Super Swerner puts GB Masters ahead in final

By Danny Caro, pitchside, Haifa, July 21, 2009

Maccabiah Games – Day 9

Over 45 Masters Football Final

Israel vs GB 1-0

A close-range volley from Laurence Swerner gave Team GB a shock lead at the Curly Krieger Stadium in Naw Sha'anan, Haifa on Tuesday evening.

The goal came from a throw in on the right with the London Maccabi Lions side-footing home from six yards.

GB were looking good with Paul Wise and David Kyte seeing long range strikes well saved by the Israel keeper.

GB stopper Gary Grant made one top-class block with his legs from a point blank shot. Minutes later he made another good save at his near post.


Maccabiah Day 9 latest results

By Danny Caro, July 21, 2009

GB Junior netballers have taken the silver medal. They were defeated by Australia in the final.

GB ladies were defeated 3-1 by Canada in their battle for a bronze medal but team top scorer Chelsea Berlin scored a consolation goal from 40 yards.

It was a disappointing day for Team GB ten pin bowling, who are now out of the race for a medal.


GB v Argentina: The Maccabiah Football Final LIVE!

By Jessica Elgot, July 21, 2009

The day of reckoning approaches, at 5.00pm GMT on July 22.

After a shaky start Team GB have pulled out all the stops to earn a place in the battle for a Maccabiah gold medal.

Our sports editor Danny Caro will be live from Israel, updating the JC's liveblog with minute-by-minute updates from the game, as it happens.

Join him on for the JC's Maccabiah liveblog for commentary, atmosphere, pictures, goals, analysis and team news.


Maccabiah Day 8 round-up

By Danny Caro, July 21, 2009

Maccabiah Games - Day 8 results round-up


Sam Cohen lost
Marc Baghadi won
Marc Baghadi and Amber Silverston lost (QF)
James Gibbor lost

Junior Tennis:

Gabriella Klienberg and Myles Golding lost

Youth Boys Football 3 v 0 Canada 5-8 Playoffs

Ten Pin Bowling - Trios and Team:

Team event finished last
4 through to tomorrow's final

Masters Tennis:

E Monde SF - lost

Junior Boys Basketball 23 v 70 Italy 9-12 playoff

Masters Squash - Individuals:

David Lazarus won
Jack Shtein lost

Open Table Tennis - Various:


GB through to Maccabiah football final

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 20, 2009

Maccabiah Games – Day 8

Open football Semi-final : Israel 0 GB 1

A first-half header from captain Sam Sloma put Team Great Britain into the final of the Open Football competition after they claimed a deserved victory over holders Israel in Nawe Sha’anan on Monday afternoon.

Playing in temperatures touching 35 degrees, Sloma met Paul Hakim’s pinpoint cross with a stooping diving header that nestled into the bottom corner.

Sloma said: “I haven’t scored a header since 2000 so it was nice to show people I can use my head as some have doubted my heading ability.


Silver for young GB heroes

By Danny Caro, July 20, 2009

GB juniors took silver after they were beaten by 6 wickets by South Africa in the final at Hadar Yosef.

They got off to a disastrous start with opener Scott Gerard caught at point off the first ball.

Things did not get better as they edged to 53-5. They were eventually dismissed for 111.

SA took gold after finishing on 112-4 after 30 overs.


GB through to Maccabiah football final

By Danny Caro, July 20, 2009

Open football Semi-final : Israel 0 GB 1 at half time

Captain marvel Sam Sloma gave Team GB a 1-0 half time lead in their Maccabiah Games Open football semi-final against Israel, which took them through to final clash with Mexico or Argentina.

Striker Paul Hakim put in an excellent cross that was met with a diving header from captain Sam Sloma to put Jonathan Kestenbaum's men in pole position against the favourites.

GB gave as good as they got in the opening exchanges of their semi-final against Israel in Nawe Sha'anan.


Team GB rugby through to gold medal match

By Danny Caro in Netanya, July 19, 2009

Open Rugby Semi-Final: Team GB 16 USA 3

A third consecutive 11-point haul from fly half Sam Katz together with a stellar defensive display steered Team GB into the gold medal match after they held off a determined effort from a strong USA team at the Wingate Institute on Sunday night.

Katz, 18, made it 33 points for the competition after holding his nerve in a pressure-cooker atmosphere.

Having beaten South Africa and Australia in the group phase, GB looked well prepared for the challenge of a big American pack.


Top table service for bronze GB stars

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2009

The GB Men’s Open table tennis team won bronze on Day Seven at the the Maccabiah.

The first medal won by the men’s open team for almost 30 years, excluding the intifada Games, was thanks to GB fielding its strongest and most prepared table tennis squad ever.

Victories against the Rest of the World, Greece (3-0) and Austria (3-0) set up a fascinating match against Russia to decide the winners of Group B. Russia won 3-1 but it was a classic.