Is­rael gets 10 out of 10 for try­ing

CARO’S COL­UMN

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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 dcaro@thejc.com 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

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