12 December 2020 - Round 5 Summer

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In the final round of competition for 2020, two of six Maccabi teams won.  One team had a bye.

Ben Pollak and Jack Stock pictured before their team's match against Ormond



Section 2 Maccabi 4-5-51 def Williamstown 2-3-29

Joey Pat 6-8

Max Needleman 8-0

Jess Flicker 8-6

Steven Gostin 8-1

Max/Jess 3-6 6-7

Joey/Steve 6-1 6-0

The top team are on a roll delivering their second victory in two weeks to put them in serious contention.
Every player played their part in a very emphatic team victory.
- Adam Needleman


Section 4 BLTC 4-5-47 def Maccabi 2-3-32

Ryan Sharp 8-5

Saul Muscatel 2-8

Geoff Rosenberger 2-8

Ryan Behr 3-8

Sharp/Muscatel 6-2 6-4

Rosenberger/Behr 3-6 2-6


Section 5 Kings Park 3-4-39 def Maccabi 3-4-33

Jordan Swire 2-8

Jan Tenenberg 0-8

Marcus Frajman 8-1

Matias Brener 8-1

Swire/Tenenberg 1-6 1-6

Frajman/Brener 7-6 6-3

A close loss on games in the final game of 2020.  Jan had a very tough matchup against a player that seems too strong for our level.  Matias was again very impressive.  All singles matches were relatively one sided and we were not quite good enough in doubles to win on the day.
- Marcus Frajman


Section 6 Maccabi 4-6-62 def Albert Park 2-3-48

Dean Steinberg 5-8

Alan Liebowitz 7-8

Adam Needleman 8-1

David Kenley 8-7
Steinberg/Kenley 6-2 6-2
Liebowitz/Needleman 4-6 7-5 7-6 ( 11-9 )

What picture perfect conditions for tennis!
 The setting was a quaint little park on lovely  classic clay with wedding
and birthday parties going on around us. The ladies were everywhere and
unfortunately this apparently distracted the first two red blooded men that
tooks to the courts first.
Dean Steinberg got off to a flier winning the first three games but his
experienced opponent then started to hit his straps. The match was a classic
contest with athletic big hitting from both players.
Alan Liebowitz was playing a kid half his age with a big game. They were
neck and neck for most of their contest with the younger opponent seeming to
struggle with the warmer weather. However, the kid seemed to get a second
wind and played an aggressive tie break winning a contest Alan would be
disappointed to lose.
During this time we learnt this club with only two courts has 450 members
and a five years waiting list to get in ! If you get the chance to play
Albert Park  please take the opportunity.
The two older players crawled onto the courts next and got the job done.
David Kenley played a guy that troubled him all match and 7-7 was no
surprise.  We needed to win the tie break as I did not fancy going down 1-3.
David knew this and played his best for the afternoon. A touch drop shot, a
lovely forehand drive and it was 5-1 in a blink of the eye and David went on
the win the valuable day defining rubber.
The highlight of the afternoon was to follow as our team managed to win both
doubles for a change. David and Dean were simply  too solid and classy at
the net. Adam and Alan lost their first set and were down 0-2 before they
started their fightback.
 It was a particularly enjoyable and pleasing afternoon and sets the team up
nicely for the resumption.
- Adam Needleman


Section 9 Ormond 4-6-51 def Maccabi 2-3-44
Ben Pollak 3-8
Joel Rabinov 4-8
Errol Dorfan 8-3
Jack Stock 4-8
Joel/ Errol 4-6, 5-7
Ben/Jack 4-6 6-2 6-3

Away at Ormond, Ben, Joel and Jack hit the courts in our first away match since February which proved to be an issue.
Having won on his return game from injury last week (and being very cocky and arrogant since then) the cocky flat track bully (Ben) started well against a leftie (2all) before being served a reality check against an opponent who didn't miss a thing, with Ben losing 3-8.
After being down 1-4, Joel got back to 3-4, 0-40. However his opponent kept hitting 1st serves. Had chances to break the following two services games, but couldn't in a disappointing 4-8 performance. 
Jack played someone who served better but (surprisingly) also matched him in the rallies. A 4-8 loss.
Errol called up at the 11th hour, but backed up his 8-4 win over the same opponent with an 8-3 win. 
Errol and Joel started slowly (0-3), before bringing it back to 4all and having 0-30. However 2 poor games cost us, losing the opening set 4-6. Unfortunately for Errol and Joel, despite having chances in the 2nd set, they lost it 5-7.
Ben and Jack started well taking a 3-0 lead however after some errors on crucial points, they lost the set 6-4. After losing the opening game of the second set though and being served a reality check, Ben and Jack didn’t look back, winning 11 of the next 12 games, although there was a loss of concentration, to lose the next 3 games, they managed to still win the match 4-6 6-2 6-3.
Overall: A day of missed opportunities. Personally, really hard to take. In the 2nd set (for a 4-2 lead) I hit a hard passing shot down the line: yet the volleyer was facing the wrong way and manages to hit the volley for a winner... really felt like that every 50:50 went against us. But we have 6 weeks to regroup from this loss.
- Joel Rabinov


Section 10 Patterson Lakes 4-6-43 def Maccabi 2-2-34
Daniel Vertes 3-8
Nathan Rapoport 3-8
Michael Rabinovich 8-1
Mark Lazarovits 8-1
Vertes/Rapoport 2-6 1-6
Rabinovich/Lazarovits 4-6 5-7

A great day to be on the courts for the last round before the summer break.
We were against a team with three emergencies. The opposing team's number one and two listed players had super strong first serves which were extremely difficult to break.
Mark put in a great effort to secure his first singles win of the season. Michael recorded his second singles win in a row. A great effort!
The summer break will give us an opportunity to practise as a team.
- Daniel Vertes



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