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Rep Team crashes out

March 27, 2009

London Inter-League Cup – Match Two
North London & South Herts League 3 JC MSFL Rep Team 1

The JC MSFL rep team bowed out of the London Inter-League Cup after losing their second consecutive match in the London Inter-League Cup.

Having lost their first match 2-0 against the Turkish Federation League, a win was essential to keep them in the competition.

Jonathan Kestenbaum’s men let slip a one-goal lead, given to them after 15 minutes by London Maccabi Lions’ Tony Gold, and went into the break 2-1 down.


Luzon elected on to UEFA Executive Committee

By Simon Griver, March 27, 2009

Avi Luzon is the first-ever Israeli to be elected on to UEFA’s Executive Committee.

He received 28 out of 53 votes, including one from the FA, and will hold his seat a four-year term.

One of his roles will be to help decide where all the European finals and competitions are played.

A six-strong Israel FA delegation attended the UEFA Congress in Copenhagen to learn the ropes for staging next year’s event in Tel Aviv.


Kestenbaum names Maccabiah squad

By Danny Caro, March 27, 2009

Team GB’s 18-man open football squad competing in the blue ribband event at the Maccabiah Games Chai has been finalised.

Team manager Jonathan Kestenbaum said: “Ben Winston (assistant-manager) and I are delighted with the blend of the squad. There is a very pleasing combination of players who have experienced the intensity of the tournament before and players who will be appearing for the first time.


Holdsworth to head up new Primary League

March 26, 2009

Plans to secure the future of Jewish youth football were unveiled this week with former Bolton striker Dean Holdsworth spearheading the restructured Maccabi (Southern) Primary Football League next season.

Organisers of the AJY recently announced their decision to stand down but some players from the league will join a revamped Maccabi Primary who, working alongside Maccabi GB and the UJIA, will facilitate players aged seven to 17 in a user-friendly, football for all young people in the community initiative.


Neasden frustrated by red-hot Reggel

March 26, 2009

North West Neasden B and North London Raiders A claimed a win apiece in a JC MSFL Division One double-header.

Neasden won the opener 3-0 thanks to goals from Kane Swerner (2) and Rob Lerner.

They forged ahead in the second match courtesy of a long-range strike from Ryan Sher. Recent signing Richie Reggel turned the game on its head with a hat-trick, including his first goal since his move from Bafana Bafana, with Andrew Benson adding the other in a 4-2 win. Sher completed the scoring.


Special Ks dent Bridge

March 26, 2009

Two goals from Lioz Ahitove plus one from Steven Field saw Kenton Maccabi inflict a second league defeat on table-topping Redbridge Jewish Care in the AJY League Under 17 Division.

Harrison Grant (3), Matthew Niman (2), Saul Green (2), Daniel Wright and Jimmy Castle were on target as second-placed RJC thumped Stonegrove Park 9-2 in the Under 14 Division. Adam Gold and Yoni Chitiyat struck consolations for Stonegrove.

Three goals from Zac Rose earned Division 12 leaders Alyth Belsize Yellow a 4-3 win over title rivals HMH Purple.


Neasden rediscover winning ways

By Danny Caro, March 26, 2009

North West Neasden A eased into the quarter-finals of the Peter Morrison Trophy after thumping Premier Division rivals Faithfold A 4-0. Lee Bibring (2), Ben Ellis and TJ Keterman completed the rout.


Brady win

March 26, 2009

Goals from Laurence Leigh (2) and Scott Ansher saw Brady Maccabi A maintain their Division One title hopes with a 3-1 win over South Mancs. Ollie Olsen replied.

Greg Morris (3), Jason Levy (2), Sid Shaw and Neil Richards found the net as Glenthorne United A hammered Temple Fortune A 7-2.

London Maccabi Lions B were held to a 1-1 draw by a defiant Ashlodge. Stuart Coutts put Lions ahead before Phil Mayer squared things up.


Saperstein lands another victory

By Craig Silver, March 26, 2009

Laura Saperstein maintained her unbeaten professional record after claiming her seventh straight points’ victory at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.

A last-minute change of opponent did not unsettle Saperstein, 37, whose original opponent, rising Welsh star Lana Cooper, pulled out three days before the fight through illness. In the end, the far more experienced Bulgarian Galina Gymlisska, who has had 24 professional fights, was drafted in. It made no difference to the Australian-born fighter who put in a convincing display over the four rounds.


No pain, no gain for Yossi

By Simon Griver, March 26, 2009

Israel captain Yossi Benayoun may be given a pain-killing injection to get him through tomorrow night’s 2010 World Cup qualifier against Group Two leaders Greece.

The Liverpool star remains a major doubt going into the double-header against the 2004 European Championship winners with a hamstring injury that kept him out of the recent games against Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa.

The attacking-midfielder has not played since scoring in Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Sunderland on March 4.