L’Equipe tri­umph a fairy­tale suc­cess UCS star­lets reach fi­nal

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - CARO’S COL­UMN BY JC RE­PORTER

GROWN MEN on their knees cry­ing … and I’m not talk­ing about the Emi­rates on Tuesday night. This was Sunday morn­ing foot­ball at its finest.

L’Equipe’s suc­cess story is a modern day fairy­tale. If you’ve watched the high­lights you might say their style of foot­ball may not ap­peal to the purists. But they cer­tainly play to their strengths and their op­po­nents have been un­able to deal with their nu­mer­ous threats.

The Mac­cabi League does not feature many clubs where play­ers have stayed for 10 years. The fact L’Equipe do is tes­ta­ment to the run­ning and spirit of the club and they de­serve all the suc­cess they get.

This is un­doubt­edly a vic­tory for all single clubs in an era where the MGBSFL is dom­i­nated by multi-team clubs.

Sar­ratt’s late with­drawal from their sched­uled match against Lon­don Lions means the Row­ley Lane club now re­quire eight points for pro­mo­tion and a Herts County title. The strug­glers must have been run­ning scared of a free-scor­ing Lions team who have reg­is­tered 24 goals in their last three matches. That said, Sar­ratt only went down 2-0 to Lions in Septem­ber when Char­lie Kasler and goal ma­chine James Ger­sh­field were the marks­men.

Is­raeli par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Euro­pean In­door Cham­pi­onships at Bel­grade ended af­ter just 7.54 sec­onds.

The country’s only com­peti­tor, Diana Vais­man, was elim­i­nated in her heat of the 60m de­spite com­ing close to her own na­tional record of 7.50 sec­onds.

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TABLE TEN­NIS The UCS un­der-13 boys team have reached the na­tional fi­nals fol­low­ing an ex­cel­lent run at the English Schools’ Table Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion South­ern Re­gional fi­nals.

The team of Joe Abra­hams, Ben Bar­barash, Toby Craw­cour, Josh Im­ber and Ja­cob Zakaim (right) ex­celled in a com­pe­ti­tion where the last 16 teams were split into four re­gions, with four teams in each re­gion.

UCS recorded a hat-trick of vic­to­ries, drop­ping just one game to go through. They will now con­test the title for the top team in the country on March 25 in Hink­ley.

Team man­ager Matt Craw­cour com­mented: “The boys all played ex­tremely well un­der pres­sure. There were some out­stand­ing per­for­mances on the day.

“Now the com­pe­ti­tion gets very se­ri­ous as they’ll be com­ing up against boys in the top 20 in the country.

“We will be up against sea­soned schools with table ten­nis pedi­gree.

“Con­sid­er­ing this is our first com­pe­ti­tion I be­lieve they have over-achieved. They have noth­ing to lose now.”

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