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Big weekend for Juniors at finals!

Posted: 29-Aug-2018 by Junior Football (Maccabi Hakoah Junior Football Club)

Amigos fight hard to win U13 division premiership!

(article courtesy of AJN)

A GOOD crowd at Hensley Athletic Field was treated to a junior football grand final of the highest quality last Sunday when the undefeated Maccabi Hakoah Amigos came back from behind against Waverley to win a memorable Eastern Suburbs Football Association boys' U13 division 3 premiership.

Amigos captain Joe Maddock said his team was thrilled to lift the trophy "because we've got really close a few times, and last year we made the grand final but lost".
"Having that experience probably helped us, and we'd played them [Waverley] three times this season and worked hard in training on our passing accuracy and shooting."

The match was defined by free-flowing football by both sides, frequent shots on goal and some terrific saves by both goalkeepers, including a stunning diving effort by Maccabi's Daniel Solomon in the final minutes.

Waverley looked the more settled side in the first half, and scored in the 15th minute through a superb finish following a fast break.

That brought the Amigos to life, and they created several chances but weren't able to beat the keeper until early in the second half when, following a weight of possession, they equalised through a powerful shot from 15 metres out by Ben Maserow.

A cool, calm and collected Louis Munro then walked to the spot to take a penalty with 10 minutes left, and didn't miss, prompting an elated huddle by the boys in blue and a steely determination to finish the job.

After the final whistle blew, Maddock told The AJN that conceding an early goal was tough, but the team remained confident of victory at half-time.

"There were some nerves at the start, but we were able to shake them off and that's when we started playing how we wanted to.
"We came back, and then Louis [Munro] - who has been our star striker all season - was able to make that penalty count.
"It's pretty special."
The team's new coach, Brazilian Alvaro Moreno, said it was a pleasure to guide such a committed group of players.
"The way they've dedicated themselves as a team was the most important factor in their success," Moreno said.

Team manager Paul Trathtenberg said the Amigos are deserving premiers, and he thanked all the team's supporters - particularly the boys' parents - but also some Maccabi U12s players who filled in whenever injuries struck the squad.
"All the boys put their hearts and souls into each game," he said.
"And Alvero [coach] believed in this team from day one."

Last Sunday was also a memorable day for the Maccabi Hakoah Green U18 boys' team, which won their semi-final against Heffron Hawks 4-3 in extra time, with doubles to Josh Jackson and Saul Fine - the latter scoring the winning goal from a free kick opportunity.
They will play Redfern Raiders in the U18s decider at 11:30am this Sunday at Heffron synthetic field.

Maccabi Hakoah White lost 1-2 to the Redfern in the other U18 boys' semi-final.
In men's football, Maccabi Hakoah A will play in a division 3 semi-final against Queens Park at 2:30pm this Sunday at Waverley Park (oval 2).

Weekend of mixed results for our U18's at semi's

Maccabi Hakoah Junior FC's  U18's had a mixed weekend contesting two semi finals. Our under 18 whites played competition winners Redfern at Turrawul Park - going down 2-1 to miss out on a spot in the grand final. The game was well balanced at half time at 1-1 but the whites couldn't quite get the ball into the net in the second half and went down after a gutsy display in game played with great atmosphere and both teams playing some terrific football and it was played in great spirit by both sides.

Following that game was the U18 Greens turn to play second placed Heffron. To their credit most of the boys came off the Counterpoint bus slightly shattered after a few days away with the school - and somehow managed to dazzle the opposition in the first half going down 1-0 early only to fight back to lead 3-1 at the break after 2 goals from Josh Jackson and a penalty to Saul Fine. Complacency and a lack of legs saw the team struggle in the second half with Heffron running the boys around the park and scoring their equalizer with a heartbreaking minute to go in regular time. The team looked out on their feet but so was the opposition by this time and again the boys rallied scoring from a free kick in the first few minutes of extra time (Saul Fine) and holding on grimly for the next 18 minutes to secure their spot in the Grand Final next Sunday at Hensley Stadium. 

"These boys have had no coach all season , trained very little being the HSC year but their class has brought them through and we are very proud to have not 1 but 2 teams make the semi's in the U18 championship and for this team to make the Grand Final is great news for the Club" said Ofer Greenberg President of Maccabi Hakoah Junior FC.

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