Windsor Wolves lock Aaron Farkas may have just played the perfect season, but he’s not about to steal all the thunder for himself.
Aaron, 26, was not only part of the Wolves premiership winning A-Grade squad, but was also named Penrith’s Junior Rugby League A Grade Player of the Year.
The division 1 A Grade Wolves defeated Glenmore Park 28-4 on August 26 in the Grand Final. They went through the season with just one draw and one defeat.
Aaron said that his success was a reflection of the professionalism of the Wolves coaching staff and management, not to mention his teammates.
He said: “the camaraderie formed within the team off the field translated to victory on the field”.
The positive and more professional attitude surrounding the team made Aaron “want to lift” to a higher level.
“Everyone was more hungry and keen than ever before … sorting out stuff off the field helped us on the field.”
Aaron has been playing rugby league since he was five-years-old, initially with St Dominic’s Rugby League Club (now called Brothers) but moving to the Wolves a few seasons in, where he has remained ever since.
Previously playing five-eighth and hooker, lock was a new role for Aaron but one that he took in stride and used to showcase his love of defending.
Aaron has always been used to close friendships and family being a part of rugby league with his three older brothers introducing him to the sport when they were little kids.
They would play two-on-two in the backyard and it is obvious that Aaron’s family values haven’t left him as he wishes to keep this team together for a back to back championship.
Preferring to defend comes as a role where Aaron can lead the team.
Most players love the flashy plays and scoring tries, whereas Aaron wants to line up in the middle of the field and put on hard hits stopping his opposition in their tracks.
Aaron discovered that lock is the perfect position for his style of play as he gets to concentrate on his defending and hit ups.
Windsor’s A Grade squad is where Aaron is most happy.
He has had opportunity to play in higher grades with other clubs but after playing with Windsor at a higher level previously Aaron decided A Grade was the perfect place for him.
With life and work being so important to Aaron, he didn’t want his rugby to take over and doesn’t want to go further in rugby league.
Aaron is honoured that he was selected as A Grade Player of the Year but sees it as less his award and more an award that the team had won through him.
Aaron wants to return to the Windsor Wolves next year and repeat his and his team’s successful season going back to back.
He cites maintaining the positive attitude as paramount.