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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.