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Haifa half way there

By Simon Griver, July 30, 2009

Maccabi Haifa drew 0-0 in the first leg of the Uefa Champions League third qualifying round away to Kazakh champions Aktobe.

After thumping Glentoran 10-0 on aggregate in the last round, the Greens found the going tougher on Tuesday night.

Yaniv Katan and Vladimer Dvalishvili were thwarted by good saves from Kazakh keeper Andrei Sidelnikov as the Greens had the best of the first half but Aktobe edged the second half to suggest that the Israeli champions are far from assured passage to the knock-out round when the sides meet again next Wednesday at Kiryat Eliezer.

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Lack of progress stumps Adam

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2009

Fresh from his match-winning knock that helped South Africa retain the open cricket title, Adam Bacher spoke of his disappointment about the dearth of Jewish players coming through at first-class level.

Bacher, 35, played the last of his 13 Test matches against Zimbabwe four years ago and winding down, he played for two more seasons for Cape Province, playing only one-day and Twenty20 cricket. His last professional game was against his old team in front of 23,000 spectators at the Wanderers.

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Team of the tournament Zions plan their revenge

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2009

It was a case of so near, yet so far for Team GB’s Open rugby squad. Widely regarded as the team of the competition, they were beaten by three points by an Australia side they had comfortably beaten in their first match.

It could all have ended so differently as the gold medal match was determined by inches. GB’s Sam Katz missed a penalty kick that bounced off the posts while the Aussies hit the posts with one of theirs and the ball just bounced inside. But for that, GB would have won.

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They came, they saw and conquered

July 30, 2009

A first football gold for 48 years was the icing on the cake, according to Darryl Lee, GB head of senior football in Israel.

Goals from Laurence Swerner and Adam Lee earned the Over 45 Masters squad a 2-1 victory over Israel in the final to cap off a memorable tournament in which the Open team took silver, the Over 35s bronze and the Ladies finished fourth.

Lee said: “Medals in all four competitions was probably beyond our expectations when we started but when you look at the professional attitude adopted, it was due reward.

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Wizard of Oz makes history

By Dan Goldberg, July 30, 2009

An Australian golfer has rewritten the history books by competing in his ninth consecutive Games.

Roy Vandersluis, 62, was not content just to participate; he also won his first ever gold medal — something that has eluded him since 1977.

He was part of the Masters golf team that claimed gold – Australia’s first at the Games – at Caesarea Golf Club, beating America and South Africa.

He shot a final round of 72, the best card of the tournament. He also won silver for his individual score.

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Best of the best

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2009

Team Great Britain has been reflecting on what must be the most successful Maccabiah Games after the 500-strong delegation returned home with 38 medals.

A total of nine gold, 13 silver and 16 bronze were returned with the delegation bringing home medals in a number of sports ranging from a first for football in more than 40 years to the track and field where every junior athlete collected silverware. JFS pupil Richard Goodman, 16, was crowned the most successful individual athlete after winning two golds and a bronze.

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South retain NJCL title

By Zevi Saunders, July 28, 2009

South Manchester Maccabi retained the Northern Jewish Cricket League title after beating Leeds by eight wickets.

Victory leaves them on 188 points, 64 points clear of second place Bury with one match remaining.

Only four batsmen reached double figures as Leeds, who elected to bat, were dismissed for 103.

On a damp wicket, openers Sullivan (15) and Goldsborough (13) laid solid foundations with 25 on the board before the fall of the first wicket

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GB Open Football stars: The verdict

By Danny Caro, July 28, 2009

Having won silver in the Open football competition, Danny Caro profiles the GB stars

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Schurder sees MAL home

By Danny Caro, July 28, 2009

MAL continued their good form with an impressive victory over Gubbays CC on Sunday.

The pitch was very green and, according to the Gubbays’ captain, 'very up and down'. MAL won the toss and inserted Gubbays, whose batsmen came out as if they were playing a 10 over match rather than a 40 over match.

They were four down within the first six overs, thanks to a smart bit of work at point from Avi Gelley to run out the opener, and some good bowling from Yoni Schurder and Yoav Lebens, as well as a fabulous catch at keeper by young Max Sherrard.

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Maccabiah: The medals

By Danny Caro, July 28, 2009

GOLD (9)

Football: Over 45 Masters

Squash: David Lazarus Individual Masters 45+

Squash: Jack Shtein Individual Masters 50+

Squash: Team Masters 50+

Track & field: Richard Goodman 1,500m

Track & field: Richard Goodman 3,000m

Track & field: Jennifer Simmons 400m hurdles

Triathlon: Michael Bibring Over 50s

Triathlon: Oliver Ziff Junior

SILVER (14)

Cricket: Junior boys

Cycling: Danny Ackerman, Clifford Baker, Michael Bibring, Neil Lerner and Maish Weinstein (Men’s time trial)

Football: Open

Netball: Junior girls

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