Life West's Devereaux Ferris and OMBAC's Zach Pangelinan have been named Co-Most Valuable Players of the inaugural Cal Cup. After consultation with the league's respective coaches and administrators Ferris and Pangelinan were selected for their outstanding play throughout the year. Ferris lead Life West to the league's best regular season record while Pangelinan helped push OMBAC into a final two spot and eventually the championship.
According to Life West coach Adriaan Ferris: "Devereaux capped off a very strong Cal Cup season with another standout performance in the final. His speed of pass, strong & accurate delivery and intuitive game sense created indecision in the OMBAC defense. I thought he controlled our attack well all season and like all good halfbacks, he is very competitive, agile and has an attacking mindset. He has tremendous speed combined with a very good understanding of the game which make for good decision making. He is always looking for opportunities to exploit in the defensive line.
"I’m pleased to see his performance in the Cal Cup as a continuation of how he was playing during the PRO league for San Francisco. He has had a strong year but I shouldn’t be surprised because he is very professional in his approach to training & preparation, does the hard yards and puts in the work every day. What I am most pleased about is that he is always looking to grow and improve as a player."
Neil Foote, the head coach of SFGG, said that Ferris was the the difference between his team making it to the final and missing out. The scrumhalf is now U.S.-eligible and if he continues his strong play it is probably only a matter of time before he gets a look under Eagles head coach John Mitchell.
Pangelinan is no stranger to accolades having been previously named the MVP of the Pacific Rugby Premiership. Like the rest of his OMBAC team Pangelinan was on a mission at the start of the season to not only to make it to a grand final but to win it. As the season wore on and OMBAC needed big performances it was Pangelinan that stepped up with timely tries and solid defense. That was especially true in the final when he willed OMBAC to the victory.
“I’m so pleased for Zach and this victory – especially for him being named a Co-MVP for the season and scoring our 1st try of the day in the Final," expressed OMBAC coach Jason Wood. "It meant so much to him as Zach has been a go to guy for us, there for the club no matter what, since 2008. He is a special player, a special friend, and I am honored to have been his coach and teammate for so many years.”
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