Flying start for GB at JCC Games

August 26, 2014

Team Maccabi GB got straight down to business in Cherry Hill, New Jersey at the JCC Maccabi Games 2014 with 17 medals including four gold, nine silver and four bronze on the first day.

And the medals kept pouring in on day two with the delegation winning an incredible 46 across all sports.

It could not have been a better start as many of Great Britain’s medals came from the track and field squad. Benjamin Oehley is officially the fastest athlete in Cherry Hill after winning the 100m for gold, with Aiden Raphael coming close behind for the silver medal.

The 3000m saw a Team MGB hat-trick with Raphael storming to the front and, with nobody able to stay at his pace, he won the race with Tal Pelmont and Adam Mizrahi in silver and bronze respectively.

Jessie Wolmark won silver in the 100m girls race with Isabelle Flitterman getting bronze. Rachel Ayrton also won an impressive silver medal in the 300m hurdles.

On Tuesday, Mizrahi won the 300m hurdles and added another gold in the 800m mixed relay along with Ayrton, while Pelmont and Alana Jacobs took silver.

Flitterman took gold in the 100m hurdles and Wolmark another silver.

In the pool, Daniel Schindler won gold in the 200m relay, silver in the 50m freestyle and silver in the 500m while Elisha Kramer took gold in the relay and silver in the 50m freestyle. There were also medals for Chloe Jacobs, who won a silver and a bronze, Molly Leizer (silver) and Eden Kramer (bronze), all in their
respective races.

Team Maccabi GB’s football teams showed that they will be a force to reckoned with in Cherry Hill as they recorded some impressive performances. The girls were outstanding and deserved more out of the day, which ended with one victory and one loss. The U14 Boys Team was also ruthless, easily winning both their seeded games 7-2 and 6-1.

It was goals galore for the Lacrosse Team who gave a gutsy performance, where they were 7-1 down at one stage, to eventually lose by a narrow 18-16 margin.

In tennis, Charlotte Salt, Tamsin Salt, Oliver Jacobson, Jack Miller and James Benjamin all won their matches while George Bier, Tash Mosheim and Tali Fraser each won one and lost one.

In table tennis, Carl Breindel won all six matches to put him in a strong seeding position. Other notable performances includeJonathan Stelzer (won 6, lost 1), Sammy Kaye (5, 2), Joe Kaye (5, 1) and Scott Leveson (4, 2).

Team MGB had a tough time in the Dance event with Leanne Poluck the sole medal-winner, winning bronze in the Lyrical category.

Delegation co-head Brian Green said: "Tomorrow is another day and I am sure the dancers will waltz in to the finals and come home with more medals."

Last updated: 11:34am, August 26 2014