Maccabi running away with NZ futsal league

February 18, 2011 by David Weiner-Maccabi NSW
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Maccabi Hakoah’s trip to Dunedin produced another stunning weekend of results, with the club claiming another five wins in round 2 of the New Zealand Futsal Championship.

golden boot_page001.jpgHere’s how NZ Futsal glowingly reported about Maccabi across the Tasman:

“Nineteen year old Jarrod Basger (see golden boot chart, right) once again starred for the Sydney-based side, scoring seven of his side’s seventeen goals. East City and Red Sox meanwhile, were the top performing New Zealand sides, while Capital City Futsal also did enough to stay in the hunt for a spot in the play offs in Auckland in March.

“Only Auckland’s East City were able to provide a true test for the unstoppable Maccabi in Dunedin.  Daniel Fulton, Denny Dutra and skipper Doron Pozniak all continued their red hot form from Series One, while the addition of Futsalroo veteran Simon Keith further strengthened the Australians as they marched to a virtually unassailable lead (10 points clear) in the minor premiership.”

John Myers singled the leadership of Pozniak and the first-team debut of 16-year-old Dylan Basger as highlights, while club president Gareth Naar praised the team’s rise in status.

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“All the boys enjoyed it, it’s always great touring as a squad.

“I think its great exposure for Maccabi, and a great testament to our futsal club not only for competing, but for succeeding.

“The New Zealanders no doubt look at Maccabi as the benchmark – they love having us there. New Zealand futsal is developing at great pace through the support of the New Zealand Football Association – which is something we lack here in Australia.”

With the side now turning their attention to their NSW Super League premiership defence this weekend, the club’s first team is on the cusp of a dreamy double. They take on Northern Breakers in the grand final, coach Steve Knight’s former side.

“Look it just shows the quality of our men’s side and the quality we’ve got there,” Naar added. “Now we’ve got to try to bring that performance to the juniors, and we’re already looking towards next season and we’re going to implement changes so the longevity is there at the club beyond this team.”

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