Team GB through to football quarter-finals

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 17, 2009

Team GB are through to the last eight of the Open football competition after a brilliant performance saw them beat Brazil 2-0 at Ketzef Central.

A goal in each half from David Soutar and Paul Hakim capped an excellent display from Jonathan Kestenbaum's, undoubtedly their best of the competition to date.

Knowing that anything other than a win would end the team's medal hopes, GB's tactics were spot on. They were brave, cohesive and vastly improved from the game against France two days earlier.

Brazil had a man sent off in the last minute with GB trying to run down the clock.


Five-star Masters ease into last four

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 17, 2009

Masters Over 35 football – Game 3
GB 5 South Africa 1

Team GB’s Over 35 footballers romped into the semi-finals with an emphatic 51 victory over South Africa at Neve Shaanan on Thursday night.

Goals from Paul Linger (2), Darren Dryer (2) and Paul Lenchner completed an exhilarating display of fluid, attacking football on the same pitch that GB’s open team had lost against France 24 hours earlier.

Ex-Charlton midfielder Paul Linger opened the scoring early on with a superb curling free-kick into the top corner.


GB skittled in Ashes defeat

By Danny Caro, July 17, 2009

Open cricket – match 2

Australia 215, GB 93, Australia won by 122 runs

Another batting collapse resulted in Team GB suffering their second consecutive defeat as they were humbled by 122 runs against Australia in the Ashes clash on Thursday.

Having lost their opener against South Africa, GB put the Aussies into bat on the Flix wicket at Hadar Yosef. They got off to a flyer and at 100-0 after 20 overs the signs looked ominous with brothers Brad and Majtlis setting solid foundations.


Three cheers for Goodman

By Danny Caro, July 16, 2009

Richard Goodman added another gold and a bronze to his medal haul after impressing in the track and field competition at Hadar Yosef on Wednesday night.

Having taken the 1,500 metres title 24 hours earlier, the JFS pupil, 16, came home first in the boys junior 3,000m in 9:03 and took the bronze in the 800 metres in 1:58.

The Barnet Shaftesbury Harrier runner was set to contest the 4x400m relay but withdrew through injury.

Josh Solomon replaced him and helped Team GB junior boys to a bronze to ensure that every GB athlete won a medal.


Highs and lows for Team GB bowling

By Danny Caro, July 16, 2009

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Team GB in Wednesday morning’s first event of the competition, the singles.

On very difficult conditions, only one bowler averaged over 200 with Mexico’s Isi Eskenazi winning gold with a total pinfall of 1232 (205.33 av). Eskenazi went one better than his silver medal in the same event in 2005, when he bowled as a 16 year old. Since 2005, he has been Mexican amateur champion, and currently bowl’s for Wichita State University in the USA.


Exit door opening up for Team GB football

By Danny Caro, July 16, 2009

Team GB’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the Open football competition are hanging by a thread following a sub-standard performance in a 2-1 defeat against France at Neve Shaanan in Haifa.

Having drawn 1-1 against Argentina in their opening fixture, Jonathan Kestenbaum’s men were poor from start to finish. In order to progress from the group, they must beat Brazil by a couple of goals and hope results go their way elsewhere.


GB Open Futsal loss is 'nerves'

By Danny Caro in Ramat Gan, July 15, 2009

Team GB open futsal manager Keith Herman believes that nerves played a part in his team's demise as they failed to claim a win in any of their first three matches.

Wednesday's 6-2 defeat against an Israel team ranked in the world's top 30 was the final straw following a 3-3 draw against Spain followed by a 5-2 defeat against Australia.

Israel opened the scoring inside 10 seconds and despite having a player sinbinned for a headbutt on James Steele, they roared into a 6-0 lead. The result could have been even worse were in not for the brilliance of keeper Jared Cohen.


Promising signs as great Scots go it alone

By Danny Caro in Ramat Gan, July 15, 2009

Taking part as Team Scotland for the first time, the 13-man delegation are in medal contention after week one of the Maccabiah Games.

In table tennis, Masters players Brian Wright, Jeremy Banks and Mark Georgevic started well, whitewashing opponents from Team GB and Canada. He was scheduled to play in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Zachary Cohen and Samuel Georgevic lost their first two matches in the junior event.


Life's a beach for GB volleyball boys

By Danny Caro in Tel Aviv, July 15, 2009

Taking part in the open beach volleyball, GB’s youthful squad gave a good account of themselves on Gordon Beach, Tel Aviv on Day Four of the 18th Maccabiah Games.

Split into two teams, the GB boys were forced to compete in the open event after the junior competition was scrapped.

Up against men much older and taller, GB 1 and 2 found themselves up against. In team 1, Joe Davis and Joel Barnett took on athletes from Australia and France.

They were beaten 21-5, 21/12 by the Aussies and 21-11, 21-13 by the French.


Lee wary ahead of SA crunch clash

By Danny Caro, July 15, 2009

The Over 35 Masters football team must beat South Africa in their final group game on Thursday to reach the last four.

Paul Linger scored a late winner as they beat USA 1-0 in their opener. This was followed by a goalless draw against Mexico.

Manager Darryl Lee said: “If we beat South Africa we’re out of the group but ideally we want to avoid Argentina in the semis. I have been surprised how defence teams have been against us. Mexico packed 10 men behind the ball.”

Victory against SA would set up a clash against Israel, Brasil or Argentina.