Table Tennis

Maccabi GB table tennis wins top title

March 24, 2010

Maccabi GB Table Tennis has made history by finishing top in the coveted Wembley and Harrow League.

The league, which is one of the largest and strongest in the country, features a first division that includes vast numbers of national top 100 players and a plethora of other closely ranked players.

London Progress, who are 10 times national champions, fielded three teams this season’s first division. Despite this, Maccabi GB who run teams from their club at 'Kulanu' in Kenton, took the league title in style.


Katz and Stokes steer Brighton to British League playoff

March 15, 2010

Brighton have won the British League Division One after beating nearest rivals Fusion by a single games average having finished level on points.

The champions now face a playoff in May with teams from the north of England to qualify for the Premiership.

Maccabiah medallist Dov Katz captained the side which included Maccabiah men’s singles quarter-finalist Ashley Stokes and former England international Cris Sladden.


Brighton heading for the top table

October 15, 2009

Brighton maintained second place and on course for the Premiership playoffs after claiming a hat-trick of successes in the British League Division One.

Led by Dov Katz, the team also included England Jewish No. 1 Ashley Stokes, former England international Cris Sladden and Chinese star Dashua Shi.

They produced a scintillating display in Devon, beating London Progress (5-3), Generation II (6-2) and Woolwell (6-2).


Brighton table title challenge

September 24, 2009

Lying second in the British League Division One, Brighton are looking to build on an excellent start that featured a hat-trick of victories.

The 7-1 success against Urban Progress, last year’s Division One champions, was the most eye-catching with their opponents featuring top Hungarians Gergely Urban and Tibor Kadar.

The Brighton team includes captain Dov Katz, the men’s Maccabiah medallist and England men’s No. 90, Jewish No. 1 Ashley Stokes, Eli Baraty and former England international Cris Sladden, ranked 49 in the country.


JCC Games update

By Danny Caro, August 7, 2009

Having won an early gold in the boys team table tennis competition, Team GB have continued to take silverware in San Francisco.

A team featuring Daniel Cohen, Joshua Dobias and Yoni Smith won the boy’s table tennis event Team GB has

There was success in the track and field with Zac Skry winning a gold in the Mixed Relay followed by silver in the Long Jump.

Simon Zeffertt won a silver medal for the Mixed Relay.


GB stars sparkle on world stage

August 6, 2009

It was not just the footballers, rugby team, track and field athletes and squash players who put in medal winning performances for Team GB at the Maccabiah Games.

Led by Robin Ashleigh, Britain’s table tennis delegation brought home two bronze medals in an event featuring several world ranked players.

Ashley Stokes, Dov Katz, Adam Laws and Keith Lesser came up trumps in the Open Team event while Adam Black and Ian Mablin finished third in the Masters Team competition.


Coach blasts Tribe over ‘ridiculous’ reasons for sacking

By Leon Symons, May 14, 2009

A table tennis coach sacked by Tribe, the United Synagogue’s youth branch, has complained to education watchdog Ofsted.

Father-of-two Steve Cohen, 52, worked with Tribe for five years until the end of last month, when he was called to a meeting and dismissed after a complaint had been made against him. Subsequently, he was sent a letter in which two further complaints were made.


Super Stokes retains Maccabi crown

April 28, 2009

Top seed Ashley Stokes retained the men’s singles title at Maccabi GB Table Tennis Championships in Harefield.

Stokes beat third seed Zak Zilesnick in five sets following his semi-final win over fourth seed Eli Baraty. Zilesnick shocked second seed Dov Katz in the last four.


Youngsters to gatecrash Maccabi open

By Danny Caro, April 21, 2009

This weekend sees the annual Maccabi GB Open Table Tennis Championships taking place at the new Harefield Sports Academy with up to 100 players competing for various categories of title.

This key event in the Jewish sporting calendar caters for all standards, ages and genders but ultimately on the day all eyes will be focused on the cornucopia of highly-rated and talented players in the men's open category of which many are nationally ranked and in some cases inside England's top 100.


Zilesnick top of the table again

April 16, 2009

Zak Zilesnick is the national Under 15 table tennis champion.

Seeded No. 1, he claimed a thrilling five-set win over nearest rival Lewis Gray in the final to win the cadet title in Loughborough.

Zilesnick, 14, marched into a two-set lead before Gray fought back to level. But Zilesnick, who has only been playing the sport for three years, was not to be denied as he hit back to take the decider 11-9.

Zilesnick, together with Reece Tan, also progressed to the Cadet final before losing in four sets. He also reached the last 16 of junior event.