HISTORY IS now in the offering for North London Raiders as they have their sights on winning their first league and cup treble. Having won the Cyril Anekstein Cup on Sunday, they’re a victory away from retaining the Premier Division title and having seen Maccabi London Lions A thrown out of the Peter Morrison Trophy, can now win all three trophies, which would match Hendon’s achievement of 2014. While Sunday’s hard-fought win over Oakwood may not have been one for the purist, it was a game where they simply had to dig deep to earn their first piece of silverware. Joint-manager Rob Richman called it “one hell of a tough game”, and isn’t so much as taking one game, as opposed to one trophy at a time.
RAIDERS ARE still in the shout for a treble after Maccabi London Lions A were thrown out of the Peter Morrison trophy for fielding an ineligible player. A shame that one of the games of the season was marred by this unfortunate oversight from the Lions, the Rowley Lane side did all they could in terms of holding their hands up and admitting their fault. Not how they would have wanted to get to the final, Raiders nevertheless won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
THERE WAS a reported first in the NBA last week when the first Israeli sang the national anthem prior to the start of a match. Opera singer Lianne Aharony was at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn for the match between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors. She told the Jerusalem Post it was: “Amazing, an incredible experience. It’s huge and it’s a big honour to be in a place like this and be part of what’s happening here.”