Four Try Cory Goes Into The Record Books

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Cory Paterson joined in some exalted company with his four-try performance against Workington Town in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie last Saturday.

The Australian became only the sixth forward in Leigh history to score four tries in a game for the Club.

Billy Smith twice scored five tries in a game playing in the forwards in the early years of the Northern Union. Smith, who converted into the pack after first appearing on the wing scored five tries in Leigh’s win at Liverpool City in the 1906-07 season and followed suit in the home game against Keighley the following season.

Dicky Prescott, a second row forward, scored four tries in Leigh’s Challenge Cup victory over Seaton at Mather Lane in the 1935-36 season.

The great second row forward Mick Martyn ws next to achieve the feat, scoring four tries in the Lancashire Cup-tie against Lancashire County Amateurs in the 1955-56 season.

That was where it stayed until Simon Baldwin and Andy Isherwood each scored four tries from the pack in the 2002 season.

Baldwin’s four tries came in the home game against Hunslet at Hilton Park (actually played in Dec 2001 as the season began in December at that time). In July 2002 Isherwood came off the bench to appear in the pack and scored four tries in the home game against Whitehaven.

Ryan Brierley Signs For Huddersfield Giants

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Leigh Centurions can confirm that terms have been agreed with Huddersfield Giants for the permanent transfer of Ryan Brierley.

Brierley, 24, came up through the ranks of Westhoughton Lions and joined Leigh Centurions in 2012 from Castleford Tigers.

He achieved a new Club record by becoming the first player to be top try-scorer in four successive seasons and his tally of 43 in the 2014 season was the third highest in Club history.

Brierley’s two tries against Bradford Bulls at Odsal recently, in what proved to be his final game for the Club took his total to 133 tries in 125 games. He also kicked 42 goals, including four drop-goals, for a total of 612 points.

Brierley is the fifth highest try-scorer in Club history, behind Mick Martyn (189 tries), John Woods (152), Bill Kindon (149) and Des Drummond (141) and was Young Player of the Year in the Kingstone Press Championship in both 2013 and 2014.

Brierley had also been a valued ambassador for Leigh Community Trust and developed his own school’s programme, Brierley’s Buddies, which was well received within the local schools and won funding from the Ben Cohen Foundation.

Leigh Centurions Owner Derek Beaumont said: ” I would rather remember Ryan for his contribution on the field which cannot be questioned and stands for itself. I shared some great times with him and will perhaps remember him jumping on me after the Challenge Cup victory over Salford the most.

“He has been an outstanding ambassador in the community over the years. He was always happy to go above and beyond the call of duty for the benefit of those in the community and he should be remembered and commended for that.

“There has always been a lot of media attention around Ryan and over a number of years I worked closely with him to protect him from that. I was disappointed with his article in the magazine particularly referring to me as ‘the owner’. I understand his relationship with Paul (Rowley) and him wanting to support him but I felt I deserved better than that.

“However, I am bigger than that and I wish Ryan well at Huddersfield ‎and genuinely hope he makes a fist of Super League. There is a lot expected of him and although it will be very difficult for him I hope he proves a success and develops into a top Super League player. It is always helpful when circumstances can have an outcome that is positive for both parties and I believe that to be the case here.

“I would like to thank Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis for his honest and professional approach to this along with his patience to see the transfer through.”

Leigh Centurions Head Coach Neil Jukes said: ” I remember the day that Ryan walked through the door for the first time.

“Since then all the staff have contributed a lot of time and effort into making him the player he is today. They have all played a massive part in his development.

“Ryan has undoubted ability and is now at a club where he has the opportunity to play Super League. I genuinely hope that everything works out for him and I’ll be keeping an eye on his performances, having spent a lot of time on his progression.

“I appreciate his efforts during his time at the Club for me as assistant and then head coach and likewise I’d hope Ryan in return will be grateful for what Leigh Centurions have done for him.

“I sincerely hope he advances himself at the highest level of the club game, Super League.”

Leigh Centurions 68 – 14 Workington Town

Leigh Centurions today advanced to the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge cup following a 68 – 14 victory over Workington Town.

Cory Paterson went into the record books as only the sixth forward in Leigh history to score four tries in a match.

The Australian walked off with the Ladbrokes Man of the Match award after scoring a first-half hat-trick as the Centurions built a 32-10 interval lead.

Neil Jukes’s side played some of their best attacking football of the season with new signing Liam Hood marking his home debut with a try in an impressive performance.

Ben Reynolds also impressed, linking superbly with Martyn Ridyard at halfback and also crossing as Leigh dominated the early stages. Jonny Pownall also went over for one of Leigh’s six first half tries.

Town halfback Jarrod Sammut was a constant threat and inspired his side’s best moments, scoring a well deserved try himself with Theerapol Ritson also scoring.

The Centurions dominated the second half, posting six converted second half tries with Ridyard taking his goals tally to ten from 12 attempts.

Harrison Hansen grabbed his first two tries for the Club and Lee Smith, Jamie Acton, Sam Hopkins and Paterson also went over with Perry Whiteley briefly reversing the flow with Town’s third try of an entertaining game.

The two sides meet again in the Kingstone Press Championship on Easter Monday at Derwent Park.

The draw for Round five will take place live on Sportsday on the BBC News Channel between 6.30pm-6.45pm on Tuesday March 22.

Leigh Centurions Golf Day SOLD OUT!

LEIGH Centurions are delighted to announce that the Club’s annual Golf Day at Houghwood on Tuesday, May 17 is already a complete SELL OUT!

Massive sponsorship and healthy corporate support has been provided and every single fourball team (24 in total) has been allocated and sold in readiness for what promises to be a top class sporting event at one of the North West’s premier parkland courses.

The tournament is being presented by Mr Jason Huyton of Palatine Paints.

Westco will be the event’s associate sponsor.

Bents Garden and Home, Maxilead Metals, TTR Construction, Tim Philbin (Design Business Interiors), Chilli Dip Golf, CS CIvils and Preston Audi have also kindly provided additional sponsorships.

There will be a breakfast and evening presentation/barbecue.

Players will be met and greeted by a high profile figure from the golfing world – Karl Morris – a North West based mind coach who has worked with a galaxy of stars including Open Champions Louis Oosthuizen, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell.

Former Premier League footballer turned TV celebrity and pundit Jimmy Bullard is also supporting the event.

Top class prizes will be up for grabs.

Competitors can also look forward to a top-class trick shot show.

Leigh Centurions Commercial Manager Amanda Lee says: ‘’We are all looking forward to what is going to be a very special event. The response has been fantastic and so many people are clearly relishing returning to Houghwood for what will no doubt be another great day for them and the Leigh Centurions.’’

A reserve list for competing teams is already in operation. One or two hole sponsorships still remain and these can be allocated by contacting the club. The event will be given extensive TV and media coverage.

Several local golf professionals have also been kindly supportive.

Centurions Sponsoring Title Race At Haydock Park Next Wednesday

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LEIGH Centurions’ season ticket holders are reminded they can collect their allocation of free tickets for next Wednesday’s race meeting at Haydock Park from the ticket office at Leigh Sports Village.

The Club’s title will be on the afternoon’s race card. Tickets can be collected at the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup game against Workington Town on Saturday and up to Tuesday of next week.

Centurions Announce Squad For Workington Cup Clash

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Leigh Centurions have announced their 19 man squad ahead of Saturday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Fourth Round tie against Workington Town at LSV (6pm).

Tom Armstrong, Willie Tonga and Andrew Dixon return after injury.

Loan players Richard Owen, Lewis Charnock and Richard Whiting are unavailable as their parent clubs understandably do not wish them to be cup-tied.

The two sides have met four times previously in the Challenge Cup with each having two victories. The last time they met in the competition was 21 years ago at Derwent Park when Town inflicted Leigh’s record defeat, winning 94-4.

Wigan Warriors player Sam Tomkins and football player Joey Barton will conduct the fifth round draw of the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup live on Sportsday on the BBC News Channel between 6.30pm-6.45pm on Tuesday March 22.

Last season’s finalists Hull Kingston Rovers will join Salford Red Devils, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Widnes Vikings in the fifth round having finished in the bottom four of the First Utility Super League in 2015.

They will join the winners of this weekend’s fourth round matches.

Issue no5 of the Centurion match day magazine will be on sale on Saturday, priced at £2.50, packed with all the usual features and photographs.

The Leigh Centurions squad is:

2 Adam Higson;
4 Willie Tonga;
5 Liam Kay;
6 Martyn Ridyard;
10 Dayne Weston;
11 Harrison Hansen;
12 Gareth Hock;
13 Cory Paterson;
15 Jonny Pownall;
16 Reni Maitua;
17 Jamie Acton;
18 Tom Spencer;
19 Lewis Foster;
20 Sam Hopkins;
21 Andrew Dixon;
24 Tom Armstrong;
26 Lee Smith;
31 Ben Reynolds;
32 Liam Hood.