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Republic don't fear anyone, says Bloch

October 14, 2010

Republic of Mancunia are determined to fire the title race wide open when they meet championship rivals Manchester Maccabi 3rd.

Republic sit third in the league, level on points with second place Maccabi and leaders South Manchester after an impressive run of form.

And after two Moishe Hasid goals gave them a 2-0 win at Oakhill Lions, Republic are now aiming to extend their unbeaten run with victory over Maccabi.

"We're bang in form at the moment and we just want to keep on playing and winning," said Republic star Anthony Bloch.


Macleod is player of season

October 14, 2010

Nick Macleod is Belmont & Edgware's player of the season. Club captain Ashley Connick described his teammate as being "revitalised since giving up the gloves".

Macleod achievement were recognised at the club's first-ever end-of-season dinner and awards evening, attended by 40 of the club's members and their partners in Finchley,.

A new award for the Most Improved Player, presented for the first time this season, was dedicated to former BECC player Richard Ableson, who died in December 2008. The award was won by Jack Mendel.


Benson hits jackpot for runaway Fortune

October 14, 2010

Man of the moment Rob Benson scored four times to help high-flying Fortune flatten Hendon B in this JC MSFL Division Two top of the table clash.

Benson, however, was quick to heap the praise on 17-year-old winger Dave Gance, who made four of his side's eight goals, as well as scoring two himself.

Benson, who has now bagged nine league goals this term, said: "I always feel confident when I'm given good service. Young Dave has been a revelation so far this season."


Shahar Peer nears world tennis elite

By Simon Griver, October 14, 2010

Shahar Peer has moved up to a career high of 13 in the latest WTA rankings.

Peer climbed five places after reaching the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing where she lost 5-7, 2-6 to world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. Peer, 23, reached 14 earlier this year and believes that it is a matter of time before she achieves her target of reaching the word's top 10.


Cricket's 20:20 vision

By James Masters, October 14, 2010

Jewish cricket in Manchester is set to undergo a huge transformation following the announcement of a new Twenty20 competition.

The improved format will see the Northern Sunday League scrapped with a T20 tournament set to run for around eight weeks from the middle of May. The demise of the 40-over game comes just six months after the Maccabi Sunday League collapsed in London.

NJCL secretary Zevi Saunders believes the move will trigger fresh interest in the sport and is confident that the new set-up will be a huge success.


Israel manager faces uncertain future

By Simon Griver and Danny Caro, October 14, 2010

EURO 2012 The future of Luis Fernandez, the Israel manager, hangs in the balance after back-to-back defeats against Croatia and Greece left the team's hopes of qualification hanging by a thread.

Israel went down 2-1 at home to Croatia followed by the same scoreline in Greece on Tuesday night. Two goals from Spurs midfielder Niko Kranjcar resulted in defeat at the Ramat Gan Stadium with Etay Shechter's strike in the last 10 minutes coming to no avail against Croatia.


Investigation into football abuse claims

By James Masters, October 14, 2010

The Manchester FA are set to look into allegations that a Jewish man was racially abused by an opposition player during a Sunday League game in Manchester.

The man, whose son was playing for South Manchester Sports Club's Under 16 side, was called a "dirty ******* Jewish ****" during the contest against Mable United in Whitefield.

The player was promptly shown the red card for his actions and can now expect to be investigated by the FA.


Benayoun heads to Finland for surgery

By Danny Caro, October 13, 2010

Yossi Benayoun will travel to Finland on Sunday and undergo surgery on his ruptured achilles tendon the following day.

The Chelsea midfielder consulted a leading Swedish specialist in London this week who confirmed the diagnosis of Israel national team Dr. Mark Rosnovsky and an MRI scan at Assouta Hospital in Tel Aviv that Benayoun had a badly torn achilles tendon.


Israel crash in Greece

By Danny Caro, October 13, 2010

Israel’s Euro 2012 hopes are hanging by a thread after they suffered their second defeat in four days, going down 2-1 in Greece.

Going into the Group F qualifier on the back of a 2-1 home defeat against group favourites Croatia, Israel manager Luis Fernandes went into the game with a 4-4-2 formation, making five changes from the starting XI at the weekend. But they were still missing injured captain Yossi Benayoun.


Hasid double delight for Mancunia

By Danny Caro, October 12, 2010

A Moshe Hasid double helped maintain Republic of Mancunia’s title dreams as they overcame Oakhill Lions in the MJSL.

With four key players out for Mancunia this was a test on the quality of their squad and they certainly stepped up.

After a couple of early attacks by Oakhill, Mancunia got into gear and took control of the game after a few half chance. Hasid created two great chances for himself but was unable to get past Oakhill keeper Lyons.