MACCABI Rugby Club Firsts skipper Keith Friedlander, and emerging star and Seconds captain Josh Horwitz have picked up the top two gongs at the club’s awards presentation night recently, winning the First Grade and Second Grade Players of the Year and Players’ Player awards respectively.
Both guns capped off tremendous seasons for their sides with the double, with Friedlander picking up the Players’ Player honour for the second consecutive time.
“It’s nice, but I’m not about the individual accolades anymore,” Friedlander told The AJN.
“I’m just happy seeing the team rebuild and the likes of Josh coming up the ranks, which shows the club will have a great future.”
Horwitz was in his first year at Maccabi, but was able to step up to the plate and is incredibly proud of his achievement, putting it down to a consistent year on the field.
“I’m very proud to get the recognition,” said Horwitz.
“Itwasanicewaytocapoffa good year, I really loved being involved at Maccabi this year and I’ll definitely be here for many season to come.”
Meanwhile, Greg Kahn picked up the Roger Lapin Clubman of the Year trophy and was named the First Grade Most Improved Player, while The Richard Bowman Spirit & Passion to Maccabi Rugby trophy went to Jarred Shein.
The Firsts’ Forward of the Year was Aaron Muller and Lance Friedman was named Back of the Year, while Barton Tanner took out the Seconds’ Rising Star award, and Brett Fivelman and Mickey Palmer were the Seconds’ Forward and Back of the Year winners respectively.