WOOLLAHRA took the spoils over Waverley in Maccabi Touch Football’s inaugural “Suburbs of Origin” contest, as the club paid tribute to a past friend in the Benny Glattstein Round.
The feature match – a 3-2 Victoria to Woollahra – was the showpiece of one of the most memorable days in the club’s history, which also included “Rivalry Round” among the Social League’s 16 sides, played in glorious conditions at Queens Park.
Woollahra, captained by Jordan Mundell and Ben Kochan, edged Waverley, skippered by Daniel Ezekiel, in an entertaining, open and fast-paced encounter.
The sides went try for try until Kochan scored the match winner, assisted by a deft pass from brother Daniel, who was named man of the match.
Shaun Reichman and Daniel Munitz were lively for Woollahra, while Steven Filler and Nathan Ryba stepped up to the plate for Waverley.
Robbie Ezekiel, who bagged a runaway intercept try, was also sharp throughout the match.
“It was wonderful to have the Glattstein family down there with us as we paid tribute to Ben, a favourite son of the club,” president David Weiner told The AJN.
“There was a great crowd, and as a bonus, the game was entertaining; and it was great to see some new faces in Maccabi jerseys for the very first time as well.”
On a jam-packed day, other highlights included the grand final rematch between Untouchable and Flamingos, ending 7-7; a derby between the two Maccabi rugby sides, in which Dean Friedlander was the star; a glimpse into the club’s future with stars Brad Karney, Jared Plit and Oliver Burger on the field for the first time for the Young Guns; and Sironen-Burgess finally putting out a full-strength side and putting the undefeated Touch Mootball in their place.
In the mid-week representative competition, teenager Zak Michael scored an outstanding individual try after the full-time siren to snare the Tigers a 5-5 draw in division 5.
Mataora returned to the top of the division 3 table, courtesy of a convincing win, while Amy Nahum was the star for the undefeated women’s side, which fought hard for a 3-2 win.
Photo: Sam Cantori