Safety first in Israel

June 25, 2009

The Israeli government are considering testing all participants for Swine Flu before the start of the Maccabiah.

Deputy Health Minister Ya’akov Litzman expressed concern that the thousands of athletes could bring the infection into Israel, and said that the ministry was considering ways to prevent the disease from spreading.

“Some 5,000 athletes from around the world are expected to come here,” he said. “I think we should examine them all before they arrive in the country.

“I don’t want to reach a situation in which another 5,000 people come here and just increase.”


Maccabiah: who said it was a man’s game?

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

Making their debut at the 18th Maccabiah Games, the Team GB Ladies Open football squad are ready for battle, and they’ll be no soft touch. Take it from someone who found out the hard way.

With the first match around a fortnight away, I joined a training session at Rowley Lane and came away with a lot more than a bruised ego, nursing a swollen eye and damaged finger.

Following a gruelling two-hour workout, this veteran Maccabi League goalkeeper departed duly impressed, with tail firmly between legs.


We’ll improve as Games go on, says Reed

By Danny Caro, June 11, 2009

Big match tournament experience is one of the key factors Team GB head coach Les Reed brings to the table, according to open football manager Jonathan Kestenbaum.

No. 2 to Kevin Keegan at the Euro 2000 finals, technical director at the FA and of Northern Ireland, and director of football at Fulham, it is clear that Reed has a wealth of experience that could benefit GB at next month’s Maccabiah Games in Israel.


GB set to face the boys from Brazil

By Danny Caro, June 4, 2009

Manager Jonathan Kestenbaum claims that this week’s Maccabiah Games open football draw was the toughest Team GB could get after they were placed alongside Brazil, Russia and Canada.

Originally, GB, the competition’s fifth seeds, had been placed alongside favourites Israel, Argentina and Sweden but the withdrawal of Holland resulted in the groups being redrawn.


Ankier, Kyte and Bibring head GB charge at Jewish Olympics

June 4, 2009

Team GB have named David Kyte, Jo Ankier and Michael Bibring as flag bearers for the opening ceremony at the 18th Maccabiah Games.

The athletes will lead the 500-strong GB squad into the Ramat Gan Stadium, in front of the President and Prime Minister of Israel and 40,000 spectators. It is the first time that the British team has marched with three flags. The additional flag bearing the UJIA logo is in recognition of their sponsorship and support of the GB team and Israel.


Stiller and Panovka boost GB charge

May 21, 2009

Team GB has named its three basketball squads competing at the 18th Maccabiah Games Chai in Israel in July.

A men’s Masters (over 40s), an Under 18 women and an Under 16 men’s team feature 35 players aged 14-62. Players of American, Israeli and South African origin feature.

The Masters team includes ex-England internationals, Sam Stiller and Steve Panovka, as well as former Israeli national league players.

The women’s and junior squad are made up predominantly of players from London. The teams have been training for the past nine months and competing in local leagues.


GB tough nuts crack Finchley

May 14, 2009

Team GB’s rugby team had a successful warm-up game against Finchley, running out comfortable 48-5 winners.

Playing together for the first time since the squad was finalised, the coaching team was happy with the overall performance, although head coach Simon Culley felt that there was still a lot of work to do before the Games. He took a lot of positives from the match and was impressed by the way the team gelled and followed his game plan.


GB stronger than ever

May 7, 2009

Team GB are set to take the third largest delegation to the Jewish Olympics in July. The squad contains 504 athletes, managers, coaches and administrative and medical staff.

David Pinnick, head of delegation said: “ Our rugby squad are keen to add to their forwards and we have lost a couple of junior soccer players who need to be replaced.


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.


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.