St Helens Women had their 2023 awards evening at the Totally Wicked Stadium last night!
The awards were more split than ever before, with all eight categories having different winners this year. You can find a review of the evening down below!
2023 Club Partners & Player Sponsors
We would like to say a massive thank you to our 2023 Club Partners and Player Sponsors for your support during our history making season!
Saints Top Chef
Captain, Jodie Cunningham, was crowned the winner of Saints Top Chef, which was filmed at the start of the year. You can watch all of the episodes if you have a Saints TV premium account here.
2023 u19’s Player of the Year
The second award of the evening was for the u19’s Player of the Year. The award went to Erin McDonald, a forward who featured twice for the first team at the Nines Tournament earlier on in the year.
2023 Young Player of the Year
The third award was for the Young Player of the Year. The victor of this award was 2023 recruit, Luci McColm, who Saints signed back from rivals Wigan Warriors at the start of the year.
McColm scored 11 tries in 11 games this season, cementing a starting spot at left centre for the majority of our 2023 season.
We also celebrated those players who have hit 50 appearances in the Red V, since the team was formed in 2018. Below is a list of the players who have reached the milestone:
Tara Jones – 72 appearances
Chantelle Crowl – 67 Appearances
Naomi Williams – 65 Appearances
Emily Rudge – 64 Appearances
Zoe Harris – 62 Appearances
Pip Birchall – 60 Appearances
Leah Burke – 59 Appearances
Rebecca Rotheram – 55 Appearances
Jodie Cunningham – 53 Appearances
Vicky Whitfield – 53 Appearances
2023 Try of the Year
The fourth award was for Try of the Year. This was voted on social media by fans, with Phoebe Hook’s effort against Leeds Rhinos at Wembley grabbing the best try award for 2023.
Hook joined midway through the year from Manchester Rugby union, scoring seven tries in nines games, which included a hat-trick against Huddersfield.
2023 Members’ Player of the Year
The fifth award was for the 2023 Members’ Player of the Year. This is voted for by our 2023 Members, and the winner was Woman of Steel nominee and Captain, Jodie Cunningham.
Cunningham was appointed England Captain earlier on this year, and despite a frustrating years with a knee injury, made ten appearances scoring three tries.
Cunningham is proudly sponsored by the Standing Tall Foundation.
2023 Players’ Player of the Year
The sixth award was for Players’ Player of the Year. Arguably the most meaningful award, getting recognised for your efforts by your fellow squad members. The winner of this award was Eboni Partington.
Partington was used in various positions during the season, covering at Fullback, Centre and Winger, scoring nine tries in 16 games.
Partington is proudly sponsored by CAL Groundwork.
2023 Coaches’ Player of the Year
The penultimate award was for Coaches’ Player of the Year. This award went to Woman of Steel nominee, Shona Hoyle who has impressed throughout 2023 with some dominant performances from both prop and second row.
Hoyle grabbed an impressive 16 tries in 17 games from second row, and occasionally prop, in a standout campaign for the England international.
Hoyle is proudly sponsored by Kinaxia Logistics.
2023 Player of the Year
The final award was for our 2023 Player of the Year. This year, it went to our third and final Women of Steel nominee, Emily Rudge.
Rudge grabbed nine tries in 15 games for the Red V in 2023, constantly leading from the front. The effort put in from our number twelve earning her the Player of the Year award.
Rudge is proudly sponsored by Tom Crowe Procurement Ltd.
Details on how the sponsor the team in 2024 will be available soon. If you are interested in potentially becoming a sponsor to the women’s team in 2024, please could you send an email to [email protected] for current availability.
A Message to the Fans
Thank you for all of your support both home and away throughout the 2023 season. We now look ahead to the 2024 campaign and hope to see you all again then!
2024 fixtures will be released in the coming months. Once released, you will be able to find them on our social media channels, which are listed below!