherstone’s Daryl Powell and Batley’s John Kear.

There was also disappointment for Fax hooker Sean Penkywicz, who saw one of his former Shay teammates - the Featherstone half back Liam Finn - walk off with the competition’s Player of the Year gong for the second time in three seasons.

Batley’s St Helens-bound prop Alex Walmsley was the Young Player of the Year, while Featherstone picked up Club of the Year after topping the league ladder for a third successive season.

Doncaster stand-off Paul Cooke was named Championship One Player of the Year, with Dons boss Tony Miller getting the coach’s prize.