27 April 2019 - Round 1 Winter

The 2019 Tennis Victoria Winter Pennant season commenced on Saturday.  Maccabi are fielding five men's teams in the competition - Australia’s largest inter-club competition has been played for the past 136 years.

The opening round (singles only) saw wins for three out of five Maccabi teams.

Two mixed teams, playing in the Bayside Regional Tennis Association (BRTA) Winter competition, play their opening matches next week.

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Grade 3 Overport Park 2-4-39 def Maccabi 2-4-35

Asaf Nagar 6-4 7-5

Jess Flicker 3-6 6-7

Joel Fredman 6-1 6-4

Patrick Monteiro 0-6 1-6

Tough day at the office with our emergency struggling as number 4. Veterans Joel and Asaf had a win and Jessie lost a close match with a very close second set.. Better luck next week.
- Asaf Nagar


Grade 6 Maccabi 3-7-56 def East Camberwell 1-4-42

Jordan Swire 4-6 6-1 2-6

Damon Flicker 2-6 6-2 6-3

Marcus Frajman 7-6 4-6 7-5

Ryan Sharp 6-1 6-0

Damon and Marcus started first.  Damon lost the first set against a strong lefthander but showed resilience to come from behind to win in three sets.  Marcus played a marthon three-setter that finished after 4pm, eventually prevailing.  Our emergency player Jordan applied himself well against the opposition's best player, sliding impressively and displaying great shotmaking, but was outgunned in the third set.  Ryan S came on and was clinical in victory against a good opponent, playing chanceless tennis and winning in about 45 minutes to seal the win.
- Marcus Frajman


Grade 7 Section 1 Maccabi 4-8-53 def Liston 0-1-19

Steven Kleytman 4-6 6-2 6-1

Marty Schwarz 6-2 7-6

Adam Needleman 6-0 6-1

Darren Seymour 6-1 6-1

It is important in winter to get wins early when there is no rain. Especially when it’s a home game. The boys did that. A great effort. Marty and Steven concentrated and quietly ground out tough, satisfying wins against players they could easily have lost to. Marty was down 2-5 in the second set before he rallied taking the tie-break and a straight sets win whilst Steven was obviously the fitter of the two players as after losing the first set he got on top to win comfortably. Cool heads under crisis is our team motto this year. Looking forward to a  season where we feel we can make an impact. Sorry Darren but your match and my match are really not worth mentioning except I just did.
- Adam Needleman


Grade 7 Section 2 Maccabi 2-4-41 def Box Hill 2-4-36
Alan Liebowitz  3-6, 4-6
Adam Klein  7-5, 6-4
Alan Datt  4-6, 5-7
Albert Leon-Bayer  6-1, 6-1

Today, the team was playing its “A” team - Alan, Adam, Alan and Albert!
We welcomed two new recruits to Maccabi pennant, Adam Klein and Albert Leon-Bayer, both having wins getting the team over the line.
Alan L, Alan D and Albert all took to the courts in cold and blustery conditions.  Albert made very short work of his opponent, even though he said he was a bit rusty in singles, nobody else noticed that, especially not his opponent, wiping his opponent off the court with a very solid victory.  The other courts had two much more even games, and even though both Alans had opportunities to win they just didn’t take them and they both ended up losing in a tight contest.
Meaning it was all up to Adam.  No pressure of course, but if he wins in 2 we win, anything else and we lose.  This was Adam’s first competition match for several years.  In a topsy turvy game, Adam proved to be too good, winning in straight sets and getting the team over the line.
Well done, now for doubles next week.
- Ron Schweitzer


Grade 9 East Camberwell 3-6-43 def Maccabi 1-2-34
Joel Rabinov 3-6, 3-6.
Daniel Goodrich 3-6, 3-6
Nathan Rapoport 6-0, 7-6
Jack Stock 3-6, 6-7

At home against East Camberwell, new recruit Nathan Rapoport along with the captain opened proceedings on a cold winters day (that had the rarity of having the curtains open on our home courts for singles).
Joel got broken early, and despite chances in the next two games couldn't break back and lost the set 6-3. Joel finally got in enough returns and was able to break for 3-0, before it all went downhill as a combination of things caught up with Joel for 3-6.
Nathan started firing on all cylinders, taking the first set in the blink of an eye 6-0, barely missing a shot in the process. The second set was a very different affair with a number of lead changes. From 3-5 to 6-5 it then went to a tiebreak. After saving two set points victory was sweet at 8-6.
Daniel had chances in his match, but also didn't take them in a 3-6, 3-6 match.
Jack fought hard against a very talented young player and kept up stride for stride for the most part in the first set but was overpowered and outplayed for 3-6. Jack turned the tables in the second set for a commanding lead (5-2) before not capitalising on his chances and narrowly went down 7-5 in the tiebreak.
Overall: A day where all matches were close and really should have gone to 3 sets yet didn't. Think Daniel and Jack got a fair bit out of it. This opposition will be a major player in finals (they were missing their top 2 players). Positive is that Nathan played well with his victory. Hopefully we can get on the winners list with our next home game.
- Joel Rabinov


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