AUSTRALIA CUP SOCCER
Hakoah falls out in an epic penalty shootout in Round 7
Hakoah FC’s impressive Australia Cup 2022 winning streak ended in gruesome fashion on Tuesday night in Round 7 when they lost a mammoth penalty shootout to State League One rivals Bonnyrigg that lasted nearly 20 thrilling minutes and 14 sets of penalty shootouts.
Jewish players in Hakoah’s roster included Ryan Blumberg, Jordan Koton, and Jesse Hirschowitz.
After a goalless first half, Hakoah scored from a Yianni Spyrakis header in the 59th minute and appeared to be in control until conceding a late own goal.
Neither side scored in extra time and Bonnyrigg eventually prevailed 11-10 on penalties.
It was the final round before 10 A-League teams enter the final stages of this annual domestic knockout soccer competition.
Hakoah FC chairman Paul Heilig said he “couldn’t be prouder of our fight tonight”.
YOUTH AND MEN’S FOOTBALL
Great time at Junior Gala Day
With almost no Miniroos or Eastern Suburbs Football Association (ESFA) junior games scheduled for Maccabi-Hakoah FC teams during the long June weekend, the club board decided to organize a gala day with Pagewood Junior FC on June 12th.
It proved to be an excellent idea as U8 to U12 boys and girls teams from both clubs enjoyed playing football together in the glorious sunshine that was sorely lacking earlier this season.
Even better, most games on Gala Day were close, including three draws and five games by a goal.
In the two ESFA U15 boys games that took place, the Maccabi-Hakoah Eagles held Glebe 2-2 and the Maccabi-Hakoah Hawks beat Easts 4-0 with a brace against A Buchman and a goal each to J .Pearlman and D.Katz.
In the 10th round of ESFA men’s football, the Maccabi-Hakoah teams battled.
Robbie Ezekiel and Daniel Danilov both scored in their 4-2 defeat by the Easts in Division 1 on Saturday, and in Division 1 on Sunday the Blues lost 1-0 to the South-East Eagles after failing in the first minute Sitter had conceded a goal and missed a goal in the last few minutes.
In Division 2, Giora Glock scored for the Maccabi men in their 2-1 loss to second-placed Easts.
A Division 3 game was postponed and in Division 1 over-45s, Maccabi-Hakoah recouped a 7-0 win the week before by beating Maroubra 2-0, with Mark Skurnik and David Hirst Goals scored to retain first place by one point.
Top results for Masada
The Masada College junior high boys’ soccer team won their division finals at Hills Grammar last week, 2-1 by scoring the decisive goal less than a minute after overtime against Arden College.
Other good news for Masada is Sam Goldin, who placed 11th at the CIS Cross Country Carnival, put up a PB time and is a reserve for next month’s All Schools Cross Country Championships.
Maccabi wins the Kosher Cup
Australia’s men’s rugby team for the Maccabiah Games continued their winning streak on June 9, beating the Northern Saints at St Ives in the Kosher Cup practice match 31-12.
Their last game before the games is this Saturday from 3.15pm at the Woollahra Oval against Lane Cove.
Maccabi Juniors represent Sydney
MAZAL tov to Maccabi NSW Basketball Club juniors Cooper Rosen (U14), Jordan Sher (U14) and Josh Kopp (U12).
The trio were selected to represent the Sydney Comets at a tournament in Melbourne over the long weekend.
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