James Masters

MJSL ready to bloom - Rose

By James Masters, August 25, 2011

Paul Rose believes the future's bright going into the 63rd year of the MJSL.

Joint vice-chairman Rose, who will continue to oversee secretarial duties within the MJSL, is full of excitement ahead of the new campaign.

Broughton, Republic of Mancunia 2nd and Leeds Maccabi 3rd are new entrants to the division.

"Hopes are high as we have 11 teams in the MJSL this season," said Rose.

"We h


Davis backs Lustgarten memorial

By James Masters, August 25, 2011

Former Westdene boss Steve Davis insists the 2011 Ryan Lustgarten Shield will be a huge success – despite two MJSL teams being forced to withdraw from the competition.

Republic of Mancunia and Crumpsall had accepted an invitation to play in Monday's tournament before the MJSL fixture list had been published.

But both clubs have reluctantly declined to field a side after being handed two le


Sporting chance the key for Gav

By James Masters, August 25, 2011

Gavin Sharpe reckons his Sporting JLGB team will be 'ten times better' as they go in search of MJSL glory.

Sporting, who take on title favourites Republic of Mancunia in their opening game on Sunday, are in confident mood after a successful end to last season.

Sharpe's side flew up the table following a slow start to the season before crushing Crumpsall in the final of the Tony Cohen Memoria


Casspi set for France after snub

By James Masters, August 25, 2011

NBA star Omri Casspi has rejected the opportunity to move back to Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Casspi, who has spent the past two years in the USA with the Sacramento Kings, had hoped to secure a move home following the NBA lockout.

But a snag over the amount of tax he would be required to pay has persuaded the 23-year-old to consider joining French side Villeurbane along with San Antonio S


Champions League heartbreak for Haifa

By James Masters, August 24, 2011

Maccabi Haifa crashed out of the Champions League in dramatic fashion after a pulsating clash with Belgian champions Genk.

With the tie at 3-3 on aggregate at the end of extra time, Elisha Levi's men were sent spinning out of the competition 4-1 on penalty kicks.


MJSL Charity Shield

By James Masters, August 24, 2011

Republic of Mancunia defeat South Manchester 2nd in MJSL Charity Shield



The Peter Moss Memorial Match

By James Masters, August 24, 2011

FC Team drew 2-2 with a Spurs Legends XI in the Peter Moss Memorial Match in association with Jami.

Mr Moss was killed in April when a Marrakesh cafe was bombed.

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Nominate your Jewish sporting stars

By James Masters, August 24, 2011

Maccabi GB have teamed up with UJIA to give you the opportunity to nominate a sportsperson who has had a major achievement or advancement within their chosen sport in the past year, and is worthy of receiving the most prestigious Sports Award within our community.


Barda back to haunt Haifa

By James Masters, August 18, 2011

Elyaniv Barda used to be a hero in Haifa. Now the Israel star could be the man to deprive his former club of a Champions League place.


Tony Bloom on Brighton's legacy

By James Masters, August 4, 2011

Tony Bloom has set his sights on creating a legacy for generations to come after leading Brighton & Hove Albion into their brand new home.

The 41-year-old, a gambler, property developer and poker player, has ploughed a hefty fortune into the south-coast club to aid their move to the state-of-the-art £93m Amex Stadium, pictured here.


Misery for South Manchester

By James Masters, July 12, 2011

South Manchester produced a stunning display of bowling only to collapse in nightmare fashion against Haughton Green A.

Steven Glicher's men looked set to record a welcome win after an explosive opening reduced their opponents to an astonishing 16-8.

Josh Oehley took 5-42 and David Cohen grabbed 4-52 as South put Haughton on the back foot.


Tammam’s effort not enough for Manchester Maccabi

By James Masters, July 11, 2011

Ray Tammam's brave innings failed to prevent Manchester Maccabi from falling to defeat against Stretford Friends in the Greater Manchester Amateur League.

During a rain-affected game, Tammam took three wickets and hit a classy 34 but Maccabi still slumped to a 69-run loss against an in-form Stretford.


Livewire Lebens fires MAL to victory

By James Masters, July 11, 2011

Yoav Lebens produced a batting masterclass to propel MAL to within sight of the Division Two Middlesex Sunday Cricket League title.

Lebens smashed 71 off just 48 balls as MAL eased to a 45-run victory over fellow challengers SKLP.

Liverwire Lebens hit three huge sixes and six boundaries on his way to racking up a fourth half-century from five games.


Evans turns on the style for Belmont

By James Masters, July 11, 2011

Jonny Evans hit a stunning half-century as Belmont and Edgware 1st recorded a second consecutive league victory.

In-form Evans smashed a classy 50 as BECC defeated West Middlesex by five-wickets after easily reaching their target of 141.

Having seen off Kensington and Chelsea last week, Belmont flexed their muscles once again with another dominant display.


Home comforts for Hartsbourne heroes

By James Masters, July 7, 2011

Hartsbourne made the most of home advantage as they enjoyed a stunning weekend of success at the Glancy tournament.

The hosts eased to victory in the prestigious Glancy Trophy to round off a perfect couple of days for Brian Gold's side.

The Glancy Trophy, which takes the lowest six gross scores out of the eight singles and combines them with the lowest three gross scores out of four in the f


Cardiff Maccabi back in the swing

By James Masters, July 5, 2011

Cardiff Maccabi returned to Sunday action with an impressive 34-run win over Pontllanfraith.

Having not played a full 40-over game on a Sunday for a number of years, Maccabi produced an impressive showing to defeat their hosts thanks to some impressive batting from Gary Israel.


Furman: It will be sweet 16

By James Masters, June 30, 2011

Dean Furman is hoping his stellar season with Oldham Athletic will rub off on Team GB's Under 16 side ahead of the European Maccabi Games.

Furman, a former Chelsea trainee, joined Barnet coach Michael Stone to offer advice to the 18-strong squad during a training session.

The Under 16 side face a tough task to come out on top, with teams from Spain, Germany, Denmark and Austria all hoping to


Hurst: It was West sham

By James Masters, June 16, 2011

Sir Geoff Hurst believes that Avram Grant was left fighting a losing battle following West Ham's flirtation with Martin O'Neill in January.

Former Hammers boss Grant, who was sacked immediately after the club's relegation from the Premier League, was expected to leave Upton Park with O'Neill taking his place.

Despite constant speculation over the Israeli's future, Grant survived only to pres


Bloch: Cup win

By James Masters, May 19, 2011

Anthony Bloch says not even the sight of his Republic side clinching cup glory can soothe the pain of missing out on the MJSL league title.

Bloch was left devastated after his men were beaten to the top prize by Manchester Maccabi 3rd following their defeat in the title decider.


Booze ban? We supplied the punch

By James Masters, May 19, 2011

Dan Berkley believes his Oakhill boys were too busy boozing and boogying at the start of the season - but they bounced back with a vintage performance to win the Feldman Trophy.
Lions roared to victory to leave South Manchester 2nd punch drunk at Oldham Athletic's Boundary Park to lift the cup for the second year.