Maccabi Team of the Year - Tom York OAM Trophy


Nominees:

Australian Open Mens Maccabiah Futsal 

The Men's team was formed a year before the game. They entered two tournaments and traveled to Thailand twice to get ready for Maccabiah. The men’s Maccabiah team created history in 2017 by being the first Australian team to win a medal in Israel. (Silver) They beat their arch nemesis Brazil scoring the winning goal with 8 seconds to go in what was effectively the semi-final. The crowds cheering was amazing as was the team’s tears. Not only heroes but role models. This is in the face of NSW Football and Football Australia placing futsal as a sport as a very low priority such that there is no Australian Mens team playing competition internationally anymore, so avenues for improvement and achievement are limited. 

 

Maccabi Swimming Club Relay

Adam Amoils, Jared Elbourne, Judd Katz and Alon Pajor all train and compete together for the Maccabi Swimming Club in Sydney. In 2017 they had the distinction of all representing Australia at the 20th Maccabiah Games. They also came together to form the Australian Junior Boys Relay team at the Games - this is considered a first for the club but also for the Maccabiah - to have 4 swimmers from Australia all from the one club. The boys won Bronze in the 4 x 200m freestyle Relay. 

 

Maccabi Womens Football AAW4 

The Womens football AAW4 2017 team comprises of women mostly mums over the age of 35. The team was originally formed in 2008 but was reformed in 2012 with the majority of players that are still playing today. The team has grown from strength to strength each year. With 35 children between the 17 player squad, it is a weekly juggle getting to the pitch. In 2017, the team got promoted into a harder and younger division, but with coaching by Lloyd Millett and Dan Butterick supported by David Lewis the team scraped into the semi-finals in 4th place. Winning both semi-finals, the team were the underdogs going into the grand-final against the top team who hadn't lost a match all season. With a 2-1 end scoreline, the team worked tirelessly together to become the AAW4 champions. 

Maccabi Australia Junior Netball Team

The journey for the Maccabiah Junior Netball team commenced in July 2016 when trials were held in Sydney Australia. 30 girls trialled with 8 girls from NSW and 2 girls from Victoria being selected. A further 3 girls from NSW were selected as emergencies. At the time of selection all the girls were in year 10 at Moriah or Emanuel schools with the exception of Yasmin Hals who was in year 8 at Moriah. Most of the girls had started playing netball from 9 years old. Throughout their netball careers the girls had not only trained for this moment, but had also given back to the club by coaching teams and umpiring matches.

The NSW contingent are: Mia Futeran (Captain) Tayla Cohen, Georgia Strasser, Taye Miller,Yasmin Halas, Goldie Karp, Gina Seligsohn, Shai Stern. 

The girls were Gold medallists Maccabiah Junior Netball Competition, unbeaten in the tournament, winning 7 games in a row.

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