Hen­don are good, but Brady can be even bet­ter, says Rosen­feld

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BYDANNYCARO

BRADY Mac­cabi’s re­nais­sance un­der Josh Rosen­feld has been quite re­mark­able, but he will surely see vic­tory over Hen­don as his finest mo­ment,an­datthe­same­timeendtheir hopes of an un­prece­dented tre­ble.

This sea­son’s JC Cyril Anek­stein Cup final sees the Premier Di­vi­sion ri­vals lock horns for the sec­ond time this sea­son, with two more games to fol­low. But Sun­day’s meet­ing at Win­gate & Finch­ley is un­doubt­edly the most im­por­tant of them all.

Re­venge will be the name of the game for a Brady team who felt hard done by when­they­w­ere­beat­en­by­a­con­tro­ver­sial strike by Avi­dan Last in the semi-fi­nals of the Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy last month. Now Rosen­feld is telling his troops they have noth­ing to lose in the evening kick­off against the JC MSFL cham­pi­ons-elect.

“Wea­re­ex­pectin­ganex­treme­ly­tough chal­lenge against an ex­cel­lent Hen­don side, but it’s one we are look­ing for­ward to,” said Rosen­feld who will be miss­ing the ver­sa­tile Zak Presky for the match.

“Hen­don have had a sen­sa­tional sea­son to date to be in con­tention for the tre­ble and credit goes to man­ager David Gar­bacz and the rest of their boys.

“We played them a few weeks ago and we know where there strengths lie, and it’s pretty much all over the park. We know if we are not all 100 per cent at our best then we will lose the game.

“Ev­ery sin­gle player needs to be at the topof theirgameif weare­go­ing­to­come away with a vic­tory. That can hap­pen as I be­lieve in my young side as we have so much po­ten­tial and de­sire. We have shown this al­ready on many oc­ca­sions through­out the sea­son.”

While Paul Hakim, TJ Keter­man, wing wizard Josh Hershman and cap­tain Jonny El­lis have all caught the eye, it is the emer­gence of the gifted Jonathan Green that poses ar­guably the big­gest threat to Hen­don. His abil­ity to both score and cre­ate chances for his teammates has seen him de­velop into a top tal­ent since his star­ring role in the Open­fut­sal­squa­dat­last­sum­mer’seu­ro­pean Mac­cabi Games.

Rosen­feld says it has been a real team ef­fort to reach the final. “We are not in­di­vid­u­als, we’re a fam­ily who all work hard for each other and we want that to show on Sun­day. I feel we are un­der­dogs for the game but we’ll thrive on that.”

Brady have had the tougher cup run, beat­ing four teams from the top two di­vi­sions along the way and, omi­nously for Hen­don, for­mer Win­gate star Hakim has yet to reg­is­ter in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s been a fan­tas­tic sea­son and an in­cred­i­ble feat to reach our first cup final in over eight years,” com­mented Rosen­feld.“wewil­l­not­godown­with­out a fight and it’s one I truly be­lieve we can win. We can’t wait.”

Hen­don have been the model of con­sis­tency un­der man­ager David Gar­bacz this sea­son. Like Brady, they re­cruited well last sum­mer, bring­ing in mar­quee sign­ings Motti Col­man, Ben Lauf­fer and Danny Kon.

The Reds have scored 18 goals in this sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tion, with the two mostim­por­tantstrikescon­vert­ed­bythe twin­kle-toed­greg­corininthe­semi-final thriller against North London Raiders.

Gar­bacz is con­fi­dent his troops will han­dle the pres­sure that comes with be­ing the favourites. “Brady will rel­ish hav­ing the un­der­dog tag and no doubt, they will go into the game­say­inghowthey­have noth­ing to lose,” he said. “We are un­der no il­lu­sions how strong they can be though if they bring out all the big guns. Who­ever plays for them, though, will not change the fact that we will go into the game as favourites, but we are more than happy to have to cope with that pres­sure.”

Tra­di­tion­ally, MSFL fi­nals at Win­gate & Finch­ley have failed to de­liv­er­in­termsof qual­ity,with­some fi­nal­ists strug­gling to get to grips with a com­bi­na­tion of nerves and the big and fast-paced pitch. But as Gar­bacz points out, the 2011 League Cup final against dou­ble win­ners Red­bridge Jewish Care A was a mem­o­rable con­test.

“It is the show­piece oc­ca­sion of the sea­son and last sea­son we just lost out in an ab­so­lute cracker against Red-


Semi-final – bt NL Raiders A 2-1 (AET) – Greg Corin (2) Quar­ter-final – Faithfold C 5-0 - Ben Kon, Josh Bent­ley, Rafi Kon, Avi­dan Last, Yoav Kesten­baum Round 3 – LM Lions B 5-1 (AET) - Greg Corin, Paul Bent­ley, Ben Kon (2), Danny Kon Round 2 – Glen­thorne Utd A 6-0 - Ari Last (3) Danny Kon (2), Yishai Last Round 1 - Bye bridge,” he said. “I would be hop­ing for a sim­i­lar type of game but this time with us com­ing out with the right re­sult.

“I don’t think our re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence of Win­gate will count for any­thing. Brady have enough big play­ers who have seen it and done it be­fore so a big cup final will not phase them.

“We do not have a good record at Win­gate - hav­ing lost our last three fi­nals there - but we need to put that at the back of our minds and play as we have been play­ing all sea­son.”

With the prospect of a three-tro­phy haul within touch­ing dis­tance for Hen­don, Gar­bacz, who is in his third sea­son at the helm, paid trib­ute to some of the key menin­his­teamwhich­in­cludes­foursets of broth­ers.

“Greg Corin has prac­ti­cally sin­gle­hand­edly kept us in this com­pe­ti­tion,” he said. “His last-ditch equaliser against Raiders in the semi will live long in the mem­ory. Ex­pect an­other mas­sive per­for­mance from Greg in the final.

“Josh Lip­man is with­out doubt the finest de­fender in Jewish foot­ball to­day and it is crim­i­nal that he has not been re­warded with higher Mac­cabiah hon­ours. Also watch out for young­sters Yoav Kesten­baum and Danny Kon.”

The se­cret to Hen­don’s suc­cess is sim­ple, ac­cord­ing to Gar­bacz. “We have tried to play foot­ball the right way, not to give ref­er­ees a hard time


Semi-final – bt Brix­ton A 2-0 - Josh Hershman, Josh Gor­don Quar­ter-final – bt South­gate Har­men A 3 -1 – TJ Keter­man (2), Jonathan Green Round 3 – bt Chigwell Ath­letic 3-1 - Josh Hershman, Jonny El­lis, Zak Presky Round 2 – bt FC Team A 4-2 - Alex Hershman (2), Mark Smith, Josh Gor­don Round 1 - Bye


HEN­DON: Rus­sell Corin, Josh Bent­ley (capt), Alex Gil­bert, Paul Bent­ley, Josh Lip­man, Martin Smulovitch, Motti Col­man, Alex Rosen­thal, Rafi Kon, Ben Kon, Ben Lauf­fer, Ari Last, Greg Corin, Yoav Kesten­baum, Avi­dan Last, Danny Kon, Dovid Kor­man. Man­ager: David Gar­bacz BRADY: Oli Col­mans, Jonny El­lis (capt), Ryan Fox, Nick Smith, Adam Lit­tas, Lee Platt, Josh Gor­don, Steve Field, Josh Hershman, Jonathan Green, Paul Hakim, TJ Keter­man, Danny Co­hen, Jor­dan Grant, James Steele, Joel Lass­man, Alex Hershman, Jor­dan Nathan, Ben Adaki. Man­age­ment: Josh Rosen­feld (man­ager), As­sis­tants: Si­mon Hakim, Jamie Klein (coach),

Joel Nathan (chair­man) and to ac­cept all de­ci­sions. We are a very united squad and it has shown in some ex­cep­tional per­for­mances.

“Win­ning the league has al­ways been our pri­or­ity but if we can lift a cou­ple of cups as well it would be no less than this group of play­ers de­serve.

“At the mo­ment it has worked won­ders but ev­ery­thing we have achieved so far will count for noth­ing if we don’t fin­ish it off with sil­ver­ware.” Of­fi­cials: Ref – Andy My­er­son, Asst-refs – Daniel Co­hen, Gary Sil­ver, 4th of­fi­cial – Martin De La


Key men: Brady’s Jonathan Green and Greg Corin

Fo­cused: Oli Col­mans

Livewire: Danny Kon

De­ter­mined: Alex Gil­bert

Brave: Josh Gor­don

Alex Le­vack

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