Who will be waltz­ing their way to Vi­enna in 2011?

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

WITH NO Mac­cabi foot­ball un­til Oc­to­ber 18, now seems a good time to look ahead to the 2011 Euro­pean Mac­cabi Games in Vi­enna. Dar­ryl Lee re­cently told me about an ex­cit­ing new blue­print for Jewish foot­ball, to build on the suc­cess of our play­ers at the 18th Games. The bar has cer­tainly been raised over the past two and a half years and it’s vi­tal that the stan­dards are main­tained.

The se­lec­tion process for play­ers and man­agers is still some months away but al­ready, one or two who were not in­volved at the Jewish Olympics have stepped up to the plate. On the play­ing front, Neas­den’s Lee Cash and Scott Shindler look strong candidates for Aus­tria, to head the Rep team, Jamie Cole is an ob­vi­ous can­di­date. Lon­don Lions boss Tony Gold told me that the post does not in­ter­est him, which pos­si­bly opens it up to the likes of Lions’ B joint-man­ager Gavin Stol­lar, who did well with the Eng­land squad at the last Euro­pean Mac­cabi Foot­ball Tro­phy.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see whether Jonathan Kesten­baum is tempted. Hav­ing come so close to gold at the Mac­cabiah, I sus­pect the for­mer Hen­don United man could be an op­tion. Like Cole, Kesten­baum is a win­ner who lives and breathes foot­ball and the squad would be in won­der­ful hands if the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee opted for ei­ther.

And then there’s the new kids on the block; Red­bridge’s Greg Book­man, Neas­den B’s Sammy Carr and North Lon­don Raiders’ Rob Rich­man. The com­ing months will sep­a­rate the men from the boys with Mitch Young and Richard Bronzite lit­tle more than rank out­siders at this stage.

Lon­don Lions will be looking to stretch their lead at the top of the Herts Se­nior County League Premier Divi­sion to­mor­row when they take on third-place Bal­dock Town at St. Al­bans City’s Clarence Park. Man­ager Tony Gold is keen to keep the team’s feet on the ground af­ter their un­beaten start, know­ing that noth­ing is de­cided in Oc­to­ber.

Rapid Banta have bid farewell to Adam Carter who is mov­ing to Canada. Aliyah-bound Ben King Scott will also be missed. Tem­ple For­tune’s Moroc­can for­ward Alexan­der Mamouri has been given spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion to play in the sec­ond divi­sion of the Mac­cabi Mas­ters League. A For­tune player since 1995, Yali has made 171 ap­pear­ances for the club and stands sixth in the club’s all-time goal-scor­ing charts with 125 goals. Turn­ing 42 in Novem­ber, he has been given the green light to play a month ear­lier.

FC Team A’s Mitch Young wins my player of the month award. His nine-goal re­turn from three starts kept him a step ahead of Har­men’s Alex Bourne and Hen­don’s Greg Corin.

Jamie Cole, the rep team man­ager, is hold­ing open tri­als on Oc­to­ber 11 and 18 at Row­ley Lane.

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