Table Tennis

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.

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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.

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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.

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Stars shine on top table

February 26, 2009

Brighton snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to take second place in the Division One of the British League and secure a berth in the Premiership play-offs in May.

Starting the match in second place, level on points and sets averages with Devon based Woolwell, and four points behind runaway leaders Urban Progress, Brighton put themselves in strong contention for second place with a fine 6-2 victory over Woolwell.

England No. 82 Dov Katz saved a match point before beating James Whiteman in the fifth set. England cadet No. 1 Zak Zilesnick brushed aside Mike Short 3-1.

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Katz serves up a treat

By Craig Silver, December 18, 2008

Former Maccabi GB Sports Personality of the Year Dov Katz helped the Brighton table tennis team to second place after the latest round of British League Division One matches in Devon.

Katz, who will be participating in his fourth Maccabiah in Israel next summer, rolled back the years with some fine victories as Brighton recorded wins over Progress (7-1), York Gardens (6-2) and Chippenham (7-1).

They lost narrowly against league leaders Urban Progress (5-3).

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GB athletes boosted by major deal

December 10, 2008

Maccabi GB has continued its preparations for next summer’s 18th Maccabiah Games by announcing a new and unprecedented partnership deal with Village Hotels worth in the region of a quarter of a million pounds.

The agreement will see Village Hotels offering complimentary membership of their state-of-the-art fitness clubs to each member of Team GB taking part in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2009.

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Now Zak's the way to do it

May 30, 2008

Zak Zilesnick was the star of the show at the Greater London Closed Championships.

England’s number one Under 13 player, who has only been playing competitive table tennis for three years, set a record by winning all four junior events.

He captured the Under 18, Under 15 and Under 13 singles titles as well as the junior boys doubles crown at the London Progress club in Southall, West London. The European Maccabi Games double bronze medalist overcame Guy Ben-Aroya in the Under 15 final.

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Life achievement award for table tennis coach

April 25, 2008

A former player and current coach for the Leeds Judean Table Tennis Club has won an outstanding life achievement award for his dedication to the sport. Alan Myerson received his accolade at the 2007 Leeds Sports Awards ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall. The 74-year-old, who was overjoyed with the honour, said: “Table tennis is a nippy sport that is terrific for that much needed cardio-vascular exercise.”

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Stokes burns Katz to top the table

April 4, 2008

Top seed Ashley Stokes won the Maccabi GB men’s singles title at Yavneh College in Borehamwood. He beat Maccabi stalwart Dov Katz 11-7, 12-10, 11-7 in the final.

Ranked 50 in the country, Stokes, 18, reached the final after beating Matt Spero 3-1. Katz, seeded three, upset second seed Eli Baraty, his first competitive victory over a fellow Maccabian in the semi-finals. Sally Prowen won the women’s singles final after beating Jo Radiven 3-1.

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Top table

March 28, 2008

Ashley Stokes has been named top seed for the Maccabi GB Open Championships in Borehamwood on Sunday. Mel Davidson, MGB table tennis chairman, said: “This prestigious event promises to be an interesting and entertaining sporting day out featuring some of the best Jewish players in the country, some of whom are rated in the top 100 on the English Table Tennis Association ranking list. The top seeds are: 1. Ashley Stokes, 2. Eli Baraty, 3. Dov Katz, 4. Matt Spero, 5. Rafi Johnen, 6. Keith Lesser, 7. John Tendler, 8. Rafi Marom. Play, at Yavneh College, starts at 9am. Admission is free.

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