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South march into Twenty20 semis

By Zevi Saunders, August 3, 2009

South Manchester stormed into the semi-finals of the NJCL Twenty20 with a 168-run victory over an eight-man Bury & Whitefield.

The big-hitting Akiva Lieberman took eight balls to reach his retirement figure of 30, while Maccabiah rugby silver medalist Mike Filson took nine balls. South smashed 71 runs from the five powerplay overs.

Bury did well to restrict them to 192 as it looked like 250 was on the cards.

In reply, Bury notched up the required 10 runs an over of the first over but were eventually were bowled out for 34. Only Zevi Saunders (13) reached double figures.

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Mixed bag in Europe

By Danny Caro, July 31, 2009

It was a mixed night for Israeli teams in the Europa Cup.

Three late goals helped Hapoel Tel Aviv earn an impressive 3-1 third qualifying round, win in the away leg against two-time Uefa Cup winners IFK Gothenberg.

Etey Shechter, Samuel Yeboah and Bebars Natcho were the marksmen for Hapoel.

Hapoel coach Eli Gutman said: “What made the win all the more impressive is that Gothenberg are already 16 matches into its Swedish league campaign.”

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Preview: The JC MSFL season 2009/10

By Danny Caro, July 31, 2009

The new JC MSFL season 2009/10 kicks off on September 6.

The league will feature 54 teams split over five divisions.

Athletic Bilbaum, Blizzard Storm, Highgate & Muswell Hill JYC and Jewventus are new to the league while Dynamo Hendon and East London Knights are among the sides to have folded.

PREMIER DIVISION
Bafana Bafana
Faithfold A
Glenthorne United A
Hendon United A
Hendon United B
London Maccabi Lions A
London Maccabi Lions B
North West Neasden A
Redbridge United A
South Manx A

DIVISION ONE
Brady Maccabi A
Brixton Old Boys
Camden Park

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From Israel with love

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2009

Reflecting on missed opportunities on the pitch, GB’s Open squad donated their training equipment to Israeli cricket towards the end of the Games. Manager Nigel Rothband said: “They were absolutely delighted and it was good to see it put to good use. To see the development of Israeli cricket is fantastic and if this goes some small way to encouraging youngsters to play the sport then this can only be good news.”

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Hurray for Harel

By Simon Griver, July 30, 2009

Having led Israel to its first-ever Davis Cup semi-finals earlier this month, Harel Levy has maintained the momentum by winning the Lexington Challenger tournament in Kentucky.

Levy, 31, overcame American qualifier Alex Kuznetsov in the final to win his first title since the Manchester Challenger in 2007.

Levy’s Lexington triumph, together with the Davis Cup victories over Igor Andreev (24) and Igor Andreev (24), have seen him soar from 210 in the ATP rankings to 150, as he recaptures the form, which took him to 30th place in 2001, before he was sidelined by a serious hip injury.

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Haifa half way there

By Simon Griver, July 30, 2009

Maccabi Haifa drew 0-0 in the first leg of the Uefa Champions League third qualifying round away to Kazakh champions Aktobe.

After thumping Glentoran 10-0 on aggregate in the last round, the Greens found the going tougher on Tuesday night.

Yaniv Katan and Vladimer Dvalishvili were thwarted by good saves from Kazakh keeper Andrei Sidelnikov as the Greens had the best of the first half but Aktobe edged the second half to suggest that the Israeli champions are far from assured passage to the knock-out round when the sides meet again next Wednesday at Kiryat Eliezer.

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Lack of progress stumps Adam

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2009

Fresh from his match-winning knock that helped South Africa retain the open cricket title, Adam Bacher spoke of his disappointment about the dearth of Jewish players coming through at first-class level.

Bacher, 35, played the last of his 13 Test matches against Zimbabwe four years ago and winding down, he played for two more seasons for Cape Province, playing only one-day and Twenty20 cricket. His last professional game was against his old team in front of 23,000 spectators at the Wanderers.

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Team of the tournament Zions plan their revenge

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2009

It was a case of so near, yet so far for Team GB’s Open rugby squad. Widely regarded as the team of the competition, they were beaten by three points by an Australia side they had comfortably beaten in their first match.

It could all have ended so differently as the gold medal match was determined by inches. GB’s Sam Katz missed a penalty kick that bounced off the posts while the Aussies hit the posts with one of theirs and the ball just bounced inside. But for that, GB would have won.

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They came, they saw and conquered

July 30, 2009

A first football gold for 48 years was the icing on the cake, according to Darryl Lee, GB head of senior football in Israel.

Goals from Laurence Swerner and Adam Lee earned the Over 45 Masters squad a 2-1 victory over Israel in the final to cap off a memorable tournament in which the Open team took silver, the Over 35s bronze and the Ladies finished fourth.

Lee said: “Medals in all four competitions was probably beyond our expectations when we started but when you look at the professional attitude adopted, it was due reward.

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Wizard of Oz makes history

By Dan Goldberg, July 30, 2009

An Australian golfer has rewritten the history books by competing in his ninth consecutive Games.

Roy Vandersluis, 62, was not content just to participate; he also won his first ever gold medal — something that has eluded him since 1977.

He was part of the Masters golf team that claimed gold – Australia’s first at the Games – at Caesarea Golf Club, beating America and South Africa.

He shot a final round of 72, the best card of the tournament. He also won silver for his individual score.

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