Cricket is a very popular sport amongst the Jewish community with high participation in schools and to a lesser extent in club cricket. Jewish South African cricketers who have represented the country include Dr Ali Bacher, Dennis Gamsy, Norman Gordon, Mandy Yachad (cricket and hockey) and more recently Adam Bacher. Gamsy attended the 1961 Maccabi Games for soccer, returning in 1973 when cricket was added. Yachad’s son Shaul captained the 2009 Maccabi SA Junior Cricket team, bringing home gold. Adam Bacher competed in three Maccabiah, winning two gold and one silver medal. Dr Ali Bacher was elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
Team Maccabi SA has performed with distinction at the Games, winning gold in both the Senior and Junior age groups at the last three Maccabiot: 2005, 2009 and 2013, as well as gold in 1973, 1977, 1981 and 1989, silver in 1993 and 1997, and bronze in 1985. An impressive achievement!
Maccabi SA Junior Cricket has high levels of activity outside of the Maccabiah while Senior activity usually revolves around the Games, with team trials and selection taking place approximately 18 months beforehand. The Seniors will kick off their campaign to defend their Maccabiah gold in the near future.
Junior Cricket has a very active model with an ongoing calendar of events outside of the Games for both primary and high school cricketers. In the last two years this section has hosted very successful 20/20 tournaments, 50 overs competitions, coaching clinics, Father & Son fun days and fundraiser events.
Junior Cricket Convenor (U18): Joanne Tankle – email@example.com
Senior Cricket Convenor (18 -35): Matthew Rosen – firstname.lastname@example.org