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2011 Off Season Warriors

Posted: 16-Oct-2011 by Maccabi VIC

Since their 2011 campaign concluded the Maccabi Warriors have taken giant strides to ensure consistent success in the coming seasons.
Returning to the Warriors after brief stints with McKinnon and Cranbourne – which included a Big V Division 2 Coach of the Year award – is the highly touted coach Andrew Solewicz.

Solewicz is eager to restore Maccabi to its glory days when he was previously at the helm, and is adamant that we will be seeing a significantly “more cohesive, passionate and disciplined team in 2012.”
“I managed to attend a few games over the last season and was very excited that the team had improved on a large scale off the court and noticed some real talent coming through on court,” Solewicz said.

Despite the wave of optimism Solewicz’s appointment has produced, the new head coach is realistic about the Maccabi’s deficiencies and understands to be successful the roster may undergo considerable changes.
“The team needs a shakeup,” he said. “The current squad were not fit enough to effectively play at this level. There are many talented basketball players not at the Warriors and the job of recruitment is a huge priority for me.”

Adding to Maccabi’s positive off-season, Benji Tamir, 19, was awarded the 2011 MVP award, becoming one of the youngest recipients of the honour just twenty years after his father – Eddie Tamir – received the trophy.
The award capped off an incredible season (12 points, 5 rebounds) for the athletic guard, whose unrivalled intensity and cool finishing was a highlight through a disappointing season; Tamir was also nominated for Big V’s Youth Player of the Year but narrowly loss to McKinnon’s Sam Ayre.

Paul Fridman, five-time MVP winner, presented the award to the overwhelmed teenager at the recent Warriors Presentation Night, which doubled as a final, emotional farewell to departing captain Rhett Tauber-Lewis.

Regretfully, Maccabi also said goodbye to Coach Mike Slusher, whose dedication, professionalism and lofty basketball IQ kept the club afloat during some of its most difficult years.

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