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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.”


£75,000 Yossi is highest-paid Israeli player ever

By Danny Caro, July 9, 2009

National captain Yossi Benayoun has spoken of his delight after becoming the highest paid Israeli sportsman of all time, after committing to Liverpool until 2013.

Benayoun, 29, signed a new contract on Monday, agreeing a two-year extension on top of the two years remaining on his existing deal.

With earnings in the region of £75,000, he surpasses Tal Ben Haim as the highest paid Israeli sportsman. He has become the fourth highest paid earner at Liverpool after Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Jamie Carragher and on par with Daniel Agger and Dirk Kuyt.


Competitors touch down for Maccabiah

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2009

Athletes have been arriving in Israel in their droves ahead of the 18th Maccabiah Games Chai.

The 500-strong British delegation was one of the first to arrive with some junior competitors flying out on Monday.

The majority of the Open participants landed on Tuesday while the Masters are scheduled to depart on Friday.

There was heartbreak for Team GB Masters futsal player Ollie Olsen. He suffered a fractured collarbone in the squad’s final training session last Sunday.


Immanuel boys head of the class

By Danny Caro, July 7, 2009

Immanuel College dominated the Maccabi GB Interschool tennis tournament. The Year 8 Maccabi final was contested between two pairings from Immanuel with Oliver Donne and Sam Lipton facing Jack Reece and Josh Foley-Comer. Playing a year above his age group, Jack and Josh took the title.

The Year 10 boys title was also bagged by Immanuel with Sam Rosenberg and Josh Nathan claiming victory against a strong pair from JFS.

Year 7: Jake Norton, Jake Green, Gavriel Nussbaum, Jacob Alberga

Year 8: Jack Reece, Joshua Foley-Comer, Oliver Donne, Samuel Lipton