Maccabi game, set and match


Maccabi GB Table Tennis have retained the coveted Wembley and Harrow League title.

The league contains a number of the top 100 ranked players in the country but they had no answer to Maccabi.

A key player in the team this year was Rafi Marom who featured in all but one of the matches. He lost only twice this season and finished top of the league averages.

There were also top performances from Eli Baraty and Ashley Stokes, both top 50 nationally ranked players, Keith Lesser, who is moving rapidly up the national rankings, and Guy Ben-Aroya, ranked No. 10 junior in England last year.

They were ably assisted by veteran Jeremy Banks, wonder kid Zak Zilesnick and Maccabiah stalwart Dov Katz.

Mel Davidson, chairman of Maccabi GB Table Tennis, said: "I'm really proud to see Jewish players competing in table tennis whatever their level and regardless of results gained. However, the icing on the cake is when we see something tangible for all the hard work and dedication that the players put in.

"Back-to-back victories must surely have an impact for us on the national table tennis scene, showing that we are a force to be reckoned with. This bodes well going into the European Maccabi Games in July."

MGB fielded seven league teams this season, winning a further two divisions and narrowly missing out on another.

Davidson said: "Our players also took the two major titles at the league's closed championships with Eli Baraty and Sally Prowen taking the respective men's and women's titles.

"I am very pleased for the players involved and really proud of the squad.With some exciting developments in the coming months, I am hopeful we can keep up the momentum next season."

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