Israel Bowl IV.
(photo credit: Adlai Maschiach)
It’s Red vs Orange, north vs south, old vs new, experience vs
It’s the Arthur’s Tel Aviv/Jaffa Sabres vs the Gush Texas Judean
Rebels in Israel Bowl IV.
The top two offenses in the Kraft Family IFL
square off in a title clash of epic proportions, with absolutely no love lost
between the teams.
Smashmouth football personified.
Does it get
any better than this? Friday at Kraft Stadium in Jerusalem will feature the
fourth annual championship of the local tackle football outfit, an eight-team
league that has seen three different clubs hoist the previous
This year marks the first time the Big Blue Jerusalem Lions
failed to make the Israel Bowl, having been vanquished in dramatic fashion by
the Rebels in the South Division semifinal.
The reigning-champion Sabres
come in fresh off an impressive conquest of the Dancing Camel Tel Aviv Pioneers
in the northern semi, hungry to defend their crown and keep the Ofri Becker
trophy in their possession for another year.
“I can’t put my finger on
what exactly it is I don’t like about the Rebels, but I just know all of us
Sabres hate those guys,” claimed mildmannered TAJ all-star Roni Srisuren with a
“I definitely respect the hell out of them and what they do on
the football field though, and while I hope we win on Friday, either way I think
it’ll be an amazing game,” he added.
The Rebels have the league’s most
explosive passing attack, with 18-year-old QB Alex Swieca having his choice of
at least five or six different weapons to throw to.
The Gush Texas
defense is anchored by the Elayyan brothers – Ayoub, Mussa and Mohammed – with
returning linebacker Ricky Wolder and all-around star Joe Martisius sure to have
a say in the outcome as well.
Sabres signal-caller Adi Hakami – a
four-year IFL vet – led his team to an 8-2 regularseason record despite major
personnel overhaul and he will have to be in top-form if Jon Sharon’s club hopes
The always ferocious Jeremy Sable, who captains Arthur’s
defense, has been chomping at the bit to avenge a 40-28 drubbing by the Rebels
back in December, and he will surely have his unit armed and
Sport5 will be on hand to broadcast the game live across the
country and more than 1,000 fans are expected in person to cheer on the two
clubs in their quest for IFL glory.
“We can talk about the preparations,
stakes and ramifications of this game for a long time – and believe me we all
do,” exclaimed Rebels’ captain Shlomo Schachter.
“What it really comes
down to is execution on the big stage. Enough with all the championship hype,
all the title talk. It’s time for battle.
Let’s settle this thing on the
Friday. Noon. Kraft Stadium. Be there!