Hen­don clinch first part of pos­si­ble tre­ble

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

IF THERE’S one sport that Jews are good at right now, it’s ta­ble ten­nis. There was a real sense of op­ti­mism about the sport in Vi­enna last sum­mer when I was around the ta­ble (no pun in­tended) with the likes of Dov Katz, Lee Van­der­molen and Eli Baraty at the Euro­pean Mac­cabi Games and it’s clear to see why.

At both Ju­nior and Open level, there are a plethora of play­ers who hold na­tional rank­ings and the signs look good go­ing into next year’s Mac­cabiah Games in Is­rael.

Team GB claimed a record medal haul in the sport in Vi­enna and if you’re not in­ter­ested in the foot­ball fi­nals at Win­gate & Finch­ley on Sun­day, I ad­vise you to get down to the Hare­field Academy to see some of the top stars in ac­tion at the MGB Ta­ble Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships.

Baraty is the top seed in the Open cat­e­gory where, if all goes ac­cord­ing to plan, he should play Keith Lesser in the final.

The other seeds – Matt Spero, Ivan Lewis, Rafi Marom, Jeremy Banks and Guy Ben-aroya – will be look­ing to im­press while it will be in­ter­est­ing to see who Katz per­forms fol­low­ing the ar­rival of his new baby boy, James. The sleep­less nights and dirty nap­pies have af­fected even the best sports­man but I’m sure Dov will be look­ing to get as much shut-eye as pos­si­ble in the buildup to the big event.

In­deed, young James could be de­scribed as a Mac­cabiah baby. He is a great ad­vert for Jewish con­ti­nu­ity af­ter Dov met wife Perry in Tel Aviv at the 2009 Games. That was cer­tainly one match made in heaven.

There will also be an ar­ray of tal­ent in the Ju­nior Boys and Cadet event with won­der kids Jack Joseph and Zach Man­del among the ones to watch.

Spare a thought for Richard Bronzite. He’s tak­ing part in a bike ride to Si­cily, rais­ing funds for Nor­wood. By his own ad­mis­sion, Richard isn’t the fittest per­son so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how he copes with four days on the bike and one of hik­ing, es­pe­cially with Mount Etna erupt­ing ear­lier this week. He’s par­tic­i­pat­ing in the even along with Rob Gold and 40 other pro­fes­sion­als.

Good luck to the Team GB squad trav­el­ling to Mar­seille to de­fend their Euro­pean Mac­cabi Foot­ball Tro­phy this week­end.

The team com­pleted their prepa­ra­tions with vic­tory over a com­bined North London Raiders team last week­end while their fund-rais­ing ef­forts were there for ev­ery­one to see at last week­end’s Anek­stein Cup final. With the London In­ter-league Cup not tak­ing place this sea­son, it’s a real chance for play­ers from the lower di­vi­sions to sparkle on the big stage. See Danny Caro’s week­end round-up at thejc.com. Email dcaro@thejc.com and/ or fol­low Danny on Twit­ter:@dj­caro OAK­WOOD Semi-final: bt South Manch­ester 1-0 – James Abrams Quar­ter-final: bt Chigwell Ath­letic 3-1- An­thony Kintish 2, Ja­son Lind­say Round 3: bt Leeds Mac­cabi 1sts - 1-0 Brad Wine Round 2: bt Norstar A on pens (2-2 AET) - An­thony Kintish, Dan Geey Round 2: bt Ath­letico Bil­baum 2-0 - James. Abrams, Dan Ash Round 1: Bye HEN­DON Semi-final: bt Brady A 2-1 – Ari Last, Avi­dan Last Quar­ter-final: Hyde Park Rovers 8-1 - Ari Last (2), Avi­dan Last (2), Yoav Kesten­baum (2), Josh Bent­ley, Dovid Kor­man Round 4: bt RJC A by de­fault Round 3: bt Mon­tana Boca Utd 8-0 – Danny Kon (2), Avi­dan Last (2), Ben Kon (2), Greg Corin, Yoav Kesten­baum Rounds 1&2: Bye stepped up a gear in the last 20 min­utes with su­per-sub Josh Bent­ley restor­ing the lead with a won­der­ful vol­ley from just in­side the box. Ari Last sealed the tie with a twice-taken penalty af­ter he was up­ended by El­lis.

Gar­bacz com­mented: “Go­ing in level at half-time was a bit of a body blow, but the mes­sage in the chang­ing room was pos­i­tive.

“Josh Bent­ley made a mas­sive im­pact from the bench. He was so dis­ap­pointed not to start and be­ing my nephew, it was a tough decision to make.

Brady boss Josh Rosen­feld said: “For me, the turn­ing point of the game was def­i­nitely the penalty that never was. “Hen­don are an ex­cel­lent side with qual­ity through­out the team. I am sure they will go an win the tre­ble now and credit to all of them for so much hard work.”

Hen­don: R. Corin, Gil­bert (sub: J. Bent­ley), Smulovitch, Lip­man, Rosen­thal, Av. Last (sub: Kor­man 86), Ar. Last, Lauf­fer, G. Corin, R. Kon, D. Kon (sub: Kesten­baum 75). Sub not used: B. Kon Brady: Col­mans, Lass­man (sub: Fox 88), Smith, El­lis (capt), Lit­tas, Green (sub: Field 75), Hershman, Platt, Gor­don, Keter­man, Hakim. Subs not used: Grant, Co­hen

Man-of-the-match: Ben Lauf­fer

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