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Peer breezes into round three at Australian Open

By Dan Goldberg, January 21, 2010

Shahar Peer breezed through to the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday, setting up a clash against world No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki.

After a sluggish start, Israel’s top female cruised through the first set but was made to work harder in the second before defeating Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-1, 6-4.

Although the pair had won two of their four previous encounters each, Peer, seeded 29th, took 81 minutes to outclass the unseeded Pironkova.


Two-pronged attack does trick for Hendon

January 21, 2010

Hendon Interschools Hendon United tasted double delight after winning the Maccabi GB Primary Football League indoor five-a-side competition.

Having beaten Hendon Hawks 4-1 in the semi-finals, HISHU White overcame HMH Green A 2-0 to win the Under 11 trophy.

HISHU White won the Under 15 final after thumping Hendon Hawks A 5-0.

One hundred and 30 players competed in the event.

The Under 13 tournament takes place on Sunday.


Brady Maccabi reach for top spot

January 21, 2010

Brady Maccabi A moved to within two points of top spot with a 4-2 win over Faithfold in Maccabi Masters League Division One. Nick Collins, Gideon Barnett, Jonathan Cohen and Mark Wagman were the scorers. Faithfold’s goals came through Darren Gurner and Danny Goldman.

Temple Fortune went third in Division Two as goals from James Ryan (2), Robert Botkai and Steve Brower accounted for Ashlodge.

Resurgent London Maccabi Lions B mauled Glenthorne B 4-0 with goals from Mark Pollack, Marc Morris, Stuart Coutts and Howard Freeman.


Win for Lions Under 9

January 21, 2010

Goals from Joey Gold, Joe Leslie and Dylan Bull earned London Maccabi Lions Under Nine’s a 3-2 win over Harvesters in the Watford Friendly League.

Charlie Ezra (2) and Joel Walters struck as LML beat HMH Red in the Maccabi GB Primary League Under Nine Division.

Jack Naftalin (6), Jamie Delane, Alex Rose and Jacob Elmon eased HMH Red to a 9-1 victory over Alyth in the Under 10 Division. Dylan Goldstein (3), Marcus Foux (2), Shaun Levine and Saul Peleg were the marksmen as HMH Blue thumped Hendon Hawks B 7-1.


Dudu Awat boosts Real Mallorca

By Simon Griver, January 21, 2010

Israel keeper Dudu Awat helped Real Mallorca climb to fourth in Spain’s La Liga after beating his former club Deportivo La Coruna.

The victory was especially sweet for Awat, 32, who joined Deportivo last January.

He greeted his former teammates but is reported to have avoided shaking hands with Deportivo’s manager Miguel Lotina.

Awat left Deportivo after being attacked by fellow goalkeeper Gustavo Munua. However, Lotina insisted that Awat was as much to blame as Munua over the argument and dropped him from the team.


Israel to invest £8m in Olympic squad

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2010

Israel is investing £8 million on an Olympics squad that will make the 2012 Games the country’s best-ever, pledges the man who will make it happen.

Efraim Zinger, the Secretary-General of the Olympic Committee of Israel says he hopes to take at least 40 athletes to London.

Zinger believes that the nation’s best hopes of silverware will come in judo, wind-surfing and gymnastics.


Wigan and Hapoel Tel Aviv in talks over De Ridder

By Simon Griver, January 21, 2010

Wigan and Hapoel Tel Aviv are locked in talks aimed at resolving the future of Daniel De Ridder.

The 25-year-old winger is close to tying up a six-month loan deal although Wigan are also considering an offer from Celta Vigo.

Hapoel are looking to seal the move in time for the Dutchman to make his debut in the top of the table clash against Maccabi Haifa on Monday but last-minute haggling over the £180,000 loan fee Wigan are demanding has delayed the deal.


Peer makes round two in Melbourne

By Dan Goldberg, January 20, 2010

Shahar Peer survived an early scare to secure a berth in the second round of the Australian Open.

Despite losing the first set in a tie-break, Israel’s top-ranked player – who reached the final of a WTA tournament in Hobart last week – defeated Czech Lucie Hradecka 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 in just under two hours on Wednesday.


Sela makes early exit at Australian Open

By Dan Goldberg, January 19, 2010

Israel’s Dudi Sela crashed out of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Sela, 24, never hit his stride during his four-set defeat by Ukranian Ivan Sergeyev on Court 19 at Melbourne Park, despite the support of about 100 exuberant fans, including Israeli Ambassador Yuval Rotem who travelled from Canberra to see Israel’s top men’s player in action.

Rotem was also hoping to watch Shahar Peer in her first-round match, but bad weather on Monday forced her tie against Czech Lucie Hradecka to be postponed until Wednesday.


Odesnik reaches round two in Melbourne

By Danny Caro, January 18, 2010

Wayne Odesnik reached the second round of the Australian Open after beating Blaz Kavcic in four sets on Monday.

Ranked 89 in the world Odesnik, a naturalised American, came from behind to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in Melbourne.

The 24-year-old from Johannesburg will meet 27th seed Phillip Kohlschreiber or Harcio Zeballos in round two.