19th Maccabiah Games Kick Off With Rugby Sevens Tournament


Team Captain Dallen Stanford with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

— by Amir Shoam

The opening ceremony of the 19th Maccabiah Games will be held next Thursday, but one American team wants to be wearing gold medals for it. One of the earliest tournaments of the games will be of rugby sevens, with the U.S. team taking on South Africa, Israel and Great Britain tomorrow (Wednesday) in the Wingate Institute, Netanya. On Friday, the four teams will be joined by Australia, Canada and Chile for an 11-day rugby 15s tournament.

“The U.S. has never sent a rugby team as committed, conditioned or talented as this one to the games,” said Head Coach Shawn Lipman to the Philadelphia Jewish Voice. “We have exceptionally high standards for ourselves, and are absolutely dedicated to coming home with two gold medals.”

More after the jump.
Due to the weather conditions and the high intensity of the 14-minute long sevens game, the tournament will start at 17:20 Israel time, and the final game will be played as late as 22:20. The teams will have to finish the round-robin stage in one of the top two places in order to win a ticket to the final.

The Philadelphia area will be represented in the team by Jarett Brotz from Cherry Hill, N.J.


Jarett Brotz of Cherry Hill, N.J. (Photo: Jewish Community Voice)

The team practicing on a tour of Tel Aviv’s old neighborhoods

And in Jerusalem, even without a ball

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