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Freedman and Markiewicz have been the main men

It’s been great to see some top young football talent emerging in the MGBSFL during the early stages of the season, with a handful of new names really catching the eye. Now it’s time to unveil my first monthly awards.

    Reiss Mogilner, Adam Ellis, Zach Cohen, David Leiwy and Louis Naughten have been inspirational figures for their respective clubs. But the accolade of October’s best player goes to a midfield general who has been the heartbeat of the Los Blancos team.

    Svi Freedman was described as “a real powerhouse” by Blancos joint-manager Joel Salomon following a string of excellent performances for the Division One team. He has starred in both matches in front of our cameras this season and scored a couple of “belters” in the wins over L’Equipe and North London Raiders B.

    The top boss award goes to Avi Markiewicz of Faithfold A. The player-manager started the season in goal, wearing the fetching pink jersey once donned by yours truly. He has inspired the Superhoops to five victories, including an impressive 4-1 triumph over Premier Division Redbridge Jewish Care A in the cup.

    Look out for one of his inspirational half-time team-talks on our new football show, When Sunday Comes.

    * Boca Jewniors’s withdrawal from the MGBSFL is hugely frustrating for all concerned. It appears Sefton Monk was badly let down by broken promises and it has also had a knock-on effect, with Temple Fortune B having a 5-1 win — their only success to date — chalked off. Now they are bottom.

    TFFC chairman Nigel Kyte did his best Delia Smith impersonation with a rallying call. He said: “We must all pull together and try to turn things around, starting on Sunday. Let’s see if we are up to the challenge.”

    * The International Judo Federation has not covered itself in glory following the farcical scenes surrounding the Israel team in Abu Dhabi. Israel were the only nation prevented from wearing their national flag or hearing their national anthem on the winners’ podium at the recent gold slam event. How can this happen in 2017?

    It reminded me of Jesse Owens at the Munich Olympics and caused major outrage on social media, with accusations of oil money speaking louder than words. Tal Flicker is my star of the week after singing Hatikvah loud and proud.

    The President of the UAE Judo Federation had insisted that all delegations would be treated fairly and equally but this was utter poppycock.

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