Eden on the right track in golden year

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY BRIAN SACKS DOU­BLE WIN­NING NLR RAIDERS SET THE STAN­DARD

2015 fea­tured some top-qual­ity per­for­mances up and down the land, so here Danny Caro brings you the top XI JAKE DOFFMAN – A cor­ner­stone of NLR’s first Premier Di­vi­sion ti­tle suc­cess which ended in dou­ble glory by lifting the Cyril Anek­stein Cup. Main­tained top form by only con­ced­ing five goals this sea­son. ALEX BLOCH - The most con­sis­tent per­former at North Lon­don Raiders. Af­ter six sea­sons, Bloch chose 2015 to be the year he broke his long goal drought. NICK LAN­DES­BERG – A key fig­ure at Lon­don Li­ons and helped Team Mac­cabi GB win their Open first futsal gold at the Euro­pean Mac­cabi Games. DAVID RHODES - Raiders cap­tain who is now in his 12th sea­son at the club. Led the team to the dou­ble last year and is one of the suc­cess sto­ries of the MGBSFL. DANNY STA­PLE­TON - Im­pressed on the big stage at the EMG. Played with great ma­tu­rity and led the

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team to gold.

EDEN DAVIS capped a mem­o­rable 2015 by be­com­ing the first Jewish ath­lete for sev­eral years to medal in the English Schools Cham­pi­onships af­ter tak­ing bronze in the in­ter­me­di­ate 100m.

In win­ning the Bed­ford In­ter­na­tional Games 100m in 10.76, Davis low­ered a com­pe­ti­tion record that had stood for nine years. He placed sec­ond in the event in the U17 South of Eng­land Cham­pi­onships, and took 200m gold and 100m sil­ver in the Hert­ford­shire Cham­pi­onships.

Pole vaulter So­phie Dow­son steadily raised her per­sonal best to 3.62m to rank sixth among the UK Un­der 17’s. Dow­son won the South of Eng­land U20 ti­tle at 3.60m and scaled the same height to place fifth in the Eng­land Ath­let­ics U20 Cham­pi­onship, plac­ing sec­ond amongst the U17 com­peti­tors. Dow­son placed fourth in the English Schools Cham­pi­onship de­spite ill­ness pre­vent­ing train­ing in the week be­fore­hand.

Dow­son and fel­low vaulter Ge­orge Grant both took gold medals at the Mid­dle­sex Cham­pi­onships. Anna Bar­nett was an­other fine field event com­peti­tor, win­ning dis­cus gold and shot-put bronze in the Kent U17 Schools com­pe­ti­tion. Bar­nett also placed sec­ond in both the shot and dis­cus in the Kent County Cham­pi­onships.

David Stone,13, made a re­mark­able come­back from a year side­lined with knee prob­lems to win the U13 Lon­don Mini Marathon Bor­ough SAM SOL­LOSI – An ex­cit­ing young tal­ent who has turned into one of the most con­sis­tent play­ers in the league. The first name down on the RJC A teamsheet. LO­RIAN MADANES – Dead-ball ex­pert who in­spired FC Team to the ti­tle in May. Scores for fun and con­trib­utes plenty of as­sists. DANIEL GARFIN­KLE – Bags of en­ergy and has hit the ground run­ning in the top-flight. Deadly in oneon-one sit­u­a­tions. JOR­DAN MARKS – The goal ma­chine helped Leeds Mac­cabi win the MJSL tre­ble and Raiders to the dou­ble. Team Mac­cabi GB could have done with him in Berlin. REISS MwOGILNER – Best player out­side the MGBSFL Premier Di­vi­sion. Cur­rent MGBSFL top­scorer and has helped pro­pel Brady Mac­cabi to the Di­vi­sion One sum­mit. RUS­SELL GOLDSTEIN - Re­cently named Mac­cabi GB Elite Ath­lete of the Year. Helped Team Mac­cabi GB win gold in Ger­many. Chal­lenge. He took the Hert­ford­shire U15 3000m ti­tle and won a Na­tional U15 Road re­lay gold medal as a mem­ber of the Shaftes­bury Bar­net team.

Lia Radus, older sis­ter of Maayan, gained two vic­to­ries in the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cross Coun­try League and fin­ished third in the Mid­dle­sex County Cham­pi­onship. She placed sec­ond in the U13 Lon­don Mini Marathon Bor­ough Chal­lenge just one sec­ond be­hind the win­ner, while on the track she took sil­ver in the Mid­dle­sex U15 1500m Cham­pi­onship.

The Cheshire and Greater Manch­ester Cham­pi­onships proved to be a fam­ily af­fair for sis­ters El­lie, Al­lana and Orli Ed­wards. For­mer Mac­cabia gold medal­list El­lie took the U20 100m ti­tle while Al­lana took bronze in the U17 300m hur­dles and Orli se­cured sil­ver in the U13 javelin. El­lie also gained an English Schools Cham­pi­onship re­lay gold, as well as sev­eral League vic­to­ries.

The Hert­ford­shire Cham­pi­onships like­wise pro­vided a rich medal haul for Co­lette Hur­ley and her chil­dren Re­becca, Jes­sica and Greg. Co­lette and Jes­sica each won their age group 300m ti­tles, with Jes­sica also tak­ing a sec­ond gold in the U17 400m. Re­becca took U20 sil­ver in the 400m hur­dles while Greg gained bronze in the U15 300m.

Other ath­letes de­serv­ing recog­ni­tion are Rachel Ayr­ton, Mid­dle­sex Schools sil­ver medal­list in the U17 800m and Matti Har­ris, Hert­ford­shire Schools sil­ver medal­list in the U13 1500m. Broth­ers Jack and Ben Bloom, 14 and 12 re­spec­tively, Tal Pel­mont, 15, So­phie Peters, 14, and Phillip Ben­son, 23, all raced con­sis­tently well over the mid­dle dis­tances. At 76, Roge r B r u c k c o n t i n - u e d t o d e f y b o t h a g e a n d grav­ity. His medal tally of three golds and three sil­vers in UK In­door and Out­door Mas­ters Cham­pi­onships in­cluded out­door golds in both the high jump and long jump.

St Mary’s Univer­sity stu­dent Richard Good­man be­gan the new cross coun­try sea­son with five straight wins and gained se­lec­tion for the Euro­pean U23 Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships.

PHOTO: MARK EAS­TON

(Left to Right) David Stone, Lian Radus and El­lie Ed­wards

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