26 June 2021 - Round 9 Winter

Ladies team (Hilah Lerner, Anat Vernik, Sara Nagar, Danielle Nagar)

In Round 9, 7 of 7 (ALL) Maccabi teams won. Yes that's right, a historic moment for the Maccabi Tennis Club winning 100% of matches played. Remember the day: the 26th of June 2021. Mark it down in your diaries (or i-phones).

Special mention to the top side (grade 4) winning in a clutch match despite losing two nail biting doubles matches. Also the grade 10 team managed a massive win in the top of the table clash that could set their season up.


Grade 4 Maccabi Maccabi 3-6-55 def Rosebud 3-4-38

James Oklander/ Max Needleman 8-9

Jess Flicker/ Damon Flicker 5-8

James Oklander 6-1 6-0

Max Needleman 6-1 6-3

Joey Pat 4-6 2-6

Jess Flicker 6-1 6-3

Our top side was 5th playing the fourth side in a season defining match. Rosebud knew this and played their top three ranked players as did Maccabi. After losing the two doubles the win was looking very unlikely. Max Needleman and James Oklander had big  chances in the doubles and probably their inexperience playing together cost them in a nail biting 1.5 hour marathon that took the wind out of their top two players more than it did ours. The two Flickers who have been playing at the club since they could walk took big steps and looked very solid just going down in their doubles.
In the singles James and Max did what they do best and easily accounted for their opponents. Fantastic to see Joey Pat back playing for the team and he will be a lot better after his first match in a long time. The match hardened Jess Flicker then completed the day with a solid singles performance which saw the boys earn a very hard fought win and draw level in 4th on the ladder.
-Adam Needleman

Grade 6 Maccabi 3-5-45 def Le Page 3-5-42

Warren Steinberg/ Dean Steinberg 6-8

Geoff Rosenberger/ Jordan Jaffe 8-0

Warren Steinberg 4-6 0-6

Dean Steinberg 1-6 1-6

Geoff Rosenberger 6-0 6-2

Jordan Jaffe 7-5 6-3


Steinberg’s played top 4 players of the section: pushed them in doubles (6-8) but lost the singles.
Geoff and Jordan meanwhile hit only 2 unforced errors in the doubles for 8-0. Geoff doing his usual 6-0, 6-2, with Jordan coming back from 1-5 to win 7-5, 6-3 to seal the day for the team. Consecutive wins over top 2 teams a big boost.
- Geoff Rosenberger

Grade 8 Grade 8 Maccabi def Dendy Park



Grade 9 Maccabi 4-6-49 def Mentone 2-4-42

Steven Kleytman/Darren Seymour 8-4

Ayden Carp/Lachie Zuker 8-3

Steven Kleytman  0-6 1-6

Adam Needleman  3-6 5-7

Lachie Zuker   6-3 6-2

Ayden Carp  6-2 6-2

We were 5th and playing 4th who were only one point ahead. This was one of those contests where winning or losing is season defining.  Playing a very  young team we were expected to win the doubles and did . Darren Seymour and Steven Kleytman were particularly impressive in their match.
The singles against little hard hitting rabbits was not going to be that simple and that is how it turned out.  Luckily Lachie Zuker and Ayden Carp were able to swing the contest our way. Lachie played a very good youngster coached by the famous tennis coaches in Arthur Kaganovich and Max Needleman. It was not an easy match and it  looked like it was going to be a brutal  contest . The first hour was just solid baseline to baseline  rallies. Lachie took the first set and was down 0-2 and it looked like it was going to be a marathon. Fifteen minutes later it was all over. His opponent cracked and at one stage lost 8 points in a row. A tribute to Lachie for being so solid for so long. Ayden Carp looked to be too good for his Israeli opponent but then started to have a little trouble holding serve . Eventually he steadied and was definitely the more accomplished player.
- Adam Needleman


Grade 10 Maccabi 4-6-48 defeated Dendy Park #2 2-4-36

Joel Rabinov/ Michael Rabinovich 8-3

Daniel Goodrich/ Errol Dorfan 8-5

Joel Rabinov 6-0 6-0

Daniel Goodrich 0-6 1-6

Errol Dorfan 6-2 6-1

Michael Rabinovich 2-6 5-7

Hosting Dendy Park #2 in this eagerly awaited top of the table clash, we were ready.
Some double faults meant 3 breaks of serve in a high quality match (with some great returning), before Michael held serve for 3-1. Some holds until 4-2 when we got another break and led 7-2. Unfortunately Joel couldn't serve it out and despite throwing away numerous match points, won 8-3 in their best doubles performance together. 
Daniel and Errol were rusty but managed to get a 6-1 lead before their opponents turned up. Daniel and Errol ending up closing it 8-5 to keep their unbeaten record going.
Joel was "in the zone" (unlike his opponent who hadn't played in over month) and dished out a double bagel. Although it helps that when it should have been 4-1, instead of changing the ends, the opponent was ready to keep serving and ended up losing that game (rule #1: always keep score...).
Today wasn't Daniels's day in singles. A 0-6, 1-6 result a disappointing one.
Errol did what he does best, a 6-2, 6-1 win.
Michael started off incredibly strong. Great serves, clean winners, really consistent. Problem was, his opponent was getting absolutely every ball back(actually played a lot like Jack). No matter how hard Michael tried, somehow the opponent got a racquet on it. They kept having 4 deuces a game because of the rallies (and unfortunately Michael kept losing them to lose the set 2-6). Michael kept it close in the 2nd set (as the first set took its toll on both players), however couldn't do any better than 5-7. 
Overall: Great to cement top spot, especially with the doubles wins (definitely the best Michael has played). However, a bit disappointed that the opposition didn't play their #1 and #6 (both of whom are unbeaten in both singles and doubles). That would have been a good test for us. But at the end of the day, we get a 4-2 win and cement top spot. 
- Joel Rabinov



Bayside Open Section 2 Maccabi 5-7-50 def Glenhuntly 1-1-32

Mor Dahan 8-4

Daniel Vertes 8-5

Nathan Rapoport 2-8

Paul Kovacs 8-1

Dahan/Rapoport 6-4 6-4

Vertes/Kovacs 6-4 6-2

A strong and well fought victory today.
In doubles, both pairs played well together. Paul gave Daniel some invaluable volley advice early in the second set who then applied his new skills to full effect! 
In singles, Mor and Daniel had repeat victories against opponents whom they met in round one.
Paul then showed onlookers why he was Glenhuntly club champion in '72 and '74 with a stunning performance of class and skill.
- Daniel Vertes


Section 2 Women's Doubles Maccabi 5-34 def Monash 1-16

Danielle Nagar/Anat Vernik 6-1

Hilah Lerner/Sara Nagar 4-6

Danielle Nagar/ Hilah Lerner 6-2

Anat Vernik/Sara Nagar 6-4

Danielle Nagar/Sara Nagar 6-2

Anat Vernik/Hilah Lerner 6-1

I have found historically that any team with one Nagar in it usually wins. Anat Vernik the captain could not believe her luck as her team had two Nagars . Playing the bottom team they were never going to lose and had a good day indeed , almost winning every set. Danielle Nagar brought her young spirit to the game with hard hit shots and pin point precision. Hilah lerner had incredibly deep winning ground strokes whilst Sara Nagar had some crisp volleys at the net. Anat Vernik just revelled in some of the high standard rallies. A good way to go into the break ( no match next Saturday ).
-Adam Needleman


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