Israel's men and women lawn bowlers roll to gold
Israel's men and women bowlers predictably took lawn bowl gold and silver medals on the final day of the pairs and triples at Ramat Gan.
Many of the games, however, saw the Israelis battling and even world star Jeff Rabkin (who amassed an astronomical points total with Boaz Marcus in the pairs) proved to be not invincible when beaten (17-18) by South Africa's Eric Fish and Jules Chaizen, and then again just surviving with a last head 17-16 win against Great Britain's Frank Dreyer and Digby Long.
Rabkin's loss here would have given Israel's Colin Silberstein and Arieh Ben-Dor the trophy, the latter also having won 8 of their 9 games, with their only loss coming against Rabkin.
Silberstein, too, was fully extended winning 14-13 against Australia's David Sabbag and Pepe Glick and by two shots against both Australia's Gary Benveniste and Howard Kiel and against Britain's Frank Dreyer. The U.S.A. team of Jordan Melton and Howard Harris earned the bronze on shot difference, ahead of Canada's Morice Glick and Amnon Zangwil; this was a result of both South African teams losing the final round.
In the triples, Israel's B team of George Kaminsky, Chaim Shefer and Dedi Hakak were the only unbeaten team with seven wins and a peel against Great Britain's Kevin Speck, David Lawrence and Bernard Davidson. Israeli Raymond Sher's trio with Alec Goldsmith and Zvika Hadar were the runners-up, displacing South Africa's Archie Hotz, Boundy Kramer and Stan Fridman, who took the bronze.
In the women's triples, Israel's trio of Tami Kamzel, Naomi Fix and Tzila Gavish won the gold, losing only one of their games against South Africa's Jeanette Schaff, Bernice Berz and Doreen Postan. The Israel B team of Chaya Prager, Edna Zomberg and Denny Galland went down to Great Britain's Marion Green, Marienne Weinstein and Israel's substitute Loraine Harris, but still ended runners-up on shot difference ahead of the South African trio.
Israel's B pairing of Yael Bar-Ner and Natalie Goldsmith won the pairs gold, losing only one game out of eight against their compatriots and runners-up Miriam Pappenheimer and Irit Grenchel. Great Britain's Ruth Harris and Marigold Fortes took the bronze on shot difference against Australia's Maurene Cohen and Loraine Couzin and against South Africa's Cecily Krost and Merle Frank, all with three wins each.
Despite Israel's domination, full credit must be accorded to the visiting players who at all times offered the keenest competition, up against Israeli teams mostly made up Israel's world championship squads.
The action moves to Ra'anana Sunday with the commencement of the singles and fours.