Games We Play: Pallorium comeback beats Karelitz

Flag football: Hashmonaim team exacts revenge in week 2 of American Football in Israel at Kraft Stadium.

November 1, 2006 09:37
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Pallorium scored 13 unanswered points in the second half to beat Karelitz 26-20 in Week 2 of American Football in Israel Saturday night, October 28, at Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem. After falling behind 20-13 to a team made up of many of the players from last season's Big Blue - which beat Pallorium on its way to the national flag football championship - Pallorium came back to exact some revenge from that playoff loss. "It feels great to beat that team," said Pallorium captain Allan Tover. The players on Pallorium live in Hashmonaim, a religious community next to Modi'in, and most are currently serving in the IDF. After the Saturday night thriller, they threw an impromptu celebration that began at midnight and lasted into Sunday morning, when most of the team left to go to their bases. Pallorium, Lobos, Joe's Eagles and Tov Pizza all improved to 2-0 as AFI grew to a 54-team men's contact league for the third season in a row. Also Saturday night, AFI honored one of its new league sponsors, AFI Commissioner Danny Gewirtz caught a ceremonial pass from's Yitzhak Friedman. Results from Week 2 of the AFI men's contact league: Cafe Rimon 47, Amigo US 13; The Green Mile/IDT Global 26, Roseland Property 20; Park Family Patriots 60, Burgers Bar 19; Bonkers Bagels 14, Netiv Inmates 13; Moshiko 14, Shvilei Capitals 13; Big Butch 32, Shloimy's Kosher World Lakewood 30; Joe's Eagles 37, 14; Ziontours 15, J Media Group 14; Eli Warman 6, Naftali Lowy 6; Stevie's Boyz 39, Ohr David 0; Tov Pizza 19, Klein Management 18; Pizzeria Efrat 20, Camp Merockdim 14; Big Blue 28, Refa-na Meuchedet 24; Lobos 46, Kesher 8; Pallorium 26, Karelitz 20; Cobras 56, Croton Watches 0; Travaglini 14, Hadassah Lions 6; Holy Bagel 20, Tivuch Shelly 7. WAFI gets ready to kick off 2006/07 season The Women's American Football in Israel league, which will have a record number of teams in its fourth fall-winter season, kicks off on Wednesday, November 1. The league began in 2003, when four inexperienced but enthusiastic teams took the field. Three years later, the league tripled in size, as 12 teams competed in 2005/06. This season, WAFI is expanding even further, drawing women of all ages and backgrounds from all over Jerusalem and surrounding areas. WAFI also reaches beyond Israel. Twelve top Israeli league players comprise Israel's National Women's Flag Football Team. Over the years, the team has traveled to Europe, posting impressive gold- and silvermedal performances at major international competitions. The Israeli program is widely regarded as being among the top women's flag football programs in the world. WAFI officials work hard to develop and expand the league, and the organization is committed to helping its players improve their skills and football knowledge. Last month, WAFI kicked off its learning program, in which aspiring footballers can learn from more experienced players and coaches. As one of the fastest growing sports leagues in Israel, WAFI is anxiously anticipating the upcoming season and invites all women to come out and play some ball. Yosef Goodman high school league sets a record The Yosef Goodman High School American Football in Israel league, named after the Pizzeria Efrat captain who was killed in an IDF paratrooper training accident during the 2005/06 season played the first games of its 2006/07 season on Tuesday. The Yosef Goodman HSAFI will boast some 12 teams, a league high. Tuesday night football joins the fun The Tuesday Night Football League, a co-ed, non-contact league that includes teams from Pardes, HUC and Efrat, also played its first games on Tuesday. For more information on American Football in Israel, visit our Web site,; or contact Jay at, or (054) 440-0659 (+972-54-440-2659 from outside Israel). Please submit items for "Games We Play" via e-mail to

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