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Manchester Maccabi football round-up

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Manchester Maccabi 1sts’ preparation for the new season continue.

They were beaten in a seven-goal thriller by Smedley Rangers of the Manchester Saturday League on August 19. Josh Rubin, Michael Green and Ryan Sylvester were the marksmen.

Trailing 1-0 at the break. Rubin squared things up from 20 yards, keeping his cool in a one-on-one situation two minutes into the second half.

Maccabi forged ahead minutes later following a great run by Andy Rosenberg, which took him past three men, to cross for Ryan Sylvester who made no mistake.


Hapoel Tel Aviv reach Champions League group stage

By Danny Caro, August 25, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv became only the third Israeli club to reach the group stages of the Champions League following a nail-biting draw against Red Bull Salzburg last night.

Leading 3-2 from the first leg in Austria, and with three crucial away goals in the bank, Hapoel looked nervous throughout the first half, seemingly unsure whether to keep Salzburg at arm’s length or go on the attack. For the first 45 minutes they did neither.


LMV 2nd edged out by Crouch End

By Danny Caro, August 24, 2010

London Maccabi Vale were beaten by 10 runs by Crouch End in a friendly.

Following heavy overnight rain the Crouch End wicket was hard but a little damp and LMV captain Jonathan Lederman had no hesitation in deciding to bowl first on winning the toss.

Excellent opening spells from both Simon Renshaw and Jonathan Freedman, who also managed to nip out a couple of batsmen, immediately put Crouch End on the back foot.


Cricket Scoreboard

August 24, 2010


Salford 146-8

Maccabi 106

Salford won by 40 runs

Salford 18 Maccabi 7 points

Bury 94 Daniel Goldsbrough 3-5 E Goldstone 3-30

Leeds 95 for 0 Simon Williams 50 not out, Daniel Goldsbrough 39 not out

Leeds won by 10 wickets

Leeds 23, Bury 2 points


NJCL 112-9

Ladybridge 100

NJCL won by 12 runs


NJCL 134-4 Akiva Lieberman 53 not out, Natan Fagleman 25

Styal 97-6

NJCL won by 37 runs


Octopus 142 Josh Begner 3-22

MAL 118

MAL lost by 24 runs


MAL beaten by Octopus

By Danny Caro, August 24, 2010

Newly promoted Middlesex Sunday League Division Three outfit MAL were beaten by 24 runs in a friendly against Octopus in Highgate.

Skipper Gav Lebens won the toss and chose to field, with the outfield long and the pitch a little damp. Michael Klinger and Mark Lazar bowled well with the new ball, Lazar picking up a wicket with his first ball, a fine caught and bowled to dismiss Lamplough.


Israel football league round-up

By Simon Griver, August 24, 2010

Israel’s Ligat Ha’Al returned to action over the weekend with a 1-0 defeat for champions Hapoel Tel Aviv away to Hapoel Haifa.

Croatian midfielder Sasha Stojano scored the only goal of the game just after the interval as the champions rested half their first team ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League play-off against Red Bull Salzburg.


Salford second best in NJCL

By Danny Caro, August 24, 2010

Salford clinched the runners-up spot in the NJCL by the narrowest of margins following a convincing win over Manchester Maccabi.

A low-scoring contest saw Salford run out victors by 40 runs. They claimed 18 points to Maccabi’s seven.

Batting first, Salford posted 146-8. Maccabi were skittled for 106.

The day’s other match saw Leeds beat Bury by 10 wickets.

Leeds put Bury into bat on a damp slow wicket and were made to work for their wickets.


Tel Aviv facing Europa League exit

By Danny Caro, August 20, 2010

Maccabi Tel Aviv face Europa League elimination following a disappointing 2-0 defeat in Paris on Thursday night.

Tel Aviv were beaten 2-0 by PSG at the Parc de Princes, with a goal in each half from Peguy Luyindula and Guillaume Hoarau leaving them with an uphill task ahead of next Thursday’s second leg in Israel.

Avi Nimni, the Tel Aviv manager, said: “This is a result we can overturn, even though we are playing a quality side.


Blackman to spearhead Motherwell’s Europa League challenge

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2010

Motherwell have signed Blackburn Rovers striker Nick Blackman on a six-month loan deal.

The former Maccabiah star scored nine goals in pre-season for Rovers but will spearhead the team’s Europa League campaign following his switch from Ewood Park.

Blackman said: “My loan to Motherwell is about showing Blackburn I am worthy of a place in their first team.

“This is the last year of my contract so I knew it was going to be a big season and I had to hit the ground running. I just wanted to give myself the best possible chance to try to push on into the first team.


Two bronze medals for Israeli swimmers

By Simon Griver, August 19, 2010

Israel won two bronze medals in the European Swimming Championships in Budapest.

Guy Barnea finished third in the 50 metres backstroke and Gal Nevo took bronze in the 400 meters medley. These were the first medals won by Israeli swimmers since Yoav Gat won bronze in the 200 metres backstroke in 2000.

Barnea’s medal in a time of 25.04 seconds came as a huge surprise. The 22-year-old has performed poorly in recent months and earlier in the week could only reach the semi-finals of the 100 meters backstroke, which is considered his stronger distance.