Murrell and Moulsdale scoop Player of the Week awards

Stand-offs Scott Murrell of Halifax and Andy Moulsdale of North Wales Crusaders have clinched the Premier Sports Player of the Week awards.

Murrell was rewarded for his display in Halifax’s 60-10 Kingstone Press Championship win over Leigh Centurions, while Moulsdale was similarly impressive in his side’s 44-6 victory over London Skolars.

Moulsdale now moves to the top of the Championship One Player of the Year table, while Mitchell Stringer extended his lead in the Championship after earning three points in his side’s win over Barrow.

Every week each coach in the Championship and Championship One is contacted to help compile the Premier Sports awards.

Premier Sports Championship Player of the Week – Scott Murrell (Halifax)

Scott Murrell was the key figure as Halifax recorded a comprehensive 60-10 win over Kingstone Press Championship rivals Leigh on Sunday.

The former Hull KR playmaker showed his top-flight experience with an influential display in the big win.

Halifax coach Karl Harrison said: “Scott has been instrumental in a lot of things that we’ve done this season.

“When we lost Sean Penkywicz in the close season we had to rebuild our offensive game, and Scott has taken a lot of that on.

“He has great organisation skills and his kicking game has been sensational.”

Premier Sports Championship One Player of the Week – Andy Moulsdale (North Wales Crusaders)

Crusaders captain Andy Moulsdale was outstanding in his side’s 44-6 win over London Skolars. He was involved in each of the Crusaders’ eight tries and dominated play from start to finish.

Crusaders coach Clive Griffiths said: “Andy sits back and reads the game well, and he’s a good leader too. He came in last year, found his feet and he possesses all the qualities of a good half-back. He’s one of our key men.”

North Wales were only ahead 12-6 at half time, but Moulsdale’s display helped the hosts claim six unanswered tries in the second half. “To score that many points was fantastic,” said Griffiths.

Championship Player of the Year Award

Sheffield prop Mitchell Stringer has extended his lead at the top of the Player of the Year table after another strong performance at weekend.

Stringer scored two tries in the Eagles’ 44-18 win over Barrow Raiders to collect three points.

Featherstone prop Steve Crossley and York hooker Jack Lee also moved up the table, while Halifax duo Scott Murrell and Anthony Thackeray collected their first points of the campaign.

5 points – Scott Murrell (Halifax)
4 points – Steve Crossley (Featherstone Rovers)
3 points – Mitchell Stringer (Sheffield Eagles)
2 points – Anthony Thackeray (Halifax)
1 point – Jack Lee (York City Knights)

Championship Player of the Year Table

1 Mitchell Stringer (13 points)
2 Aaron Brown (9 points)
3 Paul Handforth (8 points)
  Miles Greenwood (8 points)

Championship One Player of the Year

North Wales stand-off Andy Moulsdale has overtaken Sean Morris at the top of the rankings after collecting the Player of the Week award. Morris, Valu Bentley and Gary Middlehurst lead the chasing pack.

Week Two Championship One Player of the Week

5 points – Andy Moulsdale (North Wales)
4 points – Valu Bentley (Oxford)
3 points – Mike Bishay (Hemel)
2 points – Jason Payne (Gateshead)
1 point – Danny Langtree (Oldham)

Championship One Player of the Year table

1 Andy Moulsdale (6 points)
2 Sean Morris (5 points)
3 Gary Middlehurst (4 points)
Valu Bentley (4 points)

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