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Issue: # 4, December 29, 2010

The Israeli Contact Sport

The Monthly IFL e-Newsletter keeps supporters updated on what’s hot and happening in Israeli tackle football.

Feature Photo of the Month

Standings: Team

W L North

T

Sabres

5

0

0

Pioneers

3

2

0

Hammers

2

3

0

Underdogs

0

5

0

South Rebels

4

1

0

Lions

4

1

0

Kings

1

4

0

Black Swarm

1

4

0

Upcoming Schedule Holon Stadium: Sat. Jan 1 @8:45 PM Hammers vs. Pioneers TA University: Sat. Jan 8 @ 9:30 PM Pioneers vs. Rebels Holon Stadium: Thurs. Jan 13 @ 8:30 PM Hammers vs. Sabres Yogneam: Fri, Jan 14 @ 10:30 AM Underdogs vs. Lions Micha Reisser: Sat, Jan 15 @ 9:00 PM Black Swarm vs. Kings Yogneam: Thurs. Jan 20 @ 8:45 PM Underdogs vs. Sabres TA University: Fri, Jan 21 @ 11:30 AM Pioneers vs. Kings

Herzliya Hammers RB Jenya Lerer gets taken for a ride by a pair of Haifa Underdogs defenders during the teams’ clash in Holon. Herzliya scored the game-winning touchdown on the last play of the afternoon to claim a 36-30 conquest. Special thanks to photographer Or Haim

Making Sense of the Midseason Madness Yes, almost unbelievably, half a season has already been played. Yet, the Kraft Family IFL cup is certainly still more than half full, with the most intense part of the schedule still to come and all eight teams in the league just beginning to cast an eye towards postseason positioning. December was a pivotal month, with each team slated for at least two games and the powerhouses and stragglers stepping into defined roles as the 2010/11 season entered its prime. Any discussion about the premier clubs in the IFL must begin with the Arthur’s Tel Aviv Jaffa Sabres, who sit atop the South Division with a perfect 5-0 record. The reigning champions came charging into December on the heels of a convincing home triumph over the Big Blue Jerusalem Lions and dispatched both the Real Housing Haifa Underdogs and Papagaio Jerusalem Kings on consecutive mid-month Saturdays at Wolfson. The Sabres took an undefeated 2010 mark (at least in games that count) into their marquee showdown against the Gush Texas Judean Rebels, who also brought a 2-0 monthly record into their clash with TAJ. With victories over the Kings and the Travel Leader Beersheva Black Swarm, the Orangemen remained in a firstplace tie in the South with the Lions, who were the third December 2-0 team in the IFL, having stylishly humbled both Beersheva and the expansion Leo Bloom’s Herzliya Hammers. (Continued on page 5)

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Issue: # 4, December 29, 2010

The Israeli Contact Sport

Getting to know Jeremy Sable, Offensive Line/ Linebacker for Arthur’s Tel Aviv/ Jaffa Sabres Q: How long have you been playing American Football? A: I played organized football for only one year while in high school. I was on the 9th grade team at Cheltenham High School and played right guard and MLB. I had to stop playing following that season because the games moved to Friday nights and I would not play on Shabbat.

Q: Who is your favorite athlete? A: (Former Philadelphia Eagles Hall-of-Fame Linebacker) Chuck Bednarik - the reason I wear #60

Jeremy Sable, Age 24, MLB #60, 2nd year in IFL

Q: What is your greatest strength when it comes to playing football? A: Always playing no matter how hurt I am. Q: Who is the funniest guy on your team (The Sabres)? A: Roni Srisuren. Q: When you were a kid, you wanted to be a __________ when you grew up. A: A professional baseball player.

Starting in December, catch the IFL weekly TV show during half-time of METVs NFL broadcasts.

Q: Do you have any secret talents? A: In high school I used to build custom furniture and then went on to teach wood shop for two summers at the summer camp I attended as a kid Camp Ramah in the Poconos.

Q: What is your favorite quote? A: "You are wherever your thoughts are, make sure your thoughts are where you want to be." (Rabbi Nachman of Breslov) - my 12th grade year book quote at Cheltenham high, same high school as Reggie Jackson and Bibi and Yoni Netanyahu. Q: What is your favorite movie? A: A Bronx Tale

Catch live play-by-play of all IFL games with Andy & Ari at: Israelsportsradio.com

Follow the IFL on Facebook and Twitter. Find rides to games, & keep in touch with players and fans !

Q: What is your favorite food? A: Hummus

Q: What has been the worst football injury you have sustained? A: I broke my hand this offseason in practice, made me miss both of our preseason games.

Special Thanks to: Jeremy Sable for the interview

The IFL is always looking for people to get involved in any capacity. If you are interested, Email: Commissioner@IFL.co.il


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Offensive Player of the Month Itay Ashkenazi #9 – QB, Big Blue Jerusalem Lions Ashkenazi led the high-powered offense of the Jerusalem Lions to a 2-0 record this month, while averaging 47 points per game. Ashkenazi completed 61% of his passes for 348 yards and 9 touchdowns on his way to taking over the league lead in passing yards. Ashkenazi also ran for 2 touchdowns. Honorable Mentions: Brandon McDougald #20 – RB, Travel Leaders Beersheva Black Swarm Binyamin Schultz #41 / Idan Yaron #88 – WRs, Big Blue Jerusalem Lions Jarrod Walerstein #40 – RB, Dancing Camel Tel Aviv Pioneers Sol Rojhani #5 – RB, Arthur’s Tel Aviv/Jaffa Sabres

Defensive Player of the Month Ron Moscona #88 – DB/KR, Dancing Camel Tel Aviv Pioneers Moscona had 5 interceptions in two games this month as the Pioneers won both of their tests. Moscona tallied 3 interceptions in a thrilling 30-26 win over the Underdogs, all coming at pivotal moments in the game. The Pioneers now stand at 3-2 and 2nd place in the North Division, in large part due to Moscona. Honorable Mentions: Ayoub Ellayan #5 – LB, Judean Rebels, Matt Gellar #93 – DL, Judean Rebels Alex Zinker #41 – DB, Leo Bloom’s Herzliya Hammers Marshall Mullinax #28 – DB, Papagaio Jerusalem Kings

IFL High School Tackle Football League The IFL strongly believes that high school tackle football in Israel will introduce the sport to even more new Israeli households across the nation. Our inaugural IFLHigh season will be kicking off in January. This is an extremely exciting time, and YOU can make a BIG difference by being part of this great opportunity. We have our first five IFLHigh teams in the following high schools and regions across the country: 1. Leyada Rhinos 2. Boyer Predators The IFL is looking for more 3. Kiryot Ono Wolves Coaches and Referees If you are interested please contact 4. Kfar Saba Hawks Yossi Fuchs at 050-821-1344 5. Jerusalem Orli Print Ravens

IFL Getting Worldwide Exposure The Israel Football League has been recognized recently by international news networks. Most notably by CNN and The New York Times. If you have not yet seen the feature articles and videos, please take the time to check out the links below. Feel free to share or pass these links along to family and friends. New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/28/sports/28israelfootball.html?src=me&ref=sports CNN: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/sports/2010/11/11/flower.israel.american.football.cnn.html Media Line: http://www.themedialine.org/news/print_news_detail.asp?NewsID=30672 Video: http://media.themedialine.org/media/101129_football.wmv Philadelphia Inquirer: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/112419439.html?page=1&c=y


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Issue: # 4, December 29, 2010

League Leaders - Offense

League Leaders - Defense

Passing Yards

Tackles

1.Itai Ashkenazi Lions

600

1.Yoni Cooper

Lions

44

2.Alex Swieca

Rebels

589

2.Matt Geller

Rebels

42

3.Adi Hakami

Sabres

478

3.Gadi Lahav

Swarm

37

4.Tal Avivi

Swarm

421

4.Ayoub Elayyan

Rebels

37

414

5. 4 more with 34 tackles

5.S. Yeshurun

U Dogs

Rushing Yards 1.Sol Rojhani

Sacks Sabres

326

1.Mussa Elayyan

Rebels

5.5

2.J. Walerstein Pioneers

218

2.Ayoub Elayyan

Rebels

4.5

3.J.Tannenbaum Kings

198

3.Mo. Elayyan

Rebels

4.5

4.B. McDougald

185

4.Jeremy Sable

Sabres

4

169

5.Roni Srisuren

Sabres

3.5

Swarm

5.Zahi Gradstein Hammers

Receiving Yards

Interceptions

1.Adam Zenou

Sabres

310

1.Ron Moscona

Pioneers

5

2.B. Schultz

Lions

247

2.Tal Brown

Pioneers

3

3.Idan Yaron

Lions

237

3.Moshe Shor

Kings

3

4.Erez Regev

U Dogs

220

4.E. Boymelgreen Rebels

5.Joe Martisius

Rebels

197

5. 4 more with 2 interceptions

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Issue: # 4, December 29, 2010

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Seasonal Team Stats OFFENSE Total Rushing Passing 2pt-conv. Team Yards/game yards/game yards/game Rushing TD Passing TD Success rate Points/game Rebels 205.8 95.4 161 10 17 55% 48.4 Sabres 261.8 170 107 17 12 52% 40.8 Kings 150.8 103.8 38.4 9 2 64% 16.6 Pioneers 224.2 154.6 76.4 14 7 36% 30.4 Lions 239.2 99.4 142.8 7 15 42% 36.4 Hammers 187 103.2 98.8 5 8 46% 19.6 Underdogs 173 91.4 82.8 12 6 29% 24 Black Swarm 222.4 101.4 104 4 8 33% 16

DEFENSE

Team Sabres Rebels Kings Lions Black Swarm Hammers Pioneers Underdogs

Yards Allowed/ game 174 179.4 203.6 184.4 238.4 225.4 214.6 244.4

Rush yards Pass yards Points allowed/ Yards allowed/ Takeaways 2pt-conv. allowed/ game allowed/rush game /game rate allowed game 83.2 6.44 87 2.2 13% 18.4 105 4.22 61 3 13% 20 122.6 3.13 119.6 2.4 52% 32.8 112.2 4.14 91.6 2.2 30% 22 116.8 4.61 103.2 1.8 39% 32.4 114.8 3.88 123.8 2 70% 39.2 104.8 4.74 101 3.4 26% 21.6 159.8 3.78 124 1.4 74% 45.8

(Continued from page 1)

The first-year franchise may have began the month with a thrilling last-second edging of the Underdogs, however a double dose of dominating December defeats, to the Lions and Dancing Camel Tel Aviv Pioneers, left the Hammers under .500 for the first time and all too pleased to leave 2010 in their rearview mirror. Not as much the Underdogs, however, who closed out a disappointing year with the heartbreaker in Holon to go along with setbacks to both the Sabres and Pioneers. Stuck in an extended rut, Real Housing has now lost 11 straight contests, dating back to December 2009, although Ori Shterenbach finally seems to have his troops ready to compete, especially with four of their last five games being home dates for Haifa. The Kings and Black Swarm had a troublesome time producing points in December also, both falling in back-to-back games going into New Year’s weekend. Papagaio put up a decent fight in its pair of setbacks, to the Rebels and Sabres, while Beersheva was handed its tail in the capital over two straight Thusdays by the Lions and Rebels. Dancing Camel made the biggest move upwards over the past four weeks, overcoming an 0-2 stumble out of the gate to capture consecutive character-building conquests of the Black Swarm, Hammers and Underdogs to rise to second place in the North and clearly establish themselves as part of the league’s upper-echelon.

All in all, with three out of four teams in each division qualifying for postseason play and the top seeds in each bracket receiving a bye straight to the semis, the action at both the top and bottom of the league is sure to stay scintillating right through to the very end. If years of football fandom have taught me anything, it is the foolishness of predictions. With all eight teams each having five games left and three weeks of playoffs to follow – 26 games in total – the only advice I can give you is buckle up and hold on for dear life on what is sure to be a wild two-month ride. Special Thanks to: Uriel Sturm, Commissioner of the IFL, for writing this recap.

Created by Joshua Golden, Public Relations © Israel Football League, 2010

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