Banta bid farewell to MSFL

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BYDANNYCARO

With less than a month un­til the start of the new MSFL sea­son, Heath Banta have with­drawn from the league, leav­ing it with 50 teams.

Ben Nathan, man­ager of the Divi­sion Three team, in­formed league chair­man David Wolff of his de­ci­sion this week.

Nathan said: “Un­for­tu­nately, we have come to the con­clu­sion that we are not go­ing to be able to field a team for the sea­son.

“It was felt that be­fore fix­tures were planned and fur­ther costs in­curred it was best to wrap it up now.

“The ma­jor­ity of the squad are now on the wrong side of 30 and are mar­ried with young kids.

“Thus the com­mit­ment to play ev­ery Sun­day for 30 weeks of the year just isn’t there any­more.”

With star play­ers in­clud­ing Ollie Joseph and Ste­fan Si­mons now look­ing for new teams, the club has folded af­ter sev­eral sea­sons de­spite a re­cent merger be­tween FC Heath and Rapid Banta.

Nathan said: “There is no fun in scrap­ing to get 11 ev­ery week. No con­sis­tency can be built that af­fects per­for­mances and re­sults.

“Thus I feel we have no choice but to fold and call an end to the era that was Banta.

“ I t w a s great work­ing with, p l a y i n g and man­ag­ing all at the club and I hope t o d o s o again inthe fu­ture.”

Exit: Heath Banta

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