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2019 Award Winners

Posted on 1/6/2020 11:31:33 AM by Lera Skoldpadda |   Return To Blog

MVP Forward – Jen Cortez, Prop

This player made an undeniable impact on the forward pack this year. Typically a second half sub, she established herself as not only a starter, but as the cornerstone of the pack. She really grasped the new offense and she was always the first person there to set up a pod and made hard runs with the ball. Her defense was impeccable - she made big momentum changing tackles and was a constant threat in the breakdown for turnovers. Because of her reliability and force on the field this year, Jen Cortez is this year's MVP forward.

MVP Back - Jordan Seubert, Fullback

This player is always a strong performer and makes a huge impact on the field. Her presence is surely missed in games she can”t attend. She scored a pair of tries and 3 conversions this season, but her biggest impact is on defense. From the position of fullback, she has the daunting task of cleaning up our missed tackles - big or small. For her flexibility in playing nearly every position in the back line, and sometimes flanker, and her consistency in performance in every single game, Jordan Seubert is our MVP back.

Most Improved – Jen Cortez, Prop

This year's most improved player was the obvious choice and took the votes by a landslide. She took it upon herself to putting in extra work outside of practice, working on her fitness, watching more rugby, and really taking every opportunity to better herself. The difference in her on field performance from even the spring to the fall was a full 180. Her attitude also made a big impact on her performance - she changed her mindset from "i Can't" to "I Can." This player really reached her full potential this season and we are proud of all the work she did to improve herself as a player and person for the team. This year's MIP is CORTEZ

7s Player of the Year - Allison Bronander

Our 7s player of the year is one of the youngest players on the roster but she has been a Mudturtle for longer than most of the team. She has played with the women's team unofficially for a long time - coming to practice with us while she was still in high school. After just one year of college rugby with TCNJ, she came back to us this summer and was a force on the field! Despite her age, her years of rugby experience really shine through with her poise and decision making. She is youthful enough to score an 80 meter try and have to breath to kick her own conversion. Allison Bronander is our 7s player of the year.

Rookies of the Year - Hajja Abdur-Rahman, Prop & Jessica Kaminskyj, 2nd Row, Flanker

We have two Rookies of the Year this year due to a tie in the voting. Hajja joined us in the spring of this year and grew from a quiet timid player to one that literally roars on the field. We are extremely proud of how Hajja has grown on and off the pitch! She recently joined the Peace Corps and she will be sorely missed from our lineup for the next 2 years.

The next award for Rookie of the year goes to a true rookie who joined us in the fall. This player is extremely coachable, eager to learn, and extremely hard to tackle. Playing your first rugby at the Div 2 club level is no easy feat. This player subbed into some of our toughest matches when things were looking bleak and still made an immediate impact on the field. From her first practice to the last match she became comfortable on the field and has proven that she is a force to be reckoned with. We look forward to having you grow as a player for years to come – Jessie Kaminskyj is our second Rookie of the year.

Featherweight – Anna Gildea, Scrumhalf

Last but not least to round out the 2019 awards - the Featherweight Champion! This is an annual award honoring a small player who makes a big impact on the field. Scrumhalf Anna Gildea is responsible for holding us all together on and off the field. Her strength is her ability to direct and make quick decisions. On the field, she is always the first one there to support you and she has a “never give up attitude” - even when being dragged 30 yards down the field by a prop. ANNA is this year’s Featherweight Champion