Last weekend, as part of their final preparations for the forthcoming 19th Maccabiah Games, Maccabi GB’s Water Polo team competed in the prestigious "Ciutat de Palma" Water Polo Tournament in Mallorca.
The team, accompanied by their international coach, Nik Jovanovic, played six matches against some very well drilled teams from Spain, where most players are professional and train up to six hours a day. This was the first time the team had played together and performed very well, winning two matches and only narrowly losing the others.
Player-Manager, Steven Behr, spoke about his side’s performance, "This was an excellent opportunity for us to prepare for the Maccabiah Games in Israel. Over the weekend we experimented with a number of tactics in order to familiarise all members of the team with the game plan. Playing quite a lot of games over such a short period was physically challenging, but the perfect preparation for 2 weeks time, when we’re in Israel competing against the best Jewish Water Polo players in the world."
For more information on Maccabi GB Water Polo visit www.maccabigb.org or call 0208 457 2333.
Maccabi GB Water Polo Team
Back row (left to right): Peter Pickford (stand-in keeper from Watford), Josh Brown, Sammy Kattan, George Szemere, Jared Baker
Front row (left to right): Dan Kattan, Arron Gould, Jakov Sadovskii, Steven Behr, Neil Haftel, David Lewis, Nik Zhukovsky, Nik Jovanovic (Coach)