Crowley,Langtree steal the show

Date published: Monday, December 1, 2014
HIGHLY-RATED second-row pair Josh Crowley and Danny Langtree swept the board at Oldham Rugby League Club’s 2014 season awards night.
Coach Scott Naylor said he couldn’t split them, so they were named joint players of the year in a first for the Roughyeds’ club, launched in 1997.
Crowley (23) also lifted the supporters’ top-player trophy, sponsored by the Oldham Roughyeds’ Supporters’ Association (ORSA) and presented by its chairman, John McAndrew.
Not to be outdone, Langtree (also 23) was voted players’ player of the year and won a trophy, sponsored by 7L7L and presented by club captain Lewis Palfrey.
Of his star back-rowers, who have re-signed for Roughyeds for another year despite being head-hunted by rival clubs, Naylor said: “It would have been totally unfair to name one of them above the other.
“They both had a fantastic 2014 season. They were our best players every week, each producing quality performances week in and week out.
“To be rarely substituted and to play for 80 minutes of every game at such a consistently high level takes some doing and takes some beating.”
Warrington-born Crowley has played in every Oldham game since he joined the club two seasons ago after being released as a 20-year-old by Widnes Vikings. Langtree, from St Helens, has only missed two games in the same period.
Said Crowley: “Some of the stuff ‘Langers’ does on the field is amazing. We are big mates and we take strength from each other.
“If he’s doing something well on his side of the field, it makes me more determined to do likewise on my side, and vice-versa.”
For dedication to her job “over and above the call of duty”, masseuse Beth Pankiw was named club-person of the year by chairman Chris Hamilton and presented with a trophy sponsored by keen fan Pam Taylor.
Pam also sponsored an Unsung Hero award, which went to club chaplain, the Rev Tony Ford, for his pastoral work among players, staff and supporters.