Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Looking forward to the 2018/2019 season

The new season promises to be an exciting one with new senior and junior groups joining the Israel Netball family.

Go to Where is Netball Played to find out how you can join in the fun! 

Youth Maccabiah 2018

In celebration of 70 years of Israel's independence, a Youth Maccabiah was held in Haifa at the end of July. For Israel Netball this was a great opportunity to encourage and develop our junior players and we sent two teams of 14-16 year olds to the event. Nomi Komar was responsible for training the Gush Etzion/Modi'in team (Israel 1) and the Ra'anana team (Israel 2) was coached by Keren Gordon.

We were delighted to welcome two GB teams to the event as well as two B award umpires Sarah Browne and Emily Drake who, together with our umpires Shan Berman, Lexi Schapiro and Nat Zilber, officiated at the event.

From the outset there was no doubt that the GB teams would easily outplay the Israelis but the Israeli girls held their own and as the tournament progressed the improvement in their play was a delight to watch.

GB2 took the gold medal in a closely fought match against GB1 who lost by only one goal (41-42) after having been down by 5 goals (30-35) at the end of the third quarter. The bronze medal match was no less exciting with Israel 1 beating Israel 2 by two goals (27-25).

Huge thanks are due to all the participants but especially to our two organisers Robyn Ginsberg and Tal Segev without whom the event would not have taken place.

July 2018

Tel Aviv wins gold at the 2017/2018 league final!

During the year and up until the last week of games it was anyone's guess as to which of the top four  - Jerusalem Mercaz, Jtown, Ra'anana and Tel Aviv - of the seven teams would take gold at the end of our ninth league season! Because Ra'anana beat Jtown by 38-36 in a hotly contested match, they took on Tel Aviv in the final while Jtown faced Jerusalem Mercaz for the bronze medal.

Jtown took an early lead against Jerusalem Mercaz which they maintained throughout the match and went on to win the bronze medal.

Tel Aviv was winning in the first two quarters but Ra'anana came back very strongly in the third quarter and the score was a 21-21 tie at the end of it. But the Tel Aviv players proved to be stronger than their opponents scoring 12 goals in the last quarter to Ra'anana's 3.

The results were:

Tel Aviv (Gold) 33 vs Ra'anana (Silver) 24

Jtown (Bronze) 65 vs Jerusalem Mercaz 43

MVP was awarded to Atara Hagai of the new Givat Washington team, the Most Improved Player was Limor Reiz of Jtown and also a new player, and Keren Gordon, captain of the Ra'anana team, received the Sportsmanship award.

June 2018

2018 Netball Europe Open Challenge

For the third consecutive year Israel Netball participated in the Netball Europe Open Challenge tournament that was held in Gibraltar from 10-13 May. Gib Netball, who have tremendous support from their Sports Minister, were wonderful hosts of a hugely successful event that was livestreamed on Netball Europe YouTube.

Because we don’t play on Shabbat, it was tough going playing three games in 24 hours (click here for the schedule). The younger than usual Israeli team – despite their intense fight for every goal - did not win any of their four games. There is no question that overall the standard of their play did not match the other teams: Gibraltar, Ireland, the gold medal winners, Isle of Man (previously part of England Netball) and UAE whose team consisted solely of ex-pats. However, they were complimented by everyone on their improvement - at one point in the game against Ireland they were only trailing by 7 goals!

And our youngest player, 16-year-old Ayelet Glick won the Player of the Championship award, as reported in the recent Netball World News!

Congrats to our co-coaches Shan Berman and Tal Segev, manager Robyn Ginsberg, team physio Katharine Mamane and all our players:  

Tikva Clements
Ayelet Glick
Keren Gordon
Nomi Komar
Tzlil Kupchik
Tali Kur
Gaby Lebens
Michal Lieberman
Batya Tchelet
Nat Zilber

Thanks for making us proud!

May 2018

Congrats England Netball!

Sincere congratulations from Israel Netball to England Netball, our Netball Europe colleagues, for their stunning win over Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games! We salute you!

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