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Non-Jew ban is scrapped

By Dan Goldberg, June 4, 2009

Maccabi Australia has abandoned a controversial plan to ban non-Jews from competing in its sports teams.

The board of Australian Jewry’s largest member organisation decided last month to enforce its constitutional right, insisting that it would be an exclusively Jewish club by December 31, 2010.

Clubs that did not abide by the directive would have been disaffiliated from the roof body. Australia’s Equal Opportunity Act allows clubs to discriminate in order to preserve a minority culture.

But a backlash from within the Jewish community prompted the board to recant.


Battered Ram made last eight

By Simon Griver, June 4, 2009

French Open

Andy Ram and Natalie Dechy lost to fourth seeds Max Mirnyi and Nadia Petrova in the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles at Roland Garros.

Having reached the second round of the men’s singles for the first time in his career with a four-set victory over Monaco qualifier Jean Rene-Lisnard, Israel’s Dudi Sela (55) was hammered by 13th seed Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-3, 6-1. It took the Croatian one hour and 23 minutes to get past Sela. “I played terribly,” said Sela. “I made so many errors and you can’t win games against players like Cilic like that.”


Cricket revolution a big hit with Israel kids

June 4, 2009

In the region of 100 children aged six and upwards, from Zichron Yaakov in the North, Be’er Sheva in the South, and central areas descended on Hadar Yosef Sports Stadium as the Israel Cricket Association launched their revamped development program.

The scheme will be spearheaded by former Belmont & Edgware all-rounder Herschel Gutman, who recently arrived in Israel to take up his position as national coach and development officer.


South destroy Bury

By Zevi Saunders, June 2, 2009

A brilliant all round team performance meant that South Manchester kept their title ambitions on track. Put into bat by Bury on a difficult batting wicket, South lost Rosenblum early, but that just brought Akiva Lieberman to the crease, who with Andrew Feldman, tore into the bowling attack.

No bowler was immune as Akiva Lieberman hit 10 fours and 3 sixes in his knock of 80. His dismissal just brought brother Dan Lieberman to the crease who continued where Akiva left off.


Hakim on song as GB hit six

By Havery Ackerman, June 2, 2009

In their first trial match for the forthcoming Maccabiah, the Maccabi GB open football squad ran out 6-2 winners against a lower league Spanish side Union Las Rozas.

Played at the magnificent Spanish FA training facility near Madrid. MGB dominated the first half scoring five, but soon tired in the second period as the Spanish side brought on stronger defensive players curtailing MGB’s goal spree, to just one in the second period.


No go for Nomads

June 1, 2009

Casual Nomads were beaten in a friendly by Mill Hill Village. A stylish knock of 37 from Andy Finlay, playing his first game of the season, and a breezy 30 from Andy Landesberg saw Nomads post a competitive total. Despite a marvellous spell of controlled aggression with the ball which brought teenager Moshe Sulzbacher 4-36, Nomads could not remove the home side's hard-hitting opener who brought up his century in the penultimate over, leaving the visitors four wickets short of victory.


LMV up against it

June 1, 2009

A poor batting display led to London Maccabi Vale 2nd losing their third league match of the season in the Middlesex Sunday League Division Three.

Jonathan Lederman (33 not out) was the top-scorer as they were dismissed for 125 against Haryom. An excellent spell from Jeffrey Permutt proved in vain as Haryom won with several overs to spare.

Maccabiah-bound Adam Brand has reached 12,000 runs for LMV. The right-handed batsman recently scored a century for the MCC.


Four in a row for MAL

June 1, 2009

MAL CC recorded their fourth consecutive victory with a five wicket sucess over an Ickleford CC side comprising a number of promising colts.

Ickleford won the toss and elected to bat, and got off to a decent start with Howard and Morris picking up singles and the odd boundary, though Landau and Jenne bowled good opening spells. Jenne soon made the breakthrough as Gelley held on to a good catch at short cover diving forward, before bowling Draper.


Out with a shout

By Michael Perkin, May 27, 2009

Hendon United A 3-1 Montana Boca United A

Montana Boca United A manager Marc Ziedman launched a stinging attack on league rivals after his side was relegated from the JC MSFL

A point would have been enough for Montana, but two Dovid Korman penalties and Saul Conway’s late strike ensured no great escape.

But Ziedman claims his side’s fate was sealed when Redbridge Jewish Care and Bafana Bafana forfeited matches to remain in the top flight on goal difference.


Bloom: I’m not Albion’s Abramovich

May 27, 2009

New Brighton & Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom insists he is not a League One version of Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich, despite his huge cash injection into the club.

Bloom has given them £80 million of his internet gambling fortune, prompting local newspaper comparisons with the Russian oligarch.

But the 39-year-old insists any likeness to Abromovich cannot be justified, simply because his generosity is motivated by nothing other than love for his team.