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Plastic will be fantastic for London Lions

June 4, 2009

London Lions will conclude the most successful season by opening a full-size, floodlit, G3 astro turf at Rowley Lane.

The first team achieved its highest ever finish in the Herts County League Premier Division while the junior section featured a record number of medal winners throughout its eight competitive age groups.

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Ankier, Kyte and Bibring head GB charge at Jewish Olympics

June 4, 2009

Team GB have named David Kyte, Jo Ankier and Michael Bibring as flag bearers for the opening ceremony at the 18th Maccabiah Games.

The athletes will lead the 500-strong GB squad into the Ramat Gan Stadium, in front of the President and Prime Minister of Israel and 40,000 spectators. It is the first time that the British team has marched with three flags. The additional flag bearing the UJIA logo is in recognition of their sponsorship and support of the GB team and Israel.

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Coombe Hill’s national joy

June 4, 2009

Golf Thirteen teams and 114 lady golfers contested the 13th Ladies’ National Tournament for the UK Jewish golf clubs and societies at Whitefield Golf Club in Manchester.

Torrential rain caused a half-hour delay to the start and play was suspended for a further hour during the morning. But when the sun finally shone, there were some excellent finishing scores. Alison Levy from Abridge had a hole-in-one on the par three 5th.

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AJY awards

June 4, 2009

RJC stole the show at the AJY awards. The club’s Under 17 double winners were joined on the podium by cup winners for Under 14 and 12.

The event at JFS also saw Stonegrove Park rewarded for a successful season. The club’s Under 14 team collected the Fair Play Team Award while Mark Simmons, club chairman and secretary, won Manager of the Year.

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Good job

By Brian Sacks, June 4, 2009

Stepping up an age group to compete in the Under 20 National Junior Athletics League in Hendon, North West London, Richard Goodman, 16, cut his 1,500 metres personal best by two seconds to 4:03.63.

Competing for Shaftesbury Barnet against seven other clubs, Goodman’s finishing drive over the last 300 metres took him 20 metres clear of the field by the finish.

Clubmate James Grant, 18, came second in the Under 20 Middlesex Championships pole vault, achieving a height of 4.00 metres.

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Neasden champs

June 4, 2009

North West Neasden A were confirmed JC MSFL champions after a league management committee awarded them a point apiece for unplayed matches against Chigwell Athletic A and Hendon United A.

Joint-manager Daniel Fox said: “We retained the league and national cup and to win the double back-to-back is a great achievement. Jamie Cole, coach Darren Yarlett and I are so proud of our team. We have assembled possibly the best squad in Jewish football and have definitely raised the bar.”

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Brilliant Brand reaches landmark

June 4, 2009

Maccabiah-bound Adam Brand has reached 12,000 runs for London Maccabi Vale. The right-handed batsman recently scored a century for the MCC.

LMV chairman Terry Hyman said: “It is a phenomenal achievement. Adam has shown such wonderful commitment to the club for such a long time and this is an example to all who play for the club.”

Richard Black (39) top-scored as LMV 1st beat Eastcote by six wickets in a friendly. Ryan Kangisser took 5-21 as LMV dismissed Eastcote for 138.

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Non-Jew ban is scrapped

By Dan Goldberg, June 4, 2009

Maccabi Australia has abandoned a controversial plan to ban non-Jews from competing in its sports teams.

The board of Australian Jewry’s largest member organisation decided last month to enforce its constitutional right, insisting that it would be an exclusively Jewish club by December 31, 2010.

Clubs that did not abide by the directive would have been disaffiliated from the roof body. Australia’s Equal Opportunity Act allows clubs to discriminate in order to preserve a minority culture.

But a backlash from within the Jewish community prompted the board to recant.

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Battered Ram made last eight

By Simon Griver, June 4, 2009

French Open

Andy Ram and Natalie Dechy lost to fourth seeds Max Mirnyi and Nadia Petrova in the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles at Roland Garros.

Having reached the second round of the men’s singles for the first time in his career with a four-set victory over Monaco qualifier Jean Rene-Lisnard, Israel’s Dudi Sela (55) was hammered by 13th seed Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-3, 6-1. It took the Croatian one hour and 23 minutes to get past Sela. “I played terribly,” said Sela. “I made so many errors and you can’t win games against players like Cilic like that.”

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Cricket revolution a big hit with Israel kids

June 4, 2009

In the region of 100 children aged six and upwards, from Zichron Yaakov in the North, Be’er Sheva in the South, and central areas descended on Hadar Yosef Sports Stadium as the Israel Cricket Association launched their revamped development program.

The scheme will be spearheaded by former Belmont & Edgware all-rounder Herschel Gutman, who recently arrived in Israel to take up his position as national coach and development officer.

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