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Cricketer Michael Klinger wins 2015 George Cohen Trophy

Posted: 02-May-2016 by Maccabi WA

On Sunday 10th April, Maccabi WA presented the prestigious George Cohen award for the Best Jewish Sportsperson of 2015 in WA to cricketer Michael Klinger. Michael has a glittering list of cricket achievements and the trophy was presented by Graham Cohen, son of the late George Cohen after whom the trophy was named.  Graham reminded those present of his father’s commitment to Jewish sport and contribution to communal work.  George Cohen, although gone 60 years ago will be remembered. 

If we had any doubts about any aspect of Michael Klinger’s cricketing career they were dispelled by the short but in depth interview by Anthony Einfeld.  From his early days growing up watching his brother play cricket as a four-year-old, through to his first class cricket career with Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Gloucestershire we learned all the facts about this most likeable man’s life in cricket.  

During question time we found out that Michael also played in the Indian Premier League for Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK) in 2011 and enlightened us with stories about crowds in India and his team mates Brendon McCullum and Murali Muraliltharan.  He recounted with delight how “Murali” made him and his family most welcome when his wife Cindy and son Bailey were with him in India for a short time. 

Thanks to Joan Hillman and the organising committee of the Michael Klinger Breakfast and to Café 61 for a delicious array of lovely food.  Thanks to Anthony Einfeld and Michael Klinger for making our Sunday morning breakfast on 10th April a sporting milestone.

 

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