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Wet weather doesn't stop JCA Cup

Posted: 05-Apr-2011 by Maccabi NSW

On a wet Sunday, Maccabi teams from the East met Monash teams from the North in friendly competition for the JCA Community Cup. Due to various commitments the Basketball was cancelled, but the clubs still competed in netball and football.

The netball was played in the morning.

The spectators huddled under umbrellas while the girls competed on courts covered in puddles of water.

To their credit, the young girls ignored the weather and focused on the game at hand.

Congratulations to the Northside U11's and the Maccabi U10's for convincing wins. Special thanks must go to Lauren Erlich (Maccabi) and Natalie Catzel (Monash) for organising the event.


Final scores were:
Under 11's - North 14, East 8
Under 11's - North 24, East 1
Under 10's = North 0, East 32


Rain also played havoc with the Football Tournament making fields extremly muddy and soaking all. Despite this, the standard of football remained high.

Special thanks must go to Colin Tow, Mick Vasin, Barry Kodesh and Mark Putterflam for helping organise the football.

Whilst Maccabi, with its greater resources and depth dominated the games, the scores often failed to reflect the tremendous competition on the pitch.


Results are below:

U8 10-0 Maccabi
U12 4-4 Draw
U14 0-11 Monash
U16 8-0 Maccabi
U18 6-0 Maccabi
G14 6-0 Maccabi (abandoned early due to weather)
G16 6-0 Maccabi
O35 7-3 Maccabi
AA8 4-3 Maccabi
AA4 4-3 Maccabi
AA3 2-1 Maccabi


Whilst the inaugural JCA Community Cup was awarded to Maccabi, more importantly, the day brought together the two communities. The challenges for Jewish sport in the North were evident for all to see. Whilst the Monash Senior Football Club has 6 open teams, the Junior Club is struggling to field teams due to the changing demographics.

The rump of South African immigration, which boosted the North's Jewish population, is passing through, and natural growth is not enough to replenish the community.

If Jewish sport in the North is to survive, the clubs from the North and the East will need to work together. This tournament will help build the bridges necessary to achieve this.

Special thanks must go to JCA for sponsoring the tournament, which included organising for competitors and spectators to receive a free hot dog, drink and chips.

Bring on 2012, and hopefully better weather!

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