6 October 2019 - Round 1 Summer

Section 2 Maccabi 5-7-50 def Kooyong 1-2-41abi 5-7-50 def Kooyong 1-2-41

Joey Pat 8-2

Steven Gostin 8-1

Jordan Jaffe 2-8

Marty Schwarz 8-7

Pat/ Gostin 6-1, 6-4

Jaffe/ Schwarz 8-7

Great first up win with a young side!!!
Joey served well and struck his ground strokes really cleanly to win easily 8/2
Steven played a young opponent and was way too consistent winning 8/1
Jordan played the only player of real quality and a good game but was eventually overpowered 2/8
Marty played a very steady opponent eventually playing a really positive tiebreaker to win 8/7
In the doubles Steven/Joey combined to easily account for their opponents 1&4 while Marty/Jordan smashed their pairing 0&1
Great first up effort by Marty and Jordan while Joey was very consistent and played some great ground strokes
- Steve Gostin ( who also played very well ! A.N )

Section 4 Maccabi 5-7-55 def Old Scotch 1-2-46

Geoff Rosenberger 4-8

Saul Muscatel 8-3

Marcus Frajman 8-6

Ryan Behr 8-4

Rosenberger/Frajman 7-6 1-6 6-3

Muscatel/Behr 7-6 6-4

We had four courts at Old Scotch in idyllic surrounds.  Saul and Ryan were relatively untroubled, starting the season brightly and gave the team a strong start.  Geoff, lacking match practice after an injury lay off, did well and was 4 games all before his top level opponent ran away with it.  Marcus did just enough to hold on and so we were up 3 rubbers to 1 after singles.

In doubles, there was much excitement about the pairing of Saul and Ryan - they had not played together before and there was no better time than now.  Today won't be the last time either as they edged out their opponents in a tight one to clinch the vital rubber we needed.  Geoff and Marcus were involved in personally one of the toughest doubles matches in recent memory (their #1 was several classes above everyone) and we were very happy to win in 3 sets.  
- Marcus Frajman

Section 6 Maccabi 1-1-31 lost to Langwarrin 5-7-54

Brad Lowe 1-8

Steven Kleytman 4-8

Adam Needleman 7-8

Albert Leon_Boyer 8-5

Needleman/Kleytman 5-7 0-6

Lowe/Leon-Boyer 4-6 2-6

Travelled to Langwarrin for my first S6 match in four years as the team was mysteriously demoted. I was expecting a leisurely afternoon and an easy match. The sun was shining and we were welcoming Brad Lowe for his first Maccabi adult tennis match. The problem was that this team pushed the team in a final in winter pennant that beat us in the Grandfinal the week after. They also beat our strong Section 6 team last summer in the first final . We all worked hard on their very bouncy hardcourts and despite giving them some concern were beaten relatively convincingly. It will certainly be a challenging season.
We had all 4 courts and thus we all started playing singles immediately
Brad Lowe – came across a big hitter and the experience will be beneficial as this was the type of player you do not see in juniors often. Showed a lot of talent and he will adapt quickly to the increased tempo.
Steven Kleytman – Came across a very steady player and was the last to finish bearing testimony to the fact that Steven kept thinking and trying until the ideas ran out.
Adam Needleman – Down 0-4 and fought back and had the chance to serve for the match. Lost the tie-break. Content agianst good opponent.
Albert Leon-Boyer – Started off brilliantly shooting to a 4-0 lead. His opponent came back hard but Albert steadied to get a good win.
-Adam Needleman

Section 7 Maccabi def Royal South Yarra (Forfeit)

Section 8 Maccabi 1-2-39 lost to Royal South Yarra 5-7-64

Ben Pollak 7-8

Joel Rabinov 5-8

Daniel Goodrich 4-8

Jack Stock 8-7

Rabinov/ Goodrich 1-6, 5-7

Pollak/ Stock 7-6, 1-6, 6-7

Summer pennant is our favourite time (as the weather is more predictable). Anyway had 4 courts against Royal South Yarra.

Ben started really well, breaking early to take a 3-0 lead. Service holds up until 7-4, Ben however couldn’t hold his nerve and although he had 15-40 and 7-6 up, his opponent managed to come up with some very clutch points. Overall, Ben played pretty well but was disappointed not come up the win.

Joel was in another slogfest. Both players held serve after long deuces, before the opponent got the critical hold of serve for 3-1 ( he serve was clutch to save 2 break points). Joel got it back to 4all, before the opponent won 8 straight points. Joel got it back to 5-6 and 15-30 however will be ruing a forhand return that he missed before losing 5-8. 
Daniel was rusty as he was unable to catch-up with the deficit of 0-4 being too far a head start to lose 4-8.

Jack played a seasoned opponent who started well and raced out to a 2-0 lead. From there the two traded blows and went toe to toe in long rally after long rally. Jack could never take the lead or get even but managed to stay down 1-2 games throughout. 7-5 down, Jack saved a match point to get it to 7-6 and then saved two match points to force the match to go the distance. Jack just kept grinding and hustling to get every ball back to somehow find a way to prevail 7-5 in the tiebreak in his biggest comeback win in his career.

Joel and Daniel started off slowly with the opponents ontop 6-1. In the 2nd set had heaps of chances (missed two smashes for 2-0) but couldn’t get the lead they deserved. Some great rallies in the set from all 4 players, however lost 7-5.
Ben and Jack had a very even first set, but came up clutch in the tiebreak. The second set and 3rd set match tiebreak were very forgettable though. 
Overall: A tough, long day but a fair bit to take out of it. Some of the opposition played grade 6 and 8 in winter, so for us to mix it with them in every rubber is definitely a step in the right direction. Just one or two critical points the difference between us being in the contest and not.
- Joel Rabinov

Maccabi 4-6-53 defeated GHTC 2-3-45

Lauren Yarrow 1-8

Lachlan Zuker 8-4

Daniel Vertes 8-5

Ben Needleman 8-5

The winter section 2 open team players Lauren, Daniel and Ben were joined by junior Lachie.

Lauren and Lachie easily defeated their opponents quickly.
Daniel and Ben started slowly due to Ben still on Ukrainian time and Daniel leaving his serve at home. They won the second set and agreed to a tie break instead of a third set. Unfortunately, they lost the tie break 4-7 but will build on confidence (and a few laughs) for future matches.
Lauren switched off the gas in singles and couldn't continue her winning streak.
In his singles debut, Lachie played beyond his years against a solid opponent cheered on by his parents.
Daniel and Ben both both performed strongly in their respective singles. Ben's serve was consistent and Daniel never gave up on a point.

Looking forward to the season ahead with a good team.
- Daniel Vertes

Mixed Team Section 6

Maccabi 2-4-40 defeated by Ormond 2-5-48

Paul Kovacs/ George Mehl 2-6, 6-7

Anat Vernik/ Kate Hornstein 7-5, 6-2

Kovacs/ Vernik 6-4, 3-6, 7-6

Mehl/ Hornstein 2-6, 1-6

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