Barrow Raiders half-back Jamie Dallimore says he didn’t expect to be nominated for this year’s Betfred League 1 Player of the Year.
The Awards Show will be streamed live via Our League this evening, Wednesday 29 September, from 7:45pm, and Dallimore is up for the League 1 Player of the Year award alongside teammate and winger Tee Ritson.
“I didn’t expect it, if I’m honest,” said Dallimore.
“I think there’s probably been players in our team that’s stood out more than me that may go unnoticed, the likes of your Carl Forsters and Jarrad Stacks and the work they’ve put it.
“It’ll be interesting. I’m a bit shocked with it. I’ve not come to terms with it because personally I don’t believe I should be in it so either I’m being too harsh with myself or my expectations are far higher but I’ll take it and hopefully tomorrow as long as it comes back to Barrow I’ll be happy.”
Ritson finished the season as the joint-top try scorer with 22 tries in 2021, and broke club records as the winger became the first player to score seven tries in a single game for the Raiders.
The Thailand international won the club’s Coach’s Merit Award at the end of the season presentation and The James ‘Yorkie’ Coyle award for Dedication, and is also up for the Our League Entertainer of the Year in tonight’s presentation.
“Tee Ritson has been a stand out this year,” said Dallimore.
“A lot of wingers in rugby league just get the put-me-downs and get a good centre and get to finish in the corner. Tee’s tries, he doesn’t score put-me-downs. They’re all 50 or 60 metres plus and if he does score from closer he has to beat a few to do it.
“He’s quality, he’s lightning and he’s a good lad as well and I’d like him to pick up both awards really. The season he’s had, he’s merited both awards. He’s been that good.”
Paul Crarey’s side lifted the League 1 League Leaders’ Shield earlier this month, winning promotion back to the Betfred Championship for the 2022 season, having lost just three games all campaign.
“Next year is going to be tough,” said Dallimore.
“We’re going to be playing opposition where we have to be on it each week but I think that will benefit us as a club and fans as you’ll be getting good rugby and it’s going to be very competitive.
“We have to be on it next year and I think if we can add the right signings to what we’ve already got here, we should be in for a good year.
“Hopefully we should be hitting 3,000 fans each week, too. Everything the club has done this year has been phenomenal with Covid and what-not, they’ve done everything they can and ensured that everybody that’s coming to watch rugby can afford it and enjoy it at the same time.
“Even the games where the opposition didn’t bring many, I’d say 1,700 was probably the average from what they’ve announced at the games but to hit that many fans is pretty remarkable and what the club has done.
“When you look at around the ground and what they have done, the marquee is brilliant and gives a good rugby vibe and everyone can mix together that being players, fans and families. It gives us a good chance to all get together and enjoy what the club are doing.”
Supporters can sign up to Our League for free and watch tonight’s Awards Show from 7:45pm.