Ramat Gan bowlers have been facing off against each other in the challenge to earn this year's clubs' singles titles. Arye Keren will face off against Dani Slodovnik in next weekend's men's final.
For Keren this will be a record ninth final appearance (he has won the title four times, his first in 1987 and thereafter in `93, `94 and `97). Last year he was runner up to Rami Oron, the latter this year going out in the first round against Avi Rakiya. Keren won his semifinal 21-11 against previous club champion and international player George Kaminksy.
Keren will be up against Dani Slodovnik, who in his short career of bowling has already captured the club title in 2000, after winning Israel's Novices title the previous year in his first year of bowling. Slodovnik came through to the final with an excellent 21-13 win against Rakiya, who ousted Dror Zomberg.
Worthy of mention was Zomberg's 21-18 win against veteran Eugene Freund. At 92, Freund showed remarkable resilience and resistance against an opponent little more than half his age. After trailing 3-16 the seemingly tireless nonagenarian set the pace, outdrawing his opponent particularly on full length heads, to close the gap to 16-18, only for Zomberg to hold on for a last head win.
Other notable efforts included novice Arye Kremer's win against Moshe Braun, a previous club singles champion. In similar style, Israel Salto accounted for `98 club champion Micha Farkash. Another creditable performance was veteran Dov Ben Dov's win against Maximo Wagensberg.
In the women's section, through to the final - not unexpectedly - is previous club champion and international player Tami Kamzel, but only after a valiant effort from a much less experienced player. Lea Salto matched her opponent head for head to be level at 13-all, before Kamzel broke through to win 21-15. In a previous round, Salto had a good win against Suzana Wagensberg, while Kamzel ousted Naomi Fix.
Kamzel's opponent in the final will be the winner of a postponed semifinal between Liat Atlas and Shosh Assiyahu, the winner of last year's final against Kamzel. Assiyahu this year had an excellent 21-7 win against previous club champion Edna Zomberg.
Atlas came through with a 21-19 win in a marathon 27-head contest against Tzila Gavish, in which the lead alternated throughout the game. Gavish's failed attempt was for a sixth club title since her first win in 1991.
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