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Playoff looms for Israel after Chile defeat

By Simon Griver, March 9, 2010

Israel faces a World Group relegation play-off in September after losing 4-1 to Chile in the Davis Cup first round.

Israel will not know its opponents until after the second round matches in the Europe/Africa Group are completed on May 9.

In a match that started 24 hours late in Conquimbo due to the recent earthquake, Israel was always on the back foot. Both Dudi Sela (66) and Harel Levy (118) won the first sets in their respective matches against Nicolas Massu (92) and Fernando Gonzalez (10) but were each eventually downed by three sets to one.


Peters appointed GB manager for EMFT

By Danny Caro, March 8, 2010

Phil Peters, manager of UJS Norstar A, has been appointed manager of Team GB, who will be looking to retain their European Maccabi Football Trophy competition in Torremolinos in May.

Peters and his assistant Jamie Slavin will spearhead the squad at the fifth European EMFT from the May 27-30 that will see teams from a number of Maccabi organisations all over Europe take part in a 'festival of football'.


Israel still in Davis Cup contention

March 8, 2010

Israel's Davis Cup chances are hanging by a thread after they went into the final day of their tie against Chile 2-1 down.

Having lost the first two singles rubbers, Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich gave Israel a lifeline by earning a thrilling five-set victory.

They fought back for a 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (11-9), 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory over Jorge Aguilar and Paul Capdeville.

The final two games are later this afternoon.

Ram said: "The six years experience that Yoni and I have playing together allowed us to remain cool even when we looked like we weren't in the picture.


Maccabi Lions Under 15s victory

March 4, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Under 15s continued their climb up the Watford Friendly League table with a 3-1 victory over Northwood.

Lions forged ahead when Adam Arnold slotted home a penalty. Zak Skry doubled the lead early in the second half after rising to head home a Danny Berschader corner.

Northwood pulled one back but Jamie Nagioff clinched the points.

Striker Jack Miller provided a brace of well-taken goals as the Lions Under Nine's move three points clear at the top after thumping Hemel Hempstead in the West Herts League.


MSFL — for better or worse

March 4, 2010

David Wolff: Yes
A kneejerk reaction isn't required. We must not lose sight of what we are about

I recently read that the league is 'in crisis' due to the demise of several teams this season. Nothing could be further from the truth. The purpose of the league is to provide football for the community and are here to serve the teams. In short we are here for the benefit of the teams and not the other way round.


Golden boy Goodman wins his own grand national

By Brian Sacks, March 4, 2010

Cross Country
Richard Goodman gained the country's most prestigious trophy for his age group when he won the under 17 National Cross Country title in Leeds.

The Maccabiah double gold medallist was always in control at the front and pulled steadily away from his main rival Tom Curr in the second half of the 6,000m race to finish 200m clear.

This was Goodman's third entry into the championships, having come fifth in the Under 15 race two years ago and finishing runner-up at Under 17 last year.


Immanuel girls are Maccabi GB champs

March 4, 2010

Immanuel College girls enjoyed further success on the Maccabi GB circuit after claiming victory in respective badminton and table tennis events.

Each participant from the school walked away with a medal with Jennifer Murad and Alexandra Dangoor earning special praise after recovering from an 8-1 defeat to steal the game from Hasmonean Girls School, 21-18.

Sophie Cohen, Chloe Gordon and Hanna Baderman were also awarded Players of the Tournament by the other competitors for their sporting behaviour.

Pupils from Yavneh College and Hasmonean also won a table tennis gold.


Nissany joins Muecke Motorsport team

March 4, 2010

Roy Nissany has joined leading German team Muecke Motorsport. The Israeli, 15, son of Formula 1 test driver Chanoch, will be involved in a series of tests with the team at leading tracks including Monza, Hockenheim and Magny Cours, in order to get him ready to line-up for next season's European Formula BMW championship for the best young drivers in Europe.


Glenthorne United A maintain lead

March 4, 2010

Goals from Jason Levy (2) and Elliot Mullish helped Glenthorne United A maintain a two-point lead in Division One after beating Lions A 3-2. Adam Brand and Tim Levene replied.

Brady Maccabi A kept up their title challenge with a 4-2 success over South Mancunians. Laurence Myers penalty and strikes from Mark Wagman and Scott Ansher (2) were the scorers. Richard Smith and Mark Powell replied.


Faithfold nine-goal thriller against North London Raiders

By James Martin, March 4, 2010

Faithfold 5-4 North London Raiders

Faithfold player-coach James Bloom insisted Daryl Phillips is still "among the best finishers in Jewish football" after his four goals won a nine-goal thriller against North London Raiders.

Running the show in this Maccabi Masters Division One contest alongside his MSFL colleagues Zuriel Solomon and David Garson, Phillips' speed over five yards and opportunism proved too much for a Raiders team who until recently still harboured title ambitions.