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Israel make their point in Belfast

By Danny Caro in Belfast, August 13, 2009

A first-half strike from Elyaniv Barda earned Israel a draw following an encouraging performance in an international friendly against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

Ahead of next month's World Cup qualifying double-header against Latvia and Luxembourg, Israel boss Dror Kashtan saw his squad performing for the first time in four months.

Going into the match, Israel had not beaten their opponents in six previous meetings.


JCC Games summary

By Danny Caro, August 11, 2009

Team GB won 22 medals at the JCC Games in San Franciso.

The delegation brought home 10 gold, eight silver and four bronze medals.

The Under 14 boys football team were one of the winners. After beating San Francisco 9 - 3 in the semi-finals, they were made to battle before beating Mexico 2-1 in the final. went on in the afternoon to win Gold Medal in the final against Mexico winning 2 - 1.


Salford and South Manchester reach Twenty20 final

By Danny Caro, August 11, 2009

Salford will meet South Manchester Maccabi in the NJCL Twenty20 final after the teams came through their semi-finals in contrasting style.

Salford overcame Manchester Maccabi by 25 runs. The team’s depleted ranks were bolstered by some newly transferred faces from Sedgley and after winning the toss, captain Daniel Paul elected to bat on a dry, flat looking pitch.


Haifa draw Salzburg in Champions League

By Danny Caro, August 7, 2009

Maccabi Haifa will play Austrians Salzburg for a place in the group phase in this season’s Champions League.

Having beaten FC Aktobe 4-3 on Wednesday, the Israeli champions will battle it out for bumper pay day as they look to make the group stages for the first time since 2002.

The ties will be played on August 18/19 with the second leg August 25/26.

In the Europa League, Hapoel Tel Aviv will play FK Teplice in the playoff round. Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv have it all to do against PSV Eindhoven.


Champions route


JCC Games update

By Danny Caro, August 7, 2009

Having won an early gold in the boys team table tennis competition, Team GB have continued to take silverware in San Francisco.

A team featuring Daniel Cohen, Joshua Dobias and Yoni Smith won the boy’s table tennis event Team GB has

There was success in the track and field with Zac Skry winning a gold in the Mixed Relay followed by silver in the Long Jump.

Simon Zeffertt won a silver medal for the Mixed Relay.


Israeli clubs progress in Europa Cup

By Danny Caro, August 7, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv and Bnei Yehuda reached the playoff stage of the Europa Cup after coming through respective third qualifying round ties on Thursday.

Leading 3-1 from the away leg against IFK Gothenberg, Hapoel drew 1-1 at the Bloomfield Stadium.

Israeli international Michael Zandberg put Hapoel ahead in the 14th minute. Hannes Stiller hauled the Swedes level on the night but the two-time Uefa Cup winners never threatened to overhaul Hapoel’s aggregate lead.


GB stars sparkle on world stage

August 6, 2009

It was not just the footballers, rugby team, track and field athletes and squash players who put in medal winning performances for Team GB at the Maccabiah Games.

Led by Robin Ashleigh, Britain’s table tennis delegation brought home two bronze medals in an event featuring several world ranked players.

Ashley Stokes, Dov Katz, Adam Laws and Keith Lesser came up trumps in the Open Team event while Adam Black and Ian Mablin finished third in the Masters Team competition.


Israel name squad for UK trip

By Simon Griver, August 6, 2009

Israel manager Dror Kashtan has named a 24-man squad for a summer training camp ahead of next week’s friendly international against Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Arriving in the UK on Friday, Hapoel Tel Aviv striker Itay Schechter, who was in the starting line-up for Israel's last game against Greece, has been omitted.

The squad includes Israel's Premier League stars, captain Yossi Benayoun, Tamir Cohen and Tal Ben Haim, who has returned to Man. City after a loan spell with Sunderland.


Life's a pitch for Mark

August 6, 2009


Under Mark Berman, manager Emeritus of the Men’s National Fastpitch Team and Chairman of Selectors, Great Britain has improved its world ranking to eight and become the top-ranked nation in Europe.

The team reached the playoffs at the 2009 ISF World Championships in Saskatoon, Canada last month, beating perennial power Japan on the way.


Lee plays them off the Park

August 6, 2009

Lee Park and Potters Bar added silverware to their trophy cabinets following two major competitions staged by the Association of Jewish Golf Clubs & Societies.

Liverpool-based Park won the main prize in the Provincial Trophy competition. The host club lifted the Gerry Tankel trophy for the best four out of six aggregate net scores. They finished on 287 with runners-up Bonnyton chasing them home with 290.