30 November 2019 - Round 8 Summer

In Round 8 (two more games to go in 2019), there were wins for four out of seven Maccabi teams.

*** The 2019 Maccabi Tennis Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Wedensday 11 December 2019 at 8pm ***


Section 6 Mixed Doubles Maccabi 4-8-54 def Ormond 0-2-37

Paul Kovacs/Bradley Bergman 6-3 4-6 7-6

Gabi Bergman/Anat Vernik 6-2 6-0

Bergman/Bergman 6-4 0-6 7-6

Kovacs/Vernik 6-0 6-4


Section 9 Maccabi 3-4-40 def Glenhuntly 3-4-38

Alan Datt 2-8

Daniel Vertes 8-5

Anthony Duong 8-3

Ben Needleman 5-8

Datt/Duong 3-6 2-6

Vertes/Needleman 6-1 6-1

Back in the winners list!
With two players out injured and one unavailable we needed an emergency. With a couple of hours notice, junior Anthony put his hand up and saved the day.
Daniel and Ben cruised to victory without too many complications. However, Alan and Anthony struggled to gain momentum.
In singles, Alan was outplayed by a very strong emergency player while Ben couldn't repeat his round one performance against Glenhuntly. Daniel and Anthony then carried the team to victory by the slightest margin of two games!
Big thanks to Anthony for filling in. 
- Daniel Vertes


Section 8 Royal South Yarra 3-5-44 def Maccabi 3-3-34

Ben Pollak 3-8
Mor Dahan 8-6
Joel Rabinov 8-3
Ryan Jamieson 8-3
Ben/ Joel 2-6, 0-6
Mor/ Ryan 3-6, 2-6

Playing at Royal Sourh Yarra we had 4 courts.
Having played this opponent in the season (and lost in a tiebreak) Ben started pretty evenly at 2-2, however Ben knew he was struggling this time and only just hanging in. Ben’s opponent began to dominate and Ben struggled to keep his feet and was always caught wrong/footed on a very slippery surface. Ben lost 8-3 in a very disappointing match.
Mor started slowly (2-5) before getting ontop and winning 8-6.
Joel played ugly (had to fight for every game) but despite some never-ending games (a good 20 minute game at 2-7 that the opponent held serve) Joel won ugly in a very long match for 8-3.
Ryan (who kindly filled in) was playing well (up 5-0). However he injured himself which restricted him for the rest of the day; although he won his singles 8-3.
By this stage (all singles being completed) Mor and Ryan had played most of their opening set of their doubles (as 2nd pair). Unfortunately they dropped the 1st set 3-6 and then had early chances in the second set before dropping it 2-6.
Joel and Ben started off well (on serve for 2all). However it all went downhill from there as the opponents put the squeeze on and gave away no errors (as well as putting away every volley) in a dominant performance.
Overall: a typical Maccabi performance. Getting a 3-1 lead before losing both doubles. Hopefully we can get back on the winners list next week with our final home game in 2019.
- Joel Rabinov


Section 7 Maccabi 2-3-34 lost to Royal South Yarra 4-6-57

Alan Liebowitz          8-3
Errol Dorfan            3-8
Doron Livshitz          3-8
Ron Schweitzer  0-8

Alan & Errol            1-6, 2-6
Doron & Ron             7-6, 4-6, 6-3

The lure of being able to play on grass and availability of four courts convinced us to play doubles first.  Foolish decision that would come back to haunt us.
Alan and Errol were up against a very solid team who were very accomplished at the net, their opponents making many volley winners.  Doron and Ron were in for the long grind, their doubles not finishing till after 4.00!  Finally a win in doubles, but it took its toll which showed in their singles' performances.
In the singles, Alan played very solid tennis to knock off their number one in a high class match.  The less said about the other singles the better.
- Alan Liebowitz


Section 6 Maccabi 4-6-57 beat Langwarrin 2-4-46
Brad Lowe 8-6
Steven Kleytman 6-8
Dean Steinberg 8-3
David Kenley 8-2
Lowe/Steinberg 1-6 7-5 6-7
Kenley/Kleytman 1-6 6-1 6-2

Playing the top team for top spot on the ladder was a big enough reason to
be pleased  with the win . However, this was the team that spanked us in the
first round. Revenge was another motivation and it was important to give a
good account as we will play this team again in all likelihood. Their no 3
who is a key player did not play so we still need to keep improving. This
was a real team effort as always happens when you beat good opposition. Brad Lowe played the guy that beat him 0-8 last time and beat him !!!  This was hugely significant and great for the club to see a young player developing so fast.
Steve Kleytman was up 6-2 against the guy that thumped him in the first
round before the sun's rays absorbed into his black cap and "fried his
brains ". A narrow loss.  A good day by him though as he came back out with
David Kenley and after losing the first set clinched the vital doubles and
the victory.
Dean Steinberg has stepped into the side as if he has played in it all his
life. A terrific acquisition and worth every cent of his big contract.
David Kenley skippered the side today and did what he usually does. He wins.
- Adam Needleman


Section 4 Old Scotch 3-4-42 def Maccabi 3-4-39

Damon Flicker 2-8

Ryan Sharp 6-8

Marcus Frajman 8-6

Ryan Behr 8-2

Flicker/Sharp 1-6 2-6

Frajman/Behr 6-4 6-2

A narrow loss today.  In singles, Damon and Ryan S started first and both players were in trouble early on.  Damon's opponent is an excellent player and just had all the answers, despite Damon being in great form.  Ryan S has not played much this season and perhaps a few cobwebs cost him at the start.  Marcus had a very even match, with the first and only break of serve occuring in the final game.  Ryan B displayed a great range of lobs, drop shots and trademark big serving and smashing on the way to a dominant win.
In doubles, Damon and Ryan S were not able to produce the kind of play that we have become accustomed to seeing.  Marcus and Ryan B had an up and down first set and were not as tight as they would have liked so in the end, we went down by three games.
- Marcus Frajman


Section 2 Maccabi 5-7-52 def Kooyong 1-1-35

Joey Pat 8-6

Max Needleman 8-4

Jess Flicker 3-8

Steven Gostin 8-4

Pat/Flicker 7-5 6-3

Needleman/Gostin 6-1 6-4

On a day where we expected showers it was a pleasant arvo to play especially with 4 courts
Joey playing a very steady player raced out to a 7/3 with a mixture of good serving and strong ground strokes only to be reeled in but steadied to win 8/6
Max was hitting the confidently and won comfortably 8/4
Jessie lacking a bit of match practice struggled for consistency going down 3/8
Steven played very steadily winning comfortably 8/4
In the doubles Joey/Jessie played great tennis with Jessie serving well and crossing for volleying at the right time while Joey hit his ground strokes really well to win a good standard match 5&3
Steven/max played good doubles with max playing some outrageous volleys/drop shots to win easily 1&4
Great win for the day
- Steven Gostin


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