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GB caught by Aussie sucker punch

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 13, 2009

Ladies Open Football
Team GB 0 Australia 1

Team GB's Ladies Open football's medal hopes were dealt a blow as they were beaten 1-0 by Australia at Ketsef Central in Haifa on Monday morning.

Having dominated the match for spells and hit the woodwork twice, GB came unstuck by a well-worked Australian goal midway through the second half.

GB settled first with striker Chelsea Berlin a constant threat. Her shoot-on-sight policy kept the Aussie keeper on her toes.


Katz gives GB a flying start

By Danny Caro in Netanya, July 13, 2009

Team GB 16 Australia 6

Fly-half Sam Katz enjoyed a dream debut with an 11-point haul steering Team GB to an opening day win over Australia at the Wingate Institute in Netanya.

The London Welsh teenager kicked three penalties and a conversion as GB made the perfect start in the Ashes clash.

A cagey first half saw Australia take the lead with a penalty which came after two missed efforts. They held their lead until the break.

GB raced out of the blocks in the second half, picking up the tempo and taking the game to the gold and green.


Israel makes Davis Cup history

By Danny Caro in Tel Aviv, July 13, 2009

History was made on Saturday afternoon as Israel reached the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time after Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich won a five-set thriller in the doubles to cement victory over Russia at the Nokia Arena.

With Harel Levy and Dudi Sela having won their respective singles' rubbers on Friday, it was left to Ram and Erlich, playing together for the first time in months, to seal a victory to give Israel an unassailable 3-0 lead.


Maccabi sign duo

By Simon Griver, July 9, 2009

Maccabi Haifa have boosted their squad ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier against Glentoran by signing Georgian international striker Vladimir Dvalishvili and Portuguese defender Jorje Tishiara.

The second leg is in Belfast on July 22.

An 83rd minute header from Dean Mori earned Bnei Yehuda a narrow lead in the first leg of the first qualifying round of the Europa League.

Maccabi Netanya, who received a bye, will play Maltese team Sliema in the second qualifying round.

Israeli runners up Hapoel Tel Aviv will join the competition in the third qualifying round.


Traub keeps MAL on course for title No. 2

By Danny Caro, July 9, 2009

MAL consolidated their position at the top of the Maccabi Sunday League, with a three-wicket against Belmont & Edgware.

Lively spells from Yoav Lebens and Tony Wise accounted for Alex Ziff and Simon Durban. Daniel Geey joined Warren Averbuch with the score on 16-2, and set about a rebuilding job.

Geey (33) was removed by left-arm spinner Grant Traub but several overs of carnage from master blaster Richie Weinburg kept BECC in the game. His innings of 62 came from only 27 balls, featuring five sixes and four boundaries.


Hartsbourne drive to Glancy joy

July 9, 2009

Hartsbourne won the 70th Glancy Cup at Potters Bar Golf Club.

They fought off the challenge of 17 fellow Association clubs featuring teams of eight in an event arranged by the Association of Jewish Golf Clubs and Societies.

With a team from Wales & South West competing for the first time, the two-day Glancy Tournament started with foursomes with each club having four pairings and the best three out of four scores being aggregated to provide the team score.


Young guns to fly the flag

July 9, 2009

Team GB have named Talya Curtis, Joel Barnett, Richard Goodman and Jemma Lawrence as junior flagbearers for the opening ceremony at the Maccabiah Games.

Selecting junior athletes to combine with the half marathon star Jo Ankier, Masters footballer David Kyte and triathlete Michael Bibring at Ramat Gan on July 13.


Global stars battle it out to be king of the castle

July 9, 2009

Chess enthusiasts will be treated to a master class during the Maccabiah with exhibition matches involving Grandmasters Boris Gelfand, Judit Polgar and Pavel Eljanov at the Richard Riordan International Festival.

Some of the world’s most prominent players will join the legends at the Blue Bay Hotel in Netanya where the super tournament featuring 12 elite Grandmasters takes centre stage.


Seven-time veteran says it’s all in the Game

By Danny Caro, July 9, 2009

The term legend is regularly misused in the world of sport. But in Jewish terms, the evergreen Pete Lazard believes that if the cap fits, he can wear it.

But while the scale of the Games — the third largest sporting event in the world — has reached new heights this year, Lazard believes that it has become a case of quantity rather than quality.

“From the quality, kudos point of view and profile, I think the publicity in Israel is much lower key than it was when I first went,” he said.


Israel all set for big cup test

By Simon Griver, July 9, 2009

TENNIS - Boosted by his Wimbledon performance and a record ranking of 33, Dudi Sela leads the charge as Israel hosts Russia in the Davis Cup quarter-final in Tel Aviv.

Having reached the last 16 at the Grand Slam, Sela said: “It’s very big for Israeli tennis and I’m very excited to play.

“Israel will have 10,000 people screaming every point, and although Russia are favourites, I believe in the Israel team. It’s very important to be united and I think we have a chance.”