James Masters

Republic back in business

By James Masters, April 21, 2011

Republic of Mancunia bounced back from last weekend's devastating defeat by title rivals Manchester Maccabi 3rd by booking their place in the final of the Shonn Trophy.

With their dream of a first league title looking all but dead, Anthony Bloch's boys produced the perfect riposte to set up a final clash against Haroldeans following a 4-1 win over Sporting JLGB.


Cup kings Highgate chop down Wood

By James Masters, April 7, 2011

HMH Under 11 manager Damon Letzer paid tribute to his young guns after they overcame Bricket Wood 2-1 in the final of the Excel Challenge Cup.

Goals from Jamie Newman and Rafi Auret gave HMH a two-goal lead at the break and despite conceding late on, Letzer's boys held out for victory.


Molins: ICC wrong to pull associate nations

By James Masters, April 7, 2011

Former Ireland skipper Jason Molins has launched a scathing attack on the International Cricket Council following the decision to axe associate nations from the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Despite pulling off an historic victory over England last month, Ireland will be prevented from competing at the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.


Bloch's date with destiny

By James Masters, April 7, 2011

Anthony Bloch has challenged his Republic of Mancunia players to prove once and for all that they are the undisputed super power of the MJSL.

Republic will claim their first ever league title on Sunday as long as they avoid defeat against championship rivals Manchester Maccabi 3rd.


Basso sends Maccabi into semis

By James Masters, April 7, 2011

Louie Basso showed just why he is rated as one of the most exciting prospects in Jewish football after firing Manchester into the semi-finals of the Peter Morrison Trophy.

The 17-year-old starlet was drafted into Stuart Delmonte's squad following injuries to five key players ahead of the clash with fierce rivals Leeds.


Reel time training for Sam

By James Masters, April 7, 2011

Sam Waley-Cohen stepped up his training regime for the Grand National - by putting his feet up and watching YouTube.

The Gold Cup winning jockey is hoping to steer Oscar Time to victory at Aintree just weeks after becoming the first amateur in 30 years to win the famous old trophy at Cheltenham.


Klinger: We need to step up

By James Masters, March 31, 2011

Michael Klinger is adamant his Redbacks side can become a force in the Sheffield Shield cricket – despite suffering a nightmare end to the season.

The Redbacks finished second from bottom in the league following a four-wicket defeat by Tasmania.


Sam Waley-Cohen: I'm hungry for more

By James Masters, March 25, 2011

Horse racing: Sam Waley-Cohen has set his sights on landing the Grand National after riding Long Run to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The 28-year-old stole the headlines after becoming the first amateur to win the famous trophy in 30 years after seeing off Denman and Kauto Star in the home straight.


Dean Furman: I felt like a star

By James Masters, March 24, 2011

Dean Furman says he felt like a movie star after winning the Mitre Goal of the Season trophy at the annual Football League Awards.

The Oldham midfielder won with his sensational long-range strike against Notts County.

Furman was up against the likes of Southampton’s prolific Rickie Lambert and highly-rated Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis McGugan.


Delmonte: I know how Arsene Wenger feels

By James Masters, March 24, 2011

Stuart Delmonte believes he's Manchester's very own version of Arsene Wenger after suffering a nightmare week.

The Manchester Maccabi 1st boss has seen his team crash out of two cup competitions in the last week after suffering the 'worst injury crisis' of his career.


Rover and out

By James Masters, March 24, 2011

David Domb believes his Hyde Park Rovers side have been made to pay the ultimate price for their indiscipline after seeing their title dreams go up in smoke.

Darren Wyndham's own-goal gifted Manchester Maccabi 3rd a priceless victory over the Leeds students as Rovers crashed to defeat in their final league game of the season.


Red-hot Republic march towards the treble

By James Masters, March 22, 2011

Anthony Bloch is backing his Republic of Mancunia side to write their name into the MJSL history books by pulling off a stunning treble.

Bloch's boys moved to the summit following last weekend's hard-fought 3-1 victory over defending champions Haroldeans and will wrap up the title if they record victories in their final two league games.


I can fire us into playoffs, says Furman

By James Masters, March 17, 2011

Dean Furman has set his sights on finishing the season with a flourish after enduring a frustrating spell on the sidelines.

The Oldham star returned to action during last weekend's defeat by Leyton Orient following a three-week absence with suspension and illness.


Republic turn up the heat

By James Masters, March 10, 2011

Republic of Mancunia boss Anthony Bloch believes his men are peaking at the perfect time as they strive to complete a historic treble.

Bloch's men sealed their place in the semi-finals of the Feldman Trophy following a hard-fought 2-0 win over Haroldeans in Liverpool.


Selwyn: We're ready for Manchester

By James Masters, March 10, 2011

Ian Selwyn believes his Leeds Maccabi side will have to play 'above and beyond' themselves if they are to clinch a place in the semi-finals of the Peter Morrison Trophy.

Leeds face Manchester Maccabi 1st in the last eight of the competition following their 6-0 demolition of MJSL side Sporting JLGB.


We're firing on all cylinders, says Bloch

By James Masters, February 24, 2011

Anthony Bloch believes that Republic of Mancunia are ready to storm the MJSL by pulling off an historic treble.

Victory over Westdene 1st last weekend, where Mike Gastwirth fired a hat-trick, means Republic are now just four points off league leaders Manchester Maccabi with a title showdown between the two still on the cards.


Klinger savours triumph

By James Masters, February 11, 2011

Michael Klinger helped South Australia rewrite the history books as the Redbacks stormed to glory at the Big Bash.

Captain Klinger became the first Redbacks skipper to lift a trophy in 15 years as his side saw off New South Wales in the final of Australia's domestic Twenty20 competition.

The in-form opener smashed 30 off just 18 balls as his side claimed the $100,000 prize and their first silverware since winning the Sheffield Shield back in 1996.


Republic still in with a shout, says Bloch

By James Masters, February 10, 2011

Anthony Bloch, player-manager of Republic of Mancunia, insists his side can still pull off a stunning league triumph, despite failing to see off championship rivals Hyde Park.

Republic currently sit seven points adrift of league leaders Manchester Maccabi 3rd after top-scorer Moishe Hasid rescued a 1-1 draw for the hosts.

Hyde Park had taken the lead through David Cohen's 10th goal of the season but Phillip Braham's men failed to hold on as Republic came roaring back.


We're coming to park the bus

By James Masters, February 10, 2011

Stuart Delmonte says that his Manchester Maccabi 1st side will try to pull out all the stops to avoid a mauling against London Maccabi Lions in Sunday's Peter Morrison Trophy tussle.

The Tameside League side will travel down to Rowley Lane for a 2pm kick-off without four first-team stars and fears over being overrun by a Lions side desperate for cup glory.

And London-born Delmonte concedes his side face an uphill task if they are to book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.


Dudi Sela upbeat despite Australian Open defeat

By James Masters, January 20, 2011

Dudi Sela insists he can break into the world's top 50 – despite crashing out of the Australian Open in the first round.

The Israeli number one was beaten in straight sets by Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro after failing to convert a set point in the opener.

But Sela says his level of performance against the former US Open champion has given him plenty of optimism for the year ahead.

"I hope I can break into the top 50 but it's not easy because there are a lot of good players," said Sela.