Around the grounds in Sydney

Around the grounds in Sydney

Maccabi NSW junior triathletes Ryan Miller and Dan Garfinkel.
Maccabi NSW junior triathletes Ryan Miller and Dan Garfinkel on December 5 at Heffron Reserve.


Anthony wins big

A RAIN shower just before the start didn’t deter 29 entrants in Maccabi’s December triathlon at Heffron on December 5.

Anthony Biggs was first out of the pool, and was never under much pressure for the remainder of the race.

He won it in a respectable time of 67 minutes and 50 seconds, considering there were strong winds during the bike leg.

Daniel Butt was second out of the pool – a reward for a commitment to swimming training – but he lost some time in the cycling, to fade to 7th place overall.

Tim Lindop (70 minutes and 9 seconds) had a great race, finishing second, with excellent performances in all three disciplines.

Craig Pager had the best cycling time of the day (33 minutes and 55 seconds) after a slow swim and a decent run, to round out the podium in third. He finished 3 minutes and 11 seconds behind Lindop.

Bonne Lee came fourth, and Guy Miller, in his first Maccabi triathlon, came 12th.

In the junior race, Ryan Miller edged Dan Garfinkel by 6 seconds.

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Maccabi club titles decided

THE 2021 Maccabi NSW Tennis Club Men’s Championships were completed last weekend at White City Tennis Centre.

In the open competition, club coach Steve Loeffler won the singles title over Chad Awberbach 6-0 6-3, while club coaches Mattia Stoissa and Enrico Wellenfeld combined to win in the doubles, with the runners-up being Lance Rosenberg and Edourdo Querollo.

In A1 singles, Lachie Corne claimed the title, defeating James Israel in the final 6-4 6-4, and the doubles champions were Darren Levien and Alex Greenberg, who won a thrilling final versus Ron Bauer and Ed Selig 6-2 6-7 10-8.

Ben Marks was the A2 singles winner, and Haim Gale and Moshe Arielli the A2 doubles winners.

In A3 singles, Michael Holtzman finished on top, while Mike Holtzman and Ivan Savransky won the doubles title.

Gavin Lechem triumphed in the A4 singles, and in the doubles, David Knoll and Michael Urwand.

In B grade there was a combined division 1 and 2 competition, which saw Egon Sonnenschein win in singles, and Brian Gold and Egon Sonnenschein in the doubles.


Tali’s record throw

JEWISH athletes represented themselves and their schools well at the NSW All schools Athletics Championships held last week.

Leading the way was Moriah College’s Tali Baltineshter, who won a gold medal, and broke an All Schools girls’ U15 javelin record, plus a U16 NSW record, in the process, with a throw of 47.25 metres.

Other Jewish student athletes who did well included runners Eden Levit and Zac Urbach from Emanuel School, and Moriah athletes Shira Gotleib, Jemima Mizrachi, and Joseph Rabinowitz.

The two all-Maccabi teams that played in last week’s Double Bay men’s major fours final.


Awesome foursomes at Double Bay

TWO teams of Maccabi bowlers featured in the final of the 2021 Double Bay Bowling Club men’s major fours competition last weekend.

The winning team was Jack Kampel, Peter Levy, Andy Baker (subbing for Sol Caganov) and Les Lillian, after a very closely contested decider versus Ian Ossher, Peter Grunfeld, Murray Lott and Jody Glasser.

The bowls action continues this weekend at Double Bay, when Maccabi members Glen Silver and Lance Shofer will compete in the final of the men’s minor singles.


Hannah shines at state qualifying meet

MACCABI was represented by nine girls and three boys at the recent Swimming NSW Long Course Qualifying Meet at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

In the girls’ events, the best placing for Maccabi was by 17-year-old Hannah Pajor, who came 6th in the 50 freestyle, clocking 29.19 seconds. Elodie Jewell, 14, got a PB of 2:36.44 in the 200 backstroke, to place 17th.

Maccabi NSW Swimming Club members at the recent Swimming NSW long course qualifying meet at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
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