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Klinger in the A-team

By Dan Goldberg, June 4, 2009

Prolific batsman Michael Klinger has been selected to represent Australia A for the first time.

Klinger, 28, will play two four-day matches against Pakistan in July.

The selection comes shortly after the South Australian star won the 2009 State Player of the Year award after scoring more than 1,600 runs.

“My dream is to play Test cricket for Australia,” said Klinger. “But this is definitely a stepping stone to where I want to get to.”

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GB set to face the boys from Brazil

By Danny Caro, June 4, 2009

Manager Jonathan Kestenbaum claims that this week’s Maccabiah Games open football draw was the toughest Team GB could get after they were placed alongside Brazil, Russia and Canada.

Originally, GB, the competition’s fifth seeds, had been placed alongside favourites Israel, Argentina and Sweden but the withdrawal of Holland resulted in the groups being redrawn.

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Oldham Utd

June 4, 2009

Oldham Athletic will offer a trial to the best junior player from Australian club Maccabi Hakoah playing in the Youth Development League team.

YDL chairman Jon Marcuson told the Australian Jewish News: “This is the most exciting thing to happen to Maccabi-Hakoah FC. ”We chose Oldham deliberately. We think it is a good place for players coming through. It gives them a fair chance to break in and from there, anything’s possible.”

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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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