The IFL Award Banquet for the 2012-2013 season took place this evening at Jem's Beer Factory in Petach Tikva, and two Rebels won awards: Dani Eastman won the MVP award, and Liran Zamir won the Special Teams Player-of-the-Year award.
Eastman became the first player in IFL history to be named All-IFL First Team in three different positions in the same season: wide receiver, defensive back and return specialist. Zamir was the All-IFL First Team kicker, and Uria Loberbom made First Team All-IFL at defensive tackle.
Other award winners:Hasharon Hammers' Gilad Shoham won Defensive Player-of-the-Year and the Sabres' Adi Hakami won Offensive Player-of-the-Year. The Hammers' Jordan Curran won Offensive Rookie-of-the-Year and Mor Kalomiti of the Petach Tikva Troopers won Defensive Player-of-the-Year. The Hammers' coaching staff, led by Ady Totah, won Coaching-Staff-of-the-Year.
Joining Eastman on the First Team offense were: The Sabres' QB Hakami, G Jack Randolph, RB Brandon McDougald and WR Jonathan Curran.The Pioneers' C Tal Mordoch and G Eyal Cimet. The Hammers' TE Nick Zhiharev and Beersheva Black Swarm RB Zac Labby.
Second Team offense consisted of the Sabres' RB Cory Zinker and G Saud Kassas, Pioneers' QB Ronny Moscona, Jerusalem Lions' TE Shmuel Halpern and WRs Binyamin Schultz and Ori Refaelowitz, Haifa Underdogs' C Alan Hearn, and Jerusalem Kings' RB Jordan Guin.
Joining Eastman and Loberbom on the First Team defense were Sabres' DE/OLB Adam Zinker, LB Ryan Michael and DB Banning Fudge, Hammers' DE Gilad Shoham and DT Lior Goldberg, and Pioneers' LB Asaf Katz and DB Sagan Zavelo.
Second defense included: Sabres' DT Mohamed Yatim, Pioneers' DT Georges Bouaziz and DB Lewie Duker, Underdogs' LB Tim Kelly, Kings' LB Ami Notis, Lions' DE Yoni Cooper, Hammers' DB Keith Noble, and Northern Stars' DB Yuval Fisher.
Besides Zamir and Eastman, the other First Team specialist was Hammers' P Tomer Levi.
Second Team specialists were Underdogs' K Alex Primak, Kings' P Ari Wajsbort, and Pioneers' RS Elan Neiger.
Congratulations to all the winners!