March 4, 2011 by David Weiner-Maccabi NSW
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The Maccabi Kings have enjoyed a remarkable season in the top men’s division of Eastern Suburbs touch football.

A brilliant start to the season had the Kings undefeated and top of the ladder until injury hit late in the campaign, but the fourth placed finish is good enough to earn a berth in the finals, and the team will play their first semi tonight.

It will be a tough test, with tight playing regulations and a season-ending injury to Danny Glattstein leaving the side with six players for the match.

But this crop – Anthony Halprin, Ben Nemeny, Jimmo Vink, Josh Stein, Yoni Sonnabend, Yotam Hatzvi – are certainly talented and fit enough to do the job for Maccabi and advance to the preliminary final.

In mixed competition, the Maccabi Mobags advanced to the second week of the division 1-2 finals with a thrilling win over Touch It. Injury has cruelled this season for the side, but they had enough points on the board from the early rounds to sneak into the semis, led by Daniel Kochan, Nathan Ezekiel and Nicky Goldberg (below left).

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In the same division, the Maccabi Lions were extremely unlucky to bow out of the semis this week despite a great show, including an incredible 6 try haul from Adam Zinman (above right). Yotam Hatzvi scored two and Romy Ehrlich one off a 25 metre long ball from Daniel Ezekiel.

Finally, the Goldies played a semi-final last night and lost and so their season is over, after finishing the regular season in 4th. Players’ player on the night were Adam Haber  (3), Rebecca Joseph (2), Richie Eisenstein (1).

Maccabi womens touch is back on the agenda too … by Lauren Cohen

touch girls.jpgAfter a few seasons off, Maccabi entered a Women’s team into the Queens Park touch competition.

Thrown into the top division, we started off the season with a few fantastic wins!! Our team – Marissa Abel, Danielle Blumberg, Lauren Broit, Lauren Cohen, Tali Ezekiel, Mel Godfrey, Nicky Goldberg, Bec Josef, Linda Rosen, Shoshana Shields – played together as if they had for years, attacking their defenders with 3 hit ups and then using creativity to throw the ball around and look for gaps with the last 3 touches. Our team of budding stars soon realised we had a great combination of speedsters, as well as those with precision passing, stepping and defending!!!

We did our best with a team that seemed to have an average height of about 5’2 compared with some opponents who looked like thoroughbreds, but we put our hearts and souls into every game, and gave it our best shot, even surprising ourselves with how well we could do – all we needed was our great communication skills.. and as with most groups of girls… we were good at that!!

The season has been lots of fun, as well as good exercise and a great opportunity to meet other girls in the community who also enjoy sport!!!

We hope more girls will be interested in playing next year, either in the girls teams or in one of the many mixed teams Maccabi enter into the competition.

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