Miles Greenwood

Date published: Monday, September 17, 2012
FULL-BACK Miles Greenwood won each of the three major trophies at Oldham RL Club’s end-of-season awards night.
Supporters, his fellow players and caretaker coach Martin Roden all chose the Roughyeds’ Batley-bound top try scorer as their player of the year.
In his one and only season with his home-town club, the former Leigh and Halifax No 1 scored 20 tries — eight more than his nearest challenger, Alex Thompson.
“Scoring was the easy bit,” said Greenwood.
“The forwards and the halfbacks did all the hard work, so in picking up these awards I am representing the full squad.
“As for leaving to sign for Batley, it was a big decision because I have really enjoyed my time at Oldham.
“I’m very pleased to have had a year here — it was a season I will never forget.”
Roden, who ended the season as boss, said of him: “He didn’t get my award just for his tries. When we were under pressure in our own 20-metre zone he was often first in for the scoot to get us out of the trenches.”
Describing his season’s work as “outstanding”, club chairman Chris Hamilton told Greenwood: “You were equally as good in attack and defence. On behalf of the club, thank-you for your contribution and good luck at Batley.”
By winning most of the major awards and then leaving for pastures new, Greenwood remarkably emulated each of his two full-back predecessors — Paul O’Connor in 2010 and Ben Heaton in 2011.
The full honours list was as follows:
Supporters Player of the Year (sponsored by ORSA and presented by Phil Ward):  Miles Greenwood.
Players’ Player of the Year (Doughty’s Gym, Shaw): Miles Greenwood.
Coach’s Player of the Year (OHM Electrical Services, presented by Martin Roden): Miles Greenwood.
Clubman of the Year (chosen and presented by Chris Hamilton): club statistician Ian Cockcroft.
Unsung Hero (Spindles Town Square Shopping, presented by Alex Thompson and Jamie Dallimore): dedicated supporter Tracy Bradley.
A special award was made to retiring kit man Paul Hulbert, who volunteered to help out and ended up doing the job for ten years.
In making the presentation, and speaking on behalf of the players, Roden said: “People behind the scenes often get overlooked at times like this.
“I’ve been in the game a long number of years and I’ve never known anyone as committed as this guy.”
Praising his players for their efforts over the last four games of the season when he was in charge, Roden said: “I told them I just wanted them to do the best for me as I would do my best for them.
“They did everything I asked of them and that made my job easy.
“We improved match on match, but it was all a bit too late.
“Failure to win promotion was a massive disappointment, but the boys put their bodies on the line for me in the last few games and showed they are good players.”