Historic victory for Moriah

July 27, 2015 by J-Wire Staff
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Sydney’s Moriah College First Xl Football team has won the NSWCIS Football Cup following a competition in which all the ‘major football-playing schools competed.

Moriah's winning team

Moriah’s winning team with College Principal John Hamey (rt) and Dom Helene, Director of Sport/PDHPE (in white)


In a historic victory, Moriah’s First XI Football squad defeated Barker College in the Grand Final of the NSWCIS Cup.

Moriah went into the 2nd half of the match down 0-1 but in the final ten minutes of the game the scores were levelled 2-2 after goals from Ryan Blumberg and Jonathan Solomon. They grabbed victory with a second goal by Jonathan Solomon in the final minutes of the game.

The huge crowd of Moriah supporters went wild.

This is the first time that Moriah College has entered this prestigious competition and certainly showed that they are a force to be reckoned with. Well

Director of Sport Dom Helene said: “I wanted to thank all those staff that made their way out to Valentine Sports Park to support the College in the Grand Final of the NSWCIS Football cup. I’m sure you all thoroughly enjoyed the event. What a nail-biter!!

To come from behind after being two goals down and win in the last few minutes 3-2 was unimaginable. The boys were definitely buoyed by all of your support and the bus load of student and parent support as well. This really is a historic achievement to be crowned the NSWCIS Football champions, with the boys defeating schools such as Waverley, Cranbrook, Knox, Newington & Barker.”


3 Responses to “Historic victory for Moriah”
  1. victor grynberg says:

    Great result BUT BOT THE FIRST TIME.
    Moriah won the trophy in 1990,beating Barker college from memory at an oval in Gladesville.
    the school was considerably smaller then, but 250-300 supporters turned up for what was to become an unforgettable night. Moriah was down 1-0 most of the match.
    With less than a minute to go right back Adam Grynberg came up for a corner, our last opportunity to equalize. Somehow he got the ball into the back of the net despite a packed defence.
    in what was the most thrilling penalty shootout, goalie Ilan Sobel made some brilliant saves and Moriah had won.
    This was my 16th year already as a Moriah parent, but nobody had ever experienced the joy, exhilaration and camaraderie we shared when we all ran onto the oval.

    • Bryan Roddie says:

      Lovely to hear about the great cup win for Moriah College so thanks for posting that Victor. Sorry I only found this report a few years after the event. I was coach of the team that won in 1990 as Victor Grynberg recalls that epic night. His son Adam did indeed give us a lifeline in that thrilling match with only seconds remaining. Ilan Sobel was great in the penalty shootout too. It was a special team with Rodney Rosmarin, Simon Briggs, Claude Sandler, Eitan Rubinstein, Adam Grynberg just some of the stars. Quite an amazing coincidence we faced Barker College in both finals 25 years apart.
      It would be good to hear how some of those guys are if this reply reaches any.

  2. Barry Smorgon says:

    Wonderful result
    Mazeltov to the team
    President Maccabi Australia
    Barry Smorgon

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