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Five of the best for the rampant Lions

By Danny Caro, February 9, 2010

A hat-trick from Sam Martin helped London Maccabi Lions Under 10s maintain their 100 record in the Watford Friendly White Division after they beat AC Finchley North 5-0.

On a biting cold and overcast afternoon, the brave Lions put up a superb performance on a tacky pitch at Rowley Lane.

The Lions lined up with Ethan Djanogly in goal, Raphi Auret and Sam Fresco in defence, Oscar Cohen, Saul Fenton and Ben Lazarus in midfield, and Sam Martin up front, with the waiting Matthew Stern on the bench.


Israel avoids big guns in 2012 Euro draw

By Danny Caro, February 8, 2010

Captain Yossi Benayoun has called for caution after Israel were given an encouraging draw for the Euro 2012 Championships qualifying campaign.

Drawn in Group F, Israel will line up in a group containing Croatia, Greece, Latvia, Georgia and Malta.

Like Israel, Croatia failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa.

Benayoun said: “We know most of the teams from previous campaigns and we know it is going to be tough to qualify.

“We need to focus on our performance, on what we need to improve to have any chance of qualifying.


Richard Goodman's cross country glory on Parliament Hill

By Brian Sacks, February 4, 2010

Richard Goodman dominated the Under 17 South of England Cross Country Championship at Parliament Hill, winning the 6,000m race by 41 seconds.

Taking an immediate lead in muddy conditions, he spent much of the race in isolation.

Goodman said: “Having competed in the Under 20 age group this season, stepping down to the lower age group actually increased the level of expectation on me. As soon as the gun went, I pushed hard up the long first hill, and from then on I was on my own.


Lions U16 beat Gladstone

February 4, 2010

Jordan Marks maintained his excellent form by helping London Maccabi Lions clinch a 2-0 win over Gladstone in the Watford Friendly League Under 16 Blue Division. Max Wegoda claimed the other.

A goal from Jake Erlich was not enough to stop Lions Under 14s from going down 2-1 against Omonia.

Lions Under 10 registered 17 without reply against Cassiobury Rangers. Joshua Burns (5), Reuben Rabstein (3), Tyler Smith (3), Joseph Bellman (2), Nathan Brown (2), Sam Hamerton and Alexander Randall completed the scoring.


Sean Berman, new rising tennis star

By Dan Goldberg, February 4, 2010

A new Jewish tennis star is on the rise. Sean Berman, 17, a wildcard entry into the Australian Open junior boys’ tournament in Melbourne last week, came within a heartbeat of walking away with the title.

He blitzed through the draw, dispatching four seeds en route to a showdown against Brazil’s Tiago Fernandes, seeded 14th.

But the South-African born, New Zealand-raised player, who now lives in Australia, was defeated 7-5, 6-3 by Fernandes in the final.


Jonny Cainer new head of Maccabi futsal

February 4, 2010

After years in the shadow of the 11–a-side national game, futsal is stepping out and the future is bright, says Jonny Cainer who has recently been appointed into the new role as Head of Futsal for Maccabi GB.

Darryl Lee, Maccabi GB’s Chairman of Football for the European Maccabi Games, said, “In terms of futsal, Jonny is one of our most experienced and knowledgeable players, a veteran of four Maccabiot both as a player and a coach, we have tasked him to lay down the foundations that will allow futsal to stand on its own two feet.”


Avram Grant's uncertain future at Portsmouth

By Simon Griver, February 4, 2010

Avram Grant has described the continuing crisis at Portsmouth as the most challenging of his life.

The manager this week hit out at the owners over “broken promises” as he battles to save the crisis club from relegation.

Prior to Wednesday’s Premier League match against Fulham, Grant, 54, spoke of his disappointment about the dealings in the transfer window, where key players Younes Kaboul and Asmir Begovic were sold. But the club’s need to sell was not a surprise to the Israeli.


FC Team into semis of London Cup

February 4, 2010

FC Team booked their place in the semi-finals of the London Cup after thumping West Green United 4-1.

Captain Jules Noti made the breakthrough from a Jonny Breger free-kick. With Laurence Judah and Breger pulling the strings in midfield, it came as no surprise when Team scored three more to make the last four.

Manager Mitch Young said: “I’m proud of the boys. I believe we are good enough to progress to the final, as long as we prepare .


Lions Masters out of Veterans Cup

February 4, 2010

London Maccabi Lions’ brave run in the London Masters Veterans Cup was halted at the quarter-finals stage after putting up a fine show against an Interwood Vets side including a number of ex-professionals.

Lining up against former Reading star Michael Gilkes and Andy Clarke, the ex-Barnet, Wimbledon winger, the Lions settled well into their stride against well drilled opponents.


Neasden's nine-men out of FA Cup

By Danny Caro, February 4, 2010

North West Neasden’s dreams of becoming the first Jewish team to win the Sunday FA Cup were quashed as they lost a 10-goal thriller against Sungate in the last 16.

Having lost in the LFA Sunday Challenge Cup last week, NWN let slip a 2-0 and 4-2 lead in a tie they finished with nine men.

James Gershfield, Lee Cash, Danny Daggers and an own goal accounted for the NWN goals. Jake Gottlieb and Tony Keterman were sent off. Neasden received in the region of £1,700 for their cup run.