1 June 2019 - Round 6 Winter

Grade 9 L to R: Nathan Rapoport, Michael Rabinovich, Daniel Goodrich and Joel Rabinov (capt)

In Round 6, four of six Maccabi teams won.  The Maccabi Grade 3 team had a bye and there were close losses for the mixed doubles team (whose wounded captain is almost ready to play her first match of the season) and Ron Schweitzer's Grade 7 team.

A player for the future, Zoe Magnezi, played her first adult match and shone on debut. 

There is no play next weekend due to the Queen's Birthday long weekend.



Grade 3



Grade 6 Maccabi 6-8-49 def Monash Uni 0-0-19

Geoff Rosenberger/Damon Flicker 6-1 6-1 and 6-4 6-1

Marcus Frajman/Ryan Behr 6-3 6-0 and 7-5 6-4

A pleasing result. Geoff and Damon, playing together in a competitive match for the first time, were clinical in both matches.  It is an asset for our team that we are all capable of playing doubles at a high level with any pairing.  Marcus and Ryan controlled the play and also won in straight sets.
- Marcus Frajman


Grade 7 Section 1 Maccabi 3-6-45 def Grace Park 1-3-32

Steven Kleytman/Jordan Jaffe 6-3 2-6 6-3 and 6-1 6-1

Marty Schwarz/Darren Seymour 7-5 6-1 and 4-6 2-6

On a fine day for tennis, the Maccabi Grade 7 Section 1 took to the En Tout Cas Grace Park courts. 
Marty and Darren started out by playing solid tennis; they battled against two younger players, hitting consistent and effective volleys to win the first set 7-5. In the following set their younger opponents lost their nerve, handing a 6-1 win to Marty and Darren.
At the same time, Jordan and Steven fought valiantly to take a convincing first set 6-3. However their opponents counter-attached and were able to even out the match, winning it 6-2. In the decider, Jordan and Steven stepped up the anti and, to their opponents’ detriment, they won the final set 6-3.
In the reverse doubles, Jordan and Steven wiped their opponents off the court, taking the match in straight sets 6-1 6-1.
Despite Marty and Darren’s various strategical efforts, their second opponents significantly improved their game; they were too strong for Marty and Darren. going down 4-6 2-6.
Overall, a solid win for the team, let’s hope we can continue our winning streak.
- Marty Schwarz


Maccabi Grade 7, Section 2 Viewbank 3-7-48 def Maccabi 1-2-31

Daniel Henquin and Adam Klein  1-6, 3-6 and 5-7, 7-5, 6-0
Zvi and Ron Schweitzer  3-6, 3-6 and 1-6, 2-6

A big shlep out to Viewbank (about an hour from Caulfield, 20 minutes past Balwyn, and 10 minutes past the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg) to a place we never knew existed, greeted with some beautiful courts in a lovely country setting.
We all tried our hearts out but unfortunately came up against a very strong team, especially their number one pair who we only managed to get 7 games from in both rubbers of doubles.  We had more success against their number 2 pair.  Zvi and Ron had first go against the number 2 pair and whilst playing competitive tennis just couldn’t win the big points.  Daniel and Adam then had their chance against them.  Today was the first time they had played together (in fact, first time they had met) and they warmed up a bit during the first rubber, but then they started to get to know each other’s game, improving with each set they played together.  By the end they were playing great tennis as evidenced by their dominance in the last set, taking it to love in about 15 minutes.
So we come away with one rubber for the day before the break for the Queen’s birthday weekend.  Hopefully there will be some big wins around the corner.
- Ron Schweitzer


Grade 9 Maccabi 3-6-44 def Royal South Yarra 1-3-37

At Royal South Yarra, Joel and Michael, Daniel and Nathan set about getting another win.
Joel and Michael just couldn't get ahead (along with missing volleys and the opponents not missing a thing) lost the opening set 6-4 before the opposition lifted for 6-1.
Daniel and Nathan had the match on their terms as they won 6-1, 6-2.
Joel and Michael started slowly in both sets (0-1 and 0-2) before playing well for 6-1, 6-3.
Daniel and Nathan started slowly due to the significant difference in standard (1-6) before finding their rhythm and won the 2nd set in a tiebreak. The final set was all about momentum, with a 2-0 head start, then down 2-4 then 4all. Another tiebreak ensued, with this tiebreak being supertight. No team could win more than 2 points in a row and get a 2 point lead. Down match point (at 7-8) as the great Dennis Cometti once said "the whole stadium (court) holds it breath" with a net cord that went onto the oppositions side that the volleyer smashed into the net! After 3 change of ends, Daniel and Nathan made sure that there wasn't a 4th, wining 13-11.
- Joel Rabinov



Section 2 Maccabi 6-8-56 def Ormond 0-0-20

Ron Kotev 8-6

Mor Dahan 8-3

Lauren Yarrow 8-0

Ben Needleman 8-2

Kotev/Yarrow 6-4 6-2

Dahan/Needleman 6-3 6-0

Yet again a massive improvement from last week not dropping a set and proving too good for Ormond tennis club who were our opposition on the day! Great effort!!! 
- Lauren Yarrow


Section 5 Mixed Doubles St Finbar's 2-4-51 def Maccabi 2-4-47

Robert Schattner/Paul Kovacs 6-3 6-3

Anat Vernik/Zoe Magnezi 3-6 6-4 7-6

Schattner/Vernik 1-6 4-6

Kovacs/Magnezi 2-6 6-4 6-7

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