Kooyong crown in masters doubles
When best friends and tennis coaches, Asaf Nagar and Assaf Drori joined forces as doubles players for the first time since 2015, to enter the recently held International Tennis Federation 2022 World Tennis Masters tour event at Kooyong, they could only dream of winning the men’s 40-45 doubles title.
But that’s exactly what they achieved.
The duo – who mentored the Australian tennis teams at the Maccabiah Games in Israel earlier this year – managed to win four consecutive matches in straight sets, across four days, including victory over the number 1 seeds, to earn the trophy.
At the same tournament, Maccabi Tennis Club players Joel Fredman and Robert Minc were finalists in the men’s 50-55 doubles.
Walking into AAMI Stadium
Last weekend, Maccabi FC Caulfield’s walking football group enjoyed watching the Australian Matildas’ 4-0 win versus Sweden at AAMI Park.
Even better, they got to play in a mini game on the pitch during the half-time break.
Earlier, on November 9, the group had a 6-all draw with newcomers Boroondara, to celebrate that club’s new walking football hub, thanks to Football Victoria.
Walking football is a low impact form of the game, that suits people of all abilities, or with mobility issues, and also players returning from injury.
Masters rep success
Mazal tov to life member of Maccabi Hockey Club, David Sonenberg, who represented Australia in a masters hockey tournament in Japan earlier this month, weeks after being part of a gold medal winning men’s over-75 Victorian team at the 2022 Australian Masters Hockey Championships in the Gold Coast.
His team went undefeated, posting 4 wins and a draw, before beating NSW 4-0 in the semis, and Queensland 2-0 in the final.
David’s brother, Norman, was Victoria’s men’s over-70 team manager, while Norman Same and Andrew Gelbart represented Victoria in the men’s over-65 competition.
The Sonenberg brothers first played for Maccabi-AJAX Hockey Club in 1963, and David still attends two hockey training sessions per week during the regular masters hockey season.
Top of the ladder
MACCABI-AJAX rose to equal first on the 2022 Mercantile Cricket Association’s men’s Sunday A grade ladder last weekend after a big win in round 7.
The Maccabi men bowled the Indigos out for 122 in the 29th over, and then successfully chased that target with the loss of only 2 wickets.
Brothers Benjamin (3/1) and Joshua (3/28) were outstanding with the ball, while Amir Meyerowitz starred with the bat with an unbeaten 64.