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Wingate's Craig Ellis' testimonial dinner

By James Martin, March 11, 2010

Craig Ellis, one of Jewish football's great stalwarts, was described as a "great leader of men" by former Charlton Athletic manager Les Reed, on the night 150 people attended his testimonial dinner.

Reed, who worked with Ellis as head coach of last year's GB football squad at the Maccabiah, was one of several high-profile figures at the dinner, which included a question and answer session with Tony Adams.


Maccabi Masters clinch last 16 place

By James Martin, March 11, 2010

Maccabi Masters Select XI 6-5 Glasgow Maccabi (AET)

Peter Morrison Maccabi Masters came back from the dead to win a sensational Peter Morrison Trophy last-16 tie, thanks to an extra-time strike by sub Laurence Swerner.

The balance of the match, which saw a hat-trick from Mark Wagman, constantly swung, with Glasgow coming from 2-0 down to lead 3-2, before Masters went 4-3 up. Glasgow then led 5-4 early on in extra-time before Masters struck twice more.


Marc Sidney breaks bench press record

March 11, 2010

Marc Sidney broke the bench-press world record on his way to becoming the British champion at Horncastle Golf & Country Club in Lincolnshire.

Competing in the Masters 2 (45-50 years) category at 125kgs bodyweight, Sidney, 47, from Hampstead Garden Suburb, lifted 206kgs.

He finished third overall at the British Championships and first in his class.

Having set the British record last April, Sidney is looking forward to the European Weightlifting Championships in Malta. He said: “It’s coming together nicely after a year of


Rugby could be the new football says Maccabiah captain Leaman

March 11, 2010

Jewish youth rugby is alive and well after three players from local clubs were selected the Middlesex Under 15s 1st XV.

JFS Year 10 boys Abel Leaman and Adam Driver and Sam Isaacs from Merchant Taylors were in the starting line-up for their County’s opening match of the season against Sussex in Brighton.

Lock forward Leaman and scrum half Driver, who both play for Harrow RFC in Stanmore and outside centre Isaacs, who plays for local rivals Watford-based club Fullerians, have also been selected for the RFU National Elite School of Rugby at London Wasps.


Spurs' Harry Redknapp: There’s no good young players

By Danny Caro, March 11, 2010

Harry Redknapp, the Spurs manager, has expressed his fears for the future of the English game.

He told a Jewish Care business breakfast: “Good, young British footballers are a dying breed. We’re seeing more and more foreign players and foreign owners. Soon it will come to the point where every Premiership club has foreign players and owners. They come from a background where they are all winners but the only problem is that there can only be one winner.


Nathan named GB Junior manager for Euro Games

March 9, 2010

Joel Nathan will manage Team GB’s junior football team at next year’s European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Nathan has been involved in junior Maccabi football for more than 10 years and led the Under 16 squad at last summer’s Maccabiah Games.

Greg Bookman, manager of Redbridge Jewish Care A, will assistant Nathan. The former Wingate & Finchley player is widely regarded as one of the best young Jewish coaches on the circuit, having worked with a number of Professional Academies.


Playoff looms for Israel after Chile defeat

By Simon Griver, March 9, 2010

Israel faces a World Group relegation play-off in September after losing 4-1 to Chile in the Davis Cup first round.

Israel will not know its opponents until after the second round matches in the Europe/Africa Group are completed on May 9.

In a match that started 24 hours late in Conquimbo due to the recent earthquake, Israel was always on the back foot. Both Dudi Sela (66) and Harel Levy (118) won the first sets in their respective matches against Nicolas Massu (92) and Fernando Gonzalez (10) but were each eventually downed by three sets to one.


Peters appointed GB manager for EMFT

By Danny Caro, March 8, 2010

Phil Peters, manager of UJS Norstar A, has been appointed manager of Team GB, who will be looking to retain their European Maccabi Football Trophy competition in Torremolinos in May.

Peters and his assistant Jamie Slavin will spearhead the squad at the fifth European EMFT from the May 27-30 that will see teams from a number of Maccabi organisations all over Europe take part in a 'festival of football'.


Israel still in Davis Cup contention

March 8, 2010

Israel's Davis Cup chances are hanging by a thread after they went into the final day of their tie against Chile 2-1 down.

Having lost the first two singles rubbers, Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich gave Israel a lifeline by earning a thrilling five-set victory.

They fought back for a 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (11-9), 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory over Jorge Aguilar and Paul Capdeville.

The final two games are later this afternoon.

Ram said: "The six years experience that Yoni and I have playing together allowed us to remain cool even when we looked like we weren't in the picture.


Maccabi Lions Under 15s victory

March 4, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Under 15s continued their climb up the Watford Friendly League table with a 3-1 victory over Northwood.

Lions forged ahead when Adam Arnold slotted home a penalty. Zak Skry doubled the lead early in the second half after rising to head home a Danny Berschader corner.

Northwood pulled one back but Jamie Nagioff clinched the points.

Striker Jack Miller provided a brace of well-taken goals as the Lions Under Nine's move three points clear at the top after thumping Hemel Hempstead in the West Herts League.