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MACCABI is still aiming for a top-two finish in the Meldrum Cup after a hard-fought 7-3 win over Dee Why on Saturday afternoon.

MACCABI is still aiming for a top-two finish in the Meldrum Cup after a hard-fought 7-3 win over Dee Why on Saturday afternoon.

Maccabi, which is in third place on the ladder, faces seventh-placed Burraneer this Saturday and then Randwick next week in the final two games of the season.

Coach Brendon Hall said the team can finish second if it wins its two remaining games and second-placed Dundas lose to undefeated competition leaders Redfield in the last week of the season.

“We have two massive games coming up and we need to be on song and play our best,” Hall said.

“Burraneer are very tough at home and they have a lot to play for because they are just outside the top six, so if we are not on our game we will be in trouble.

“I think we can still finish second because we want to move up a division and field a second team next year.”

Hall said he was proud of the team as he reflected on the game against Dee Why.

“They have some players that know all the tricks of the trade and the match was a good old-fashioned arm wrestle,” Hall said.

“I think the boys can be very proud of themselves because they did well to get away with a win and, after a loss, any win is a good win.”

The coach said Dee Why used some questionable tactics.

“In the first half their tackling technique was dubious and it was stopping our go-forward.

“They weren’t using their arms and making a lot of late tackles so I was very happy that the boys didn’t respond because it could have flared up a couple of times.”

Maccabi will play Burraneer at John Dwyer Oval in Carringbah at 3.15pm on Saturday.

JOSHUA LEVI

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