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Team GB rugby through to gold medal match

By Danny Caro in Netanya, July 19, 2009

Open Rugby Semi-Final: Team GB 16 USA 3

A third consecutive 11-point haul from fly half Sam Katz together with a stellar defensive display steered Team GB into the gold medal match after they held off a determined effort from a strong USA team at the Wingate Institute on Sunday night.

Katz, 18, made it 33 points for the competition after holding his nerve in a pressure-cooker atmosphere.

Having beaten South Africa and Australia in the group phase, GB looked well prepared for the challenge of a big American pack.

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Top table service for bronze GB stars

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2009

The GB Men’s Open table tennis team won bronze on Day Seven at the the Maccabiah.

The first medal won by the men’s open team for almost 30 years, excluding the intifada Games, was thanks to GB fielding its strongest and most prepared table tennis squad ever.

Victories against the Rest of the World, Greece (3-0) and Austria (3-0) set up a fascinating match against Russia to decide the winners of Group B. Russia won 3-1 but it was a classic.

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Net gain for GB netball juniors

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2009

The Junior Netball team clinched a place in the final after beating South Africa 33-16.

Goal-shooter Jessica Pinnick was the star of the show in Herzliya.

Coach Sandy Thornton said: “I’m very proud. It’s better than I could’ve expected. We’ve got stronger and stronger as the tournament has progressed.

“We trained hard at home once every six weeks. It was hard getting the squad together as some girls live in Manchester. They also had the pressure of GCSE’s.

Thanking the GB fans, she said:“We have a terrific team spirit and are going for gold.”

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Team GB Day 7 Round-up

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2009

Team GB enjoyed success in the triathlon with Oliver Ziff and Michael Bibring taking gold.

Ziff won the Junior event and came third overall in the senior competition.

Bibring, who was a flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, won the Over 50s competition.

The Over 45s Masters football team remain on course for gold after reaching the final.

The GB senior squad also reached the final after beating Israel by one point.

GB finished sixth and seventh respectively in the Ten Pin Bowling trios. Israel were disqualified.

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GB Open cricket tumble out

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2009

Open cricket: India 215-9, GB 172. India won by 43 runs

The Maccabiah Games is over for GB’s Open cricket team after 29 wides followed by a batting collapse saw them miss out on a medal match altogether following a 43-run defeat to India in Lod on Sunday.

Needing to win to reach the final, the result means Australia playing Israel in the bronze medal match, and defending champions South Africa playing GB’s conquerors India in the final.

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GB march into semi-finals

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 19, 2009

Maccabiah Games – Day 7
Open football quarter-final: Team GB 2 USA 0

Goals from Guy Morris and Paul Hakim took Team GB into the semi-finals where they will play hosts Israel in Haifa on Monday afternoon.

The GB boys scored in both halves with the second goal ending a determined effort from a resolute American team in Nawe Sha’anan.

Against an American team who had won two out of three group games, GB started in confident mood, on the back of the 2-0 win over Brazil.

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Maccabiah round-up Day 6

By Danny Caro, July 17, 2009

Team GB took bronze in the men’s doubles skulls.

The Under 16 junior football saw their medal hopes ended following a 1-1 draw on Friday. Needing a win to progress, they hit the post in the last two minutes.

Under 18 football are through to the quarter-finals.

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Double delight for GB cricket

By Danny Caro in Tel Aviv, July 17, 2009

Maccabiah Games – Day 6
Open cricket: Israel 140, GB 141-4. GB won by 6 wickets

Team GB claimed their first success of the Maccabiah after easing past Israel by six wickets at Hadar Yosef.

The victory means that if they can beat India in the final round robin match on Sunday, a place in the gold medal match beckons.

Another excellent bowling display from captain Darren Gerard saw Israel dismissed for 140. He finished with 3-20 from nine overs.

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Brilliant Brits keep Maccabiah football dream alive

By Danny Caro, July 17, 2009

Maccabiah Games Day 6
Open football: GB 2 Brazil 0

Team GB will play the USA in the quarter-finals of the Open football competition on Sunday morning after a brilliant performance saw them beat Brazil 2-0 at Ketzef Central.

A goal in each half from David Soutar and Paul Hakim capped an excellent display from Jonathan Kestenbaum's, undoubtedly their best of the competition to date.

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Team GB through to football quarter-finals

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 17, 2009

Team GB are through to the last eight of the Open football competition after a brilliant performance saw them beat Brazil 2-0 at Ketzef Central.

A goal in each half from David Soutar and Paul Hakim capped an excellent display from Jonathan Kestenbaum's, undoubtedly their best of the competition to date.

Knowing that anything other than a win would end the team's medal hopes, GB's tactics were spot on. They were brave, cohesive and vastly improved from the game against France two days earlier.

Brazil had a man sent off in the last minute with GB trying to run down the clock.

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