On a balmy, warm Monday night (9/25), a strong collection of Flatbush hopefuls gathered on the practice fields of Marine Park taking the first step in bringing the sport of football to the halls of the Yeshivah for the very first time. Under the guidance of Head Coach Murray Tawil, over 20 boys donned the requisite flags and went through the paces of running patterns, throwing passes and corralling balls as they looked to impress the coach with their football skills.
Tawil, a 2011 graduate of the Yeshivah, brings to the team a love of the game honed over many seasons as both an ardent fan of the game as well as a veteran of many a sandlot contest. “I want these kids to have the most fun they ever had playing football,” explains Tawil. “I have worked privately with children as well as having coached teams. I have played in good leagues and bad leagues, for good and bad coaches. Over time I learned what kids really enjoy and how to maximize that. I’m sure it will take some time getting used to this league, but as a Flatbush graduate I know our kids have a great work ethic and tremendous heart. I look forward to working as hard as we can to do as well as we can while having fun!”
The Falcons will be joining the Mesivta Football League. The League is made up of High School teams from yeshivot in Brooklyn and Eastern Long Island. Games are played in a 7-on-7 format, with players being “tackled” by virtue of having a flag pulled out of a belt by the defending team. Limited blocking is allowed as well.
Games are scheduled to be played on the turf field at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, NY on Sunday afternoons, though there is a possibility that some games may be played on weeknights at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn.
NEST NOTES: Coach Tawil will hold the team’s second tryout on Monday, 10/2, at Comer Field (on Coyle Street between Avenues Y & Z). Tryouts are from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Any interested players who could not attend the first tryout are invited, along with those players having made the first cut.