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.


Net gain for GB netball juniors

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2009

The Junior Netball team clinched a place in the final after beating South Africa 33-16.

Goal-shooter Jessica Pinnick was the star of the show in Herzliya.

Coach Sandy Thornton said: “I’m very proud. It’s better than I could’ve expected. We’ve got stronger and stronger as the tournament has progressed.

“We trained hard at home once every six weeks. It was hard getting the squad together as some girls live in Manchester. They also had the pressure of GCSE’s.

Thanking the GB fans, she said:“We have a terrific team spirit and are going for gold.”


Team GB Day 7 Round-up

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2009

Team GB enjoyed success in the triathlon with Oliver Ziff and Michael Bibring taking gold.

Ziff won the Junior event and came third overall in the senior competition.

Bibring, who was a flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, won the Over 50s competition.

The Over 45s Masters football team remain on course for gold after reaching the final.

The GB senior squad also reached the final after beating Israel by one point.

GB finished sixth and seventh respectively in the Ten Pin Bowling trios. Israel were disqualified.


GB Open cricket tumble out

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2009

Open cricket: India 215-9, GB 172. India won by 43 runs

The Maccabiah Games is over for GB’s Open cricket team after 29 wides followed by a batting collapse saw them miss out on a medal match altogether following a 43-run defeat to India in Lod on Sunday.

Needing to win to reach the final, the result means Australia playing Israel in the bronze medal match, and defending champions South Africa playing GB’s conquerors India in the final.