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Record-breaking Goodman ahead of schedule as Maccabiah looms

By Brian Sacks, June 19, 2009

Even by his own high standards, Richard Goodman had an exceptional weekend, racing to the top of the UK Under 17 1,500 metres rankings and then demolishing his personal best for 800 metres.

Competing in a British Milers Club 1,500 metres race in Watford, Goodman and other front runners passed the 800 metres mark in 2:04 assisted by a pacemaker. Goodman opened up a lead with 150 metres remaining and won by a significant margin in 3:54.72, the fastest Under 17 time in the UK for two years. In the process he cut his personal best by 8.9 seconds.

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Late rally lifts Brit pack in final friendly

June 19, 2009

Rugby Team GB’s rugby team won its final trial match against a Middlesex County XV held at Kingston RFC, ahead of the Maccabiah Games.
GB ran in six tries in a 36-20 success win in hot conditions against a strong and experienced opponent. Following an even first half, Middlesex took a 20-19 lead into the last quarter but the GB team showed its strength and fitness with a further three quick tries to complete a fine victory.

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Masters in good shape

June 19, 2009

Football Team GB Over 35 Masters won two matches during a training camp in Marbella.

Paul Linger and Laurence Beck earned them a 2-0 win in the opener. Faithfold pair Daryl Phillips (3) and Paul Lenchner completed a 4-1 win in the second game.

GB manager Darryl Lee said: “It was good preparation for Israel and a building block as part as our preparation. Playing in temperatures of 80 degrees, it was 10 degrees cooler than the Maccabiah will be.
“Our coaching rational is that possession is important. If you can’t keep the ball you can’t win the game.”

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Youngsters show great character

June 19, 2009

CRICKET Team GB’s Maccabiah juniors gave a good account of themselves in a warm-up match against Middlesex Sunday League Division One Harrow St Mary’s 1st.

Against experienced players, GB were soon up against it as HSM raced to 170-2 off 22 overs. Matters improved immensely as in the past 18 overs GB conceded 100 runs and took seven wickets. Daniel Cohen and Seb Schusman claimed two wickets apiece with Jacob Reza, Jordan Godden, Huddy Lieberman and Josh Hershowitz also taking scalps as HSM closed on 270-9.

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Southgate back in the race as champions MAL-function

June 19, 2009

League title race was blown wide open after Southgate inflicted a first competitive defeat in two years on defending champions MAL.
Put in to bat on a good wicket with short boundaries, Southgate made a fluent start and good partnerships throughout saw Southgate post a highly respectable 210-8 from their 40 overs with Ashley Smokler (49) top scoring.

MAL’s reply got off to the worst possible start, losing the highly talented Avi Kestenbaum and Tony Wise early, both to opening bowler Rob Apple.

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Park boys swinging success

June 19, 2009

GOLF Coombe Hill Golf Club welcomed the next generation of golfers when hosting the John Rubens tournament under the organisation of the Association of Jewish Golf Clubs and Societies.

Open to players aged under 25, the competition featured golfers from the London member clubs of the Association - Abridge, Coombe Hill, Dyrham Park, Hartsbourne and Potters Bar.
Teams of six competed for both team and individual prizes.
Dyrham Park, despite only fielding a team of four, won the John Rubens Cup. Daniel Kallos of Coombe Hill took the prize for the lowest individual gross score.

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Fair play to Pinner

June 19, 2009

FOOTBALL Pinner JFC celebrated a successful season at their annual presentation awards and family Fun Day at the University College London Training Ground in London Colney.

As Club President Stephen Sweden outlined: “It is true to say that this time last year, we were considering our entry of our youth section into uncharted territory of the Watford Friendly League with some trepidation. But I have to say that from the perspectives of both the management and players, it has been a great success.

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Super siblings head over heels

June 19, 2009

ACROBATICS Sisters Ashleigh and Amanda Tropp continue to take the world of acrobatics by storm.

Ashleigh paired up with Sophie Ryan to take bronze in Prep A Ladies Pairs at the Inter-Regional Club Championship in Southampton.
Representing London in the 2009 British NDP Acrobatic finals in Stoke-on-Trent, Amanda and her partner Jessica Gordon-Brown came fourth. After winning the London Preliminaries in March, they competed in Grade 1 Ladies Pairs and performed a 2.5 minute routine, scoring 26.25 in a high-class field. They missed out on the bronze medal by 0.10.

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Green giant Gershinson is the new king of Harts

June 19, 2009

GOLF Host club Hartsbourne were crowned winners of the prestigious Metropolitan Trophy.

Club captain Nick Wilson received the silverware after a competition hampered by torrential showers.

Playing off two, Mark Gershinson mastered the conditions. He started his round with four successive birdies and eventually signed for an exceptional score of 69 (-2 under par), winning the Coombe Hill Cup for the best men’s individual gross score.

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Levy stays on course

By Mike Sinclair, June 16, 2009

Harel Levy pulled off the great escape to keep his 2009 Wimbledon hopes alive as he survived a scare in the opening round of singles qualifying at Roehampton.

The 31-year-old Israel Davis Cup stalwart battled through 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 against big-serving Australian Chris Guccione.

Levy was a point away from going out as 24-year-old Guccione, ranked 91 places above him at 140 in the world, served for the match at 5-4 in the second set.

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