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Faithfold flying high after Taylor-made victory

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

Goals from Alex Taylor (2) and Alex Levack lifted Faithfold A into second place in the Premier Division after they beat Redbridge JC 3-1.

Jamie Kent (3) and Adam Littess egded South Manx A a step closer to the Division One title after beating Brixton Old Boys 4-2. Paul Allen and Adam Kaye replied.

Southgate Harmen A clinched an immediate return to Division One after wrapping up the second division title. Russell Becker, Lloyd Becker and top-scorer Alex Bourne were on the mark in a 3-2 win over Holy Mount Zion. Guri Singer and Mickey Stirton replied.


Zilesnick top of the table again

April 16, 2009

Zak Zilesnick is the national Under 15 table tennis champion.

Seeded No. 1, he claimed a thrilling five-set win over nearest rival Lewis Gray in the final to win the cadet title in Loughborough.

Zilesnick, 14, marched into a two-set lead before Gray fought back to level. But Zilesnick, who has only been playing the sport for three years, was not to be denied as he hit back to take the decider 11-9.

Zilesnick, together with Reece Tan, also progressed to the Cadet final before losing in four sets. He also reached the last 16 of junior event.


Neasden triumph after the late escape

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

North West Neasden A 3
Chigwell Athletic A 2

Joint-manager Jamie Cole admitted that treble-chasing Neasden got lucky after Chigwell were denied a last-minute penalty in a Peter Morrison Trophy tie that looked done and dusted after 80 minutes.

The holders charged into a three-goal lead thanks to a first-half penalty from captain Lee Cash followed by two close-range efforts from Maccabiah-bound Matt Stock.


Clayhall hungover

April 16, 2009

Division Two champions Clayhall A suffered their first defeat of the season after losing 2-1 against Glenthorne B. Neil Sapler put Clayhall ahead but strikes from Gary Swerner and a 30-yard free kick from Alan Lee saw Glenthorne home.

Stablemates Clayhall B also lost, 4-2 to Ashlodge for whom Jon Lauffer, John Seigal, Steve Bogen and guest Phil Silver were on the mark. Paul Chilton and Jacob Namer replied.


Westdene run riot in club derby

April 16, 2009


Westdene 1st hammered Westdene Reserves 15-0. Moishe Hasid (4), Daniel Amram (4), Dan Selwyn (3), Jonny Alexander (2), Ben Rose and Nathan Brookes completed the rout in the MJSL Joan Collins Premier Division.

Zev Landsman (3) and Yossi Saunders earned Crumpsall a 4-2 win over South Manchester Maccabi 2nd. Andrew Levy and Dave Stewart replied.

Haroldeans thumped Sporting JLGB 4-0 courtesy of strikes from Bobby Abrams, Jacob Nevitt, Josh Silverberg and Adam Boyars.

Louis Basger (2) and Olly Basger eased Republic of Mancunia to a 3-0 success over Manchester Maccabi 4th.


Bridge debut for Winehouse

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

Michael Winehouse is no ordinary Maccabi League footballer. On May 19, he will line up alongside some footballing legends at Stamford Bridge, raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

The cousin of R&B diva Amy has been suffering from the genetic illness since birth.

An Employment Advisor in Walthamstow, Winehouse will play in a charity match with Kenny Dalglish, Les Ferdinand, Graeme Le Saux, sprinter Darren Campbell and TV presenter Ben Shepherd.


Junior Maccabiah squad named

April 16, 2009

Team GB’s junior tennis squad have started their preparations in earnest for the upcoming 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Training fortnightly as well as during the week with their individual coaches and squads, the 12 teenagers, aged between 14 and 17, represent London, Hertfordshire and the north of England.

Several members of the squad have competed successfully at county, national and international levels. The group features some first-time visitors to Israel whose efforts have been supported by donations and sponsorship from members of the senior and Masters teams.


A night to remember

April 16, 2009

Ricky Ansher, standing in front of Gareth Barry, was one of the mascots for England at the recent World Cup qualifier against the Ukraine at Wembley.

The Rosh Pinah pupil, aged 10, enjoyed “an amazing experience” after winning a competition.

Spurs fan Ansher, who plays for Brady Maccabi Under 11s in the Watford Friendly League, said: “Nothing will ever beat it. I was so nervous but made loads of friends with all the other mascots and flag bearers.


Mirnyi helps Ram to win his 16th title

April 7, 2009

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi won the Sony Eriksson Miami Open. It was Ram’s 16th doubles title and his second with Mirnyi.

The International Tennis Federation has fined Sweden $40,000 for playing last month’s Davis Cup tie with Israel behind closed doors and Malmo has been banned from hosting games for five years. The ITF did not accept the Swede’s claim that spectators had to be barred for security reasons. Israel won and play Russia in the World Group quarter final.


Poor Dror faces sack

By Simon Griver, April 7, 2009

Under-fire manager Dror Kashtan will not have his contract extended beyond June 2010, unless he can dramatically change Israel’s fortunes later this year.

The 2-1 defeat against Greece left the team in fourth place in their World Cup qualifying group, trailing Greece and Switzerland by four points and a point behind Latvia. It leaves them with little hope of reaching the finals in South Africa.