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Peer and Sela shine at Wimbledon

By Danny Caro, June 23, 2009

Israel’s top stars made winning starts at Wimbledon on Monday.

Shahar Peer was relieved to make a winning return following a six-week injury-enforced absence.

Her 6-2, 7-6 victory featured a dramatic second set comeback from 5-1 down.

She said: "I had my ups and downs but overall, kept myself together and found a way to win the match after a slow start."

She meets 10th seed Nadia Petrova in round two. She has yet to beat the Russian.

Dudi Sela maintained his winning ways with a hard fought 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 win over Mexican Santiago Gonzalez.


Peer makes opening day bow

By Danny Caro, June 22, 2009

Shahar Peer has passed a fitness test and will line-up against Maria Elena Camerin second match on court four at Wimbledon on day one.

Having missed the French Open through injury, Peer has come through an intense training regime and she hopes to improve on last year’s best at SW19, when she reached the fourth round.


Wingate win team award

June 19, 2009

FOOTBALL Wingate & Finchley won the Team Performance of the Season Award at the Ryman Football League Annual Banquet and Ball.
The accolade was given for going the furthest in the FA Trophy out of the entire Ryman League, reaching the First Round Proper, and beating Ryman Premier Division side Sutton United. The team’s run came under former boss Michael Stone. Paul Lerman collected the award.


Ben Haim ready for Big Sam

By Simon Griver, June 19, 2009

FOOTBALL Tal Ben Haim has admitted that the past season was a bitter disappointment but he is confident of rebuilding his Premier League career.

Blackburn Rovers are favourites to sign the Israeli defender who has returned to Manchester City following an unsuccessful loan spell at Sunderland. On holiday in Israel, Ben Haim said: “I was expecting much more from the past season. I’m not satisfied both from the point of view of the number of minutes I got on the pitch and I was hoping to play for a better team. But sometimes you have to drop down to get back up again.”


United kids accomplish their Primary assignment

June 19, 2009

FOOTBALL HIS Hendon United claimed a hat-trick of wins at the Maccabi Primary League outdoor five-a-side.

More than 380 participants featured in an event in memory of Dick Urban, a staunch Maccabi’ite.

HIS won the Under 11, 13 and 17 competitions with Hendon Hawks (Under 9) and HMH A (Under 15) the other winners. The Hawks beat Redbridge Jewish Care 3-0 in the final courtesy of goals from captain Matti Karp, David Amor and Joel Gottlieb. Karp maintained a goal-a-game record and scored nine overall.


I'm cooking on grass

By Simon Griver, June 19, 2009

Dudi Sela believes that he has a chance to shine at Wimbledon after reaching the quarter-finals of the Ordina Open in Holland.
Already enjoying a career high ranking of 47, the Israeli can expect to start the grand slam in an even higher position when the new rankings are announced on Monday.

Sela, 24, is riding high after reaching only his third quarter-final of an ATP tournament.


Futsal crazy

June 19, 2009

Futsal Team GB’s open futsal squad is gearing up for the 18th Maccabiah Games.

Managed by Daniel Collins, the group have been training since September and competing in leagues in Enfield and Leyton.

Collins said: “We’re looking forward to playing people of our own age, and to repeat or better our silver medal in 2005.

“Nine teams, compared to five last time, have entered which shows how futsal is growing as a sport around the world.”


Record-breaking Goodman ahead of schedule as Maccabiah looms

By Brian Sacks, June 19, 2009

Even by his own high standards, Richard Goodman had an exceptional weekend, racing to the top of the UK Under 17 1,500 metres rankings and then demolishing his personal best for 800 metres.

Competing in a British Milers Club 1,500 metres race in Watford, Goodman and other front runners passed the 800 metres mark in 2:04 assisted by a pacemaker. Goodman opened up a lead with 150 metres remaining and won by a significant margin in 3:54.72, the fastest Under 17 time in the UK for two years. In the process he cut his personal best by 8.9 seconds.


Late rally lifts Brit pack in final friendly

June 19, 2009

Rugby Team GB’s rugby team won its final trial match against a Middlesex County XV held at Kingston RFC, ahead of the Maccabiah Games.
GB ran in six tries in a 36-20 success win in hot conditions against a strong and experienced opponent. Following an even first half, Middlesex took a 20-19 lead into the last quarter but the GB team showed its strength and fitness with a further three quick tries to complete a fine victory.


Masters in good shape

June 19, 2009

Football Team GB Over 35 Masters won two matches during a training camp in Marbella.

Paul Linger and Laurence Beck earned them a 2-0 win in the opener. Faithfold pair Daryl Phillips (3) and Paul Lenchner completed a 4-1 win in the second game.

GB manager Darryl Lee said: “It was good preparation for Israel and a building block as part as our preparation. Playing in temperatures of 80 degrees, it was 10 degrees cooler than the Maccabiah will be.
“Our coaching rational is that possession is important. If you can’t keep the ball you can’t win the game.”