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>THREE stars from the successful St Albans Centurions Rugby League squad have been voted onto the National League Three Dream Team! In their first season at National League level, and just eight years after the club was founded, St Albans finished fourth in the league, going out in the second round of the play-offs away at eventual winners Warrington Woolston Rovers.
And the performances over the 16 game season of top tryscorer Dene Miller, kicker Steve Toon and skipper Tom Eisenhuth have been rewarded with places in the elite 13 voted for by journalists and other clubs. "We're thrilled as a club that these three players have been chosen because they have all been excellent all season," said Centurions director Gavin Willacy. "But you could have picked several more players for the Dream Team, so impressive have a lot of our players been on a consistent basis."
The trio, who will, along with coach Peter Tonkin and chairman Gary Tetlow, attend a swanky celebration dinner at the National League Presentation Night in Leeds next week, all have close links with the Centurions and the area.
"It's particularly pleasing that these three have been chosen as they have all been with us for a year or two now," added Willacy. "Steve and Dene are both local lads amid quite a large group of far more experienced Rugby League players from Australia and New Zealand. For them to stand out is a remarkable achievement. And Tom has been simply awesome, especially in thE last few games when he drove the team forward from loose forward, rather than his usual role in the half-backs. He deserves every plaudit he gets."
Of the Hertfordshire duo, Toon, whose kicking record matched anyone's in the National League, is from Maple Cross but attended the University of Herts at Hatfield, while centre Miller is Welwyn Garden City born and bred.
THE CENTURIONS will have several representatives at this Friday's St Albans Team Awards ceremony in the Abbey where they have been nominated for another trophy.