Shane Rampling, son of Ralph and Carolyn Rampling, grandson of Nona and the late Wally (Nuggett) Rampling and Lorna Shaw, has been named Rugby League Conference Coach of the year for his outstanding acheivements.
Shane Rampling was rewarded for guiding St Albans’ Centurions to their first ever piece of silverware by being named Rugby League Coach of the Year.
The brains behind the Centurions’ magnificent achievement in winning the Harry Jepson Trophy, St Albans’ first ever trophy, which saw them become the Premier Division champions and claim the silverware named after the competition’s president Harry Jepson, saw supremo Shane Rampling take the “Coach of the Year’ accolade.
The Australian player-coach fought off competition from Chris Potts (Bedford Tigers), Karl Fearnley (Bristol Sonics) and Ty Watson (Coventry Bears) to land the prestigious award at a ceremony on Saturday November 10. Cheif Executive of the RFL,Nigal Wood was on hand to present the end of season awards at the Co-operative Rugby League Conference 2007 meeting, held at Parkside Golborne prior to the Third Test match between Great Britain and New Zealand at the JJB Stadium at Wigan ,along with over 120 delegates.
This is a great honour for Shane and The Cents, especially when you consider the number of clubs taking part nationally. Lots of them from Rugby League’s traditional northern heartlands. All of the 88 clubs in the competitions – which covers England, Scotland and Wales – were asked to put forward their best players for consideration.
Shane is one of the nicest people you could meet and deserves this award. Not only has he coached The Cents’ senior team to winning the League, Conference and National trophies this season, but he also helps out coaching with the second team, the under 16’s, and now this season, as our Junior Development Officer he has helped set up and is coaching our two Chiltern Junior Rugby League Clubs, The New Greens Gladiators and the Hatfield Comets.
We are really pleased for him.
Extracted from The Hertfordshire Newspaper November 14, 2007 and the Rugby League Conference Web Site in England November 2 and 11, 2007.