AUSTRALIA’S Maccabiah Junior Girls football team kick started their preparations for Israel with a training camp on the Narrabeen lakes.
The two-day camp allowed the girls to work extremely hard in the Sydney heat, starting their days early with lakeside runs and continuing with tough sessions crafted by coach Tony Dunn.
The girls had some fantastic experiences as well, including training alongside the Irish Women Rugby 7s Team and playing ‘FootGolf’ – a combination of Football and Golf.
The weekend gave the group the opportunity to plan their preparations for the months ahead, and the team also took time at camp to set training and fitness benchmarks to reach as they build towards Israel.
Team Manager Karen Spielman has said the girls all clicked nicely away from the pitch, contributing to a fantastic team dynamic that bodes well for their campaign.
Captain Tayla Karp, from Victoria, had participated in the last Maccabiah at only 13 years of age; she played a key role in the team’s preparations by bringing her insight and experience to brief her teammates on what to expect, which Spielman said hyped the girls up for July.
One of the key challenges in getting a team to Israel is fundraising, which both the team members and their parents have worked hard for. The team has partnered with an award winning photography studio, MM Studio in Randwick, to offer families the opportunity to receive a portrait sitting for only $50. Additionally, the team will be having sausage sizzles at Bunnings in Sydney and Perth, as well as movie nights in Sydney and Melbourne.
The team will be having a sausage sizzle at Bunnings Mascot this Saturday 25th of February. Be sure to come down for a snag and help support our Junior Girls squad!