What a week for our futsal club. Not only did they have Jarrod Basger's selection in Australia's Futsalroos squad confirmed, but the mens side went on to re-claim the Football NSW Super League crown on Saturday night, to complete a clean sweep of trophies in the past 12 months that covers Australia's national F-League, New Zealand's premier futsal league and the Maccabi European Games crown in Vienna.
To top it off, Maccabi enjoyed a breakthrough win in the junior ranks, with the under-12s becoming the first side to win a junior level grand final.
Maccabi Futsal's Gareth Naar was ecstatic about a week of outstanding success for his club.
"As club founder I can honestly say that this last week has been the most satisfying in the club's history, with the under-12s and mens both being crowned Super League champs and with Jarrod B’s Aussie Selection," he told Maccabi News.
"We founded this club to give Jewish footballers the opportunity to play at the highest level and expose them to the highest representation honours in Futsal.
"With Jarrod's selection, we are glad to have followed this motto through and will continue to strive to have many more players take these opportunies, as we are sure they will continue to flood in for Maccabi Hakoah Futsal players.
"We also now have such a strong base for the future, with the under-12s being so successful."
First-team captain Doron Pozniak (pictured) was equally delighted.
He added: "I'm very proud of the boys.
"We didn't make it easy for ourselves, but that seems to be the way we play big matches these days - it's always entertaining for the crowd though.
"Everyone dug deep when we needed to, and everyone played for the name on the front of the shirt and when that happens people will always remember the name on the back."
The opens men’s side set out to re-claim the Football NSW Super League crown they last won in 2010; the final piece of silverware to complete a perfect 12 months. After a surprise loss in the first week of the finals, the boys bounced back in perfect fashion – although the final wasn’t without drama!
Goals from Jarrod Basger and Brett Rosenberg had the side up 2-0. The entire squad was making a contribution, with Lev Lewis playing a commanding role, and Paul Meltz influential for Rosenberg’s goal.
But West City Crusaders hit back with a second-half strike to make matters interesting in the final stages. The boys thought they had done enough; indeed, they were ready to celebrate as they clung onto their one-goal lead heading into the dying moments of the match, before an unlucky own goal shattered their celebrations.
The extra-time period was a frenetic passage of play, where both sides desperately fashioned a couple of chances, but couldn’t be split.
It came down to penalties, and the Maccabi boys held their nerve, with Jordan Mundell netting the winning goal.