GB stars will adopt ambitious tactics, says Black


Adam Black insists Team Maccabi GB's table tennis squad will go on the attack at this summer's European Maccabi Games.

Maccabi GB this week unveiled a high-profile list of players who will go on the medal hunt in Berlin. The side will consist of Juniors, Open and Masters and has a healthy balance of big match experience and up-and-coming table tennis talent.

Delegation chair Adam Black will manage the group, with Alon Gordon as his newly-appointed Junior Manager.

Black said: "It's a privilege it is to take this squad to Berlin – a tournament steeped in history for these Jewish competitors.

"Nationally-ranked Juniors, Seniors and Masters will step out on the international stage after honing their talents in the British League and for their counties. I'm not sure if it's hard work or just plain talent that is the hallmark of this squad.

Team Maccabi GB Table Tennis returned from the 2011 EMG’s in Vienna with an impressive medal-tally including three Gold (Junior Single, Junior Doubles and overall Junior Team Gold), three Silver (Junior Doubles, Open Doubles and overall Masters Team Silver) and three Bronze (Junior Single, Masters Double and overall Open Team Bronze).

Black, who is also competing as a Masters athlete in the competition, went on to say: "We're lucky in table tennis that players compete at the highest level in the UK and we've got talent in spades.

"The older players combine first-timers alongside experienced players and multi-Maccabiah medallists; whilst the Juniors sees a number of talented debutants. With so many new faces the squad looks well set for the future.

"The EMG’s sees Jewish players of international quality from around the world so competition is tough. But Team MGB is blessed with attack, speed and initiative written all over it.

"Whatever the result, the Maccabi GB Table Tennis Squad will set the games alight with some of the most exciting and ambitious tactics the sport has seen at this level."


Chair: Adam Black
Junior Manager: Alon Gordon

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