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Bruck takes gold at Veterans Championships

June 17, 2010

Roger Bruck completed his second hat-trick of victories in the Southern Counties Veterans Championships.

Having won the British Masters Indoor Pentathlon in January, Bruck went on to win the sprint, high jump and long jump in the indoor meeting at Lee Valley.

Competing in the same championships but outdoors at Ashford, Bruck repeated his victories in the same three events.


Halter takes five golds at Middlesex Masters

June 17, 2010

Susan Halter won five gold medals at the Middlesex Masters Championship at Southbury Leisure Centre in Enfield.

Competing in the 80-84 year age group, Halter won the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 200m freestyle to help Camden Swiss Cottage come home first in two relays.

Halter, a former Olympian, will next be in action at the British Masters Championships in Glasgow on June 20.


Pinner confirm deal with two clubs

June 17, 2010

Preparations for Pinner JFC's 25th anniversary season are gathering momentum after the club confirmed tie-up deals with two Football League clubs.

Having joined the club in 2001, chairman Les Conway has ensured that the club has kept pace with the leading lights of the amateur game. He set an objective to guarantee that Pinner impacted in the same way as many of its peers, and particularly from what he had seen on the non-Jewish circuit.

His philosophy is simple. "If you stand still, you'll go backwards and eventually a club like ours will be no more," he said.


English flounder in Holland

June 17, 2010

We Hate Arsenal Football Club (WHAFC) finished 15th at the Jom Havoetbal competition in Amstelveen, Holland.

The only English team at the event after South Manchester Maccabi withdrew, they failed to win a match in a tournament won by local team Maccabi Tennis, who last won the title in 1993.

Adam Lustigman's men went down to a controversial penalty in the opener against LJG Rotterdam. Eventual runners-up Laromme put the north Londoners to the sword 4-0 in the next match. The final group match ended in a 3-1 defeat against Ark Van Tof with Ben Simons grabbing a consolation.


Maccabi GB post-season reflections

June 17, 2010

Players, manager and parents reflected on a job well done at the Maccabi GB National Primary League end-of-season awards .

Laurence Thorne, the league chairman, congratulated all participants for playing their part in ensuring that long-term future of Jewish football in London is alive and kicking.

Presentations were made to Brian Yershon, for his services to Jewish football, and former treasurer Geoffrey Levene, who are retiring as founder members of the league set up in 1988. The pair will be made Honorary Vice-Presidents of the league at next week's AGM.


Cricketers helped by Maccabi GB

June 17, 2010

Following the demise of the Maccabi Cricket Committee, a working party has been set up to safeguard the future of Jewish cricket in London.

Maccabi GB have helped reaffirm plans to run the T20 and National Knockout Cup competitions.

The T20 will be held on July 11, with holders MAL looking to defend the title against Belmont & Edgware, Chigwell & Hainault and Southgate. Favourites MAL have been drawn against BECC in the semi-finals with Southgate meeting Chigwell.


Maccabi Vale deal with Israeli firm

June 17, 2010

London Maccabi Vale's three-year plan received a timely boost after they clinched a deal with Israel's largest financier, Bank Hapoalim Private Banking.

Based at Rowley Lane, LMV, who share the ground with London Maccabi Lions FC, recently unveiled plans to include an outdoor net and covers.

Speaking about the deal, Saul Zneimer, head of Business Development at the bank, said: "We're extremely excited to be working with Vale. They have a good development plan and are a very forward looking club.


Hartsbourne win Met golf tournament

June 17, 2010

Hartsbourne claimed the first piece of silverware of the Jewish golf season after winning the Metropolitan Golf Tournament.

Organised under the auspices of the Association of Jewish Golf Clubs & Societies, this year's tournament was held at Coombe Hill Golf Club.

Teams featuring eight men and four women battled it out from affiliated clubs in London, with Abridge, Dyrham Park, Coombe Hill, Hartsbourne and Potters Bar lining up alongside the Sussex Jewish Golf Society.

Hartsbourne's victory was confirmed after they tied with Coombe Hill.


Peer aims for top 10 finish at Wimbledon

By Simon Griver, June 17, 2010

In-form Shahar Peer goes into Wimbledon knowing that a good performance could take her into the world's top 10 for the first time.

Ranked at a career high of 14, Peer had the worst possible preparation for next week's grand slam when she tumbled out in the first round at the ATP AEGON tournament at Eastbourne to China's Zheng Jie (26).

This was Peer's first defeat in the opening round of a competition this year.


Ancelotti pressed for Benayoun signature

By Simon Griver, June 15, 2010

Reports from Israel say that Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti instructed the club’s management to reach a separate agreement with Liverpool over the signing of Yossi Benayoun.

The transfer of the Israeli to Chelsea became bogged down in the past few weeks because it was part of a more complex package designed to bring Liverpool striker Fernando Torres to Stamford Bridge as well.