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The finals of the annual Northern Pairs competition were played off last weekend at the Haifa club.

In an all-Ramat Gan men's final, it was Rami Oron with Zvi Bekier who won against their clubmates Itzik Sher and Amos Tannenbaum. For the women, it was Kiryat Ono's Ruthie Gilor again, who together with Esti Yogev beat Ramat Gan's Tami Kamzel and Edna Zomberg.

A total of 51 men's pairs and 24 women's pairs from Israel's eight clubs participated in the competition.

Among the men it was certainly Oron's day, when together with Bekier they had two decisive wins in both the morning's semifinal and in the afternoon's final.

In the semifinal they were up against a powerful Haifa pairing of Arie Ben-Dor and Harry Katz, and although the score was level at 4-4 after six ends, the Ramat Gan pair, with Oron dominating with outstanding bowling, conceded only two more shots to their opponents to win 16-6.

In their afternoon final they were up against Sher and Tannenbaum, and here they were held to 10-9 after eight ends before conceding only one more shot in the remaining seven ends before their final 25-10 win.

Sher, who only recently returned to the game after a 15-year gap since he was a promising bowler in Israel's international youth team, showed his skill of old, particularly with his full powered drives, which once again were prominent in his efforts to counter the steady bowling of Oron and his partner.

Sher and Tannenbaum comfortably won their semifinal against Ra'anana's Itzik Waxman and Avraham Yonathan 22-5, the latter having done well in beating Ramat Gan's Yair Lieberthal and Lawrence Mendelsohn in a previous round.

But for Gilor it was very much plain sailing, as together with her partner Yogev they first won their semifinal 21-6 against Ramat Gan's Suzanna Wagensberg and Dalia Schneider.

In their final against Ramat Gan's Kamzel and Zomberg they went through to win 21-11 after leading 15-5 at the ninth end, and 15-11 at the 12th.

Well supported by her lead Yogev, Gilor once again rarely failed to deliver the winning shots. Kamzel and Zomberg had earlier won their semifinal 22-20 in an evenly contested game against Kiryat Ono's Miri Goldfarb and Leah Salto.