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It’s job done as proud Lions go up

April 30, 2009

Evergreen 0, London Lions 2

Goals from Ben Lauffer and Guy Morris ensured history was made as London Lions beat Evergreen 2-0 to secure promotion to the South Midlands League for the first time.

Victory at Evergreen in their final Herts Senior County League Premier Division match was achieved courtesy of a dogged and disciplined performance against opponents whose physical tactics failed to knock the Lions out of their stride. Knowing that only a win would suffice, the Lions drafted in brought in Aron Barnes and Alex Levack for Adam Lauffer and Eddie Manson.


Easy as one, two three for HMH heroes

April 30, 2009

HMH A won the Maccabi Primary Football League Under Nine’s Challenge Cup after beating HISHU A 3-1 courtesy of goals from Archie Allen, Alex Rose and Jamie Delane.

HISHU A clinched the Under 11 league and cup double after thumping Alyth Belsize B Red 6-1 in the final at Wingate & Finchley.

London Maccabi Lions Under 11s secured the West Herts League Division Three title with a game to spare after beating title rivals Little Gaddesden.


GB bowlers to strike in Israels

April 30, 2009

Team GB Tenpin Bowling have named its strongest ever team to participate in the Maccabiah Games.

Following a demanding six-month selection process, brothers Paul and Michael Loberman led the averages with 217 and 211 respectively and look set to lead the medal charge.

The squad includes Gary Ellis, the five-medal star of the 2007 European Maccabi Games in Rome, as well as former Maccabiah participants Ian Davis, Jack Nesbit and Tony Sharpstone.


A happy end

By Danny Caro, April 30, 2009

Wingate & Finchley caretaker manager Ben Winston has been asked to stay on at the club after steering them to their best ever finish in the Division One North.

In his eight games in charge, Winston claimed five wins, a draw and two defeats, culminating in a narrow loss at Ware. “I have really enjoyed my time as manager,” said Winston. “It has been fantastic to take on this challenge and to finish in the highest ever league position for the club is really positive.


Ground-breaking Peer kept in check in Morocco

By Simon Griver, April 30, 2009

Shahar Peer (53) became the first Israeli to play in Morocco when she beat Aravane Rezai (95) in the first round of the SAR tournament in Fes.

Seeded eight, Peer lost her second round clash against Czech Lucie Hradecka (91).

Tournament organisers rejected Peer’s request not to play on Remembrance Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers on the grounds that her first round match had already been put back a day to accommodate her late arrival from Estonia.


Big Macc puts Vale and MAL on the back foot

By Danny Caro, April 30, 2009

While the main focus of the Jewish cricket season is the Maccabiah squads travelling to Israel in July, a number of teams in London will be looking to show their quality.

Fielding two senior XIs and a thriving colts section, London Maccabi Vale (LMV) will be the hardest hit of any Jewish cricket team with players involved at the Games. Adam Brand, Jerome Colmans, Richard Black, Andrew Daniels and Ryan Kangisser, along with juniors Andrew Greenwall Cohen, Joseph Greenwall Cohen and Daniel Cohen are away for the first half of the season.


Yossi’s set to cash in

April 30, 2009

Yossi Benayoun looks set be offered a new contract at Liverpool after an inspired performance over the second half of the season.


Grant considers the Czech cheque

April 30, 2009

Avram Grant has been approached with a view of becoming the next manager of the Czech Republic national team.

The former Chelsea manager, 53, has been out of work for almost a year and is reported to have been offered a four-year deal worth £900,000 a year.

The Czech FA have been in negotiations with Grant’s agent Pini Zahavi, and vice-president Jaroslav Vacek confirmed: “We have spoken with a person who officially represents Mr Grant. We still hear how the team degenerated, but it does have its quality and the new coach, if he succeeds, can make a good name by that.”


Near-perfect Bury ease home

April 29, 2009

A magnificent five-fer from Mark Levington helped Bury bowl out Maccabi for just 103.

Tight bowling from Josh Rose 3-15 also contributed. In Reply a steady start from Andrew Niman and David first helped Bury put on 40 for the first wicket. Once Niman was out Natan Fagleman hit an unbeaten 36 to ease Bry home with five overs to spare.

David First finished on 37 not out. A near faultless performance means Bury take home a nearly maximum 23 points.


Leeds win despite Pfeffer heroics

By Zevi Saunders, April 29, 2009

Leeds comfortably beat an under-strength Sedgley side on a batsman-friendly wicket in the opening game of the NJCL season.

After losing early wickets, Sedgley racked up a score of 166 all out mainly due to an outstanding unbeaten 70 from new skipper Michael Pfeffer. He shared in 50 partnerships with Jonny Hart who made an accomplished 22 and Dazzler who made 17.

The pick of the Leeds bowlers were Dobkin and Goldberg who each took three wickets.