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Jerusalem U Emerges Victorious in Title Game

Team won its first Women’s American Football in Israel championship after throttling Kosher Casual 37-6.

Ayelet Hecht
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Ayelet Hecht

Jerusalem U won its first Women’s American Football in Israel championship after throttling Kosher Casual 37-6 in the 11th edition of the title game at Jerusalem’s Kraft Stadium on Monday night.

Jerusalem U, the third seed, and Kosher Casual, the fourth seed, were both hoping to achieve their first WAFI championship title.

Kosher Casual won the coin toss and took their respected place on defense, but from the first snap of the game, Jerusalem U showed they were in for business. Quarterback Ilana “Abell” Frankel connected with wide receiver Daniella Friedman for a 50-yard pass, and without wasting any time, Abell threw a short pass to Aviva Singer for the touchdown. The extra point was denied.

Singer would go on to have a game that was not far short of legendary.

Kosher Casual did not quiver for one second, and stomped the field to try and come back. Quarterback Bayla Greenblum threw a pair of catches that were caught by Miriam Hillel and Chaya Greenwald for a combined 43 yards. On fourth down, Greenwald took a handoff from her QB, only to be stopped inches from the goal line by Jerusalem U’s Aliza Shore with a diving pull.

The following offensive drive Jerusalem U showed how important consistency was, as Abell threw a tremendous pass to Singer for another TD. Kosher Casual was stopped once again on offense and Jerusalem U received the ball for the third time that evening. Shore and Zohar Wasserman each ran the ball for a combined 40 yards, setting up Singer for a quick slant off the line that resulted in her third TD of the night.

Jerusalem U beat Kosher Casual 37-6 to claim the WAFI 2014-2015 Championship title.Photo credits: Mario Alberto Gonzalez

Seconds before half time, Singer decided three touchdowns was not enough for one half, and caught a short pass from Abell, running 35 yards for her fourth TD, and then topped it off by catching the extra point as well.

After half time the excitement did not stop. Jerusalem U deprived Kosher Casual of the ball once again, and Abell made quick work of her offense, throwing to – yet again – Singer, for her fifth touchdown of the game.

As Kosher Casual went on the offense, the ball was intercepted and run in for a pick six – by none other than Singer, finishing the night with a total of 37 points for Jerusalem U, all scored by herself. The roaring and excitement would not let up as the fans cheered on Singer, the unstoppable force all night long.

As the minutes ticked away, Greenblum connected with Tamar Weiss for a consolation TD, and the final whistles were blown, bringing the game to an end with a final score of 37-6.

Singer claimed the MVP award of WAFI for the second consecutive season.

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