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.


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.


Scotland the brave

June 25, 2009

Maccabi Scotland are taking a 13-person delegation to the Maccabiah.

The squad: Golf 50+ - Bernard Cohen, David Adelman, Barry Glein, David Shenkin (Head of Delegation), Squash – Alan Susskind, Table Tennis – Jeremy Banks, Mark Georgevic, Brian Wright, Junior – Zachary Cohen, Samuel Georgevic, Tennis Masters – Errol Hornstein, Open – Adam Glekin, Delegation: Philip Minster,

Maccabi Macedonia will be represented by swimmer Robbie Williams.


Sloma rescues GB

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

Team GB Open football came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 against Wingate & Finchley at Rowley Lane.

In their second warm-up match ahead of the Maccabiah Games, goals from Mitch Hahn (2) and captain Sam Sloma completed the comeback. Hahn and Danny Berg spurned chances to win the game.

GB manager Jonathan Kestenbaum said: “The scoreline didn’t reflect the balance of play, particularly in the second half. The team felt that we should have won but these games are all about what we learn in preparation for the tournament and we have learned a great deal.”


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.