DAY 10 - First Medals of the Games
Wrestling Team Brings Home 3 Medals
Team Canada's freestyle wrestlers represented the red and white with pride in Be'er Sheva today with Sam Barmish earning silver and Gabriel Choueke as well as Moshe Klyman both taking home bronze, Canada's first three medals of the Maccabiah Games.
Represented by Gabriel Choueke, Sam Barmish, Dylan McLean, Aaron Orszak and Moshe Klyman, Team Canada stood strong against competitors from the USA, Israel and Germany. In addition to bringing home three of the first pieces of hardware for Canada in the 20th Maccabiah Games, history was made by Moshe Klyman, who became the first athlete to have studied at a Yeshiva to compete in the Games.
For Head Coach David Zilberman, he walked away thrilled with the team's result.
"Dylan and Aaron are still young wrestlers, they still have a lot to learn and in four years they'll be ready to return to the Games and wrestle for the medals," said Zilberman. "Gabriel has a bit more experience and it showed in his performance today, while Sam demonstrated a lot of discipline and proved to be the superior wrestler; in 2021, he can win this tournament. "For me, Moshe was a nice surprise in winning a bronze medal for Team Canada, despite not knowing much about his experience.. He proved that he is able to stand his ground with the Maccabiah competitors."
Bronze in Cycling
Montreal's Kayla Segal, who is competing in the Maccabiah Games' Triathlon later this week, earned a bronze medal today in Masters Women's Cycling Time Trials.
Gold Wins Bronze in 200M Fly
Canada's Junior and Open swimmers took to the pool at Wingate today. Josh Gold was the lone medal winner — bronze in the 200M butterfly — but several swimmers recorded personal bests while some made the final heat in the afternoon, including Beverly Schwartz in the Open Women's 100m freestyle and Maxim Petkun in the Junior Boys 200M breaststroke.
Binstock and Nusbaum Start Strong
Canada's dynamic beach volleyball duo of Josh Binstock and Aaron Nusbaum got off to a great start to their tournament today with two very strong wins.
In their first match — and in the sweltering heat — the Canadian team made very quick work of Team Mexico 21-13, 21-13, while in their 2nd match, under the setting sun on Leonardo Beach in Haifa, Binstock and Nusbaum played Israel's top team and came away with a hard-fought 3-set victory: 20-22, 21-15 and 15-12.
Canada's beach volleyball pair are an exciting team to watch, and one that has their eyes on the gold medal. They had a great cheering section on hand today, including some members of the Junior Girls Volleyball team.
Valiant Effort by Junior Girls B-Ball Team
The Junior Girls Basketball team faced a strong Team USA in their first game of the tournament. Canada trailed by just 9 points after a first half that was filled with back-and-forth action on both sides of the court. The gym was packed with Canadian supporters and the electric atmosphere fueled the girls to give it their all.
Team USA still managed to run away with the contest in the third quarter and eventually win the game 63-31. There were tons of positive takeaways for the Canadian athletes, including the performances by the team’s point guards. They played aggressively and were able to set up open shots by creating space on the floor using their impressive dribbling. Turnovers were costly and allowed the game to open up. It is an area the team hopes to improve on in their next game.
Powerhouse USA Beats Our Hoopsters
The U18 Boys Basketball team fell short against rivals Team USA 94-55 in their tournament opener. The team battled hard in all four quarters and held their heads up high following the game. Canada missed some opportune scoring chances early and were unable to contain Team USA’s consistent offense, which shot an impressive 72% from the field. Some positives to take away from Canada’s first performance were their lack of turnovers and the grit they displayed in the paint. In his post-game talk, Coach Vladimir Kovalevsky stressed to his players that there is still an opportunity to face Team USA again at Maccabiah in an even more meaningful game. “I’d way rather lose the first game of a tournament than the last game of a tournament”, he said.
In other basketball action, the U16 basketball team is still feeling positive after being defeated in a tough game against Team USA today. The boys stayed in the game for the first three quarters but were overpowered by the Americans in the fourth, with the final score coming in at 78-40.
U18 Soccer Team Falls to Brazil
Canada had their hands full with a polished Brazilian team on Sunday. The U18 Boys soccer team gave it their all but fell short 2-0 to Brazil who controlled the tempo for most of the game. Canada found themselves playing catch-up the entire game after Brazil struck early with two goals, one of which just trickled past the keeper on a fluke play. Canada was held to few scoring chances but were sound defensively holding Brazil off the scoresheet in the second half, largely in part to Allan's effort in net. The boys were excited to have had the opportunity to play against soccer legend Ronaldo's son, Ronald.
Canadians Strut Winning Stuff on Tennis Court
There were four Canadians in action today at the Ben B. & Joyce E. Eisenberg Israel Tennis Center in Jerusalem, and three of them won their matches and are moving on to the next round. Open athletes Alex Molotsky, Jeremy Langer and Michal Kaplan defeated their opponents 7-5 7-6, 6-2 6-1 and 6-2 6-1 respectively. Haley Sherrard put up a good fight in her match but fell short against a tough American opponent.
Kaplan moves on to the second round, while the Men will see third round action in the days to come. The players are still trying to adjust to the difficult conditions. "The heat was getting to me a bit, and it was a struggle out there. The match went a little longer than I'd have liked but I'm happy to come away with the W," said Molotsky.
After today's action, Canada has 3 out of 5 singles players still in the hunt for a medal. Zack Lister lost his opening round match last Thursday.
Open Hockey Team Pots 20 Against Germany
Despite failing to convert an extra point late in the third period, the Men's Open Hockey team was happy to come away with a 20-0 win over Team Germany today at the Pais Arena in Jerusalem.
The Canadians came out strong in the first period, with player of the game Dan Radke collecting an assist on the game winning goal. He and his teammates didn't want to take anything for granted against the Germans. "You never know what to expect and we didn't want to develop any bad habits out there. It was a good opportunity for us to work on our forecheck and controlled breakouts."
The Canadian men now sit at 2-0 and hope to continue their winning ways when they take on Team Israel this Wednesday.
Jr. Girls Spike Their Way to Victory
With families and friends cheering them on, the Junior Girls Volleyball team were all smiles and determination from beginning to end of their first game against Argentina. Losing their first set, both teams played consistently strong as Canada won the second set to tie the score 1-1. Argentina put up a good fight and went ahead 2-1 but our fierce junior girls won the next two sets to seal the victory 3 sets to 2.
"We didn't realize Argentina was so strong, but everyone contributed on their team and on ours, and it takes a team to succeed!" said coach Jack Serlin.
Juniors Enjoy Street Party
The Junior Hub street party was a blast! Junior athletes from all over the world united to meet, eat and shmooze while the sunset. An incredible IDF nook was set up and soldiers from various special units informed and inspired, with demonstrations of military technology, a showcase of weaponry, and emergency response equipment. Our athletes had fun being entertained by street performers, dancing and a live DJ.
Vrosf Leads the Way
The Men's Open Basketball team won their second game in a row today, besting Mexico by a score of 79-56. Led by Ave Vrosf, with 19 points, the Canadians remain undefeated at the Games. Adam Halpern had a big day on the court as well, pulling in 16 boards while putting up 14 points.
The Canadians have two big tests coming up in the coming days, with games against the United States and France. Both powerhouses are considered favourites to win the tourney, so the men will have their hands full.
Head coach Allon Bross is looking forward to the challenge. "We're happy to be 2-0, but were looking forward to the next two games. We've played some good basketball but we're getting better every game." His belief that their best ball has yet to be played bodes well for the team heading into play this week."
- Open Women's Softball Team beat Team USA 4-3
- Open Men's Softball Team fell to Israel 6-2
- Junior Boys U16 Soccer Team beat Italy 7-0
- Open Men's Soccer tied Uruguay 1-1
- Masters Men's Basketball lost to Israel 59-32
- Masters Men's Soccer Team played Australia to a 1-1 draw
- Junior Tennis: Luka Hollinger/Sarah Levy lost 6-2 6-2 / Simon Stoula/Renata Gabuzyan won 7-6(5), 6-2 / Simon Stoula/Renata Gabuzyan lost to Argentina 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 / Tal Goodman/Rachel Fluxman won 6-2, 6-1 then lost 6-3,6-2 / Jordan Mamelak/Eden Granovsky lost 6-0,6-0
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MACCABI CANADA SCHEDULE — MONDAY, JULY 10
- Junior Boys Baseball vs Israel
- Junior Boys Basketball U16 vs Mexico
- Junior Boys Basketball U18 vs Australia
- Junior Boys Hockey vs Israel
- Junior Boys Soccer U16 vs Venezuela
- Junior Boys Soccer U18 vs Australia
- Junior Girls Soccer U18 vs Brazil
- Masters Men's Basketball vs Argentina
- Open Men's Basketball vs USA
- Open Men's Volleyball vs USA
- Open Men's Volleyball vs Brazil
- Masters Men's Hockey vs Ukraine
- Open Men's Soccer vs Brazil
- Masters Men's Softball vs USA
- Open Men's Softball vs Cuba
- Open Men's Water Polo vs Germany
- Open Women's Softball vs Israel
- Open/Masters Golf
- Open Artistic Gymnastics
- Open/Masters Tennis
- Junior Tennis
- Half Marathon (Jerusalem)
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