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Fun and Games as GB heroes dig in for gold

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2009

There was a steady flow of medals for Team GB in week two of the 18th Maccabiah Games.

Following the success of the track and field team last week, the Masters over 45 football team found enough energy to do the conga after beating Israel to win the gold. This was GB’s first football medal since the 1960s.

Goals from Laurence Swerner and Adam Lee earned a 2-1 win over Israel who had their captain sent off late on for diving.

“We showed great discipline and focus,” said head coach Bobby Fisher. “This was the culmination of 18 months of hard work.”


Penalty shoot-out ends Maccabiah dream

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 22, 2009

The Maccabiah Games ended in heartbreak for Great Britain as three teams lost major finals last night.

With the last few results filtering in, the delegation appeared to finish with eight golds, although it could have been better had things gone their way on Day 10 in Israel.

There were tearful scenes at the end of the Open football final as Jonathan Kestenbaum’s men were beaten 3-2 on penalties by Argentina at Maccabi Haifa’s Kiryat Eliezer stadium.


Maccabiah medals: Day 9

By Danny Caro, July 22, 2009

Football: Over 45 Masters
Track & field: Richard Goodman 1,500m
Track & field: Richard Goodman 3,000m
Track & field: Jennifer Simmons 400m hurdles
Triathlon: Michael Bibring Over 50s
Triathlon: Oliver Ziff Junior

Cricket: Juniors
Cycling: Danny Ackerman, Clifford Baker, Michael Bibring, Neil Lerner and Maish Weinstein (Men’s time trial)
Netball: Juniors
Rowing: Jessie Ryde and Rebecca Singer
Squash: Jemma Ockwell Junior singles girls
Track & field: Richard Goodman 800m

Football: Masters Over 35
Half marathon: Jo Ankier


Silver for GB squash star

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2009

GB’s junior squash champ Jemma Ockwell has won two silver medals in the Maccabiah junior squash tournament.

The current GB U17 number 5 reached the final of the main junior event and the final of the team event, where she joined forces with the Israeli girls as she was the only female GB squash competitor.


Maccabiah Games - Finals day preview

By Danny Caro, July 22, 2009

Today is the day of reckoning for two of Team GB's finest squads at the 18th Maccabiah Games.

The open football boys take on Argentina in the final at Maccabi Haifa's Kiryat Eliezer Stadium at 6pm local time.

Jonathan Kestenbaum's men have improved as the tournament has gone on. They drew 1-1 with Argentina in the first match of the round robin. Top-scorer Paul Hakim opened the scoring before the South Americans levelled 20 minutes from time.


GB Masters football take the gold medal

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 21, 2009

Maccabiah Games – Day 9

Over 45 Masters Football Final

Israel 1 GB 2

Goals from Laurence Swerner and Adam Lee helped Team GB win their first football Maccabiah gold medal in 40 years after they beat hosts Israel at the Curly Krieger Stadium in Naw Sha'anan, Haifa on Tuesday evening.

Swerner's early goal came from a throw in on the right with the London Maccabi Lions side-footing home from six yards.

GB were looking good with Paul Wise and David Kyte seeing long range strikes well saved by the Israel keeper.


Maccabiah Day 9 latest results

By Danny Caro, July 21, 2009

GB Junior netballers have taken the silver medal. They were defeated by Australia in the final.

GB ladies were defeated 3-1 by Canada in their battle for a bronze medal but team top scorer Chelsea Berlin scored a consolation goal from 40 yards.

It was a disappointing day for Team GB ten pin bowling, who are now out of the race for a medal.


GB v Argentina: The Maccabiah Football Final LIVE!

By Jessica Elgot, July 21, 2009

The day of reckoning approaches, at 5.00pm GMT on July 22.

After a shaky start Team GB have pulled out all the stops to earn a place in the battle for a Maccabiah gold medal.

Our sports editor Danny Caro will be live from Israel, updating the JC's liveblog with minute-by-minute updates from the game, as it happens.

Join him on for the JC's Maccabiah liveblog for commentary, atmosphere, pictures, goals, analysis and team news.


Maccabiah Day 8 round-up

By Danny Caro, July 21, 2009

Maccabiah Games - Day 8 results round-up


Sam Cohen lost
Marc Baghadi won
Marc Baghadi and Amber Silverston lost (QF)
James Gibbor lost

Junior Tennis:

Gabriella Klienberg and Myles Golding lost

Youth Boys Football 3 v 0 Canada 5-8 Playoffs

Ten Pin Bowling - Trios and Team:

Team event finished last
4 through to tomorrow's final

Masters Tennis:

E Monde SF - lost

Junior Boys Basketball 23 v 70 Italy 9-12 playoff

Masters Squash - Individuals:

David Lazarus won
Jack Shtein lost

Open Table Tennis - Various:


Silver for young GB heroes

By Danny Caro, July 20, 2009

GB juniors took silver after they were beaten by 6 wickets by South Africa in the final at Hadar Yosef.

They got off to a disastrous start with opener Scott Gerard caught at point off the first ball.

Things did not get better as they edged to 53-5. They were eventually dismissed for 111.

SA took gold after finishing on 112-4 after 30 overs.