27 October 2018 - Round 4 Summer

There was plenty of passion on show in the Section 5 Maccabi derby. Police have praised the behaviour of both sets of fans.

Two out of eight Maccabi teams won in Round 4 of the BRTA Summer competition. There were two 3-3 losses.



  • A bagel win for the Section 8 Maccabi running machine Jack Stock, who remains undefeated in singles and doubles this season. Despite attending the Taylor Swift concert the night before, Jack was able to shake it off and his start to the season has been simply gorgeous
  • A breakthrough win for the Section 9 team, captained by Nathan Rapoport. All four played an important role in the team win
  • A captain's performance from Lauren Yarrow
  • A pleasing win for Club Coach Asaf Nagar against one of his employees in Section 1. Wonderful determination and commitment to the cause from Brian Watson to play with an injured hand
  • Lachie Zuker rescuing the Section 6 team for the second week in a row, this time with just two hours' notice and after playing juniors in the morning
  • Huge efforts from Paul Koltun and the brave Alan Liebowitz, stepping up to the plate and playing in the Section 5 Maccabi derby



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Section 1 Dendy Park 5-7-54 def Maccabi 1-2-31

Arthur Kaganovitch 0-8

Asaf Nagar 8-3

Steven Gostin 4-8

Brian Watson 1-8

Kaganovitch/Nagar 3-6 6-2 6-7

Gostin/Watson 3-6 0-6

We welcomed back Arthur for his first match this season and held high hopes of a better showing however Arthur a little underdone due to VCE studying came up against a huge serving excellent player that gave him few errors and served amazingly going down 0/8 the shoreline a little unfair as a reflection of the standard of tennis on display 
Asaf played really well against one of his coaches who kept hitting to asaf strongest asset his backhand which asaf loves!!he eventually prevailed 8/3 in a high standard match 
Steven played a solid hitting player creating lots of game point opportunities to only take a few in the early stages of the match which allowed his opponent to gain his confidence and win 8/4
Brian played the Dendy park club coach who was relentless in coming to net and volleying well  
Brian tried hard but went down 1/8 
Asaf/Arthur played some brilliant doubles with some fantastic rallies volleying lobs and passing shots but went down 2/6 6/3 8/10 in a super tiebreaker the difference being the serving of their no1 who allowed no pressure to be on his serve in the tiebreaker 
Steven/Brian tried hard but were just too inconsistent angst a solid pair going down 3&0 
- Steven Gostin


Section 5 Maccabi No 2 5-7-53 def Maccabi No 1 1-2-37

Geoff Rosenberger def Steven Kleytman 8-5

Adam Needleman def Saul Muscatel 8-2

Marcus Frajman def Paul Koltun 8-2

Ryan Behr def Alan Liebowitz 8-7

Rosenberger/Muscatel def Kleytman/Needleman 3-6 6-3 6-0

Frajman/Behr def Koltun/Liebowitz 6-2 6-4

Adam's team were missing several regular players but this did not concern Adam, who went about recruiting every lefthander he could get his hands on - Paul and Alan were handy additions.
In the singles, Geoff and Steven had a tight tussle.  Adam played great tennis to take down Saul. Marcus and Paul had many long rallies.  The closest match was between Ryan and Alan, won by the former in a tiebreak.  Unfortunately for Alan, he developed back spasms while leading 4-1 and this affected all aspects of his game for the rest of the day. But he battled on, displaying true Maccabi spirit.
The doubles saw attacking netplay from all four pairings and in the end, our team prevailed 5 rubbers to 1.
- Marcus Frajman


Section 6 Langwarrin 3-5-44 def Maccabi 3-3-34

Jordan Jaffe 8-6

Marty Schwarz 8-5

Errol Dorfan 8-1

Lachie Zuker 1-8

Jaffe/Schwarz 2-6 3-6

Dorfan/Zuker 2-6 2-6

Despite a scare in losing their number one at the last minute, the Section 6 team made their way down to Langwarrin for what would be an interesting day. 
On the fine spring day our number three, Errol, and last minute emergency and promising junior, Lachie, took to the court. Lachie played very well but was surprised by the height of his opponent’s shots. He fought hard but went down 1-8. On the adjacent court, Errol engaged in a battle against a player with a double handed forehand and a single handed backhand. Errol finished him 8-1. Jordan took to the court, playing consistently against an opponent who liked the net. After being 6-3 up, he suffered a small lapse, bringing the match to 6-6. He continued on to win 8-6. Meanwhile, Marty took to the court against an opponent with a huge forehand. After also being up 6-3, Marty’s opponent enjoyed a little flurry of momentum, bringing the match to 6-5. Marty closed out the match 8-5.
In the doubles, Marty and Jordan were simply outmatched by their opponents solid volleys. After losing the first 2-6, and down 1-5 in the second, they managed to gain a bit of momentum. However, they ended up 3-6 in the second. Similarly, Errol and Lachie found it tough to get he match under control, too going down 2-6 2-6.
A disappointing day in the end; the Section 6 team are no longer undefeated. A special and massive thank you to Lachie Zuker who, on his birthday and after playing juniors in the morning, travelled all the way out to Langwarrin on two hours notice. 
- Marty Schwarz


Section 7 Royal South Yarra 4-5-53 def Maccabi 2-4-47 

Zvi Schweitzer 4-8
Alan Datt 4-8
Ron Schweitzer 8-4
Daniel Vertes 4-8
Z Schweitzer/Datt 6-3 7-6
R Schweitzer/Vertes 6-3 2-6 6-7.

Awfully close, but just missed out.
All started very promising when we were given four courts to play on, and they just happened to be the same four courts where none other that our Pennat secretary lead his team to our last pennant flag several years ago.  So the hope was this was going to be a good omen. 
All four singles went on at once and they were all good close matches, but unfortunately at the end we only had the one rubber to show for our efforts.  
But we went into the doubles full of confidence knowing how well Maccabi traditionally performs in the doubles.  And this confidence looked to be well founded, as both teams scored solid wins in the first set.  Unfortunately things changed in the second set, with both Zvi and Alan ending up in trouble and Ron and Daniel ending up in more trouble.  Ron and Daniel lost the second set very quickly 6-2.  Zvi and Alan looked to be in a similar predicament, down 4-2, but they steadied and fought back brilliantly to force it into a tiebreaker and win that quite convincingly.  Meanwhile. Ron and Daniel were storming ahead in the third set, and actually got to a 5-2 lead, and at 5-4 up had a match point which they were not able to convert, finally going down in the tiebreaker, meaning instead of grabbing victory from the jaws of defeat, we just ended up losing which is what it looked like was going to happen after the singles.
So a very disappointing end to what was otherwise a great day of tennis.
- Ron Schweitzer


Section 8 Black Rock 3-4-42 def Maccabi 3-4-37

Ben Pollak 2-8

Joel Rabinov 8-6

Jordan Davis 5-8

Jack Stock 8-0

Rabinov/Davis 0-6 2-6

Pollak/Stock 6-4 6-4

At home on a windy day that made serving tricky against Black Rock, Joel and Jordan opened proceedings.
Joel quickly found himself in a tough match, down 2-4 before finally holding serve. Ended up very lucky to win 8-6.
Jordan served first but lost the first two games before eventually finding his rhythm. A tight tussle and momentum shifts saw Jordan fight back to be down 3-4. At 30-40 Jordan was running from side to side of the court and won a great defensive point to get it to 4all, but fatigue along with the opponent capitalising on opportunities meant the result did not go Jordans way. 
Ben's first 3 games went on serve (1-2) before Ben had the first of a few of the 40-0 scorelines to lose that service game (and a few others). Although Ben defended reasonably throughout the match, it got to a point where the opponent was simply too powerful with a 2-8 result.
Jack played against a young leftie that has a lot of upside. Jack was tested early before he weathered the oppositions ground strokes and make him play the extra point.
Jack had his opponent mentally and won 8-0. 
Joel and Jordan weren't quite sure what happened in the opening 8 games as the opposition didn't miss a thing, however fought back for 2all. Unfortunately the opposition put their foot down again to win 6-2.
Ben and Jack had a clear game plan to avoid their number 1 player, and that worked throughout the match. Ben and Jack both served very well and served it out 6-4. The second set was pretty similar and even though it took 8 match points to get it, they closed it out 6-4 6-4. 
Overall: another close loss. However this is definitely the team to beat in singles: they were missing only their number 2 today. We haven't been winning the last couple of weeks, but as long as keep winning rubbers when we can't win then we will be in decent shape. The top 7 teams are so even, so winning every game and rubber will be vitally important (despite a 1-3 scoreline we have actually won more rubbers and games then we have conceded). We just have to cope with unavailability as best we can until we can get back to our full strength team. On a positive note, Jack hasn't lost a set yet!
- Joel Rabinov


Section 9 Maccabi 3-5-48 def Carmelite 3-5-45

Nathan Rapoport 4-8

Josh Duieb 8-1

Ben Needleman 0-8

Paul Kovacs 8-2

Rapoport/Kovacs 4-6 6-2 6-3

Duieb/Needleman 4-6 6-3 2-6

Great effort from the team saw Section 9 clinch their first win of the season in a nail-biter.
- Nathan Rapoport



Section 2 Burwood 4-5-46 def Maccabi 2-3-29

Lauren Yarrow 8-1

Yael Gigi 4-8

Roslyn Forecast 1-8

Nikki Cukierman 1-8

Yarrow/Gigi 6-3 7-6

Forecast/Cukierman 0-6 2-6

1- Lauren Yarrow: had a great match against her opponent almost not dropping a single game! The game consisted of drop shots, lobs, passing shots etc which she did very well at and utilised the wind to her advantage! She ended up winning 8-1 which is a great effort!
2- Yael Gigi: had a tough match with some great rallies but her opponent proved too strong in the end and as a result she lost 4-8 but great effort!
3- Roslyn Forecast: had a very tough match and was just able to scrape a game off her opponent and as a result she lost 1-8 but good effort! 
4- Nikki Cukierman: also had a very tough match managing to get atleast a game off her opponent and as a result lost 1-8 but also a good effort!
1- Lauren/Yael: had a very tough match against their opponents where in the first set it went game for game and then Lauren/Yael took over to clench the set 6-3! In the second set their opponents got to a 5-2 lead! Lauren/ Yael were very determined to win and stayed in the game managing to result in a tie breaker! Their opponents had a 6-2 lead in the tie breaker and Lauren/Yael stayed focused and overcame their opponents to clench the set 7-6!! Great effort!!
2- Roslyn/Nikki: Had a very tough match where they only managed to get a couple of games off their opponents! They had some great rallies but in the end they lost 0-6 2-6 which was a good effort regardless! 
- Lauren Yarrow


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