Hapoel Fall Soccer - 5764 (2003) - Week 3

THE G'DOLA LEAGUE Player Honors - Week Three

Boy’s Division: G'dola League (4th - 6th Grade Boys)

Game Summaries

What a match-up: Team Chevron vs. Team Yerushalayim. And, the game was a great one. In a game that came down to the final minutes, Team Yerushalayim beat team Chevron, 4-2. The goals for Team Yerushalayim were scored by Noach Bergman (two), Izzy Kates, and a goal to seal the victory after regulation time by Eli Bergman. Eli Bergman also had an assist on Izzy Kates' goal. Team Chevron's goals were scored by Steven Elenberg with an assist by Jonathan Galitzer and Zeke Melman.

A tough Team Tiveria played Team Tsfat and... tied them 1-1. Elisha Klejman had the goal for Tiveria and Dovid Feldman had a goal for Tsfat which was assisted by Akiva Singer. Both teams fought very hard to the very end of the match.

After week three, though the league is not locked in a four-way tie, the teams are obviously very evenly matched. Any team is capable of beating any team on any given day. The second half of the season and the play-offs should be great soccer.

Week 3 Honors
The "Play Hard" Player of the Week: Playing goalie is a very difficult task. Especially when you are playing against Yerushalayim. This player plays hard every week, but, this week he played particularly hard. To quote his coach, Coach Melman, "Our goalie, Daniel, played a great game. we very much needed him today." For demonstrating his great talent and putting forward such a great effort, the Play Hard Player of the Week is... Daniel Felber, Chevron.

There are many rivalries that can become very "heated". One of those rivalries that can get "too heated" is when two brothers play against each other. Frequently, in order to avoid the play being "over heated", the two brothers just make a point of not playing too hard. In this case, the two brothers played very hard and still behaved like mensches. For their great play this week, these two Play Hard Players of the Week are... Jordan Frances, Chevron and Jason Frances, Yerushalayim.

This player brought back memories of last season. Possibly the best offensive duo of last season was Akiva Singer and Dovid Feldman of Team Tsfat. This week, Akiva and Dovid brought back memories of their scoring prowess. Akiva Singer dribbled the whole field and passed the ball to Dovid Feldman. Dovid made one of his patented "change of pace, change of direction" moves and tucked the ball neatly into the back of the net. A gorgeous play all around. And, for their effort throughout the whole game and for bringing back wonderful memories of last season, the final "Play Hard" award goes to Akiva Singer and Dovid Feldman, Team Tsfat.

Past "Play Hard" Award Winners this Season:
Week 1- Dani Singer, Team Tsfat and Matty Miller, Yerushalayim
Week 2- Shalom Sukol, Chevron

The "Play Smart" Players of the Week: Two players blossomed this week. Both of these players scored goals for their respective teams. The first player scored a goal for Team Tiveria and the second player had a goal and an assist for Team Yerushalyim. The player from Team Tiveria made it obvious this week that he can play hard and he can play very smart. We look forward to seeing even more of this new talent to our league. The second player from Team Yerushalayim showed us he could play hard and smart all last season and demonstrated this for us again during this week's game. The two Hapoel Soccer Smart Players of the Week are.... Elisha Klejman, Tiveria and Eli Bergman, Yerushalayim.

Past "Play Smart " Award Winners this Season:
Week 1- Noach Bergman, Yerushalayim.
Week 2- Max Byer (Goalie), Ami Ifrah, and Ari Byer, Team Tsfat.

The "Mensch" Players of the Week: One player for Team Tiveria was the "engine" of the team last year and continues to be the "engine" of the team this year. His work rate is impressive, but this is not what makes him stand-out as a player and a mensch. What makes him stand-out as a player and a mensch is that whether his team is winning, losing, or tied, he never stops doing all he can to help his team. He plays hard, he plays smart, and... he's a big mensch. This player from Team Tiveria and the Mensch Player of the Week is... Saadia Tuchman, Team Tiveria.

Past "Mensch" Award Winners this Season:
Week 1- Steven Elenberg and Jonathan Galitzer, Team Chevron.
Week 2- Elie Mendlowitz, Team Tiveria and Dovid Feldman, Team Tsfat

League Standings
Yerushalayim: 2 Wins, 1 Loss, 0 Ties for 6 Points. 8 Goals For and 3 Goal Against.
Tiveria: 1 Win, 1 Loss, 1 Tie for 4 Points. 3 Goals For and 3 Goals Against.
Tsfat: 1 Win, 1 Loss, 1 Tie for 4 Points. 6 Goals For and 7 Goals Against.
Chevron: 1 Win, 2 Losses, 0 Ties for 3 Points. 6 Goals For and 8 Goals Against.

League Leading Scorers

Dovid Feldman/Tsfat: 10 Points, 5 Goals, 0 Assists
Noach Bergman/Yerushalayim: 9 Points, 4 Goals, 1 Assist
Jonathan Galitzer/Chevron: 6 Points, 2 Goals, 2 Assists
Steven Elenberg/Chevron: 6 Points, 3 Goals, 0 Assists
Noach Aryeh Schwartz: 4 Points, 2 Goals, 0 Assists
Izzy Kates/Yerushalayim: 4 Points, 2 Goals, 0 Assists
Eli Bergman/Yerushalayim: 3 Points, 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Gedalia Kott/Tsfat: 2 Points, 1 Goal, 1 Assist
Shmuel Gabai/Yerushalayim: 2 Points, 1 Goal, 0 Assists
Elisha Klejman/Tiveria: 2 Points, 1 Goal, 0 Assists
Zeke Melman/Chevron: 2 Points, 1 Goal, 0 Assists
Matty Miller/Yerushalayim: 1 Point, 0 Goals, 1 Assist
Akiva Singer/Tsfat : 1 Point, 0 Goals, 1 Assist
Ezra Feldman/Tsfat: 1 Point, 0 Goals, 1 Assist


Next Game’s Match-ups
12:30 - Team Yerushalayim vs. Team Tsfat (a great match-up)
Team Chevron vs. Team Tiveria (another great match-up)


(Above) The Haifa Green Eagles of the K'tana League. Click here to see more pictures from Week 3.

THE K'TANA LEAGUE Player Honors - Week Three

Boy’s Division: K’tana League (1st - 3rd Grade Boys)

Game Summaries:

The first league match saw the reigning league champions, the Netanya Orange Hawks, play the new league franchise , the Be'er Sheva Red Wolves. And, what a game. Though the Red Wolves were supposed to be the underdog in this match-up, you would never know it. The Orange Hawks won 2-0, but the Red Wolves showed the whole league their dramatic improvement as a team and that the Red Wolves will be a team "to look for" during the second half of the regular season and the play-offs. Yaakov Singer scored the first goal for the Orange Hawks while Max Frankl scored the second with an assist from Yehuda Rudack.

The second league match featured the Haifa Green Eagles and the Netanya Blue Dolphins. The Blue Dolphins were missing some players and... the Green Eagles looked great. The Eagles won 1-0. The Eagles lone goal came from Sammy Melman.

The third and final league match featured the Bnai Brak Golden Lions and the Eilat Silver Sharks. The Lions were up 3-1 at one point during the game and the Silver Sharks fought back in a heroic manner to finish the game with a score of 4-4. Naftali Schwartz scored all four goals for the Golden Eagles. The Silver Sharks goals were scored by Shmueli Mark, Duvie Bergman, and the final two goals, which both happened to be gorgeous goals, by Naftali Ginsburg. Duvie Bergman assisted on one of Ginsburg's goals while Naftali Ginsburg assisted on one of Bergman's goals. With the quality play and the gorgeous goals, this may have been the best game of the season thus far.

Heading into the mid-season break and the holidays, it is anybody's guess who the top team in the league is. We'll have to wait to finish the rest of the regular season and see how the play-offs play out. One thing is for sure though. The boys in this league are great players and big mensches and, as a consequence, this is a great league!

Week 3 Honors
The "Play Hard" Players of the Week: Plain and simple, one player for the B'nai Brak Golden Lions played very hard. He was all over the field and... just played very hard. And, the first Play Hard Player of the Week is... Avi Pines, B'nai Brak Golden Lions.

The Second Play Hard Player of the Week just... played hard. He is another player for the Golden Lions. Though smaller than most of the boys on the field, he doesn't seem to know this. He had several great defensive efforts and... he just played very hard. The second Play Hard Player of the Week is... Eliyahu Feldman, B'nai Brak Golden Lions.

The final Play Hard Player of the Week played an excellent all around game: both on offense and on defense. Offensively, he helped to keep the pressure on the Tel Aviv Blue Dolphins and defensively, he kept the Tel Aviv Blue Dolphins from scoring a goal. Multiple times he stopped attacks from the Blue Dolphins and immediately outletted the ball to our offense. Coach Ravin was extremely pleased with his players performance. And, the final Play Hard Player of the Week is... Nathanial Felber, Haifa Green Eagles.

Past "Play Hard" Award Winners this Season:
Week 1- Duvie Bergman, Eilat Silver Sharks and Yaakov Singer, Netanya Orange Hawks.
Week 2- Shlomo Menachem Lipman, Eilat Silver Sharks, Shmueli Mark, Eilat Silver Sharks, and Yonah Soskin, Haifa Green Eagles.

The "Play Smart" Player of the Week: This week’s first Play Smart Player of the Week played a beautiful game. He scored four goals for the B'nai Brak Golden Lions and in the process broke two K'tana League records: the "most goals scored in a single game" and the "most points scored in a game". He played hard and he played very, very smart. And, this week’s first Play Smart Player of the Week is... Naftali Schwartz, B'nai Brak Golden Lions.

The second Play Smart Player of the Week and he plays for the Be'er Sheva Red Wolves. This player is not a flashy player, nor is he an extraverted player. He quietly does his job on the field and he happens to do it very well. he plays very hard. And, he plays very smart. This week this player happened to play with an extra level of "smartness". And, this week’s second Play Smart Player of the Week is... Yonaton Abrams, Be'er Sheva Red Wolves. As an aside, I am not even sure if Yonaton knows what a nutmeg is, but.. he had two in this week's game. Great game, Yonaton.

The final Play Smart Player award goes to a player who helped Nathaniel Felber to ensure the Blue Dolphins didn't score a goal... the goalkeeper for the second half of the Green Eagles game. Up to this point in the season, this player had not played goalie during a game, although he had previously voiced his interest. In the second half, with the Blue Dolphins stepping up their intensity to try to tie the game, this player's goalkeeping helped to save the day and his play was tremendous. His aggressive style of play, in not being afraid to move away from the goal, and in not being tentative to go after loose balls in traffic, truly preserved the Green Eagles' victory today. And, this week’s final Play Smart Player of the Week is... Moshe Schorr, Haifa Green Eagles.

Past "Play Smart" Award Winners this Season:
Week 1- Yehuda Mendlowitz, Tel Aviv Blue Dolphins
Week 2- Daniel Ginsburg, Haifa Green Eagles and Danny Dasher and Daniel Israel (Goalie), Be'er Sheva Red Wolves.


The "Mensch" players of the week: One player had a "coming out" party this week. Though he has played well all season, he played unbelievably this week. His team was down 3-1 and he never gave up. Not only did he score two goals to tie the Golden Lions 4-4, he scored two gorgeous goals. He never gave up, he played beautifully, and he did all of this very humbly. Our first Mensch Player of the Week is... Naftali Ginsburg, Eilat Silver Sharks. We so look forward to watching this big mensch play for the rest of this season.

Our second and final Mensch Player of the Week is from the Netanya Orange Hawks. This player has placed his team's needs before his own needs all season. Though being the league leader in goal scoring last season, he has decided to take on a substantially more defensive role this season. Why? Because that is where the team needs him. Not only does this player accept his new role graciously, he plays it beautifully. And, this week, not only did he manage to fulfill his important defensive role, he also found a way to score a goal. For his outstanding effort as a true team player and for playing like a big mensch, the second and final Mensch Player of the Week is... Max Frankl, Netanya Orange Hawks.

Past "Mensch" Award Winners this Season:
Week 1- Robert Elenberg, Be’er Sheva Red Wolves
Week 2- Naftali Schwartz, B'nai Brak Golden Lions, Iky Cohen, Haifa Green Eagles and The Team Netanya Orange Hawks (Max Frankl, Yaakov Singer, Noah Horn, Mendel Cohen, Yechezkiel Levine, Jeremy Kardon, Yehuda Rudack, Yoni Ferneau, Chaim Shlomo Komarow, and Dovid Levine.

League Standings
Team W L T Points GF GA
Netanya Orange Hawks 3 Wins, 0 Losses, 0 Ties for 9 Points. 9 Goals For and 2 Goals Against.
Haifa Green Eagles 2 Wins, 0 Losses, 1 Tie for 7 Points. 6 Goals For and 2 Goals Against.
B’nai Brak Golden Lions 1 Win, 0 Losses, 2 Ties for 5 Points. 8 Goals For and 5 Goals Against.
Eilat Silver Sharks 1 Win, 1 Loss, 1 Tie for 4 Points. 11 Goals For and 7 Goals Against.
Tel Aviv Blue Dolphins 0 Wins, 3 Losses, 0 Ties for 0 Points. 1 Goal For and 8 Goals Against.
Be’er Sheva Red Wolves 0 Wins, 3 Losses, 0 Ties for 0 Points. 1 Goals For and 12 Goals Against.

League Leading Scorers
Player/Team
Naftali Schwartz/Yellow 12 Points, 6 Goals, and 0 Assists
Duvie Bergman/Silver 11 Points, 5 Goals, and 1 Assist
Yaakov Singer/Orange 9 4 1
Naftali Ginsburg/Silver 7 3 1
Max Frankl/Orange 6 3 0
Yehuda Rudack/Orange 5 1 3
Sammy Melman/Green 4 2 0
Yitzi Feldman/Blue 2 1 0
Avi Pines/Gold 2 1 0
Noah Horn/Orange 2 1 0
Meir Retter/Green 2 1 0
Eli Bookstaber/Silver 2 1 0
Eitan Grunhaus/Silver 2 1 0
Danny Dasher/Red 2 1 0
Jacob Melmen/Green2 1 0
Iky Cohen/Green 2 1 0
Moshe Schorr/Green 2 1 0
Shmueli Mark/Silver 2 1 0
Naftali Simcha Swartz/Red 1 0 1
Avrahom Mond/Silver 1 0 1
Nathaniel Felber/ Green 1 0 1
Simmy Ruchelman/Gold 1 0 1
Chaim Shlomo Komarow/Orange 1 0 1

Next Week’s Match-ups
10:00 - Tel Aviv Blue Dolphins vs. Be'er Sheva Red Wolves (a great match-up)
B’nai Brak Golden Lion vs. Netanya Orange Hawks (another great match-up)
11:15 - Haifa Green Eagles vs. Eilat Silver Sharks (what a game... a great match-up)


Team Eilat (Above)

THE GIRLS LEAGUE Player Honors - Week Three

Game Summaries
In the K’tana League, Tel Aviv (Blue) beat Eilat (Orange) 5-2. Bashe Goodman had a hat-trick (3 goals) and Rochel Biberfeld and Tzviya Melman had one goal a piece for Tel Aviv while Thea Ornstein had the goal for Eilat. The second goal for Eilat was an "own goal".

In the G'dola League, Team Yerushalayim (Blue) tied Team Tiveria (Orange), 2-2. Elisheva Swartz and Naomi Wakshlag scored for Yerushalayim while Hannah Ornstein and Atara Gedalowitz scored for Tiveria.

Week 3 Honors
The "Play Hard" Players of the Week: This player played great this week. She worked so hard all game, it seemed that like she was in two places at one time. She played offense. She played defense. she scored Tel Aviv's first goal of the game. And, she played very hard and... for this reason, the Play Hard Player of the Week is... Rochel Biberfeld, Tel Aviv (Blue).

Playing goalie is very hard. And, playing goalie when the opposing team is taking numerous shots is even harder. This player played very hard in goal. And, after being scored on several times, she never quit. She kept working very hard at the position she was playing: goalie. Eventually, this player left the goal to play in the field, but only because the coach wanted to her come out of goal. This player played very hard and... she never quit. And, when she was playing in the field, she played just as hard! For her fantastic effort and for showing such tenacity, the second Play Hard player of the week is... Falicia Elenberg, Eilat (Orange)

Past "Play Hard" Award Winners this Season:
Week 1- Kayla Cohen, Team Eilat
Week 2- Ilana Ruchelman, Be'er Sheva Blue and Shayna Malka Sragg, Naomi Wakschlag, and Atara Siegel, Chevron (Orange).

The "Play Smart" Player of the Week: Bashe was incredible this week. Not only did she work very hard all over the field, but she also always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. She played hard, she played smart, and... she had a hat-trick (3 goals). The Play Smart Player of the Week is... Bashe Goodman, Tel Aviv (Blue).

This player shows up every week ready to play hard and play smart. She loves this game and she is very good at playing it. The defining characteristic of this player is intensity. When she is playing soccer, she is very focused on the job on the field that she needs to do. And, for this reason, she consistently plays very hard and plays very smart. The second Play Smart Player of the Week is... Tzviya Melman, Tel Aviv (Blue).

Past "Play Smart" Award Winners this Season:
Week 1- Laina Miller, Team Tel Aviv
Week 2- Thea Ornstein, Sarah Miriam Sukol, and Hadasa Solomson, Haifa Orange.

The "Mensch" Player of the Week: There are many players that work hard on the field. There are many players that play smart on the field. And, Baruch H-shem, we have many players that are big mensches on the field. On this day, one player stood out. In the G'dola League, this player has been working very hard, playing very smart, and has been doing great things for her team all season, yet... she hadn't scored a goal yet. It takes a very big mensch to work and work and work for their team and never get to experience any "personal glory". This player plays for her team and not for selfish reasons. This player is a truly selfless player. And, after weeks of work, this player just happened to... score her first goal. This special player and the Mensch Player of the Week is... Atara Gedalowitz, Tiveria (Orange).

Past "Mensch" Award Winners this Season:
Week 1- Malka Biberfeld and Hannah Ornstein, Team Tiveria and Elisheva and Rivka Malka Swartz, Team Yerushalayim.
Week 2- Shayna Dasher, Tsfat Blue.


K’tana League Standings
Tel Aviv: 1 Win, 0 Losses, 1 Tie, 4 Points, 8 Goals For and 5 Goals Against
Be’er Sheva: 1 Win, 0 Losses, 0 Ties, 3 Points, 3 Goals For and 2 Goals Against
Eilat: 0 Wins, 1 Loss, 1 Tie, 1 Point, 5 Goals For and 8 Goals Against
Haifa: 0 Wins, 1 Loss, 0 Ties, 0 Points, 2 Goals For and 3 Goals Against


G’dola League Standings
Tiveria: 1 Win, 0 Losses, 1 Tie, 4 Points, 6 Goals For and 3 Goal Against
Chevron: 1 Win, 0 Losses, 0 Ties, 3 Points, 4 Goals For and 0 Goals Against
Yerushalayim: 0 Wins, 1 Loss, 1 Tie, 1 Point, 3 Goal For and 6 Goals Against
Tsfat: 0 Wins, 1 Loss, 0 Ties, 0 Points, 0 Goals For and 4 Goals Against


Girl's League Leading Scorers
Hannah Ornstein/Tiveria & Chevron: 8 Points, 4 Goals, 0 Assists
Kayla Cohen/Eilat & Haifa: 8 Points, 4 Goals, 0 Assists
Laina Miller/Tel Aviv & Be'er Sheva: 8 Points, 4 Goals, 0 Assists
Bashe Goodman/Eilat: 6 Points, 3 Goals, 0 Assists
Tzviya Melman/Be'er Sheva: 5 Points, 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Sarah Ruchelman /Tiveria: 4 Points, 2 Goals, 0 Assists
Malka Biberfeld/Tiveria: 4 Points, 2 Goals, 0 Assists
Elisheva Swartz/Yerushalayim: 4 Points, 2 Goals, 0 Assists
Thea Ornstein/Haifa: 4 Points, 2 Goals, 0 Assists
Rochel Biberfeld/Tel Aviv: 2 Points, 1 Goal, 0 Assists
Naomi Wakshlag /Yerushalayim: 2 Points, 1 Goal, 0 Assists
Atara Gedalowitz /Tiveria: 2 Points, 1 Goal, 0 Assists
Rivka Malka Swartz/Yerushalayim: 1 Point, 0 Goals, 1 Assist


Next Game’s Match-up
11:15- K’tana League: Be'er Sheva (Blue) vs. Haifa (Orange) (A great match-up.)
11:15- G’dola League: Tsfat (Blue) vs. Chevron (Orange) (A great match-up.)