MSFL stars brought home medals galore from the European Maccabi Games in Vienna.
Daran Bern, the MSFL Player of the Season, Redbridge teammate Dan Lee, together with Faithfold’s Paul Babai, Neasden’s George Fierstone and Ben Ellis helped GB bring home gold in the Open Football tournament.
Bern opened the scoring in the final against Germany with North London Raiders’ Matt Stock adding a second in a 4-0 victory. A double from Neasden’s James Gershfield completed the rout for a team where new Neasden joint-manager Darren Yarlett was assistant-manager.
TJ Keterman of Neasden looked the part as well, contributing some vital goals in a team managed by Ben Winston, the former Lions boss.
An entirely MSFL-based team won bronze in Open Futsal. London Maccabi Lions Motti Colman, who had an excellent competition as team captain, scored a hat-trick in one match as did Rowley Lane teammate Sam Arghebant. Jonathan Green and Redbridge pair Danny Sugarman and Ben Sollosi, the MSFL Young Player of the Year.
Keeper Danny Berliner, another star performer, and North London Raiders teammate Jamie Wolfson were also key contributors to a top three finish.
Neasden’s Adam Klein had as many fans off the pitch as he did on it. Lions’ Lee Bibring scored one of the goals of the tournament after carrying the Maccabi GB flag into the opening ceremony with father, Michael, and grandfather Harry.
Redbridge were well represented again with Steve Summers a thorne in the side of many opponents, while Danny Berg was coach of the team.
Reflecting on bronze, Berg told JC Sport: “The boys have been top-class. They have all worked hard.
“When I came in they needed a bit more belief. They have responded to everything that Jonny Cohen, Motti Colman, Danny Sugarman and myself have asked. France just couldn’t deal with us.
“Everyone had minutes on the pitch and we scored goals from all positions. It’s a very proud day.”
Camden Park’s Phil Caplin and Gideon Barnett plus Redbridge’s Hadley Silver helped the Masters Futsal team take silver in a top-quality competition.
Outgoing North London Raiders boss Adam Fegan was coach of the GB Women's Team that took silver.
Catford & Bromley Maccabi duo Eli Baraty and Ashley Stokes were in fine form in the Open Table Tennis competition.