SHOCK LOSS FOR MACCABI HAKOAH IN FUTSAL FINAL

March 4, 2011 by David Weiner-Maccabi NSW
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Maccabi Hakoah’s mens futsal side suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Breakers FC on Saturday night in the NSW Super League grand final.

Despite romping to the minor premiership, it was one of those days for the Blues – as you can tell by the unusually low score line.

“It just shows how well the other team defended,” club president Gareth Naar told Maccabi News.

“It was a small court, they camped in their third, it was up to us to break them down. They had all their players in front of goal and hit us on the counter attack.

“We had chances, the ball flew past five or six times, we hit the post.

“But they didn’t even come into our half. They just sat back and waited.”

A disappointing end, yes, but a resoundingly successful season overall for Maccabi futsal, who still have the chance to clinch the New Zealand futsal league on the weekend of March 5/6.

The challenges don’t stop there either, with a mid-year trip to Vienna for the European Maccabi Games in July is on the cards.
The club will also be participants in the inaugural Australian F-League in April. Football New South Wales believes it will go ahead, and if so, it will be Maccabi’s chance “to play against the highest level of clubs” in the country. It will field a mens team, and possibly, a womens side.

“It could be a first national league for Australia, with Victoria team and ACT team. It will be the first futsal tournament played under international rules in Australia.

“It’s catering for the dedicated futsal player, designed to have totally all year round futsal players.”

The summer futsal season officially concludes on Sunday with the final of Maccabi’s popular social competition at Rose Bay Secondary College, with the final to kick off at 7.20pm.

The good news is that the competition will return in mid-March at Rose Bay Secondary College on Monday and Wednesday nights. It’s a good opportunity for corporate sides, or people who work and want to play a sport at night, or play outdoor football on the weekends, to have a game.

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