Maccabiah

Murray will be the star of the show

May 7, 2009

You have heard of the concept – a one-man team. Well, 14-year-old Dana Murray will be flying the flag as the only representative of the Team GB gymnastics team.

The Redcar Gymnastics Club member will reportedly be the first GB competitor in the sport for almost a quarter of a century.

Her mum, Rosie, is from Israel, and Dana qualifies through her scores in the British Challenge Cup over a two-year period.

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GB bowlers to strike in Israels

April 30, 2009

Team GB Tenpin Bowling have named its strongest ever team to participate in the Maccabiah Games.

Following a demanding six-month selection process, brothers Paul and Michael Loberman led the averages with 217 and 211 respectively and look set to lead the medal charge.

The squad includes Gary Ellis, the five-medal star of the 2007 European Maccabi Games in Rome, as well as former Maccabiah participants Ian Davis, Jack Nesbit and Tony Sharpstone.

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Top coach Reed joins Team GB football squad

April 28, 2009

Former England No. 2 Les Reed has been appointed Team GB open football coach after Michael Stone was forced to pull out due to his commitment at Rushden & Diamonds.

One of the most distinguished coaches in English football, Reed was assistant coach to England during Kevin Keegan’s reign. He joined Charlton at first team coach in 1995 and helped them reach the Division One playoffs in his first season.

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Ankier just the ticket

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

Team Great Britain’s squad for July’s Maccabiah Games has been boosted by the addition of long-distance runner Jo Ankier.

Ankier, 27, was snubbed by the British Olympic Committee last year when she missed out on qualification for the 3,000 metres steeplechase at the Beijing Games by a matter of seconds. In the end, the runner who was chosen ahead of her did not compete due to a stress fracture.

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Junior Maccabiah squad named

April 16, 2009

Team GB’s junior tennis squad have started their preparations in earnest for the upcoming 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Training fortnightly as well as during the week with their individual coaches and squads, the 12 teenagers, aged between 14 and 17, represent London, Hertfordshire and the north of England.

Several members of the squad have competed successfully at county, national and international levels. The group features some first-time visitors to Israel whose efforts have been supported by donations and sponsorship from members of the senior and Masters teams.

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Great Britain looking to lady luck

April 2, 2009

Team GB have confirmed its Ladies open football squad, completing at the Maccabiah Games for the first time.

GB received more than 35 applications and, following two trial sessions held last summer, a squad of 16 containing players aged between 18 and 39 years was selected.

They have been training together under the watchful eye of manager Brad Solomon since September 2008. The squad have been put through their paces with intensive sessions led by a team of coaches who have experience of working with Arsenal and Atletico Madrid.

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Kestenbaum names Maccabiah squad

By Danny Caro, March 27, 2009

Team GB’s 18-man open football squad competing in the blue ribband event at the Maccabiah Games Chai has been finalised.

Team manager Jonathan Kestenbaum said: “Ben Winston (assistant-manager) and I are delighted with the blend of the squad. There is a very pleasing combination of players who have experienced the intensity of the tournament before and players who will be appearing for the first time.

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GB squad

March 26, 2009

Team GB has named its lawn bowls squad competing at July’s Maccabiah Games in Israel.

The team will start practicing once the outdoor season commences in May before taking on South Africa, Australia, USA, Canada and Israel.

The squad is still seeking female players. For details contact George Taylor on 0208 346 9162.

The squad: Mens – Bernie Davidson, Alan Cohen, James Cohen, Douglas Greenstone, Terence Lichkin, David Stockman, Stan Lawrence, Stuart Fox, David Lawrence, George Taylor (manager). Ladies: Barbara Cohen

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Pinnick: GB squad remains in good shape

March 19, 2009

David Pinnick, head of delegation of Team GB, has rubbished reports that the size of the squad competing at July’s Maccabiah Games has been hit by mass pullouts.

Concerns were raised this week after the men’s open golf squad was halved in size with one of the withdrawals a former medal-winner. But plans to send a ladies and junior boys team remain intact.

Pinnick said: “The men’s open team is struggling and I cannot be certain about our chances of sending this team at the moment.”

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GB warm-up

February 26, 2009

Great Britain’s Under 16 junior football squad warmed-up for July’s Maccabiah Games with a friendly against Spurs’ junior team at the club’s academy ground in Enfield, London.

Split into four quarters of 20 minutes, GB lost the first period 2-0. A goal from Crystal Palace trainee Bradley Gayer helped them draw the second quarter 1-1.

The team, co-managed by Jonny Davis, Neil Collins and Joel Nathan, lost the last two quarters 2-0.

Jonny Davis said: “I couldn’t fault anything about the day, even the results.”

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