Israel's annual interclub league started off at the weekend, with the country's eight clubs participating in a round-robin competitions in both the Premier and Pennant divisions for men and women.
In a changed format this year, the Premier division is split into two sections. In the top section, last year's four top-ranked clubs each entered two teams of triples; while in the bottom section, the four lower-ranked sides are each composed of only one team of triples.
Played on a home and away basis, the tournament will extend over six weeks, at the end of which the winners of the top section will be the year's national league champions. On a promotion and relegation system, winners of the bottom section will be promoted to the top section for next year's tournament, at the expense of the lowest-ranked side in the top section.
In the men's Premier top section, last year's league champions, Haifa, was at home to Ramat Gan, and came through with an overall 4-2 win. Harry Katz's trio won by 14 shots (24-10) against Ramat Gan's threesome led by Boaz Marcus. Haim Shefer's side went down by eight shots (11-19) against George Kaminsky's team, for Haifa to gain the two bonus points for the highest overall combined shot difference.
In the other top section game, Savyon won 5-1 against Ra'anana, with Haviv Takin's trio coming out on top 23-15 against Ra'anana's threesome skippered by Colin Silberstein. Cecil Bransky's team peeled 21-all with Ra'anana's team led by Jeff Rabkin. The latter clash saw a "full house" of nine shots conceded by none other than Israel's star international bowler, Jeff Rabkin.
In the bottom section, Kiryat Ono and Netanya peeled at 15-all, while the Jerusalem-Ramat Hasharon game was canceled due to bad weather.
In the women's Premier division, Kiryat Ono won both its games against Savyon for a 6-0 tally. Netanya won 4-2 against Ramat Gan, and Haifa beat Ra'anana 17-15. The Ramat Hasharon-Savyon match was also canceled due to the weather.
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