Lawn bowls / No top-tier teams remain undefeated
With only the second round of the Premier League completed, no club has come through with an intact record - a clear indication that the race for top league honors this year will be a hard and hotly fought contest.
In last weekend's games, Ra'anana came through in attacking form to overwhelm last year's league champions, Haifa. Jeff Rabkin in particular, skipped his trio to a 33-11 win over Haifa's Harry Katz, while Raymond Sher accounted equally well for Chaim Shefer's side with a 26-8 win. The 6-0 overall win for Ra'anana was a refreshing turnabout from their previous week's clash when they managed only one point in their overall 5-1 defeat to Savyon.
But Savyon this time had to take second place when they were beaten at the post by Ramat Gan, which in the previous week had gone down 4-2 to Haifa. Sharing one match each of the two triples games, Ramat Gan earned the two bonus points when they came through with a one-shot advantage in the combined shot differences of both games.
Rami Oron's side held on to win 19-17 against Savyon's Haviv Takin, after being 14-5 up at the 10th end, while in a reverse situation, George Kaminsky lost by a single shot (16-17) to Cecil Branksy's side. This came after a fighting comeback from 17-4 down at the 13th end, and ending off with a five count in the last end; Ramat Gan earned the overall 4-2 win in the overall tally.
In other Premier league games, Jerusalem beat Kiryat Ono 23-18, while Netanya won 21-7 against Ramat Hasharon.
In the women's Premier division, Ra'anana, like their male counterparts, made amends after their previous week's 6-0 defeat by Kiryat Ono, by winning both games against Netanya by their reversed 6-0 tally. Arlene Rubin won 20-16 against Dolores Linde, while Pesel Gelman's trio swept through 38-10 against Roz Israelstam's side.