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Weekly Scoreboard and News - 30 June 2016

Posted: 30-Jun-2016 by Maccabi Hockey Club

Welcome to the Maccabi Hockey Club News for the latest results from the weekend's games,fixtures for the coming weeks and other news. 

A big win for the firsts and the under 12s, and a comeback from 3 goals down by the veterans. 

Scoreboard and Upcoming Fixtures

SENIORS-FIRSTS  Round 10: Maccabi 4 - 0 MHSOB

Maccabi Hockey Club put in one of its best performances of the season on Sunday, thrashing table topping Melbourne High School Old Boys 4-0. With 2 goals in each half, it was a very consistent performance from Maccabi as defensive pressure and smart ball movement throughout stifled the MHSOB team. An early chance fell for Bryce Watson, but his attempted tomahawk from near the top of the circle was blocked. Maccabi took the lead shortly after as a quick long ball from Lawrence Lifson to David Treger made its way to Alon Beder. Beder took the ball on the 25, beat a defender and then with his next touch in the circle put the ball into the back of the net.

Another backstick shot from Watson looped its way towards goal before an MHSOB defender got back to clear it off the line. Lifson soon doubled the lead from an identical situation, his tomahawk shot hitting the back of the net. Paul Tremigliozzi, playing in an unfamiliar right wing position, almost got the end of a Lifson through ball minutes later, but the half drew to a close with Maccabi two goals to the good.

The second half saw more one way traffic, with Phil de Carvalho Koch and Hilton combining effectively down the right wing to generate circle penetrations. One such occasion saw the ball find Beder in the circle, and his composed finish wrong footed the keeper, nestling in the bottom right corner. At the other end, Maccabi allowed MHSOB a bit more freedom, but Ethan Faifer, Orren Chabat and Ben Kaye held firm in defence.

Kaye’s driving run out of the backline led to another short corner opportunity. A layoff to the left to Kyles Hilton led to a clean slap into the goals for Maccabi’s fourth. The win puts Maccabi back into the top 4 ahead of a week off. 

Upcoming Fixtures: 

Round 11: vs Footscray 10-Jul at 12:45 at S-2 - State Netball Hockey Centre

Round 12: vs TEM Blue 17-Jul at 14:00 at H-1 - Hawthorn-Malvern Hockey Centre

SENIORS-SECONDS   Round 10: Maccabi 1 – 1 ECHO

In a rescheduled game played last week Wednesday, the team got its first point of the season in a hard-fought 1-1 draw with ECHO. David Treger scored the goal on the end of a flowing move started by Arianna Aufgang. Max Abrahams almost scored the winner in the last minutes but his deflection went just wide. 

Upcoming Fixtures:

Round 11: vs Knox 10-Jul at 15:30 at Albert Park

Round 12: vs Old East Malvern 17-Jul at 12:30 at H-2 - Hawthorn-Malvern Hockey Centre

 MASTERS  Round 10: Maccabi 3 – 3 Geelong

Maccabi Vets played the 2nd top team Geelong at Albert Park. Before the game started the pressure was on Game Changer Rappa to repeat his heroics of the last few weeks. But more of him later. Browndog, having pulled his hammy in last week’s game, pulled on the umpires jersey and blew the whistle to start the game. For someone who excels in everything he does one would have thought he has mastered the art of umpiring. Tonight he seemed to have swallowed the whistle. The 'Chef' Aarons helped out too.

Glen 'The Insolvenator' Kanevsky's nose played a key role in the first half stopping a ball that was surely on its way into the oppositions circle. If they were giving Brownlow votes to body parts his nose would have received 3 of them. Maccabi were half asleep in the first half. Roma was on his way back to deed poll to change his name from Let One In Roma to Let Two In Roma however a phone call from Game Changer ensured a quick u-turn back to the ground. Big Wayne Levy decided to rev the team at half time. His sage advice that the opposition are just old farts and that if you move the ball around they will get tired was keenly listened to. 

Game Changers crucial advice earlier to Roma must have touched a nerve because during the 2nd half he was back to his old Let One In Roma. 5 mins into the 2nd half the opposition were up 3 -0. Roma was nearly back in his car at that point to change his name to Let Three In Roma. The team were very happy he stayed because he had an incredible final 20 mins.  

They say hockey is a game of inches and we all know how much The Transurbanator needs them. 3 times he had the ball on the spot only to hit the side of the goal or the top of the goal or the stick of the goalie. Big Dave Birnbaum came into the game with a cloud over his health. You couldn't tell though. While New Threads Seklar was getting fitted for new threads he demonstrated what it's like to play with pain. He didn't complain. This is something that champions are born with - the ability to play through pain. He was made to look even better with the Professor Berhang helping out. 

With 20 mins left to play it was time for Game Changer to stop dispensing sage advice and let his stick do the talking. Game Changer can see the play unfold way before anyone else. He saw the ball being fed through to Dazzling Diamond Beville from the Studio Italian Stallion, decided to leave it and watched the Dazzler promptly put it into the net. It was the perfect leave. 

It was time for Multi Grain Baigel to rise. Let me try and paint a picture. It was Maccabi's short corner and no one wanted to push the ball out. Yet again it was the Game Changer who grabbed the ball. Not only did Game Changer push the ball out he also set up the play. As Game Changer pushed the ball out to the Transurbinator, Big Dave steadied himself for the strike. At this point there were many spectators watching with baited breath. The Transurbinator stopped the perfect ball, pushed it to Big Dave who then faked a shot while Big Wayne slipped the ball through to Multi Grain Baigel who was Jonny on the spot and scored a goal. A spectator passed out from this play. If it wasn't for the baby blue eyes of Game Changer she would have been taken to hospital. 

At this point Maccabi were behind by 1 Goal. Another short corner setup by Tomahawk Grunny allowed Game Changer to do what he does best - step up and take control. Another perfect push out from Game Changer to the Transurbinator allowed Big Wayne to do his thing again and flick the ball to the waiting Multi Grain who slipped the ball passed the goalie into the back of the net. The same spectator had to be revived by Doctor Flicker after this sensational play by Maccabi. 

Upcoming Fixtures:

Round 11: vs Greensborough 04-Jul at 19:30 at GRN1 - Greensborough Hockey Centre

Round 12: vs La Trobe Uni Red 11-Jul at 19:30 at Albert Park

UNDER 16s   Round 8: Maccabi received a walkover

Maccabi’s strength scared the other team into forfeiting the game. 

Upcoming Fixtures:

Round 9: vs Powerhouse/St Kilda 17-Jul at 11:00 at Albert Park

Round 10: vs Camberwell Tangerine 24-Jul at 11:00 at Albert Park

UNDER 12s    Round 8: Maccabi 2 – 0 Casey

Maccabi Under 12's have been having a stellar year and kept up the good work on Sunday at Berwick. After a long drive into the countryside the team hopped out of their warm cars into 5 degrees that quickly woke them up. Luckily the sun was shining and the team fired up to play.

Maccabi took control from the start. Missing our regular centre half, Jeremy Grunfeld stepped up and played the role well. The passing was good and with the halfs Simon NV and Andrew Segeman they formed a formidable defence. Centre forward Jordan Treger received some great balls to run into the circle with and the Berwick defence was up to the task. Maccabi kept the pressure on and most improved new player Gideon Miller used his new skills to weave through players. After a number of missed attempts Jonah Bell received a ball and pushed it past the goalie to score his first ever goal and put Maccabi ahead.

After the play resumed the team was buoyed by Jonah's first goal and kept the ball in the Casey half. Abraham Valentine (right wing specialist) , Jessie Gaspar (left wing specialist) played their roles to perfection attacking and passing the ball to evade the Casey defence. Shortly after pocket rocket Andrew Segeman received a ball from a goalmouth scramble and wacked it into the goal with a deafening thud and Maccabi was up 2 - 0.

A number of good attacking moves were made by Maccabi and on the odd occasion Casey took the ball over the half line where Daniel Lindros and Shai Chabbat (the fortress) were waiting for them. Needless to say Casey did not threaten Goalie Henry Wise and the couple of times they got through Henry was up to the task. Despite almost 7 short corners and a number of other near misses Maccabi could not convert and the game finished 2 - 0.

Well done to all and enjoy the break.

Upcoming Fixtures:

Round 9: vs Bayside Green 17-Jul at 11:00 at DAN - Mills Reserve

Round 10: vs Southern United 24-Jul at 10:00 at MBN - Kingston Heath Reserve


Need more players for Under 12 team:

The club is still looking for more under 12 players, if you know anyone in that age group please encourage them to come down and give hockey a try – they will get hooked for life!

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