Maccabi GB’s started it School Sports Tournaments schedule, with Sinai School, JFS and Yavne College all started with impressive wins.
The Primary Years 3 and 4 Football Tournament took place at Mill Hill Power League with 10 schools bringing 20 teams to play. In total 200 young people were engaged in the event.
The tournament saw teams split into groups and play each other in a league format with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the quarter-final stages. Each match was exciting and full of goals, with the last eight stage producing some good defensive displays, more conducive to the Italian national team, to ensure teams made it into the semi-finals.
Both semis were close games with Mathilda Marks Kennedy School winning an enthralling game against Wolfson Hillel, whilst Sinai School needed a penalty shootout to finally overcome Rosh Pinah.
The final was an exciting spectacle with both sides playing end-to-end football. Sinai took an early lead, but MMK came back strong and equalised midway through the game. With extra-time looming, Sinai managed to work a great play and finished it off to secure a deserved victory.
The afternoon concluded with the medals presentation and the trophy was awarded to the winning Sinai team.
With the final whistle blowing on the first tournament, the second one got underway 24 hours later, this time for girls in Years 7-11. Six secondary schools attended, with 22 teams and 200 girls playing from Immanuel College, King Solomon High School, JFS, JCoss, Hasmonean High School and Yavne College.
Each age group played in a separate tournament, with each team facing off against each other once in a league basis. The team who finished the top of their respective leagues won the tournament. All the girls enjoyed their afternoon of sport and there were some fantastic individual performances from some of the young players.
JFS had a great afternoon winning the tournaments in Years 8, Years 9 and Years 10/11. Yavne College won the Year 7 tournament. The afternoon finished off with a sporting medals presentation to the winning teams.
Maccabi GB's Sports Department Manager Matt Travers spoke about the numbers engaged over the week's two events. He said: "This week Maccabi GB has engaged over 400 young people in sports tournaments. It is so beneficial for the these players to be able to play sports against other Jewish schools and Jewish people as well as meet and make friends with like-minded young people from all over London.
"This is the start of a busy tournament schedule for MGB and we hope all the other events continue in the same quality and spirit as this week."