The 13-man team that will represent Australia in Open Cricket at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel has been finalised, with Julien Wiener set to lead the team into battle with David Gelbart being named as his deputy.
The team is as follows:
Julien Wiener (Maccabi AJAX CC, VIC) - CAPTAIN
David Gelbart (Bentleigh CC, VIC) - VICE CAPTAIN
Daniel Bense (Parkville District CC, VIC)
Andrew Coleman (Gordon CC, NSW)
David Fayman (Maccabi AJAX CC, VIC)
Josh Sacks (Maccabi AJAX CC, VIC)
Joshua Skala (St. Kilda CC, VIC)
Mark Soffer (Maccabi AJAX CC, VIC)
Adam Trytell (Maccabi AJAX CC, VIC)
Dylan Weiner (Balcatta CC, WA)
Brett Wiener (Maccabi AJAX CC, VIC)
Dean Wiener (Maccabi AJAX CC, VIC)
JJ Zimmet (Maccabi AJAX CC, VIC)
The team contains a great blend of experience and youth, with several players having previously attended the Games.
Captain Julien Wiener will be attending his fourth Maccabiah Games after remarkably also having attended the very first Maccabiah Cricket tournament in 1973, while Vice Captain David Gelbart will be attending his third Games after going in 1997 and 2005.
As expected based on the nominations, the bulk of the squad is based in Melbourne with 8 of the 13 currently playing at the Maccabi AJAX Cricket Club, while the squad also includes two interstate members in Andrew Coleman (NSW) and Dylan Weiner (WA), the latter also set to line up for Australia in his third successive Games.
Dylan is accompanied in the squad by his 2009 teammates David Fayman and Dean Wiener, while several players - JJ Zimmet, Brett Wiener, Adam Trytell, Andrew Coleman, Daniel Bense, Josh Skala and Josh Sacks - will all be participating in their first Maccabiah Games. Mark Soffer becomes the first Australian cricketer to attend in Open Cricket after having participated as a Junior back in 2005.
Michael Klinger, who had initially nominated for the Games and intended to compete, was a late withdrawal from the squad last week after being announced as captain of English County Cricket side Gloucestershire, a contract that will keep him occupied during the next two English summers at least . His ommission is undoubtedly a big one for the team, and will mean all batsman need to step up a notch in order to make a big impact over in Israel.
The Open Cricket Team will also be accompanied in Israel by a Team Manager. The current manager, Paul Fink, has recently advised that he wil be unable to make the trip due to impending fatherhood in July next year, and as such a replacement Team Manager is currently being found and this person will be announced shortly.
The Maccabiah Games are being held in Israel in July 2013, and the Open cricket tournament is likely to pit Australia against England, South Africa, Israel, India and Canada. Nominations remain open for the Junior cricket team for the 2013 Maccabiah Games. For more details please contact Ray Montag (Junior Team Manager).
Stay tuned to the website www.maccabi.com.au/maccabiah/cricket for more updates as our cricketers continue on the road to Israel 2013.