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Exceptional Table Tennis skills on display

25 November 2015
On Sunday 25 October 2015 Maccabi SA hosted an Inter-Jewish Schools Table Tennis Tournament at King David Linksfield Primary School in Johannesburg. Four Jewish Schools and an invitational team took part in the event that was divided into U15 and U18 age groups.

A total of 42 participants competed in both the team event and a singles event. The skills on display were outstanding and made for some exciting matches throughout the day.

During the halfway stage of the tournament an exhibition match took place between two of South Africa’s top players: Luke Abrahams and Chijioke Osuji (also KDL School Coach). The pair left the young players absolutely astounded by their skills and hopefully inspired them to pursue table tennis more seriously. Top Jewish table tennis player and 2013 Maccabian, Tevia Sapire, was also on hand during the day to give guidance and advice to the participants.

The tournament’s U18 Singles winner Danica Schlome recently received a call-up from the South African Table Tennis Board to attend training with the National Junior Squad in preparation for the 2016 African and World Youth Championships. Danica competed at the 2013 Maccabi Games in Israel winning a bronze in both the Junior Team and Doubles events, reaching the quarterfinals of the competition. She is currently ranked 6th in South Africa and number one in Gauteng.

Tournament Results

Team Event U15
Gold – King David Linksfield A
Silver – Hirsch Lyons
Bronze – King David Linksfield B

Team Event U18
Gold – King David Linksfield A
Silver – Hirsch Lyons
Bronze – Maccabi Invitational

Singles Event U15
Gold – Aiden Schlome (King David Linksfield)
Silver -Yaakov Ziegler (Hirsch Lyons)
Bronze – Akiva Goldstein (Yeshiva College) & Yisrael Goldfein (Hirsch Lyons)

Singles Event U18
Gold – Danica Schlome (King David Linksfield)
Silver – Simon Lipschitz (Hirsch Lyons)
Bronze – Jordan Hersin (Yeshiva College) & Josh Schwartz (Maccabi Invitational)

Well done to all the players who took part in the day. A special thank you to Mark Schlome, our Maccabi SA Table Tennis Convenor, for organising the event with the help of his wife Andrea, as well as to Coach Chijioke Osuji, elite player Tevia Sapire, and Chava Barit who organised and coordinated the Maccabi Invitational team.

Mazel tov to the winners! Maccabi SA Table Tennis will be back in action in early 2016.

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