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Cole: I'll rid the reps of fear factor

By Danny Caro, September 17, 2009

Jamie Cole has vowed to take the fear factor out of Jewish football after being appointed manager of the JC MSFL Rep team.

Filling the void left by former boss Jonathan Kestenbaum, the North West Neasden joint-manager hopes to become only the second man to lead the Maccabi League to victory in the London Inter-League Cup.


Nadal injury boosts Israel’s cup chances

By Simon Griver, September 17, 2009

Israel’s hopes of reaching the Davis Cup final for the first time received a major boost after two of the world’s top 10 ranked players withdrew from the Spanish squad on the eve of the clash in Murcia.

Going into the last four tie, Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal (3) and Fernando Verdasco (10) pulled out with injury concerns for the defending champions.

With Croatia or the Czech Republic awaiting the winner, the Israelis will be looking to repeat their giant-killing feat against Russia in the quarter-final in July.


MAL earn second Sunday League title

September 17, 2009

MAL retained the Maccabi Sunday League title with a 41-run victory over former winners Casual Nomads at Shenley.

A half-century from Maccabiah star Yoav Lebens steered MAL past the 200-mark in a game they started badly after Simon Renshaw (6-18) sending Tali Rowe and Jamie Breslaw back to the pavilion with the score on 10.


Avram Grant in line for Poland job

By Danny Caro, September 16, 2009

Avram Grant, the former Israel and Chelsea manager, will be interviewed for the vacant Poland national football coach role, the JC understands.

Sacked by Chelsea three days after the Champions League final defeat against Manchester United, Grant is the son of Polish-born Meir, who fleed the country in 1941 to escape Nazi occupation.

Grant, 54, has been linked with several club and national posts including FA Cup winners Portsmouth and the Bulgarian national team. Last week we reported that he is the preferred choice of IFA chairman Avi Luzon for the Israel job.


Neasden draw Oaks in the Morrison

By Danny Caro, September 16, 2009

Cup holders North West Neasden A will start the defence of the Peter Morrison Trophy at home to Oakwood on October 25.

The Jewish FA Cup winners have started the season with a win and a draw. On Sunday, they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against title rivals Redbridge Jewish Care A courtesy of goals from Scott Shindler and Lee Cash.

Hendon United A, last season’s losing finalists, also face first division opposition in the shape of newly promoted Red Sea.


Wingate progress in FA Cup

By Paul Lerman, September 16, 2009

Maccabiah star Craig Ellis and Jake Furman helped Wingate & Finchley win an enthralling FA Cup replay against local rivals Northwood at Summers Lane.

The victory set up a second qualifying round tie at home to Aylesbury on September 26, where victory would equal the club record run.

It was Northwood who came out of the blocks first, and after early pressure, where they missed three good chances, the Blues finally found their feet and played their way back into the game.


Haifa well beaten in Champions League opener

By Danny Caro, September 15, 2009

Maccabi Haifa were beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich in the first match of the Champions League group stage at Ramat Gan National Stadium.

Tuesday night's clash saw Bayern's experience, patient approach play and superior finishing pay dividends in a match where all the goals came in the second half.


MSFL round-up

By Danny Caro, September 15, 2009

North West Neasden captain Jonny Ellis was proud of his team’s never-say-die attitude as the defending JC MSFL champions came from two goals down to claim a vital draw at title rivals Redbridge A at Redbridge FC.

The clash of the titans saw the hosts make a dream start with summer signing Mitch Lassman and Steve Summers put them in a strong position at the break.


MAL take Sunday League title

By Danny Caro, September 15, 2009

MAL wrapped up the Maccabi Sunday League title with a 41-run victory against Casual Nomads on the main square at Shenley.

On a fabulous deck, Gav Lebens won the toss and chose to bat. MAL were quickly 10-2 as first Tali Rowe and then Jamie Breslaw fell cheaply to Simon Renshaw.

A partnership of 30 between Mark Landau and Yoav Lebens steadied things a little before Landau also fell to Renshaw, for 17.


Cole appointed MSFL Rep team manager

By Danny Caro, September 14, 2009

Jamie Cole, the new manager of the JC MSFL Rep team, has told the JC what it means to be handed the reins from Jonathan Kestenbaum.

The North West Neasden joint-manager hopes to become only the second man to lead the Maccabi League to victory in the London Inter-League Cup.

As a boss, he has won all the major honours in Jewish football including the Peter Morrison Trophy, JC MSFL Premier Division, with two different clubs, JC Cyril Anekstein Cup and the Manchester Jewish Soccer League.