Some 24 teams from Israel's lawn bowls clubs participated in a mixed triples competition during the Pesach week at the Ramat Gan club. The newly inaugurated tournament was in memory of ex-South African Max Spitz, the founder of bowls in Israel who established the first club at Ramat Gan just over 50 years ago.
In September 1953, 50 years ago, the official opening of the club coincided with Israel's bowlers first participation in the Maccabi Games, along with bowlers from South Africa and Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia).
The teams were split in four round robin sections with the four section winners qualifying for the semifinals and final. In an all-Ra'anana semifinal clash, Colin and Gordon Silberstein with Pesel Gelman came through by winning 23-14 against Alec and Natalie Goldsmith and Dennis Phillips. The second semifinal was won by the Netanya team of Norman Panovka, Selwyn Arenson and Dolores Linde who beat the Ramat Gan side of Dror Zomberg, Dedi Hakak and Shosh Assiyahu 19-17.
The final playoff was for the new floating "Max Spitz trophy" presented by his daughter Sandy.Tight bowling by both sides saw Silberstein's Ra'anana side just two shots ahead (9-7) at the 8th end, but with a following five count the Ra'anana trio surged ahead for their well deserved 21-8 win. Third place went to the Alec Goldsmith trio who won 21-11 against Dror Zomberg's side.
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