14 November 2020 - Round 1 Summer


After many months (and for the first time since February), club competition returned yesterday.  Competition, coaching and social play has returned in recent weeks.  For more details and for important coronavirus updates, click here: http://www.maccabi.com.au/VIC/Tennis/News/7738/Coronavirus-Update-Maccabi-Tennis-Club.cfm.

 

There are 7 Maccabi senior teams competing in the Bayside Regional Tennis Association (BRTA) Summer competition, which will be played over 10 rounds (although a few teams have byes). 

Maccabi also have 13 junior teams playing on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

In Round 1, three of six Maccabi teams won and one team had a bye.

 

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Section 2

BYE

 

Section 4 Maccabi 4-5-49 def Black Rock 2-5-47

Ryan Sharp 8-5

Jamie Muscatel 3-8

Damon Flicker 8-5

Geoff Rosenberger 8-7

Jamie/Geoff 4-6 3-6

Ryan/Damon 3-6 6-1 6-3

A solid win against strong opponents at the picturesque Black Rock venue.
Ryan taking the no.1 mantle in our team, won in an entertaining battle holding on from 54 to close it out 85.
Jamie started strongly to lead 31, but fell away badly when his serves let him down.
Damon was on track for a huge win, hitting winners at will, before a fightback, eventually closing it out in style.
Geoff, first lost the lead when down 12 in the tie break, found a 4th wind to close it out 73.
In the doubles Jamie/Geoff fought bravely but were unable to match their opponents consistency. Whereas the ever reliable pairing of Ryan/Damon were able to clinch victory for our team coming from a set down (which is standard for them!)
- Geoff Rosenberger

 

Section 5 Maccabi 4-5-52 def Coatesville 2-4-48

Jan Tenenberg 6-8

Ryan Behr 8-7

Matias Brener 8-1

Jonny Henquin 8-2

Tenenberg/Behr 1-6 7-6 7-6

Brener/Henquin 3-6 4-6

The anticipation, laced with trepidation, was palpable as we kicked off the long awaited season, with our newly minted team, against our old foe Coatesville. Little did we know what an eventful and arduous day it would be. All 4 took the court with the young guns firing first:
Matias, aka the Great Wall of Argentina, dominated in his first match for Maccabi against a scrappy opponent winning 8-1 in fine fashion.
Jonny, the super sub for his dad, played his usual big game racking up an 8-2 victory, and despite playing for juniors in the morning, was yet to break a sweat.
Big hitting Jan missed an opportunity to hold serve in the opening game to go down 8-6, without any further breaks (or break points), to a very strong player with no obvious weaknesses and a cracking serve.
Ryan’s match sewsawed from the start, where, after saving 3 match points at 0-40, eventually notched up a win via a razor-close tie break 8-7.
Our confidence heading into doubles dissipated quicker than a special on hand sanitiser at Costco:
Matias & Jonny fought hard and had some great rallies - with Matias falling over and still keeping the ball in play - going down 6-3 6-4.
Jan & Ryan's score line was matching Victoria’s COVID cases, losing the first set 6-1 in a matter of minutes. After a hard fought 7-6 win in the second set, the day’s outcome wrested on the decider. Missing some earlier opportunities and a remarkable tweener firing up the opposition, we again faced a breaker to decide the day. Not satisfied with a straightforward outcome, at 4-1 down, the last iota of energy was summoned to win 6 in a row and secure victory. 
A great day of tennis, an awesome team and a fantastic outcome. Delighted to be back!
- Ryan Behr

 

Section 6 Le Page 6-8-60 def Maccabi 0-1-32

Dean Steinberg 6-8

Steven Kleytman 2-8

Adam Needleman 7-8

David Kenley 1-8

Dean/Steven 6-4 2-6 3-6

Adam/David 2-6 3-6

Thinking we are a good team in this grade the result was a shock on paper.             However, looking at their team of tall fit guys smacking a ball during the warm up, the result was not surprising. I was comforted to learn that last summer this Le Page team went undefeated straight into the Grand Final in section 7.  A year older these 17yo kids are now hitting the ball even harder and were buoyed on by a large contingent of fans. My guess is they are a very strong section 4 or 5 team .
I would like to point out a very impressive effort by Dean Steinberg at number 1. The conditions were warm and the intensity of the match was as high as you could get in this section ever. He knuckled down and quietly worked hard for every point for the duration of the match against a very impressive player. The rallies at times could only be described as brutal with shots being returned, on both sides of the net,  which would have been winners against other players. 
It's great to see tennis comp started and I hope our lads can notch up a win or two.
- Adam Needleman

 

Section 9 Maccabi 3-5-54 def Ormond 3-4-49

Our first match in summer pennant in 8 months, we had 4 courts available on a perfect spring Day at home against Ormond.
Joel played a leftie (Steve). A close match throughout, however forhand errors at 6all, 30all as well as great serving from Steve (when needed) was the difference in a 6-8 loss that was played at high intensity.
Errol had a slow start (hadn't had a hit in a while), but managed to overcome a 1-4 deficit to win 8-4.
Josh played in a competitive game that was close throughout. Unfortunately the opponent was too good in the tiebreaker.
Jack played in a gritty match that was full of momentum swings. Down 1-2, Jack got ahead 6-3. However despite fatigue, the opponent played more aggressively to get back to 6-5. Jack however closed out the match 8-5.
We had new doubles pairings.
Joel and Josh were at 1-2, before clicking into gear to win 6 straight games. Unfortunately the opposition cut out the unforced errors (along with hitting some great serves) to take the 2nd set 6-2. The opposition kept the pressure up to win the final set 6-4.
Errol and Jack complemented each other's games nicely. Although they were down 2-4 in the tiebreak, they managed to find their way to win the tiebreak, then win the 2nd set (and the day) 6-4.
Overall: A great win against great opposition. Every match seemed to be close. Errol proved today that he is a great addition for our team (and Josh also played well to get the set that we needed in the doubles). A bye next weekend, so hopefully we can keep the momentum up when we next play.
- Joel Rabinov

 

Section 10 Mentone 6-8-57 def Maccabi 0-0-23

Daniel Vertes 3-8

Nathan Rapoport 2-8

Mark Lazarovits 2-8

Paul Kovacs 4-8

Vertes/Rapoport 1-6 2-6

Lazarovits/Kovacs 3-6 6-7

A tough opening round opponent. Outclassed on every level but we were all happy to be back playing again.
- Daniel Vertes

 

WOMEN:

Section 3 BLTC 5-7-48 def Maccabi 1-1-30

Mor Dahan 8-0

Bianca Jacobs 6-8

Anat Vernik 2-8

Ilona Green 5-8

Dahan/Vernik 3-6 3-6

Jacobs/Green 3-6 0-6

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