With the last two rounds yesterday Irit Grenchel assured that the Maccabiah lawn bowls singles crown would return to Israel for the first time since 1989. Grenchel opened up an unassailable lead over her closest rivals and will take the gold even if she loses both her games today.
In the men's event, Jeff Rabkin, the only unbeaten player in the singles tournament, seems set to make it a double for Israel, unless the very unexpected happens in his last two games against Australia's Pepe Glick and South Africa's Jonty Alexander.
Both the latter have lost only one game each, and the overall outcome could well be decided in the very last round, when Rabkin meets Alexander, and Pepe plays Israel's George Kaminksy.
Grenchel made sure of the trophy when she won both her last two rounds against Britain's Marienne Wainstein and South Africa's Merle Frank, while the slot for the runner-up position remains an open contest. In the women's fours Israel's Tami Kamzel's side went down 16-17 to South Africa (Jeanette Schaff) but is still in a favorable position with a four-point log lead. In the men's fours Colin Silberstein's B side remains unbeaten with seven wins, and can only be challenged by Raymond Sher's A team. Each has two rounds to go for the issue to be settled.
The closing ceremony of the tournament together with the prize giving is scheduled for 5:30 P.M. today at the Ra'anana club.
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