26 men in search of Peace

Monday, August 18 2008 @ 04:20 pm ACST

Contributed by: Brett Northey

The Israel-Palestine Peace Team has been named, with 26 players headed for Australia. With different faiths and different languages, getting this side together was a daunting task. They now face further great hurdles - experienced opponents and understanding coach Robert DiPierdomenico (fortunately co-coached by Simon Jacobs). Some promising matches against expat-Aussies in Israel suggest this side will be tougher to beat than first expected, but a lack of experience will hurt and few tall players could be a problem if conditions are fine.

The Peace Team:

#PlayerClubAgeHeight (cm)Weight (kg)
1Kamal ABUALTHOMN/A 24 184 83
2Abed ABU HADUAN N/A 21 170 70
4Ahmad ABU RMAILEH N/A 20 198 78
5Naseem ALMANASRAN/A 22 173 72
6Alla BARHOUMN/A 36 180 82
7Karim BARHUMN/A 22 176 72
8Yonatan BELIKN/A 18 181 71
9Shai BRAITNERN/A 31 186 82
10Danny BRILLN/A 28 173 90
13Dari TAMIMIN/A 21 175 72
14Ariel GOLDSMITHN/A 29 177 75
17Dror HAIMN/A 26 179 86
19Hamudi IBDEIRN/A 24 170 65
20Leith JABERN/A 16 177 85
22Uri KANDELN/A 28 182 78
24Nati KOKEN/A 26 178 75
25Kfir KOLN/A 31 182 70
29Moshe LAGISAN/A 28 176 64
30Ran NADIRN/A 31 179 78
31Kevin NAFTEN/A 25 180 80
32Erez NOTAN/A 29 180 75
39Fady RUMMANN/A 27 180 81
40Ilan SAMUELN/A 25 165 62
41Sam SWAITTIN/A 25 180 90
42Asher SUISSAN/A 36 174 76
43Fares SWAITTIN/A 29 190 96


Coach: Simon Jacobs, Robert DiPierdomenico
Assistant Coach: Naser Gous
Team Manager: Tanya Oziel
Host Club: Carlton / Old Brighton

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