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Bally debut

January 22, 2009

HORSE RACING Vanilla Bally was this week attempting to become the first Israeli-bred thoroughbred to win a race in Britain. The filly, who until now has been ridden by Arab jockeys, was scheduled to run at Wolverhampton yesterday. Her debut was delayed by a series of colds and having won seven out of nine races in Israel, George Baker, her British trainer, was hoping that she could maintain her winning formula. Find out how she fared in her UK debut by logging on to www.thejc.com.

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Edgy Lions reach semis the hard way

January 22, 2009

London Lions reached the semi-finals of the Herts Centenary Trophy after beating Wormley Rovers 4-1 on penalties but the HSCL leaders made heavy weather of a game they should have put to bed in normal time.

The officiating throughout was pedantic and at times over-zealous, and given that the game was played in a fantastically competitive manner, with not one bad tackle in the entire 120 minutes, the referee still managed to book eight players and send one off.

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Ricklow hits the jackpot

January 22, 2009

A superb individual effort from Darryl Ricklow capped a 5-0 win as South Mancunians came from behind to beat Faithfold to move to within a point of top spot in Division One of the Maccabi Masters League.

Adam Barton put Faithfold ahead but Nick Tromans (2), Mark Powell and Barry Abraham added to Ricklow’s strike that saw him complete a run from the halfway line with a chip over the keeper.

Defending champions Brady Maccabi fell behind twice before beating EDRS Stonegrove 4-2. Laurence Myers (3) and Laurence Beck completed the comeback. Mark Kingston was among the EDRS scorers.

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Faithfold pay the penalty as Neasden dream team maintain winning ways

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

North West Neasden A maintained their quadruple hopes with a hard fought 4-2 win over Faithfold A in round three of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup. Two penalties from captain Lee Cash and one apiece from Daniel Levenfiche and Ricky Kennet took them through.

Neasden B reached the quarter-finals of the Sunday London Junior Cup for the first time after beating Enfield Crusaders 2-1 courtesy of strikes from Danny Cohen and Rob Lerner.

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Leeds win

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

MJSL Leeds JNF J-Uni opened up a 17-point lead at the top of the Joan Collins Premier Division after beating Roy’s Rovers 3-1.

Josh Rubin, Daniel Henig and Paul Harris earned Leeds their 12th win in 13. Tal Marcus replied.

Two goals from Johnny Lapidus steered Manchester Maccabi 4th to a 5-1 victory over Sporting JLGB. Ben Annis, Ben Morrison and Darren Cohen were their other scorers. Jarod Cohen claimed JLGB’s consolation.
Daniel Rose (2) and Marc Zemmel struck as Westdene Reserves beat Republic of Mancunia 3-1. Rick Stark was the Mancunia scorer.

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Haifa lose

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

Strikes from Lior Asulin and Pablo Bastianini condemned Israeli Premier Division leaders Maccabi Haifa to their second defeat as they were beaten at Maccabi Petach-Tikva.

Shalev Menashe popped up with the winner as title-chasing Maccabi Netanya beat Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Goals from Shay Abutbul and Samuel Yeboah saw Hapoel Tel Aviv maintain their hopes with a 2-0 success against Ashdod.

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GB squads looking for net profits

January 22, 2009

Maccabiah Team GB have selected its netball squads for this summer’s Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Ten players have been selected for the senior squad with ages ranging from 18-35. With more than 30 applications for the juniors, two trial sessions were held last summer and a squad of 12 was selected.

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Football in Brief

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

Nick Blackman made a flying start to his Blackburn Rovers career, scoring on debut for the reserves in the 3-0 Lancashire Senior Cup over Oldham Athletic.

Ben Sahar scored the winner 17 minutes into his debut as De Graafschap beat Willem II.

Former Chelsea coach Avram Grant turned down the chance to manage Bulgaria after failing to agree a salary.

Scott Shulton has returned to Wycombe following a month’s loan at Ryman League Hendon.

Grays Athletic midfielder Sam Sloma has been transfer listed after failing to agree a new deal.

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Cohen sits out a break in Dubai

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

Midfielder Tamir Cohen was left behind in Bolton when the squad flew out for a winter training camp in Dubai. The Israeli has been struggling all season with a hamstring injury but hopes to be fit by the end of the month.

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All change as Israel go to Crete

By Simon Griver, January 22, 2009

Israel will play their next away 2010 World Cup qualifier on neutral soil.

With a double-header against current holders Greece coming up, Israel play host on March 28. However, the away match on April 1 will be played in Crete.

The Israel FA had already booked accommodation in Athens and were “completely surprised” by the Greek’s choice of venue.

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