4 August 2018- Round 14 Winter

In the final round of the season for several teams, three out of eight Maccabi teams won and there was one bye.

Maccabi will be represented in Pennant finals by three teams, while Lauren Yarrow's team in the BRTA mixed competition is also well placed to finish in the top four.



Grade 2 Beaumaris 2-6-60 def Maccabi 2-6-57

Arthur Kaganovitch/Max Needleman 6-3 3-6 6-3 and 6-2 2-6 6-7

Asaf Nagar/Joey Pat 7-5 1-6 4-6 and 6-4 3-6 7-6


Grade 4 Royal South Yarra 3-6-43 def Maccabi 1-2-30

Joel Fredman/Robert Minc 1-6 2-6 and 6-3 6-3 

Saul Muscatel/Ari Berman 6-7 4-6 and 1-6 4-6

The grade 4 team ended a disappointing season in familiar fashion, going down 3-1 to finalists Royal South Yarra.  Playing in difficult blustery conditions at home, no. 1 pair Joel Fredman and Rob Minc were overpowered, registering a 1-6, 2-6 loss. Meanwhile, no. 2 pair Ari Berman and Saul Muscatel dished it out to their opponents, going down in a tight tussle 6-7, 4-6. 
With their backs against the wall, joel and rob responded accordingly, closing out the season with a resounding 6-3, 6-3 win. Ari and Saul, after losing the first set 1-6, turned up the heat, unfortunately going down 1-6, 4-6 in a quality match against their no. 1 opponents.
A season ravaged by injuries and absences unfortunately. As St Kilda supporters say annually, there’s always next year. 
- Joel Fredman


Grade 7 Section 4 Maccabi 3-6-46 def Royal South Yarra 1-2-27
Steven Kleytman / Adam Needleman 6-3 6-2 and 6-2 6-4 
Jan Tenenberg / Daniel Henquin 6-1 6-1 and 5-7 5-7

Consolidated our third position with a solid win away on en tous cas. 
 We needed the hit on the red stuff as we may have to play a final on it
next week. 
A fantastic win to top off a very good winter campaign that looked doomed
after losing our first two matches of the season. Our opponent next week is
being decided today when the two top teams play each other with the winner
claiming top spot on the ladder. Be a very interesting match as Monash have
been on top all year but I think Coatesville are a better team. So our first
final will be either Monash on hard court or Coatesville on red stuff. Can't
wait to play next week!
- Adam Needleman


Grade 7 Section 3



Grade 8 Section 1 Maccabi 4-8-52 def Bentleigh Rec 0-1-23

Jordan Jaffe/Marty Schwarz 6-1 6-1 and 6-3 6-0

Leor Bar/Zvi Schweitzer 6-3 3-6 7-5 and 6-3 6-1

Playing at the real Maccabi home courts for the first time in the season, the Grade 8 Section 1 team was ironically playing Bentleigh, the team with whom they have shared their home courts throughout the season.
Despite going into the match with a high probability of finishing second on the ladder, this was certainly not a dead-rubber match — there was always a chance the top team could give up their position. Marty and Jordan started out the day on a positive note, going up 5-0 in the first set. They continued to cruise to a 6-1 6-1 victory in their first match. Meanwhile, Zvi and Leor had a slightly harder time taking on their opponents, winning the first set 6-3. Down 2-4 in the second, Zvi and Leor were unable come back, dropping the second set 3-6. However, they were able to battle back, winning the third and final set 7-5.
In the reverse doubles, Marty and Jordan continued their momentum, grabbing another victory 6-3 6-0. Similarly, Zvi and Leor did not encounter much resistance, winning 6-3 6-1.
Overall, a nice win to finish the home-away season. Big week next week as we enter the finals regime.
- Marty Schwarz


Grade 8 Section 2 Beaumaris 4-8-48 def Maccabi 0-0-20

Joel Rabinov/ Jordan Davis 4-6 3-6 and 4-6 2-6 

Ben Pollak/ Jack Stock 3-6 1-6 and 1-6 2-6

At home against BLTC, we hoped to end our season on a high.

For Joel and Jordan they found it tough early (4-6). After losing the opening set, a adjustment of tactics worked for a 3-2 lead, before their number 6 leftie just put in a blinder of a service game to hold 3all before they ran away with it.

Ben and Jack gave it a red hot crack, however struggled all day as they made some silly mistakes. Jack hit some good volleys, however they really struggled with the oppositions power as well as serves.

In the reverse doubles, Joel and Jordan got out to a 4-2 lead, before a sloppy game as well as the opponent finding their feet gave them the openign set 6-4. Joel and Jordan hit back for a 1-0, 0-40 lead before the opposition somehow won that game and got a run on

Overall: My personal highlight of the day was in the clubhouse, with 3 pennant teams (grade 4 and both grade 8) all watching the gripping final 10 minutes of the Hawthorn- Essendon match on our phones!

In reality, this season has been tough: the opposition repeatedly find ways to win games at 30all or when down break point. They also have no weak links. We have found that the opposition have 2 gears more in terms of pace, depth consistency and better serves compared to what we are use to. Today their leftie (number 6) was probably the best player on the court- he was the only one who hit backhand winners.

Grade 9 Heathmont 4-8-57 def Maccabi 0-1-34

Robert Schattner/Josh Hutson 5-7 3-6 and 4-6 7-6 6-7 

Paul Koltun/Avi Gigi 1-6 6-7 and 2-6 0-6



Section 2 Maccabi 6-8-59 def East Malvern 0-1-35

Mor Dahan 8-5

Lauren Yarrow 8-5

Yael Gigi 8-1

Errol Dorfan 8-0

Dahan/Yarrow 6-4 2-6 7-6

Gigi/Dorfan 6-4 6-4



Section 5 Kings Park 2-4-36 def Maccabi 2-4-34

Gabi Bergman/Anat Vernik 6-0 6-2

Bradley Bergman/Ben Needleman 0-6 2-6

Bergman/Bergman 7-5 6-4

Vernik/Needleman 1-6 6-7


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