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Great Britain looking to lady luck

April 2, 2009

Team GB have confirmed its Ladies open football squad, completing at the Maccabiah Games for the first time.

GB received more than 35 applications and, following two trial sessions held last summer, a squad of 16 containing players aged between 18 and 39 years was selected.

They have been training together under the watchful eye of manager Brad Solomon since September 2008. The squad have been put through their paces with intensive sessions led by a team of coaches who have experience of working with Arsenal and Atletico Madrid.


Brady close in on title

April 2, 2009

Brady Maccabi sent out a title warning to long-time leaders North London Raiders after thumping Faithfold 9-0. Nick Collins (2), Scott Ansher (2), Laurence Beck, Laurence Myers, Marc Lee, Marc Herman and Mark Abrahams all scored to take Brady to within a point of Raiders, with a game in hand.

London Maccabi Lions A hammered South Manx 7-2 with Danny Reuben (3), Adam Lee (2), Warren Leader and Phil Lewis scoring. Nick Roman and Nick Tromans replied for Mancs.


Tropp girls are head over heels

April 2, 2009

Amanda, Ashleigh and Katie Tropp have expanded the family trophy cabinet after recording success in the London Gymnastics Federation Acrobatics Regional Championships.

Representing Harefield Gymnastic Academy, the sisters, pupils at Moriah Jewish Day School, turned heads at East London Gym. Amanda, together with Jessica Gordon-Brown, won gold in Grade One after receiving a competition high score of 26.80. Their finish sees them qualify to represent London in the national finals in May.


Klinger out

April 2, 2009

Prolific batsman Michael Klinger has had his route into the English county game blocked by changes to work permit regulations.

Tipped for an Ashes call-up, the South Australia star is ineligible as he does not hold an EU passport and is yet to represent his country.

Citing the reason for his frustrations, Klinger said: “You need an Australian contract and either played one Test match in the last 24 months, 15 combined one-dayers, Twenty20s in the last 24 months or be in the most recent Australian touring squad.”


Salita waits

By Mike Sinclair, April 2, 2009

Dmitriy Salita is treading carefully as he closes in on a world light-welterweight title fight.

Hoping to challenge the winner of WBA champion Andreas Kotelnik’s planned title defence against Victor Ortiz, Salita called off this week’s scheduled fight against Raul Munoz at the Aviator Arena in Brooklyn.

Instead, Salita, ranked No. 1 challenger by the WBA, is hoping to fight a high-profile opponent on a big show at Buffalo Bill’s Casino, Primm Valley Resorts, Nevada on May 16 as he waits for the world title situation to unravel.


Israel's World Cup hopes fade

April 2, 2009

Israel's World Cup hopes were left hanging by a thread after they were beaten by Group Two leaders Greece in Heraklion on Wednesday night.

The teams were locked 1-1 in Ramat Gan on Saturday and the return started in similar fashion.

Israel controlled the early stages but lacked quality in the final third. Greece then started to dominate with defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos spurning a golden opportunity.

It came as no surprise when Dimitris Salpigidis opened the scoring on 32 minutes with a sweetly struck effort from the edge of the box.


Gold lays into sorry Lions

March 30, 2009

HSCL Prem Division:
London Lions 2 Hertford Heath 3

Player inconsistency and unavailability are close to destroying all of Lions’ hard work this season as they suffered another set back at home, losing 3-2 to Hertford Heath.

With so many player changes week in and week out, the side have lost that momentum which they had in abundance prior to Christmas.


Winston tastes first defeat

By Paul Lerman, March 30, 2009

Ryman League Division One North:
Maldon Town 2 Wingate & Finchley 1

With goals at the start and end of the game, Maldon Town somehow took all three points from this game and dented Wingate & Finchey's playoff hopes.

The home side took the lead in only the second minute through a free kick that was swung in from the left wing for centre-back Nathan Fletcher who jumped in space to head the ball perfectly into the top corner.


Team's great escape is still on

March 30, 2009

Middx County Division One:
FC Team 2 London United 1

FC Team kept alive their hopes of avoiding relegation with a gutsy win over high-flying London United.

After back-to-back defeats, which saw a great run come to an end and Team drop back into the relegation zone, Mitch Young’s troops faced a London United team who were high in confidence and lying fifth in the league.

Team knew they had to stop leaking goals to maintain their push to survive in Division One and Young changed the formation allowing Dan Silverman to play in a sweeper role to protect the defence.


Lions don't listen as Baldock go to Town

March 30, 2009

HSCL Res. Div. One:
Baldock Town 3 London Lions Reserves 0

Baldock avenged their defeat at the hands of Lions reserves a month ago, although the final result suggests a far more comprehensive and comfortable win than it was, as the visitors recovered from an awful start to make quite a game of it.