Givat Washington Gives Tel Aviv Netball Team a Challenge

Jerusalem Mercaz beats Modi’in 61-24

File photo: Israel's netball squad in Aberdeen, Scotland, May 18, 2017.
Tal Segev / Israel Netball

Givat Washington may not be in the running to win Israel Netball’s regular season title, but that didn’t stop the team from giving league-leading Tel Aviv a run for its money last Thursday.

Tel Aviv might have seemed vulnerable, having dropped its first game of the season just before the midseason break, and had to work hard to avoid a second straight defeat.

Playing its first match since drawing with Ra’anana last month, Givat Washington was tied with Tel Aviv at the end of the first period and was down only one point, at 36-35, going into the final quarter. But Tel Aviv pulled away to win 54-46, giving the team a 6-1 record with 32 points. The loss left Givat Washington tied with Jtown in fourth place with a 2-3-1 record and 18 points.

In the league’s other match on Thursday, Jerusalem Mercaz blew away Modi’in 61-24. Mercaz’s 61-point night was the highest so far this season and the most since Tel Aviv scored 66 points in December 2017.