Maccabiah

Competitors touch down for Maccabiah

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2009

Athletes have been arriving in Israel in their droves ahead of the 18th Maccabiah Games Chai.

The 500-strong British delegation was one of the first to arrive with some junior competitors flying out on Monday.

The majority of the Open participants landed on Tuesday while the Masters are scheduled to depart on Friday.

There was heartbreak for Team GB Masters futsal player Ollie Olsen. He suffered a fractured collarbone in the squad’s final training session last Sunday.

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GB juniors ready to fly the flag

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2009

Team GB have named Talya Curtis, Joel Barnett, Richard Goodman and Jemma Lawrence as junior flagbearers for the opening ceremony at the Maccabiah Games.

The junior athletes have been selected alongside senior players Jo Ankier, David Kyte and Michael Bibring at Ramat Gan on July 13.

Girls basketball player Talya Curtis is seen as a role model for younger players. Competing in her first Maccabiah, Curtis has played an active role in fund-raising for both the boys and girls basketball teams. She warmed up for the event by running MaccabiGB’s 10k fun run.

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GB juniors ready to fly the flag

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2009

Team GB have named Talya Curtis, Joel Barnett, Richard Goodman and Jemma Lawrence as junior flagbearers for the opening ceremony at the Maccabiah Games.

The junior athletes have been selected alongside senior players Jo Ankier, David Kyte and Michael Bibring at Ramat Gan on July 13.

Girls basketball player Talya Curtis is seen as a role model for younger players. Competing in her first Maccabiah, Curtis has played an active role in fund-raising for both the boys and girls basketball teams. She warmed up for the event by running MaccabiGB’s 10k fun run.

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Maturing colts ready to feel the heat out in the middle

July 2, 2009

The Team GB Youth cricket squad lost their final warm-up match against a more experienced side put out by Radlett Cricket Club. Radlett scored 235-7 in their 40 overs with Steven Allweis taking 3-44 and skipper Seb Schusman, Jake Reza Andrew Greenwall-Cohen and Daniel Cohen bagging a wicket apiece.

GB scored 183-6 with Jake Reza 44 not out and Alex Ziff 32 top-scoring. Joseph Greenwall-Cohen (31) and Scott Gerard made contributions.

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Will Murray jump for joy?

July 2, 2009

Gymnast Dana Murray, GB’s only entrant in the competition, goes into the Games in top form after winning gold and four silvers at the Greater Manchester Gymnastics Association Open.

The Redcar Gymnastics Club competitor, 15, came first in the bars section followed by silvers for the slow routine in the beam and vault. She was presented her medal by Olympian Beth Tweddle.

Murray took up the sport aged six.

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Track stars are setting the pace

July 2, 2009

The GB Track and Field squad selected comprises 10 juniors and two Open athletes.

Assistant Team Manager Yanina Fish said: “The squad are very accomplished in their chosen events and we are confident they will all be competing for medals. Everyone has been training hard and competing for their Athletics Clubs and schools, while achieving good results and improving all the time.”

“Apart from Jo Ankier, this will be the squad’s first Maccabiah Games, although some athletes, including myself, have competed at the JCC Games in America.

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They’ll be serving up a treat

July 2, 2009

Team GB will be sending their largest ever tennis squad to the Games. A group of 45 junior, open and masters players will travel with Tennis chairman Greg Rack claiming that there would be “significantly more were it not for injuries and the credit crunch”.

The junior tennis squad features 12 players, including Mancunians Alex Koslover, Hannah Solomon and Georgia Kirsch. Managed By Michelle Wayne, a professional coach who won bronze at the Games in the 1970s, the group hopes to follow in Wayne’s footsteps. She won the mixed doubles competition in the Chandos tournament last month.

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GB girls eye podium finish

July 2, 2009

GB’s Under 18 netball are confident that the squad competing in Israel is their strongest yet. Eight girls from London are joined by one from Essex, two from Manchester and one from Birmingham.

The group have been training together for six hours every month and preparation concluded with a tournament in Chelmsford against some of the best sides in the country.

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Wide boys can help Brit pack strike gold

July 2, 2009

The Open football squad completed preparations with a 3-1 defeat against Welsh Champions TNS at Lilleshall.

Having beaten Bishops Stortford and drawn against Wingate & Finchley, Jonathan Kestenbaum’s troops held their own against the Champions League qualifiers with a strike from Mitch Hahn, who maintained his goal-a-game record, hauling them level.

TNS scored twice in the closing stages before GB maintained their 100 per cent record in the post-match penalty shootout.

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