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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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


Cricket: Junior boys

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

Football: Open

Netball: Junior girls


Gersun shines as depleted Vale draw

By Jonathan Lederman, July 27, 2009

Friendly: LMV 2nd XI v Southgate 2nd XI

In another week when London Maccabi Vale had more withdrawals than the average Icelandic Bank, they managed to turn up with 11 men, having been down to as low as eight on Sunday morning.

Unusually Southgate opted for a timed match. Won the toss yet again and with a bowling attack built for defence not offence, LMV duly inserted the opposition, convinced that our strong batting line up could score one more than Southgate.


Curtain comes down on 18th Maccabiah

By Danny Caro in Israel, July 24, 2009

There were hugs and tears of joy after new friendships had been formed and medals won, as the 18th Maccabiah Games drew to a close at Latrun in Jerusalem last night.

The official closing ceremony was an explosion of colours with athletes from rival countries trading kit and emails before flying home.

The two-week event featured a bit of everything with matches won and lost, medals handed out like hotcakes, frayed tempers , athletes visiting Israel for the first time and even some have a belated barmitzvah at the Kotel.


At least the event was a winner

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2009

So, the 18th Maccabiah Games have drawn to a close. You would have thought that the presence of Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak, World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton and Jo Ankier would have helped pull in the crowds.

But despite the enormity of the event, there was a significant number of Israelis who did not understand what all the fuss was about.

The locals were intrigued as to why thousands of Jews from the Disapora had invaded their country. But word certainly got around to the cab drivers who were rubbing their hands and charging inflated prices every time an athlete got in.


Haifa face Kazakhstan in Uefa tie

By Simon Griver, July 23, 2009

Maccabi Haifa have been drawn to play away to Kazakhstan champions Aktobe next Tuesday night (July 28) in the third qualifying round of the Uefa Champions League.

The Kazakh club agreed to a request from the local Jewish community to switch the game from next Wednesday night which is the eve of Tisha B’Av.

Maccabi were due to play their second leg of the second qualifying round against Glentoran in Belfast on Wednesday night but with a 6-0 lead from last week’s game at Kiryat Eliezer, the Greens are assured passage to the next round.