In the latest round of Maccabi GB secondary school sports tournaments, Hasmonean and JFS took the honours on another action-packed afternoon.
Fifteen teams from five schools take part in the tournaments for Years 10, 11 and the sixth form, bringing together 150 boys, who participated in the three event.
The tournament saw teams split into year groups and play each other in a league format. Every match was exciting with a competitive edge and, as the groups reached the latter stages, the games became even more exciting as the teams upped their energy levels in order to win their respective groups.
The Year 10 competition was won by Hasmonean who managed a clean sweep of victories to claim their winner’s medals. The Year 11 group was won by JFS who just pipped Hasmonean to top spot after a thrilling draw in the final game. However, Hasmonean did manage to secure a victory in the Sixth Form group, winning all their matches to claim top spot. The afternoon concluded with the medals presentation to the victorious teams.
Maccabi GB’s Head of Sport, Matt Travers, spoke about the great atmosphere at the event. He said: “This afternoon has been a fantastic event with some really excellent football being played. Whilst everyone wanted to win, it was so impressive to see the games played competitively, but in the right spirit. Many of the boys here today were part of this summer’s international trips to Israel [for the 19th Maccabiah Games] and America [for the JCC Maccabi Games] and it is great to see those friendships re-form at our events once again. It is fair to say that these Maccabi GB sports tournament are paramount in many a young, Jewish footballer’s journey to representing their country on an international stage with other sportspeople their age”.