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Andy Ram fails at World Tour Finals

By Danny Caro, November 30, 2009

Andy Ram fell at the final hurdle as his bid to win the men’s doubles title at the ATP World Tour Series was crushed by American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.

Together with Max Mirnyi, the Israeli was unable to repeat his round robin victory over the siblings, going down in straight sets, 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 at the 02 Arena in London.

Serve dominated the opening set. The all-important breakthrough came on the first set point when a fizzing backhand split the Belarusian-Israeli pairing and prompted the trademark Bryan brothers chest-bump.


Unhappy return to Premiership for Avram Grant

By Danny Caro, November 30, 2009

Defending champions Manchester United made it an unhappy Premier League return for Avram Grant on Saturday as they beat Portsmouth 4-1 at Fratton Park.

In a match of three penalties, the reds ran out comfortable winners in Grant's first match back since, as manager he lost the Champions League finals in a spot-kick shootout in 2008.

That was not the only similarity to that dramatic night in Moscow as the Israeli stood in his technical area and got a good soaking for his efforts as the match was played in torrential rain.


Hendon Hawks B third win

November 26, 2009

A four-goal salvo from Joshua Resnick enabled Hendon Hawks B to make it three wins on the trot with a 4-0 victory over Alyth Belsize in the MGBPFL Under 10 Division.

London Maccabi Lions’ teams experienced mixed fortunes in the Watford Friendly League. Max Brackenbury fired the consolation in the Under 18’s 4-1 defeat against Borehamwood 2000.

Two from Nick Landsberg could not save the Under 16 Blue side from going down 5-2 against Wormley Youth.

The Under 14 White side fared better with David Seitler and Sami Zerovabeli on the mark against St Albans City.


Harris keeps Haroldeans clear at the top

November 26, 2009

Two goals from Paul Harris kept Haroldeans three points clear at the top of the Manchester Jewish Soccer League after they beat Oakhill Lions 3-1. Sam Roberts scored the other.

Oli Grant, Dan Pletan and Phil Braham struck as Leeds J-New Uni beat Republic of Mancunia 3-1.

Manchester Maccabi 3rd inflicted more misery on struggling Crumpsall with Jacob Richler-Kleiman and Daniel Klapish on target in a 2-0 win.


Brady Maccabi close Masters gap

November 26, 2009

Goals from Jason Sears and Scott Ansher helped Brady Maccabi A close the gap at the top of Maccabi Masters League Division One with a 2-0 victory over North London Raiders.

A last-minute strike from Adam Brand plus two from Max Radford and an own goal set up London Maccabi Lions A’s 4-3 win over Faithfold. Russell Rich (2) and Danny Goldman struck for Faithfold.

London Maccabi Lions B recorded their first win of the season, beating Brady Maccabi B 2-0 in Division Two. Howard Freeman and debutant Mark Pollack found the net.


Masters round-up

November 26, 2009

Maccabi’s football masters (over 45s) completed their Israel tour with a hard-fought victory over Anglo Israel Masters, their third game in five days.

The 14-man squad, which included members of the gold medal-winning Maccabiah Games squad, had suffered two heavy defeats at the hands of Israel Masters, despite some outstanding goalkeeping by Lenny Wyse.

In the final match, captain Jon Holman put Maccabi ahead from distance but Moshe Frankfurter equalised minutes later.


Ben Sahar hat-trick takes Israel top of Europe's Under 21s

November 26, 2009

Three goals from Ben Sahar helped Israel go joint-top of European Under-21 Championship Group 6 after beating Bulgaria.

The Espanyol striker opened the scoring after seven minutes and doubled Israel’s advantage midway through the first half. Eidan Vered made it 3-0 before Sahar completed his hat-trick 12 minutes into the second half.

Sahar has agreed to do a five-week stint of army service next summer before serving by giving lectures to Israeli youth.


Summers can’t come late enough for RJC

By Danny Caro, November 26, 2009

Four goals from Steve Summers eased Redbridge Jewish Care A into the second round of the Peter Morrison at the expense of Rapid Banta. Steve Gevertz, Adam Stolerman and Lewis Walker wrapped up a 7-0 victory.

London Maccabi Lions A went joint-top of the JC MSFL Premier Division with a 4-1 win at Glenthorne United A. Lee Bibring (2), Louis Basger and Mike Pearson were the scorers.

David Lederman (2), Paul Lenchner (2) and Matty Kleiman helped Faithfold A come from behind to beat South Manx 5-4. Kane Swerner (3) and Shai David replied.


Woodford Wanderers ease past ZigZag

By James Martin, November 26, 2009

Zig Zag 0-3 Woodford Wanderers

A virtuoso performance from Maccabiah starlet Mitch Hahn helped JC MSFL Division Three title hopefuls Woodford Wanderers past Zig Zag.

Played in terrible conditions, which included a second half hailstorm that forced referee Nigel Burns to half proceedings temporarily, the match featured some moments of real class from Hahn who rarely gave the ball away and capped off a memorable display with a thunderous goal.


Cricket superclub proposal rocks Maccabi AGM

November 26, 2009

Radical plans to safeguard the future of Jewish cricket in London have been greeted with caution by Maccabi League clubs.

The key initiative is the formation of a Club of Excellence which would see players cherry-picked from existing league clubs to form a superclub.

The idea, instigated by Michael Ziff, Great Britain cricket chairman for the 2013 Maccabiah Games, would also see players targeted and coached for the 19th Jewish Olympics.