SHEFFIELD Eagles achievement in winning their first Co-operative Championship has been recognised in a review of the season.
The way Eagles stunned favourites Featherstone Rovers to win the Grand Final is highlighted in the Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2012-2013.
“Sheffield always had the talent to succeed and timed their end-of-season run to perfection,” says the book. The final success gave coach Mark Aston “another major high to go alongside his Lance Todd Trophy, Challenge Cup-winning success of 1998”.
Eagles finished fourth in the league and became the first club from outside the top two to win the trophy.
The team had been ignored when the league awards were handed out but Yearbook editor Tim Butcher believes they got the bigger prize.
“One of the problems is these RFL awards are decided long before the Grand Final. If they were selected after, I’m sure Mark would have been the overwhelming choice” he said.
“Quentin Laulu-Togagae was the only player to get recognition in the official team of the year. I can see why many people in Sheffield feel ignored by the powers that be. It’s nice to get awards but winning Championship trophies is more satisfying.”
The Yearbook is published by League Publications on Saturday.