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Vale go to Pot

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2009

Old Nepotists 220-7
LMV 2nd XI 179
LMV lost by 41 runs

A young London Maccabi Vale team performed admirably in a friendly against Old Nepotists.

Winning the toss and bowling first on a very damp Rowley Lane pitch, LMV took the field with 8 players 18 or under, surely one of the youngest teams ever to take the field for LMV.

Benjamin Lederman and Adam Morris, two 14-year-olds opened the bowling and despite some lusty blows from the Nepotists openers bowled a tidy opening 10 overs, with Adam gaining a well deserved wicket .


Heroic Sela bows out against fourth seed

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2009

Dudi Sela's Wimbledon fairytale ended with a straight sets fourth round defeat against fourth seed Novak Djokovic on Court 3 on Monday afternoon.

Having beaten two seeds en route to the last 16, the brave Israeli was not outplayed by the Serb with the pair producing some entertaining rallies to keep a boisterous crowd on the edge of their seats.

In the end, Djokovic's booming serve, unerring consistency and accuracy proved decisive against a hard-working Sela.

Defeat saw Sela, 24, improve on last year's first round exit at his first Wimbledon.


London Maccabi Vale colts review

By Jonathan Lederman, June 26, 2009

Under 13's home match versus Holtwhites Trinibus

LMV won the toss and decided to bowl first. Akiva for the day shared the bowling around to ensure everyone got involved. Despite some accurate bowling from Joshua Frey, Noah Aziz & Simeon Cohen HT looked like running up a formidable total until Rafi Kennard came on and bowled a superb spell of 3 overs for only 3 runs, taking 3 wickets in the process. Unfortunately some wayward bowling during the innings meant we gave away too many wides and no balls, which resulted in HT managing to score 115 from their 20 overs.


Jewish property man fronts bid to buy Southampton FC

By Danny Caro, June 26, 2009

Former teammates of Michael Fialka, the man purportedly at the centre of the Pinnacle Group’s bid to buy Southampton Football Club, have expressed shock over his potential takeover.

Property company boss Fialka, 32, appeared on Sky Sports on Thursday night and informed reporters that he was hopeful the bid would be accepted. He confirmed that outstanding players' wages, in the region of £500,000, have been settled.


Levine through to round three

By Danny Caro, June 26, 2009

Jesse Levine marched into the third round of the men’s singles at Wimbledon after wining a five-set thriller against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.

Having beaten 14th seed Marat Safin in the opening round, Levine, 21, won 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3.

He is scheduled to meet Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the third round on Saturday.

The winner will meet third seed Andy Murray or Viktor Troicki.

Dudi Sela flies the flag for Israel with a clash against Tommy Robredo on Court 3.


Sahar goes to Espanyol

June 25, 2009

Ben Sahar has signed a four-year contract with La Liga outfit Espanyol worth €500,000-a-year.

The striker, 19, passed a medical on Tuesday. Having left Chelsea, Sahar will come face-to-face with Yossi Benayoun on August 2 when Espanyol takes on Liverpool in a pre-season friendly in Barcelona.

Chelsea will reportedly receive a €1 million transfer fee for Sahar, having signed him from Hapoel Tel Aviv for £520,000 three years ago.


Champions League tie won’t be a classic

By Simon Griver, June 25, 2009

Maccabi Haifa will meet Northern Ireland champions Glentoran in the second qualifying round of the Uefa Champions League.

Haifa will host the first leg on July 15 with the return in Belfast on July 22.

Defender Alon Harazi is one of three players still at Haifa who helped them record a 3-1 aggregate victory over Glentoran in the then European Cup Winners Cup in 1998.

He said: “This is a very comfortable draw for us on paper but on the pitch things can be different.”

Haifa manager Elisha Levy said: “We are preparing for a very physical, long-ball game from Glentoran.”


He’s a Euro star

By Simon Griver, June 25, 2009

Fresh from winning windsurfing gold at the European Sailing Championships in Tel Aviv, Shahar Zubari has set his sights on September’s World Championships.

Zubari, 22, was the toast of Eilat after winning the European title. Victory followed his bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and finishing third in the World Championships in New Zealand.

“My next goal is the World Championships in Weymouth,” he said. “I think I have matured since last year and I am capable of becoming world champion.”


Oldham delighted to grab Joe

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

Joe Jacobson has joined Jewish-owned Oldham Athletic from League One rivals Bristol Rovers.

Having missed large chunks of last season through injury, Jacobson 22, was released by Rovers after making 84 appearances.

“I feel great and cannot wait to get training with the lads,” Jacobson said. “New manager Dave Penney has a reputation of getting the best out of players, that suits me fine. I can’t wait to show the fans what I can bring to the party.”


Scotland the brave

June 25, 2009

Maccabi Scotland are taking a 13-person delegation to the Maccabiah.

The squad: Golf 50+ - Bernard Cohen, David Adelman, Barry Glein, David Shenkin (Head of Delegation), Squash – Alan Susskind, Table Tennis – Jeremy Banks, Mark Georgevic, Brian Wright, Junior – Zachary Cohen, Samuel Georgevic, Tennis Masters – Errol Hornstein, Open – Adam Glekin, Delegation: Philip Minster,

Maccabi Macedonia will be represented by swimmer Robbie Williams.