8 February 2020 - Round 12 Summer

Above: Photos of the Section 4 team in action against Ormond



In Round 12 of summer competition, there were wins for two Maccabi teams (including one walkover).  Four teams lost and one team had the bye.


Section 2 Maccabi def Elsternwick Park



Section 4 Ormond 3-5-53 def Maccabi 3-4-38

Geoff Rosenberger 1-8

Saul Muscatel 4-8

Damon Flicker 8-7

Ryan Sharp 8-3

Rosenberger/Muscatel 4-6 0-6

Flicker/Sharp 0-6 7-5 6-4

Playing away in tough windy conditions against the team sitting No.1 on the ladder was always going to be tough, however a 3 3 loss was quite admirable.
Geoff, Saul and Damon were all very rusty and played quality opponents. Saul led 43 before failing, whereas Damon held on to win a tie break in a marathon singles match.
Ryan S had a good match up against a solid baseliner, but at 3 all changed his style to become more aggressive at the net and overpowered his opponent.
Our strategy in the doubles was to switch up in the hope we win at 3 all. Geoff & Saul showed some promise in the 1st set, but couldn’t maintain the standard required at this level. Damon & Ryan on the other hand got jumped and at 25 down in the 2nd, this was turning awry. But we are talking about the cousins here and they just find a way. So 5 straight games and the set was theirs! Ryan S sensed they had the momentum, and with points vital to our finals hopes, felt we had the edge if a 3rd set was played (rather than a super tie break). So at 545pm the 3rd set commenced and full credit to the cousins as they pulled off a remarkable comeback win!
- Geoff Rosenberger


Section 6 Maccabi 4-5-50 beat St Patrick Mentone 2-4-50
Brad Lowe 3-8 .  Played a talented player with no apparent weakness but gave
a good account of himself as always.
Steven Kleytman 8-7 Off to a slow start against a wily veteran but started
to regain composure in tricky conditions on a foreign surface to eke out a
vital win
Adam Needleman 8-2
David Kenley 8-6 Looked in charge all match .
Brad Lowe / Greg Lowe( first ever match ) 3-6 2-6
Adam Needleman/ David Kenley 6-4 6-7 6-3

I was not surprised by how hard this win was to get. The opposition, who are
second bottom , played their best 4 for the first time this year . The wind
was blowing in an unpredictable manner and the synthetic grass has a unique
low bounce because of the sand on top of the worn carpet.  Both Brad and
Steven were down 0-3 after the first 15 minutes as the opposition understood
how to play in the unique conditions better than we did. After singles we
were cruising at 3-1 up but I remembered losing to them on their courts
after being 3-1 up. The other thing they did was to use old balls which made
it impossible to hit winners in the blustery slow conditions. Never played a
singles and doubles pennant match with old balls before.
Steven Kleytman injured himself and could not play doubles so the situation
was a lot closer than it appeared. Greg Lowe, Brad's dad,  was the hero
driving from a Caulfield coffee shop to save the day. His first match as an
emergency saw him play excellently and we all appreciated his effort.
David and Adam just had to win the doubles but wilted in the heat and made
tough work of it. We were  possibly lucky to get the doubles win and
therefore the overall win.
- Adam Needleman


Section 7 Lauriston 4-5-41 def Maccabi 2-4-49

Alan Liebowitz: 7-8
Errol Dorfan:           1-8
Zvi Schweitzer: 5-8
Doron Livschitz:        8-2
Alan & Errol:           6-4, 6-7, 4-6
Zvi and Doron:  6-4, 6-4

Another disappointing loss, especially with losing two tie breakers which made the difference on the day.
All four singles matches began in lovely conditions.  We finished with only the one win to Doron, although there were some solid performances from Alan and Zvi.  This meant we were still alive but would need to win both doubles.  Zvi and Doron were very solid to secure their doubles’  win, and Alan and Errol almost replicated this, losing the second set tiebreaker, then clawing their way back in the third set but again falling just short.
Whilst we are still a theoretical mathematical possibility to make the finals, the reality is it will be nigh on impossible.  The two teams above us play the bottom team in their last matches, we play the second and third teams, and Lauriston who beat us yesterday have now jumped above us on the ladder.  Plus we will continue to play without our numbers 1 and 3 players - makes it all a bit tough. 
- Ron Schweitzer


Section 8 Maccabi 1 rubber, 2 sets, 37 games lost to Dendy Park # 1 5 rubbers, 7 sets, 57 games.
Mor Dahan 1-8
Joel Rabinov 3-8
Jack Stock 8-6
Michael Rabinovich 5-8
Joel/ Michael 6-7, 3-6
Mor/ Jack 1-6; 6-2, 4-6.

Hosting the unbeaten Dendy Park #1 we had 4 courts in extremely windy conditions.
Mor didn’t adapt, losing 1-8.
Joel kept losing every game that went to 30all against a left hander. Was down 1-6, got back to 3-6 however one or two net cords shattered any chance of a comeback. Lost 3-8.
Jack didn’t play his best, but down 4-6 he showed great find in finding a way to win 8-6.
Michael didn’t serve well, and despite being at 4all couldn’t get get through. Ended up losing 5-8.
Needing to win both doubles, we felt it best for Joel and Michael to hopefully up their game at 1, with Mor and Jack winning at 2.
Unfortunately not the start either doubles pair wanted. Joel and Michael trailed 2-5, but fought hard in making the opposition trying to serve it out 3 times (and opposition failing to serve out the set) to force it to a tiebreak. Unfortunately Joel made a few costly mistakes at the start of the tiebreak that cost them the set. In the 2nd set, holding serve was relatively straightforward apart from Joel who lost serve for 1-3. As a result, lost the match 6-7, 3-6.
Mor and Jack (having never played doubles together) started slowly for 1-6, before working better to earn the 2nd set 6-2. A  tight 3rd set ensued however didn’t go their way, 4-6.
Overall: A tough day (that perhaps could have been different if not for the extreme wind) but a day that was sort of expected. 2 matches left in the season against sides that are around us on the ladder: win both and we make finals (and hopefully get another go at Dendy 1).
- Joel Rabinov


Section 9 Dendy Park 3-5-50 def Maccabi 3-4-50 

Alan Datt 3-8
Lauren Yarrow 5-8
Nathan Needleman 8-6
Daniel Vertes 8-2
Datt / Yarrow 3-6 4-6
Needleman / Vertes 6-1 6-7 7-6

The one that got away...
In singles, Alan and Lauren had disappointing losses to open 2020. Nathan and Daniel both played emotionally charged opponents and had good wins. Daniel's opponent angrily threw his racquet at the bench in disgust while Nathan's opponent smashed the ball 'out of the park'.
In doubles, Alan and Lauren couldn't find their groove. Nathan and Daniel were up 4-1 in the second set but the pressure to carry the team to victory proved to be too strong. They then played a super tie-break third set.
The next two weeks will be tough as we play against the top two teams.
- Daniel Vertes


Section 5 Mixed Doubles



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