Published by Dean Shmuel Elmas
The 2018/19 Israeli hand ball League playoffs started on Friday without any surprises.
Maccabi Rishon LeZion that finished the regular season at the 1 st place needed a difficult match with H.C Beer Sheba. The southern team led at the half-time violate 12:13 but Saar Frenkel’s players used the team’s quality to get a 26:24 triumph. Marko Matic led Maccabi with 6 aims.
The town ’s champions and rival Hapoel Rishon LeZion remained on the winning path with impressing 34:26 on Bnei Herzliya. The top player was the national middle straight back, Yuval Gerera, that from the current season is the best American participant.
Hapoel Ashdod that lost the 2 nd location for Hapoel Rishon LeZion from the regular season’s last matchday beated Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin 32:26 using 42% efficiency by the Serbian goal keeper, Tomislav Stojkovic.
Another team who had hard match was SGS Ramat Hasharon with H.C Ness-Ziona. The score was equal thru all the 60 moments. In the last moments, Ramat Hasharon needed a 28:27 lead, Ness-Ziona took the last shot, however Adam Savic ensured the dent.
In the relegation play offs: Hapoel Ramat Gan beated H.C Holon 29:27 and got very close for Hapoel Kiryat Ono that lost to Ironi Rehovot 32:21.
Relegation Playoffs Table: 1 ). Ironi Rehovot — 1-9, 2. Hapoel Kiryat Ono — 12, 4. Hapoel Ramat Gan — 1-1. The 1 st place stay in the top level, 2nd and 3rd will play with in knockout format playoffs matches with the second and 3rd place from the next league, so the 4th area will reverted directly.