Promising signs as great Scots go it alone

By Danny Caro in Ramat Gan, July 15, 2009
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Taking part as Team Scotland for the first time, the 13-man delegation are in medal contention after week one of the Maccabiah Games.

In table tennis, Masters players Brian Wright, Jeremy Banks and Mark Georgevic started well, whitewashing opponents from Team GB and Canada. He was scheduled to play in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Zachary Cohen and Samuel Georgevic lost their first two matches in the junior event.

In Masters 50+ golf, Bernard Cohen, David Edelman, David Shenkin and Barry Glekin were fifth are the first round. Scotland head of delegation David Shenkin described the display as “more than respectable”.

Masters Tennis player Errol Hornstein lost his first match against an American opponent before beating a member of the GB squad.

Adam Glekin lost in the first open tennis but won the consolation first-round match.

Reflecting on the first few days of the event, head of delegation David Shenkin said: “The opening ceremony was a tremendous experience. The Scotland team marching into the national stadium was very well received by athletes and spectators.

“It was the highlight of the Games, an emotional and exciting experience marching behind the Scottish flag for the first time.

“There is very little doubt that we were the most photographed delegation during the four-hour wait in the athletes pen before the ceremony started.”

Last updated: 2:45pm, July 15 2009