Is­rael al­most off the map in the Pre­mier­ship

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

IT WASN’T so long ago that the Pre­mier­ship had a num­ber of top Is­raeli play­ers. Now there is a chance that they could be left with none. With the sea­son kick­ing off to­mor­row, na­tional cap­tain Yossi Be­nay­oun is fly­ing the flag, al­though there are ru­mours that he could be on the way out.

Idan Tal, Yaniv Katan, Ben Sa­har and Tamir Co­hen have come and gone with­out re­ally hit­ting the heights, while Tal Ben Haim and Dekel Keinan are play­ing in the Cham­pi­onship.

But over­all, Is­rael’s top stars are punch­ing their weight in Europe with a record 17 play­ers in the 22-man squad for Wed­nes­day’s friendly against the Ivory Coast, ply­ing their trade in Spain, Italy, France, Ger­many, Hol­land, Rus­sia, Poland, Bel­gium, Cyprus and Greece.

One player look­ing to make his mark foot­ball team – Scott dis­cov­ered that he would not earn a place in Brain­tree’s start­ing XI.

Fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions with man­ager Alan Devon­shire, the for­mer West Ham player, it was mu­tu­ally agreed that he could leave so he has re­turned to Bishop’s Stort­ford where he ex­celled in sea­son 2009/10 – win­ning the club’s Young Player of the Year award af­ter scor­ing a hat-trick in the Herts Cup fi­nal.

Ahead of to­mor­row’s meet­ing with Colwyn Bay in the Con­fer­ence North, Shul­ton said: “I was pre­par­ing to play against the likes of Lu­ton Town in front of thou­sands of peo­ple but real­is­ti­cally, I want to be play­ing week in, week out. It was a pretty easy de­ci­sion to make.”

I’ve heard great things about young Scott who is also the School’s Sports Co­or­di­na­tor for Mac­cabi GB. He or­gan­ises all in­ter-schools sports com­pe­ti­tions as well as tak­ing PE ses­sions at Rosh Pi­nah, Mo­riah Jewish Day School and Clore Shalom. Scott said: “It’s great to be in­volved in Jewish sport, see­ing how young­sters go from PE lessons into com­pe­ti­tions.”

The Peter Moss Me­mo­rial match, fea­tur­ing FC Team and a Spurs XI, is fast ap­proach­ing. There are still tick­ets avail­able for the game, to be played at Gosling Sports Park Sta­dium on Au­gust 21.

The Mac­cabi Ten Pin Bowl­ing are look­ing for par­tic­i­pants to take part in their Mid­week League in Dun­sta­ble. Bowlers of all age and abil­i­ties are wel­come. For de­tails, con­tact Russ Snip­per at rsnipps@hot­

Caro’s Col­umn re­turns on Septem­ber 2. See Danny Caro’s week­end round-up at Email and/ or fol­low Danny on Twit­ter:@dj­caro

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