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Maccabi Masters review

October 19, 2009

Goals from goals from Greg Morris (2) and Sid Shaw helped Glenthorne United A strengthen their advantage at the top of the Maccabi Masters League Division One with a 3-1 win over North London Raiders. Jonny Adelman scored Raiders’ consolation.

Immanuel Ezekiel and Darren Coon exchanged goals as London Maccabi Lions A and South Mancunians drew.


TP Bowling: Loberman destroys Maccabi field

October 19, 2009

It was truly a family affair at the 4th annual Maccabi GB Tenpin Bowling tournament, held last Sunday at GoBowling, Dunstable. Maccabiah brothers Michael and Paul Loberman won the handicap and scratch sections respectively with outstanding displays of bowling.

Twenty one bowlers, disappointingly the lowest turnout for a Maccabi tournament to date, competed in a five game handicap set with the top 16 qualifying for the scratch knockout finals.


Avram Grant's father dies

By Danny Caro, October 19, 2009

Meir Granat, the father of Avram Grant, passed away on Saturday night.

The 82-year-old Holocaust survivor’s health deteriorated after complications following routine surgery to remove a kidney stone.

He was in intensive care at Tel Hashomer Hospital and lay unconscious for eight weeks.

Recently reappointed Director of Football at Portsmouth, Grant missed the weekend Premier League match against Spurs as he rushed back to Israel to be by his father’s side. He joined family members for a bedside vigil before his father faded away.


Avram Grant: the real story

By Simon Griver, October 16, 2009

Avram Grant was appointed Director of Football at Portsmouth despite opposition from the club’s CEO Peter Storrie, the JC understands.

Reports in Israel have contradicted Storrie’s claim that manager Paul Hart will be solely responsible for team selection. Grant will select the side together with Hart and is expected to join him on the touchline although it remains unclear whether the Israeli will be involved in tomorrow’s game at Fratton Park against Spurs. Grant’s second spell at the club has been delayed by work-permit red tape.


Kastor is back on track

By Brian Sacks, October 15, 2009

Running her first marathon since breaking a foot in last year’s Olympics, Deena Kastor, 36, was the first American finisher in Chicago.

Her sixth place time of 2:28:50 was almost three minutes behind winner Liliya Shobukhova of Russia, and nine minutes down on Kastor’s personal best, set winning the 2006 London Marathon.

Nevertheless Kastor was well satisfied with her performance, set in unseasonably cold conditions. “I lost time through needing to take a bathroom break, and also through a mix-up at one of the drinks stations.


Brighton heading for the top table

October 15, 2009

Brighton maintained second place and on course for the Premiership playoffs after claiming a hat-trick of successes in the British League Division One.

Led by Dov Katz, the team also included England Jewish No. 1 Ashley Stokes, former England international Cris Sladden and Chinese star Dashua Shi.

They produced a scintillating display in Devon, beating London Progress (5-3), Generation II (6-2) and Woolwell (6-2).


Yossi Benayoun will stay at Liverpool

October 15, 2009

Yossi Benayoun’s agent has dismissed talk that the midfielder will move to big-spending Manchester City in January.

Reports suggested that City boss Mark Hughes is weighing up a move for the Israeli skipper but the player’s agent, Ronen Katsav, said: “It is a great compliment that teams from Europe are interested, but Yossi is very happy at Liverpool and only in the summer agreed a new four-year contract.”


Tamir Cohen's success secrets

By Simon Griver, October 15, 2009

Tamir Cohen, the Bolton Wanderers midfielder, has revealed the secret of his success this season — hard work.

Returning from international duty with Israel, Cohen is expected to start tomorrow’s match against defending champions Manchester United at Old Trafford. He is the team’s joint-top scorer this season with three goals.


Neasden cruise into Challenge Cup third round

October 15, 2009

Two goals from Daniel Levenfiche plus one from supersub Ben Ellis steered MSFL champions North West Neasden A into the third round of the London FA Sunday Challenge Cup after they beat Albion Manor 3-1 at Bricket Wood.

Levenfiche, last season’s JC MSFL Player of the Year, put the hosts ahead midway through the first half.

The visitors, who won the competition four years ago, equalised with a stunning lob after 55 minutes.


Cubs crash out of cup

October 15, 2009

London Maccabi Lions Under 18s suffered a 4-2 defeat against Potters Bar United. Jacob Holder and Ed Steele were the Lions’ marksmen.

There was better luck for Lions Under 16 Blue who beat St Albans City in the League Cup on penalties. Max Wegoda scored in normal time before the Lions converted five spot-kicks.

Lions Under 13s reached round three of the Challenge Cup after seeing off Panshanger 5-1. Ethan Herman (3), Jess Alexander and Adam Abadi were the scorers.

A Jordan Grundman strike was not enough as Lions Under 12s were beaten 2-1 by Rangers East.