Israel gets 10 out of 10 for trying
ALTHOUGH SOMEwill nodoubtsee Israel’s latest performance ontheEuropean stage as a failure, I believe qualification in itself was a major achievement.
Time and again we have seen Israeli teams, both at club and national level, bust a gut to reach major finals, but they have fallen well short of the required standard and, with all due respect, do little more than just make up the numbers. But 10 out of 10 for trying lads.
Therewasarealfeel-good-factorat theMaccabiGBTableTennisChampionships,toppedoff bytheattendanceof EnglandInternationalplayerDarius Knight.
The competition featured Maccabiah stars of the past, present and, dare I say, future, including young James Katz, the son of the evergreen Dov who first took part in the competition aged 15.
Katzsnrhasgoneontorackupmore than15titlesandhispartnershipwith SallyProwenintheMixedDoublesevent definestheterm‘dreamteam’toperfection.
LondonLionsmanagersTonyGold andAndyLandesbergarenotreading too much into the 5-2 friendly defeat against Hadley. With Josh Kennet and Sam Sloma back in the fold, the signs are they will have a decent season in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One. “Fitness levels are improving by the day,” according to Gold, though they look a little lightweight up top. How they could do with an Adam Bolle right now ...
Overtheyearswehaveseensome wonderfulteamnamesintheMGBSFL. Los Lobos, Sutlu Borek, Jewdinese, Holy MountZion,RedSeaandScrabbleoften gotalaughwhenmentionedatour Editorial conferences. Not forgetting, of course, JC Milan. But I have to say that whoever thought of Sacharit Donetsk deserves a pat on the back for a stroke of genius.
TeamsfromtheMaccabiMastersare on red alert after Golden Boot winner Richard Fogelman revealed he is ready to join the old boys league.
Nicknamed, Schnitzelman, he registered 40 goals in 16 matches for L’Equipe last season. Waldaf Town and NLR are joint-favourites to seal his registration, althoughwordhasreachedmethat Faithfold boss David Garson attempted toschmoozehiminsynagogue.
If there’s a big deal on the table, you just know Pini Zahavi won’t be too far away from it. He has taken the role of a football agent to a new level and now lives a lifestyle many can only dream of, normally leaving a cloud of smoke from his favourite cigars in his wake. And when you think that he started off as a journalist, there’s hope for us yet. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or follow Danny on Twitter:@djcaro
TABLE TENNIS Adam Laws held his nerve to win the men’s title at the Maccabi GB Table Tennis Championships in Edgware.
Top-seeded Laws beat fellow England top 50 rival Eli Baraty 3-1 in the final of an event that attracted 85 players.
Ivan Lewis collected the Outstanding Achievement accolade after claiming three pieces of silverware. He teamed up with Dov Katz to take the Men’s Doubles crown following a 3-1 success over Keith Lesser and Daniel Spurling.
L e wi s a l s o walked away with the Vet- erans Singles and Over-50’s championships following respective victories over Jeremy Banks and Zorik Menashe. The women’s final produced some high-quality rallies as Jo Radivan overcame Sally Prowen 3-1.
Matthew Gold surprised top seed Carl Breindel in the Junior Boys final, winning 11-9 in the deciding set. There was also joy for Jessica Abrahams who beat Benjamin Busse, Zachy Sagger and Jacob Sobel on her way to success in the under-12 event.
Dov Katz and Sally Prowen recorded their 10th victory in the Mixed Doubles following a 3-1 win over Jeremy Banks and Radivan.
Adam Laws beat Matt Spero and Eli Baraty on his way to first prize
Junior winner: Matthew Gold