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PREVIEW: Aussie cricket at the 19th Maccabiah Games

Posted: 27-Jun-2013 by Cricket

After a disappointing 2009 Maccabiah tournament, Australia's men’s cricket team is looking forward to taking on the best Jewish cricketers in the world and will accept nothing less than a spot in the final.

Captained by former Australian Test cricketer and five-time Maccabiah competitor Julien Wiener, the Australian team believe their biggest threat to their gold medal hopes will come from 2009 gold medallist South Africa, silver medallist India or bronze medallist and hosts Israel.

Julien believes that off the back of the teams’ fourth-placed 2009 performance there are going to be expectations on this group.

“There is a huge amount of weight on our shoulders to perform better than we did in 2009. Anything short of playing in a gold medal match is disappointing,” Julien said.

The trip will take on special significance for Julien, 58, who played six Test matches for Australia between 1979 and 1980, as he will line up alongside his two sons, Dean (26) and Brett (23).

“It will most likely never happen again. It’s something we’ve been really looking forward to and it means the world to us,” Julien said.

On a personal note, Julien said: “it's fantastic to represent your country, particularly at the stage of life I’m at".

An experienced Maccabiah campaigner and world class cricketer, Julien knows what it’s going to take to win a medal. From five outings in Israel, he has claimed two gold, one silver and a bronze medal.

Aside from ensuring his team is 100 per cent prepared to take on the world, Julien’s mentoring role remains “getting the team ready to do their best and enjoy”.

They’ll take a squad of 13 to Israel; 12 from Melbourne and one Sydneysider, Andrew Coleman.

An intense pre-camp and practise match is scheduled for the side before they commence their 2013 campaign with three matches in four days, starting on July 19.

Australia and Canada play the opening match of the tournament, with Australia taking on reigning champions South Africa in the second round and India in the third.

“Winning the first three games will put us in a very strong position to achieve our team goal, making the final of the 2013 Maccabiah Games.” Julien said.

The team finalise their preparation for Israel with two sessions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground’s state of the art indoor facilities and a talk from one of the world’s most respected cricket coaches, Greg Shipperd.

Cricket Australia has donated a full sets of Australian Test cricket whites for each player, so while Michael Clarke and his men will be out fighting for Aussie cricket's sacred prize, the Ashes, our Jewish Aussie side will look the part battling for Jewish cricket's highest honour at the same time.

Maccabiah Australia Men’s Cricket Team:

Daniel Bense (Vic, 28), Andrew Coleman (NSW, 25), David Fayman (Vic, 24),
David Gelbart (VIC, 36), Justin Kramersh (Vic, 21), David Majtlis (Vic, 27),
Josh Sacks (Vic, 26), Joshua Skala (Vic, 21), Mark Soffer (Vic, 24), Brett
Wiener (Vic, 23), Dean Wiener (Vic, 26), Julien Wiener (Vic, 58), Jonathan
Zimmet (Vic, 28), Rachael Beebe (Team Manager).



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