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Norstar C won the Open competition

The largest Jewish football 5-a-side tournament in the UK was held on Sunday, and saw Norstar London Raiders C lift the open competition.

Maccabi GB’s Macc 5’s returned for the second year in a row, and in what’s become an annual end-of-season Jewish Football Tournament, 54 teams faced-off this year at Mill Hill PowerLeague.

Teams taking part ranged from U7’s all the way up to Open and Masters. In total, more than 500 footballers of all ages graced the 3G turf in search of a trophy.

As the day ended, however, only a handful of teams were able to come away victorious as Norstar London Raiders C and North West Neasden Masters won the competitive Open & Masters Categories respectively. Elsewhere, there were wins for Brady Maccabi and JLads.

Maccabi GB Macc 5’s sports coach, Alex Elf, said: “Today has been an incredible experience for so many players of different ages. This event truly epitomises what Maccabi GB is about – providing sports for everyone – with many young players playing for their teams for the very first time, right through to masters, who we are still providing with football opportunities 40 years later! To have over 500 players taking part is fantastic and shows that sport in Jewish Community is very much alive and kicking. We think the Community is ready for the World Cup in Brazil after getting a taste of this football action.”

Winners:
U9/10 – Brady Maccabi
U11/12 – Brooklyn FC
U13 – JLads
U14/U15/U16 – Brady Maccabi White
Open – Norstar London Raiders C
Masters – North West Neasden Masters