25 May 2019 - Round 5 Winter


Grade 9 L to R: Nathan Rapoport, Ben Pollak (vice capt), Jack Stock and Michael Rabinovich
Marty Schwarz and Jordan Jaffe of the Grade 7 Maccabi team

In Round 5, there were wins for three out of seven Maccabi teams.

 

TENNIS VICTORIA WINTER PENNANT:

Grade 3 Mount Eliza 3-7-52 def Maccabi 1-3-44

Asaf Nagar 6-1 4-6 3-6

Max Needleman 6-7 6-1 7-6

Jess Flicker 2-6 3-6

Robert Minc 1-6 6-7

 

Grade 6 Maccabi 4-8-59 def Coatesville 0-2-36

Geoff Rosenberger 7-6 7-6

Marcus Frajman 4-6 6-1 7-6

Ryan Sharp 6-2 6-0

Ryan Behr 6-3 4-6 6-0

As always, Ryan Sharp was clinical in just his second game of the season.  Despite being a bit under the weather, the man with the slick new haircut made short work of his opponent.  Marcus worked hard after dropping the first set to turn the match around and overcame a 3-0 final set deficit and saved a match point to win in a tiebreak.  Geoff was up against a familiar opponent and although he was down 5-2 and 4-1 in each set, clawed his way back to win in two tiebreak sets.  Ryan Behr started brightly but then found himself at one set all.  Always the entertainer, his game soared to new heights when his teammates had completed their matches and witnessed a glorious final set full of lobs, drop shots and winners.
- Marcus Frajman

 

Grade 7 Section 1 Maccabi 3-7-52 def Melbourne Uni 1-2-38
Jordan Jaffe 6-3 6-4
Marty Schwarz 5-7 7-6 3-6
Jan Tenenberg 7-6 6-3
Adam Needleman 6-2 6-1

For the second week in a row we took down an undefeated team as we cement ourselves at the top end of the ladder. They were a very handy team and the scores don’t reflect the tough contest. We have had a great run playing at home each week .
Jordan today was very impressive dismantling a very athletic player who had a Federer like backhand. His solid play was best typified when he was serving for the match at 5-4. He lost the first and third point but kept getting back to level. At 30-30 after a good rally his opponent brought him to the net and then tossed an excellent lob. I was thinking Jordan may not get it but instead he lurched backwards and played an amazing off smash for a winner. Too good. Too steady. His opponent had won his first two matches and was in good form.
Marty played in what must have been the best Grade 7 match this season. It finished at 3.40 after a gruelling 2 hours and 40 minutes which included a legendary 53 shot rally . Both players were so disorientated after this that they lost the score. Their games were identical and it was no surprise that they could not be separated until the final 15 minutes when Marty’s opponent got on top. Fantastic manners and respect were shown by both players to each other all day. A superb contest.
Jan fell asleep against a very talented left hander that eats, drinks and sleeps tennis. He decided to wake up at 0-5 down. The beast was aroused. He played flawless tennis hitting winners in a brutal display of controlled power. Best he has played for a long time and even his opponent was gobsmacked afterwards.
Adam – comfortable win in an incredibly low standard affair.
- Adam Needleman

 

Grade 7 Section 2 Heathmont 3-6-49 def Maccabi 1-3-39

David Zulman 7-5 7-5

Alan Liebowitz 2-6 3-6

Daniel Henquin 6-2 2-6 6-7

Errol Dorfan 2-6 4-6

Coming off 2 close losses, our team needed a win. Alan and Daniel took to the court first. Alan played a very steady and consistent opponent and couldnt overcome his defensive game. Daniel played a tight, up and down 3 set match and went down in a tiebreaker in the 3rd.
David then went on court and played against a big serving opponent who knew how to finish points quickly. However fortunately David won in 2 sets. Errol played an emergency player who was steady, mobile and had excellent game sense. Despite a solid effort, Errol lost in 2.
This is our 3rd loss in a row and we look to next week for a much needed win.
- David Zulman

 

Grade 9 Maccabi 3-7-54 def Mulgrave 1-3-33

Ben Pollak 6-3, 6-4
Nathan Rapoport 6-4, 6-7, 6-0
Jack Stock 6-0, 6-0
Michael Rabinovich 6-3 3-6, 3-6

Despite the attempt to start at midday (with the threat of rain) we hosted Whites Lane Mulgrave at 1pm with Ben and Nathan opening proceedings.
Ben started off shaky (1-3) but lifted and become predictable as he took the first set 6-3. Ben continued that momentum in the 2nd set and despite giving a few easy games at the end of the set won 6-4. 
Nathan struggled to find any rhythm and poor serving kept the opponent in the match. Despite this Nathan won the opening set (6-4) and had 2 match points in the 2nd set before losing it in a tiebreak, before Nathan put the foot down on the accelerator with a 6-0 win.
Jack played a tall opponent and made him earn every point he won as Jack as too good for him physically and mentally. Jack finished off with his first double bagel victory of his pennant career (6-0, 6-0).
Michael started off well taking the first set 6-3. However his opponent increased his intensity (serve got stronger and groundstrokes more consistent) to take that set 6-3. In the decider with court lights on, the court became slippery as there were lots of long rallies with the opponent prevailing 6-3.
Overall: A great team performance, led by Jack (who was inspired by his beloved pies). A hat-trick of wins for us, and hopefully we can continue that streak next week at Royal South Yarra with our first en tout cas match for the season.
- Joel Rabinov

 

BRTA:

Section 2 Le Page 5-7-52 def Maccabi 1-1-17

Josh Duieb 0-8

Lauren Yarrow 2-8

Daniel Vertes 8-4

Ben Needleman 3-8

Duieb/Yarrow 0-6 0-6

Vertes/Needleman 1-6 3-6

 

Section 5 Mixed Doubles Clarinda 4-8-53 def Maccabi 0-1-27

Paul Kovacs/Bradley Bergman 2-6 1-6

Anat Vernik/Nicole Cukierman 6-3 3-6 6-7

Kovacs/Vernik 5-7 3-6

Bergman/Cukierman 1-6 0-6

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