Awat not down after Real defeat

By Simon Griver, January 14, 2009

LA LIGA Dudu Awat took enormous satisfaction from his Real Mallorca debut even though the La Liga strugglers slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home to Real Madrid.

The Israeli national keeper recently signed for Mallorca from Deportivo La Coruna for one million euros on a three and a half year contract worth 750,000 euros a year.

He had to pick the ball out of the net after just three minutes as Arjen Robben put Real ahead but Awat made some fine saves during the game to prevent a rout. Raul and Sergio Ramos also scored.


Kestenbaum names MSFL rep team

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2009

Maccabi League rep team boss Jonathan Kestenbaum has named a 17-man squad for the London Inter-League Cup.

Maccabi, who will take 14 players to the opener, starts the campaign against the Turkish Federation League at Potters Bar Town on Monday 26.

Under Kestenbaum, the MSFL went unbeaten, drawing two and winning one, in the competition last season but failed to reach the final on goal difference. They missed out by one goal. Maccabi won the cup for the first time three seasons ago.


Essex boys stun league leaders

By Craig Silver, January 12, 2009

AJY League Under 12 Division
Redbridge Jewish Care 3 Alyth Belsize Yellow 2

Redbridge Jewish Care stunned unbeaten league leaders Alyth Belsize Yellow with a 3-2 victory in the AJY Under 12 Division at Fairlop’s Powerleague playing fields.

Goals from Max Salador, Daniel Wexler and former Spurs trainee Joffey Bradley helped the East Londoners avenge an 8-1 defeat by Alyth earlier in the season, they move up to fourth in the table with four games in hand on their respective rivals. Jack Morgan and Zack Rose hit back for Alyth, who suffered their first league defeat of the season.


Danny Reuben's double helps title shot

By Danny Caro, January 12, 2009

Two goals from Danny Reuben hauled London Maccabi Lions A back into the Maccabi Masters Division One title race as they beat leaders North London Raiders 2-1.

The result blew the title race wide open with Ashley Davidson’s goal coming in vain for the Raiders who lost player-manager Richard Sacks with ligament damage.

South Mancunians climbed into second place following a goalless draw against Temple Fortune.


Double joy for Alyth youngsters

By Craig Silver, January 8, 2009

Alyth Belsize Under 10s started 2009 in style by claiming a double-header victory over HIS Hendon United B. Midfielders Anton Baleanu (3) and Daniel Bernbaum (2) along with Ben Shemtov, Josh Levi, Benji Ross and Tom Sanders helped them record respective 4-1 and 5-1 wins.
Boaz Barnard was the hat-trick hero as Hendon Hawks Broncos overcame Stonegrove Park 3-0. Stonegrove exacted revenge in part two, winning 2-1.


Never forgotten: Ableson left his mark on and off the pitch

By Danny Caro, January 8, 2009

The Jewish cricket community was left reeling over the festive period following the death of Richard Ableson. The Belmont & Edgware all-rounder lost his battle against a leukaemia-related illness less than a year since emigrating to New York and getting married.


Many happy returns as Fortune hit 40

January 8, 2009

Forty years to the day since the club was formed, Temple Fortune played a commemorative tournament at Princes Park in North West London, the home of TFFC’s origins.

A four-a-side competition featured 17 players with the Old Boys A team winning the final 5-4 in a penalty shootout. The match against the Old Boys B team finished 1-1.

The contest was decided when Moroccan Yali Mamouri, the competition’s top-scorer with 11 goals, converted to leave keeper Lee Fegan to save Rob Benson’s spot-kick. A team skipper Fegan was presented with the Jack Kyte Challenge Cup.


Cup hopes put on hold

By Craig Silver, January 8, 2009

This season’s JC Barry Goldstein Trophy has been placed in doubt as the bad weather takes its toll on the MSFL season.

The Maccabi League programme has been hit badly by sub-zero temperatures and heavy rain. Eighteen matches fell victim to the weather last weekend and the forecast for Sunday looks set to see players kicking their heels again. London Maccabi Lions A have only played five league games.

League chairman David Wolff voiced his concerns in his column on He said: “It looks most unlikely that the Barry Goldstein Cup will take place this season.


Blain sailing for rampant Raiders

By Craig Silver, January 8, 2009

A five-goal salvo from Jonny Blain helped North London Raiders A come from behind to claim a 7-2 victory over Division Four high-flyers Woodford Wanderers in the second round of the Peter Morrison Trophy.

Enfield Town hotshot Mitch Hahn gave the Wanderers an early lead but Blain, along with further strikes from Adam Posner and supersub Nicky Woolf eased Adam Fegan’s men through. Darryl Green scored Woodford’s second. The East Londoners finished with 10 men after player-manager

Alex Aviram was sent off following two cautions.


War stops play

By Simon Griver, January 8, 2009

This weekend’s Israeli football programme has been postponed due to the fighting in Gaza.

“It would be wrong to play while residents are under fire and in bomb shelters,” an Israel Football Association spokesman explained.