Ra’anana sailed through the annual “Wingate Fives” comfortably last weekend in Netanya. Israel’s eight clubs competed for the overall trophy named after Andre Spitzer, who lost his life in the 1972 Olympic Games massacre.
Ra’anana finished with an overall total of 37 points, five ahead of second-place Jerusalem. Savyon was third with 25 points, an outstanding performance for a small club.
The competition follows the World Bowls Championship format, with contests in singles, pairs, triples and fours. All games are played in two sets of nine ends in the singles and seven in each of the other disciplines, with a deciding tiebreaker of a sudden death one end.
The Shmuel and Shifra Grant singles trophy went to Jerusalem’s Boaz Marcus, but he was fully extended by Ra’anana’s Israel Meushar, the match decided on a tiebreaker.
In the fours the Ra’anana team of Faz Kusman, Ivan Kantor, Ram Mitrani and Ron Baum/Shalom Ben-Ami won the Jessel and Cynthia Mendelson trophy, again in a game decided by a tiebreaker, against the strong Kiryat Ono side of Giora Ingver, Moshe Avrahami, Erwin Kanarek and Shraga Avner.
The pairs saw an outstanding win by the underdog Savyon team of Nave Sasson and Eli Sofer, who beat Haifa’s Moshe Makovski and Noam Yehudai for the David and Bernice Pillmer trophy.
The Eli and Queenie Goldblatt trophy for the triples brought Ra’anana their second win. Gordon Silberstein, Alan Klein and Selwyn Hare won against another Savyon fighting team of Motti Debbi, Ezra Babu and Dani Ovadia.
Ra’anana, which dominated the competition in earlier years, reclaimed the trophy it last won in 2007, having conceded to three successive wins by Ramat Gan.
A trophy for outstanding sportsmanship was awarded to Ramat Gan’s Chaim Shneider.
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