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Haifa draw Salzburg in Champions League

By Danny Caro, August 7, 2009

Maccabi Haifa will play Austrians Salzburg for a place in the group phase in this season’s Champions League.

Having beaten FC Aktobe 4-3 on Wednesday, the Israeli champions will battle it out for bumper pay day as they look to make the group stages for the first time since 2002.

The ties will be played on August 18/19 with the second leg August 25/26.

In the Europa League, Hapoel Tel Aviv will play FK Teplice in the playoff round. Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv have it all to do against PSV Eindhoven.


Champions route


JCC Games update

By Danny Caro, August 7, 2009

Having won an early gold in the boys team table tennis competition, Team GB have continued to take silverware in San Francisco.

A team featuring Daniel Cohen, Joshua Dobias and Yoni Smith won the boy’s table tennis event Team GB has

There was success in the track and field with Zac Skry winning a gold in the Mixed Relay followed by silver in the Long Jump.

Simon Zeffertt won a silver medal for the Mixed Relay.


Israeli clubs progress in Europa Cup

By Danny Caro, August 7, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv and Bnei Yehuda reached the playoff stage of the Europa Cup after coming through respective third qualifying round ties on Thursday.

Leading 3-1 from the away leg against IFK Gothenberg, Hapoel drew 1-1 at the Bloomfield Stadium.

Israeli international Michael Zandberg put Hapoel ahead in the 14th minute. Hannes Stiller hauled the Swedes level on the night but the two-time Uefa Cup winners never threatened to overhaul Hapoel’s aggregate lead.


GB stars sparkle on world stage

August 6, 2009

It was not just the footballers, rugby team, track and field athletes and squash players who put in medal winning performances for Team GB at the Maccabiah Games.

Led by Robin Ashleigh, Britain’s table tennis delegation brought home two bronze medals in an event featuring several world ranked players.

Ashley Stokes, Dov Katz, Adam Laws and Keith Lesser came up trumps in the Open Team event while Adam Black and Ian Mablin finished third in the Masters Team competition.


Israel name squad for UK trip

By Simon Griver, August 6, 2009

Israel manager Dror Kashtan has named a 24-man squad for a summer training camp ahead of next week’s friendly international against Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Arriving in the UK on Friday, Hapoel Tel Aviv striker Itay Schechter, who was in the starting line-up for Israel's last game against Greece, has been omitted.

The squad includes Israel's Premier League stars, captain Yossi Benayoun, Tamir Cohen and Tal Ben Haim, who has returned to Man. City after a loan spell with Sunderland.


Life's a pitch for Mark

August 6, 2009


Under Mark Berman, manager Emeritus of the Men’s National Fastpitch Team and Chairman of Selectors, Great Britain has improved its world ranking to eight and become the top-ranked nation in Europe.

The team reached the playoffs at the 2009 ISF World Championships in Saskatoon, Canada last month, beating perennial power Japan on the way.


Lee plays them off the Park

August 6, 2009

Lee Park and Potters Bar added silverware to their trophy cabinets following two major competitions staged by the Association of Jewish Golf Clubs & Societies.

Liverpool-based Park won the main prize in the Provincial Trophy competition. The host club lifted the Gerry Tankel trophy for the best four out of six aggregate net scores. They finished on 287 with runners-up Bonnyton chasing them home with 290.


King of the swingers

August 6, 2009

Potters Bar member Paul Coburn completed a memorable month by following up his performance at the Glancy with another strong showing a the Junior National competition.

At the Glancy, Coburn obliterated the field to win both the individual trophies — the lowest gross score and the lowest net score — and helped his team to win its biggest haul of trophies since 1955.

His win had the organisers scrambling for the record books, and as far as anyone can establish, he is the youngest individual winner of the lowest gross score trophy and highest handicapped player ever to win it.


GB starlet Scott on the move

By Danny Caro, August 6, 2009

Team GB footballer Scott Shulton is joining Blue Square Premier Ebbsfleet United.

A star of the recently concluded Maccabiah Games, Shulton, 19, was set to sign a one-year contract yesterday, after being released by Wycombe Wanderers. He was at Wycombe for seven years following a two-year spell at Watford.

Shulton said: “I see it as a step across rather than down as I will have more of a chance to get regular first-team action. I wanted to stay in full-time football and want to keep improving every day.


JCC Games update

By Danny Caro, August 5, 2009

Team GB's JCC Games squad have got their campaign under way in style with an early gold in San Francisco.

A team featuring Daniel Cohen, Joshua Dobias and Yoni Smith won the boy’s table tennis event with Smith

following in the footsteps of his uncle, Maccabiah star Dov Katz, finishing first in their group.