Continuing a long tradition of cricket victories, both Junior and Open Cricket Teams won Gold medals at this year’s Maccabiah for the fourth Games running. Maccabi SA Cricket has won a medal at every game attended since 1973, including 10 Gold, so the Open and Junior boys were thrilled to add to this fantastic legacy.
Winning all their games but one, the Junior Cricket Team, coached by Braydon Dixon and managed by Joanne Tankle, had a truly successful Maccabiah. The boys, who are a mixed group of students from King David Linksfield, King David Victory Park, Crawford College Sandton, Jeppe Boys, St Davids, Rondebosch High School and SACS, were a wonderful reflection of their schools and their country, making the delegation proud with their talent, and good sportsmanship throughout the competition. The team was captained by Guy Sheena, who also won Man of the Match in the Final, and vice-captained by Greg Ber.
Open Cricket also won all but one of their games, and the gents had a truly memorable Maccabiah. Captained by Wayne Josselsohn, the 12 Open players did South Africa proud on and off the pitch, taking every twist and turn the competition brought in their stride. Zac Elkin had this to say; “The final was a fitting end to our tournament. The triumph characterized exactly what this team is about — gritty, determined and united. In the closing moments, there could not have been more than two or three of our players who were not carrying injuries. But we dug in and got it done. It’s been the most special week. The group could not be more together and it showed in our cricket. There’s been very little healthy about our lifestyle but one thing partying does is create memories, bonds and friendships. That certainly played a big part in our success.”
Kyle Zacks, (Grade 10 Sacs) was one of two Capetonians to be selected for the u17 Maccabi Team. Guy Sheena (Grade 10 Ronderbosch Boys) being the other Cape Town Cricketer — both are ex-Herzlia. In the Semi-Finals Kyle was awarded ‘Man of the Match’ as best all-rounder, taking 3 wickets and scoring top 3rd score of 25 not out. Guy Sheena won ‘Man of the Match’ in the Finals. Kyle has recently been selected for the SACS second cricket team.