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Competitors touch down for Maccabiah

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2009

Athletes have been arriving in Israel in their droves ahead of the 18th Maccabiah Games Chai.

The 500-strong British delegation was one of the first to arrive with some junior competitors flying out on Monday.

The majority of the Open participants landed on Tuesday while the Masters are scheduled to depart on Friday.

There was heartbreak for Team GB Masters futsal player Ollie Olsen. He suffered a fractured collarbone in the squad’s final training session last Sunday.

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Immanuel boys head of the class

By Danny Caro, July 7, 2009

Immanuel College dominated the Maccabi GB Interschool tennis tournament. The Year 8 Maccabi final was contested between two pairings from Immanuel with Oliver Donne and Sam Lipton facing Jack Reece and Josh Foley-Comer. Playing a year above his age group, Jack and Josh took the title.

The Year 10 boys title was also bagged by Immanuel with Sam Rosenberg and Josh Nathan claiming victory against a strong pair from JFS.

Year 7: Jake Norton, Jake Green, Gavriel Nussbaum, Jacob Alberga

Year 8: Jack Reece, Joshua Foley-Comer, Oliver Donne, Samuel Lipton

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Benayoun signs new Liverpool deal

July 6, 2009

Israel captain Yossi Benayoun has committed himself to Liverpool until 2013.

Benayoun, 29, signed a new contract on Monday, agreeing a two-year extension on top of the two years remaining on his existing deal. His improved salary is reported to be in the region of £85,000-a-week.

Having been linked with some of Europe's top clubs including Real Madrid, Benayoun said: "Hopefully, now I can concentrate on the hard work that needs to be done and try to play better and better and win some silverware."

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GB juniors ready to fly the flag

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2009

Team GB have named Talya Curtis, Joel Barnett, Richard Goodman and Jemma Lawrence as junior flagbearers for the opening ceremony at the Maccabiah Games.

The junior athletes have been selected alongside senior players Jo Ankier, David Kyte and Michael Bibring at Ramat Gan on July 13.

Girls basketball player Talya Curtis is seen as a role model for younger players. Competing in her first Maccabiah, Curtis has played an active role in fund-raising for both the boys and girls basketball teams. She warmed up for the event by running MaccabiGB’s 10k fun run.

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GB juniors ready to fly the flag

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2009

Team GB have named Talya Curtis, Joel Barnett, Richard Goodman and Jemma Lawrence as junior flagbearers for the opening ceremony at the Maccabiah Games.

The junior athletes have been selected alongside senior players Jo Ankier, David Kyte and Michael Bibring at Ramat Gan on July 13.

Girls basketball player Talya Curtis is seen as a role model for younger players. Competing in her first Maccabiah, Curtis has played an active role in fund-raising for both the boys and girls basketball teams. She warmed up for the event by running MaccabiGB’s 10k fun run.

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MAL edge out Belmont and Edgware in thriller

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2009

BECC II 197-8, MAL 201-7. MAL won by 3 wickets

MAL consolidated their position at the top of the Maccabi Sunday League, with a three wicket against Belmont & Edgware.

After inserting BECC, opening bowlers Yoav Lebens and Tony Wise started well, with both swinging the ball and extracting bounce.

Alex Ziff was soon back in the pavilion for a duck, as Wise trapped him in front. He was quickly followed by Simon Durban, bowled by a cracker from Lebens who sent leg stump flying out the ground.

Daniel Geey joined Warren Averbuch with the score on 16-2, and set about a rebuilding job.

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King David safety drive

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 2, 2009

A street awareness drive was launched in conjunction with Greater Manchester Police on Monday at King David High School.

Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney addressed around 400 pupils at a special assembly to launch a joint partnership scheme with the CST and Maccabi Streetwise project. “This pilot could transfer to other areas of Greater Manchester,” he said afterwards.

Some 3,000 safety cards will be handed out to young Jews across the city offering advice on drugs, alcohol, bullying and internet safety. GMP has jointly funded the £10,000 project.

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Maturing colts ready to feel the heat out in the middle

July 2, 2009

The Team GB Youth cricket squad lost their final warm-up match against a more experienced side put out by Radlett Cricket Club. Radlett scored 235-7 in their 40 overs with Steven Allweis taking 3-44 and skipper Seb Schusman, Jake Reza Andrew Greenwall-Cohen and Daniel Cohen bagging a wicket apiece.

GB scored 183-6 with Jake Reza 44 not out and Alex Ziff 32 top-scoring. Joseph Greenwall-Cohen (31) and Scott Gerard made contributions.

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Track stars are setting the pace

July 2, 2009

The GB Track and Field squad selected comprises 10 juniors and two Open athletes.

Assistant Team Manager Yanina Fish said: “The squad are very accomplished in their chosen events and we are confident they will all be competing for medals. Everyone has been training hard and competing for their Athletics Clubs and schools, while achieving good results and improving all the time.”

“Apart from Jo Ankier, this will be the squad’s first Maccabiah Games, although some athletes, including myself, have competed at the JCC Games in America.

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They’ll be serving up a treat

July 2, 2009

Team GB will be sending their largest ever tennis squad to the Games. A group of 45 junior, open and masters players will travel with Tennis chairman Greg Rack claiming that there would be “significantly more were it not for injuries and the credit crunch”.

The junior tennis squad features 12 players, including Mancunians Alex Koslover, Hannah Solomon and Georgia Kirsch. Managed By Michelle Wayne, a professional coach who won bronze at the Games in the 1970s, the group hopes to follow in Wayne’s footsteps. She won the mixed doubles competition in the Chandos tournament last month.

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