Maccabi U16 Colts seal east title
In the last round of the Football Victoria 2022 junior season last Sunday, the Maccabi U16 Colts boys’ team beat Monash City 7-1, to win the east 16A division title.
Their goal-scorers were Ian Altman with a huge tally of four goals, Oren Burger scored a brace, and there was an own goal.
By winning, the Colts earned the opportunity to play the top team in both the 16A south, and 16A north-west districts, with the side that comes out on top to be crowned overall 16A boys’ champions.
Their strong east district season performance consisted of 15 wins, one draw and two losses.
Although not making the top four, other Maccabi FC teams enjoyed their last round games too.
In boys’ football, Maccabi U12 Blue lost 1-2 to Monash City (goal-scorer Aaron Kramer); U12 Orange lost 2-3 to Mazenod (scorers: Benji Michmacher, Noam Goldwasser; U14 Blue drew 2-2 with Monash City (scorers: Ari Segal, own goal); U14 Orange beat Casey FC 6-2 (scorers: Julien Brown 2, Elad Galon, Harry Liddell, Jed Loyer, Kian Carter-Fourcroy); and U15 Blue drew 1-1 with Aspendale (scorer: Arel Liderman).
In girls’ football matches, Maccabi U12 Kennedy lost 0-7 to Bulleen FC; U14 Simon lost 2-3 to Glen Eira (scorer: Tana Blumenthal 2); and U15 Kerr beat Croydon FC 3-1 (scorers: Maayan Almagor 2, Ashleigh Gold).
Meanwhile, the Maccabi FC U10 boys’ Rockets side won the five-team Oblates Cup tournament, hosted by Mazenod FC last Sunday.
The Rockets boys won their four round-robin games to qualify for a semi-final, which they won 4-0.
Heavy rain fell during the Cup grand final, but the Rockets persevered, winning it 4-1.
Yates wins Oceania title
Just one week after Jewish teens Layla Bloom and Ashley Kolomoisky won medals, titles, and set new Victorian age records at the 2022 Australian Junior and U23 Weightlifting Championships in Perth, Leora Yates, 46, achieved similar success at the 2022 Australian and Oceania Masters Weightlifting Championship in Melbourne, from September 9-11.
Yates only returned to the sport at the beginning of 2022, after more than a year’s break from competitions, but has made up for lost time.
Last weekend, she won the Australian 45-49 women’s +87kg bodyweight title, and became the Oceania champion, when successfully lifting 73kg in the snatch, and 92kg in the clean & jerk, to score a total of 165kg, edging New Zealander Kelly Ihaka-Pitama by a total of 15kg.
She was also a member of a Victorian squad that won the tournament’s Women’s Shield title.
Yates commented that while her lifts fell short of PBs, they were “enough to do the job, and set some new Oceania records”.
“I’m so proud to be part of this awesome weightlifting community,” she said.
Finals galore for Maccabi teams
Maccabi Victoria Basketball Club teams are going great in this term’s finals. Mazal tov to the U14 girls’ Dream team, who won their grand final last Sunday.
Well done to the U18 boys’ Bucks, who won their semi to advance to this Sunday’s decider against another Maccabi team, the Warriors.
The U10 boys’ Gold, and U16 boys’ Ducks, teams also won semis.
The U16 girls’ Warriors put in a great effort in their grand final round, and the U18 girls’ Dream, U12 boys’ Bucks, and U10 boys’ Jaguars teams, all lost semis by just a point.