Women’s national football team snags silver in Germany
Expected to be a force to be reckoned with at August’s World Championships in Ottawa, Canada.
By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
Another strong international performance for the Israeli women’s national flag football team saw it finish in second place over the weekend at Big Bowl IV in Walldorf, Germany.While Yonah Mishaan’s squad was unable to successfully defend the title it captured for the third time in 2009, the Israeli stars – backed once again by Myra Kraft – finished the three-day tournament with an overall record of 5-2.Both defeats came at the hands of the Austrian national team, which took home the gold after a super-tight 7-0 conquest of the blue-and-white in a thrilling defensive final.Even with the second-place finish, Israel reinforced the belief among the global football community that it will be a force to be reckoned with at August’s World Championships in Ottawa, Canada.“Look, I can’t say that we are thrilled with finishing as the runners-up. When we get out on the field, anytime, we expect to win,” assistant coach Jessica Sagoskin said after returning to Israel with the team early Monday morning.“Still, this tournament was more about our preparation for the worlds. We were able to integrate a bunch of new plays into our offense and had the opportunity to give some much-needed international game experience to our rookies. Our confidence is still very high goinginto Canada.”
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