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The boys are backing down

By Danny Caro, January 13, 2011

Danny Reuben, the head of London Maccabi Lions’ Sunday section, hit out at the club’s younger players after he was forced to pull its B team from the league.

Reuben cited a lack of commitment and enthusiasm as part of the reason the team had to fold. He said: “At the beginning of the season we were confident we had enough players. We desperately wanted to keep the side going and this is not a decision we have taken lightly. We did everything to keep the team alive.”


Daniel, 15, on top of the world

January 13, 2011

Daniel Poleshchuk climbed to the top of the Under 15 world rankings after finishing third at the British Junior Open.

Playing his last competition in his age group, Poleshchuk was one of two Israelis in the Under 15 competition. Seeded five out of eight, he featured in a high quality field with the first four seedings going to Egyptian players.

Having dispatched the third seed in the quarter-finals, Poleshchuk went on to take the bronze, achieving the best performance ever by an Israeli squash player and the highest placed European in his age category.


Rocket Rafi lifts Manchester

January 13, 2011

A Jacob Richler-Kleinman double lifted Manchester to fourth as they cruised past Harehill in the Thameside League Division One.

Rafi Leker sealed the points with a third in a win that delighted joint-manager Stuart Delmonte.

"It was a good all-round team performance. Everyone was on their mettle. If we can carry on playing like that other teams will find us very hard
to beat."

The next challenge facing Delmonte and co-manager Tony Rosenberg is
a League Cup tie against high-flying Forresters Dukinfield on Sunday.


Lee: We'll learn the hard way

January 13, 2011

Darryl Lee, manager of South Manchester, is confident his team can escape the drop zone once they start turning possession into goals.

Lee could only look on in frustration as his troops slumped to third from bottom against a strong Miam Miam side in the Manchester Accountants League.

Playing their first match in seven weeks against opponents that had lost three times in three seasons, South knew they would have to bring their A-game to the table.


Richard Goodman on the up

January 13, 2011

Richard Goodman's first race back after injury could hardly have been tougher, but in it he proved he can hold his own against the very best runners from Europe and America.

The event was the 8.2km Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country, televised live on BBC. The starting line-up included Mo Farah, European 5,000m and 10,000m champion, and nine-time European Cross Country champion Sergiy Lebid of Ukraine.

Coming 27th overall behind winner Mo Farah, Goodman, 17, came third amongst the Under 23s, beaten by a 21-year-old and a 20-year-old respectively.


Michael Klinger ready to cash in on IPL

By James Masters, January 13, 2011

Michael Klinger is set to become the first Jewish cricketer to compete in the Indian Premier League after being snapped up by new boy's Kochi.

The South Australia skipper will earn around $75,000 after signing
a two-year deal with Geoff Lawson's franchise and will team up with the likes of legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and Sri Lanka star Mahela Jaywardene.

The Twenty20 tournament, which will run from April 8 to May 28, is in its fourth year and has already
transformed the game on the sub-continent.


King Kaye can be a Faithfold great

January 13, 2011

Daryl Phillips described Alex Kaye as the perfect midfielder after his fantastic five-goal salvo destroyed Southgate Harmen A and rekindled his team's title hopes.

Standing in for manager Zuriel Solomon, who was away on honeymoon, Phillips, the assistant manager, could only stand back in admiration following an exhilarating display from last season's MJSL Player of the Season.

Kaye, a summer signing from Oakhill Lions, marked his return to top-flight action with a powerhouse display that simply blew Harmen away.


Double delight for Brady

January 13, 2011

Strikes from Scott Ansher and Jason Sears extended Brady Maccabi's lead at the top of Maccabi Masters League Division One as they overcame nearest rivals North London Raiders 2-0.

Division Two table-toppers Glenthorne United B suffered their first defeat of the season, going down 5-0 to London Maccabi Lions. Marc Morris (3), David Price and Stuart Coutts were the marksmen.

EDRS Stonegrove, last season's champions, were edged out 3-2 by South Mancs B. Marc Schneiderman (2) and Simon Davidson netted for Mancs whilst Martin Seifert and Mark Kingston registered for EDRS.


Super Sidi helps England FC

January 13, 2011

A wonder goal from Yoni Sidi helped England FC maintain their 100 per cent record as they edged past Jerusalem in the battle between last season's top two finishers.

Jerusalem were well marshalled by Dan Kosky and Danny Newman. The deadlock was finally broken in the 82nd minute when Sidi rifled in a free kick from 35 yards into the top corner.

Richard Pater, the Jerusalem manager, said "We are, of course, disappointed not to have taken at least a point."


Australian Open is a win-win

By Simon Griver, January 13, 2011

Shahar Peer will achieve her dream of a top 10 ranking after the Australian Open, providing she can avoid a disastrous early exit in the first grand slam tournament of the year.

The Israeli was boosted earlier this week when she rose to a career high ranking of 12, the highest placing ever of any Israeli tennis player.