Eden on the right track in golden year
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.
(Left to Right) David Stone, Lian Radus and Ellie Edwards