THEY SAY all good things come to an end, and that’s certainly the case after Rob Richman and Jonathan Green announced they were stepping down from their roles as joint-managers of North London Raiders A. Double-double winners, they’ve produced a side which has simply been untouchable over the past couple of seasons. Former Real Sosobad manager Daniel Shafron, who was recently turned down for the Chelsea post – seriously – will have the unenviable task of stepping into their footsteps. With David Garbacz similarly relinquishing his role at Hendon, and with possible other managerial movements in the offering, next season’s Premier Division could have a very different look and feel to it.
SPEAKING OF Raiders and bringing the curtain down, their Masters side take part in the final game of the Jewish football season on Sunday when they take on Redbridge B in the final of the MGBSFL/Masters Invitational Cup. Dan Levy’s looking to end the season with some silverware, having been left disappointed with his side not retaining their title, while Redbridge warmed up for the game in ominous style by emphatically beating FC Team B and denying them runners-up spot in Division One. The final act of the 2015/16 season gets underway at Silver Jubilee Park at 10am.
IT IS INDEED a sad day in sport when politics intervenes and sees an international wheelchair tennis team refuse to compete against an Israeli one. Reportedly pressured by their local Olympic Committee, Morocco’s team failed to turn up for their match against Israel. The sad state of affairs was best summed up by Boaz Kramer, CEO of the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled, who said: “Wheelchair tennis was contaminated today by politics, and we, players and teams, should make a clear stand and make sure it stays ONLY about the amazing virtues of wheelchair sports.”