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Australian Maccabi Futsal creates history

Posted: 06-Aug-2015 by Maccabi NSW

By John Myers

This week, the Australian Maccabi Futsal side played Israel at the 2015 European Maccabi games in Berlin and created History, not only by beating the Israel team in a competitive game for the first time but in doing so earning a place in the final of the competition thereby setting up an opportunity to defend the gold medal they won so magnificently in Vienna in 2011.

Led by two current Futsalroos , Jarrod Basger and Jordan Mundell and ably
supported by an incredibly talented and bonded squad which includes an
additional two members of the Futsalroo Train on squad in Robbie EZekial and
Jonathan Barzel (has any other club in Maccabi History provided as many
members to its respective National side either concurrently or in total ?)
the team is predominantly made up of players from the accomplished Eastern
Suburbs Hakoah Futsal club who triumphed in the NSW premier league Grand
Finals earlier this year after taking out the minor premiership a couple of
weeks earlier.

President of the club, Daniel Sharp is currently in Berlin supporting the
team and highlighted his pride at their achievements . He pointed out the
incredible opportunities available to the club members coming through the
age  groups by highlighting the fact that the majority of the players in
Berlin have actually made it into the squad by earning their stripes through
the junior ESHFC ranks.

Club founder Dale Levin who, along with rising star Max nightingale , shared
the goalkeeping duties against Israel spoke with pride at the effort,
camaraderie and dedication of the Boys and his sentiments were reiterated by
fellow founder (and crafty veteran ) Doron Pozniak who is in Berlin as
assistant coach to long time super  coach Steve Knight ,having coached the
team to their victories in premier league last year. Doron made special
mention of the performances of Jarrod and Jordan who have taken the Futsal
world by storm in recent years, but also paid homage to their efforts off
the court in supporting and inspiring the team to its current level of
achievement. He warned against complacency by reminding us that old foes
England or South Africa await the team in the final as he turned his
attention and focus to the next objective facing the team - the final in
Berlin!

Finals Update

Unfortunately, the history making Semi final win against Israel probably came one game too soon and  the boys just didn’t quite have enough petrol left in the tank to earn the back to back victories that they had worked so hard to achieve.

The final was a tense, tight affair with the scores level 1-1  at half time thanks to an equalizer form Johnny Barzel who emerged from the tournament with great credit.  Johnny also scored our second before Jordan Mundell, in unfortunate circumstances, received his marching orders for retaliation in what turned out to be the turning point of the game.

IN truth the expectation we have of these boys to achieve at the highest level has been  set by their previous results and the character they have shown over the years  and while they are currently devastated at not having achieved Gold in Berlin, they will no doubt  use the result as motivation to achieve even greater success in Israel in 2017.

With the talent at his disposal, Steve Knight will be disappointed but philosophical and in his inimitable way will urge the boys to put the result behind them in search of the improvement they need to succeed in Israel.

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