It is with much pleasure that we announce the final of our end of year awards - the AMNRL Rookie of the Year - and the recipient of the inaugural award is Michael Garvey.
2011 was Garvey’s first season of rugby league and he enjoyed a fast track ride that took him all the way to the top tier of football in this country.
The winger, who plays for the Aston Bulls in the AMNRL’s Atlantic Conference, had an outstanding year that was capped off with his first cap for the USA Tomahawks against Canada in the Colonial Cup series.
“It's an honor to be the first to receive this award. I was lucky to have been surrounded by such a great group of teammates in my first AMNRL season,” Garvey told WeAreRugby.
The young man got himself noticed in his rookie year by scoring tries and kicking goals. He finished the regular season as the fourth overall points-scorer (52), was the third leading try-scorer (9) and was in the top 10 goal-kickers (11). Garvey also had three, three-try games.
He says it didn’t take much to get him motivated every week, particularly as he had a clear goal in mind.
“The goal is to win every time I step onto the field, but the idea of playing for the Tomahawks was always in the back of my mind,” Garvey continued. “The thought of pulling on a USA jersey was a huge motivating factor for me.”
Now that he has developed a real taste for the game, and for representing his country, he has set his sights on playing overseas with the aim of enhancing his skill set.
“I hope to spend 2012 playing overseas and improving my game,” said Garvey “The standard of rugby league in America is increasing at a fast rate and the goal is to stay ahead of the curve.”
WeAreRugby congratulates Michael Garvey on being named the inaugural AMNRL Rookie of the Year.