Lions soon-to-be Under 14 Whites came home from Amsterdam with the Yom Ha Voetbal championship on the weekend.
Whites took two 7-a-side teams to Holland’s a one day international football tournament which is the biggest yearly social event of the Dutch Jewish community and one of the main football tournaments of Amsterdam.
It attracted 2,000 visitors and competitors from all over Western Europe, ranging in age from six to a 65 year old rabbi!
Unfortunately Lions teams were drawn in the same group stages, where they were both unbeaten. The Orange team went on to play in the final after 3 wins and a draw, and the White’s in the 3rd/4th play off after 2 wins and 2 draws only conceding once.
Playing some creative football, both teams enjoyed long periods of possession in all the games and showed a keen eye for goal when the opportunities arose. We made a lot of friends along the way meeting and playing against Jewish teams from across Holland and Western Europe.
The Whites won 2-0 into claim 3rd overall, and the Orange’s fought a solid draw vs Dutch Brazil to take the game into a crazy competitive penalty shoot out dominated by both teams excellent ‘keepers.
After the 9th round of spot kicks and sudden death, Lions claimed the top prize with another outstanding penalty save and were crowned champions!
Manager Amir Klaus said: ‘Whilst the football was a great experience for the boys (and the parents), the weekend as a whole was a great bonding experience for the team. With a Friday night dinner, a walking tour of Amsterdam, a training session, and a dads vs lads game, everyone will have some very enjoyable memories of the weekend we went to Amsterdam and brought home the silverware’.