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Maccabi back with a bang

By Danny Caro, October 20, 2009

Manchester Maccabi 1st eased into the third round of the Manchester County Cup courtesy of a 7-1 victory over Inter Didsbury at Brooklands.

After a difficult start to the season, the layoff for high holydays allowed Maccabi to regroup and take stock of their current situation. The new manager, ex-Manchester United forward, Scott McGarvey, gathered the squad and had outlined what he expected of them to take things to the next level.


Hampstead through to women's football final

By Danny Caro, October 20, 2009

Hampstead Women pulled off a major cup upset after beating Haringey Borough to land a mouth-watering tie against Spurs in the next round of the Women’s Senior London FA Cup.

Playing host to Haringey team four divisions above them in the Women’s Pyramid system, and just two outside of the Premier League, Hampstead, who sent nine of last season’s squad to Israel for the Maccabiah Games Team GB Women’s Open competition, were looking to maintain their winning start that has seen them win all four of their league games and scoring 20 goals in the process.


Maccabi Masters review

October 19, 2009

Goals from goals from Greg Morris (2) and Sid Shaw helped Glenthorne United A strengthen their advantage at the top of the Maccabi Masters League Division One with a 3-1 win over North London Raiders. Jonny Adelman scored Raiders’ consolation.

Immanuel Ezekiel and Darren Coon exchanged goals as London Maccabi Lions A and South Mancunians drew.


TP Bowling: Loberman destroys Maccabi field

October 19, 2009

It was truly a family affair at the 4th annual Maccabi GB Tenpin Bowling tournament, held last Sunday at GoBowling, Dunstable. Maccabiah brothers Michael and Paul Loberman won the handicap and scratch sections respectively with outstanding displays of bowling.

Twenty one bowlers, disappointingly the lowest turnout for a Maccabi tournament to date, competed in a five game handicap set with the top 16 qualifying for the scratch knockout finals.


Avram Grant's father dies

By Danny Caro, October 19, 2009

Meir Granat, the father of Avram Grant, passed away on Saturday night.

The 82-year-old Holocaust survivor’s health deteriorated after complications following routine surgery to remove a kidney stone.

He was in intensive care at Tel Hashomer Hospital and lay unconscious for eight weeks.

Recently reappointed Director of Football at Portsmouth, Grant missed the weekend Premier League match against Spurs as he rushed back to Israel to be by his father’s side. He joined family members for a bedside vigil before his father faded away.


Avram Grant: the real story

By Simon Griver, October 16, 2009

Avram Grant was appointed Director of Football at Portsmouth despite opposition from the club’s CEO Peter Storrie, the JC understands.

Reports in Israel have contradicted Storrie’s claim that manager Paul Hart will be solely responsible for team selection. Grant will select the side together with Hart and is expected to join him on the touchline although it remains unclear whether the Israeli will be involved in tomorrow’s game at Fratton Park against Spurs. Grant’s second spell at the club has been delayed by work-permit red tape.


Kastor is back on track

By Brian Sacks, October 15, 2009

Running her first marathon since breaking a foot in last year’s Olympics, Deena Kastor, 36, was the first American finisher in Chicago.

Her sixth place time of 2:28:50 was almost three minutes behind winner Liliya Shobukhova of Russia, and nine minutes down on Kastor’s personal best, set winning the 2006 London Marathon.

Nevertheless Kastor was well satisfied with her performance, set in unseasonably cold conditions. “I lost time through needing to take a bathroom break, and also through a mix-up at one of the drinks stations.


Brighton heading for the top table

October 15, 2009

Brighton maintained second place and on course for the Premiership playoffs after claiming a hat-trick of successes in the British League Division One.

Led by Dov Katz, the team also included England Jewish No. 1 Ashley Stokes, former England international Cris Sladden and Chinese star Dashua Shi.

They produced a scintillating display in Devon, beating London Progress (5-3), Generation II (6-2) and Woolwell (6-2).


Yossi Benayoun will stay at Liverpool

October 15, 2009

Yossi Benayoun’s agent has dismissed talk that the midfielder will move to big-spending Manchester City in January.

Reports suggested that City boss Mark Hughes is weighing up a move for the Israeli skipper but the player’s agent, Ronen Katsav, said: “It is a great compliment that teams from Europe are interested, but Yossi is very happy at Liverpool and only in the summer agreed a new four-year contract.”


Tamir Cohen's success secrets

By Simon Griver, October 15, 2009

Tamir Cohen, the Bolton Wanderers midfielder, has revealed the secret of his success this season — hard work.

Returning from international duty with Israel, Cohen is expected to start tomorrow’s match against defending champions Manchester United at Old Trafford. He is the team’s joint-top scorer this season with three goals.