Leeds Maccabi looking to sweep the board
Leeds Maccabi signalled their intent to win the MJSL title after scooping the first silverware of the new season.
The Yorkshire club lifted the Community Shield as goals in either half via Nick Vale and Oshri Amar downed Haroldeans.
Leeds became the fifth different name on the trophy in as many years in the curtain-raiser.
And Leeds, who are skippered by Gidi Amar, will fancy a crack at the title in what is expected to be an wide-open league.
Leeds boss Daniel Kristall believes Shield success has signalled their intent.
"The win bodes well for what lies ahead,” he said.
"We looked organised and solid at the break and we carried a threat going forward.
"James Landes, who created the first goal, has added another dimension. He has returned after three years in Australia and his pace and agility on the right flank will frighten teams.”
The MJSL season could begin with just seven teams, but league chairman Brian Myer remains confident of adding another side to the mix.
That will depend on Maccabi Manchester 3rds creating a new team out of their influx of players at their disposal.
However, last season's champions Maccabi 2nd have moved into the Manchester Accountants League while Flixton Reserves disbanded.
This will open the door for other teams to seize their chance and HAROLDEANS will be confident of mounting another assault.
Chairman Fraser Saville said: “I believe we will get stronger as the season develops. Once the students return, we will have more bodies to pick from.
"You need a strong squad and I expect us to have that. There’s no reason why we can’t go one better than last season."
HEATON PARK ROVERS are another side who can expect to be in the shake-up.
Keeping hold of prolific striker Jonny Franks will provide a major boost and joint-player manager David Seligman is in bullish mood over his side’s chances.
"We want to win everything,” he said. “Our form towards the end of last season suggests we should feel confident.
"We were on a good run and beat many of the leading sides.
"The league is more open and we are better team now. I expect, and want, and us to be challenging on all fronts."
It’s all change at MACCABI MANCHESTER 3RDS with Andy Hatton in the hot-seat.
Hatton wants his side, made up of veterans and rookies, to ruffle some feathers.
He said: “We will catch some teams by surprise. It’s difficult to know how we will do but we will give 100 per cent and will be up for every game.
“There is some quality in our ranks but we realise we will take a little bit of time to find our feet.”
SOUTH MANCHESTER SPORTS 2ND are another club in transition.
After finishing bottom last season, Marc Magid will be looking for some magic from winger Harry Nelson in their bid to climb the table.
Magid said: “We have a group of talented players but they are young and many are still learning the game.
"But we feel if we can finish mid-table it will be seen as progress."
REICH INSURANCE hope that competition for places will be the key to a good season.
Striker Michael Gatswirth said: “A new manager has been brought in and we are looking to challenge on all fronts this season.
“If people commit and buy in to how we want to play, we can have a good season.
"There’s a strong squad and competition is always healthy.”
The students of OAKHILL LIONS do not begin their assault until later in the month.
Max Levy and Jack Shulman have been installed as their new managers, with Roy Skop captaining the team.
They will once again be forced to play catch-up after Freshers Week but will be looking to replicate their strong finish to last season at the start of this.
HEATON PARK ROVERS
Joint player-managers: Jordan Warents/David Seligman
Captain: Jack Roach
Key Signings: Danny Lewis, Mark Williams One to watch: Richard Myers
Verdict: Keeping hold of the likes of goal machine Jonny Franks and star defender Matt Broadie bodes well for HPR. Will mount a challenge
Player-manager: Jamie Harris
Captain: Dave Killey
Key Signings: Daniel Blumonew, Mike Cross One to watch: Adam Shiffman
Verdict: Another side who will fancy their chances. Runners-up last season, the goals of Shiffman could fire the Merseysiders over the line
Manager: Daniel Kristall
Captain: Gidi Amar
Key Signings: James Landes, Nick Vale
One to watch: Mark Korn
Verdict: Expect Leeds to be vying for the title. Appear to be well organised and with the likes of Jonny Goldstone and Korn, the Yorkshire side will be challenging for honours
MACCABI MANCHESTER 3rd
Player-manager: Andy Hatton
Key signings: Moshe Hasid, Phil Gordon One to watch: Elliott Bennett
Verdict: A new team made up of veterans and youngsters. It’s difficult to predict how they will fare but it might take some time to find their feet.
Managers: Max Levy and Jack Shulman
Captain: Roy Skop
Verdict: The students are notoriously slow starters which is no surprise. But they would love to emulate their form towards the end of last season under player-manager Josh Daniels at the start of this season
Manager: Frenchie Friedman
Captain: Michael Gatswirth
Key Signings: Gary Freeman, Andy Schaffer
One of watch: Gary Freeman
Verdict: Will be hoping to surprise one or two teams. Outside bets
SOUTH MANCHESTER SPORTS 2ND
Manager: Marc Magid
Captain: Gary Stewart
Key signings: None
One to watch: Harry Nelson
Verdict: A mid-table finish would represent a good season for Magid’s young guns. Will be relying on a influx of players from the club’s first-team