Great Britain made a strong start to the second week of the Maccabiah lawn bowls tournament as the singles and fours events rolled off in Ra'anana yesterday.
Israel's men and women took gold and silver in both the pairs and the triples, but the reigning women's singles champion, Marienne Weinstein of Great Britain, showed she had no intent of giving up her title without a fight.
Weinstein came through unscathed in her two opening rounds, winning her first game 21-11 against South Africa's Merle Frank and her second against Australia's Maureen Cohen, 21-12. Cohen was earlier beaten by Israel's Irit Grenchel 21-20 after trailing 10-17.
Israel's second hope for the singles title, Chaya Prager, got off to a shaky start, losing her opening game 21-14 to Frank.
In the men's singles, Israel's Jeff Rabkin, who along with Boaz Markus dropped only one game en route to gold in the pairs last week, downed South Africa's Eric Fish 21-11 before adding the scalp of Australia's Howard Kiel in a 21-14 win.
Granada's sole Maccabiah representative, Kenneth Fox, came through with a last-head three count to beat Australia's Pepe Glick 21-20, but lost his second game 21-3 to George Kaminsky.
In the men's fours, Israel's A and B teams led by Raymond Sher and Colin Silberstein won both their opening games as did Australia (David Sabbag) and the U.S. (Howard Harris).
In the women's fours, Great Britain's Ruth Harris won both her games against South Africa (Jeanette Schaff ) and Australia (Denise Brick ), the latter having beaten Israel's Tami Kamzel 20-10. Yael Bar-Ner's foursome won 19-15 against South Africa.
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