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MHFC cap off Historic Year with Australian Crown

Posted: 25-Jul-2011 by Futsal

Maccabi Hakoah Futsal Club capped off what has been a stellar season with its fourth major trophy at the weekend. Fresh off victory at the European Maccabiah Championships, Maccabi took out the inaugural F-League championship, a newly formed national competition pitting the best teams from across the country. The trophies sit firmly in the cabinet alongside the NSW Super League Premiership as well as the New Zealand national league title.

Menai was the venue for the F-League finals series and at the end of the 15 game regular season, Maccabi found itself in third position and a semi final against NSW Premier League champions Dural Warriors. A tough first half was fought out and the teams went into the break at one apiece. Maccabi showcased the tight defence that has been a strong facet of their game play, as they clinically protected their goalkeeper and in the process hit Dural with 2 strong counter attacking goals to clinch the match, and a finals birth, 3-1.

It was a quick hour turnaround before the final against St Abions. The Melbourne based team won through in somewhat of an upset as they beat the first placed Inner City FC 5-4 in the other semi final. Maccabi, after a long few weeks of Futsal were still determined to finish the year on a high and take command early on in the contest. Again, their discipline in defence, strong set piece play and overall ability to control the tempo of the game resulted in a 3-0 lead at half time. Although conceding a goal 10 minutes before full time, Maccabi reset and resumed control of the game. As St Albions turned to a kamikaze style approach of attack in search of the tying goals, Maccabi strongly and repeatedly thwarted any possible scoring opportunities. The team was overjoyed as the final whistle went as Maccabi ran out 5-2 winners, and cemented themselves as one of the top teams in Australia.

Jarrod Basger was named as the player of the final, which capped a tremendous season for the young attacking force.

The team will now have a well-earned rest for a few weeks, before commencing preparations to defend their NSW Super League minor premiership.
 

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