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For the fourth consecutive year, Maccabi Rishon Letzion will face Hapoel Rishon Letzion in the handball Premier League playoff final series. Hapoel advanced to the final yesterday after a 34-32 loss to Nes Tziona, a defeat narrow enough after a four-goal victory last week.

The question of character again came up in this game. Nes Tziona, just like in the regular season, began the game stronger and even opened up a four-goal lead, but Idan Maimon, who finished with 10 goals, closed the gap. The host team was left with another season that ends with compliments on its progress, but without appearances in the State Cup and Premier League finals.

There was one peculiar incident, though: Shahar Miera, a former Nes Tziona player now playing for Rishon Letzion, went into the stands and confronted Nes Tziona fans. When he returned to the court, he was ejected and claimed that he was protecting his wife.