After a short team break, the handball league returned to activity and today (Friday) five more games were played as part of the fourth round in the upper and lower houses.
In the focus of Maccabi Rishon Lezion’s impressive victory 20:29 over AS Ramat Hasharon in the top house, while at the bottom Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin defeated Ness Ziona 30:33 and thus equaled the number of points of the two leaders with 14 points each. Now only Kiryat Ono can To endanger one of them on the way to the playoffs, after beating MK Beer Sheva 23:34, which fell below the red line and its chances of surviving are diminishing.
Maccabi Rishon LeZion – AS Ramat Hasharon 20:29
The host stabilized in its strong squad for the decisive stages, with Bosnian pivot Gaffer Khadzimrovic also recovering from an injury and is expected to return to the squad in the derby. Rotem Segal has already played today and that was enough against Ramat Hasharon, which reached the top house with 12 consecutive victories and a perfect balance, but continues to lose height and has accumulated only one point in the last three games against Hapoel Rishon LeZion, Ashdod and today at Beit Maccabi. Apart from that, the attack – who was the most prolific team – was stopped in the last two games for only 40 goals in total, and lost the outstanding player Milan Pavlovic who was injured in the opening.
Hapoel Ashdod – Hapoel Rishon Lezion 26:22
Ashdod came after losing to Herzliya and dropped a victory against Ramat Hasharon (20:20). Hapoel Rishon Lezion came after victories over the edge of a gate against Ramat Hasharon and Holon, which raised it to the top and now it is also close to finishing the home stage in first place. Ashdod led First from a goal by Shachar Levin, but the continuation was fantastic on the part of Hapoel Rishon LeZion, who led 1: 7 – thanks to the great ability of Tom Shem Tov in goal and goal pairs by Tal Hershkovitz and Stefan Ilyich, along with conquests by Shai Natan, Itamar Almosninos and Milos Boysic. Ashdod scored its second goal only in the 14th minute and the third in the 20th minute.
MK Yuvalim Holon – Bnei Herzliya 28:32
It was the first of two meetings for the two, when on Monday they will meet again in Holon as part of the first round of the State Cup. Herzliya still opened the game with an advantage, but Holon took it over towards the halfway mark – and the two teams divided forces to continue. Holon reduces the gap from Herzliya in fifth place to three points, while it still expects a rematch against Ramat Hasharon.
Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin – AK Ness Ziona 30:33
In the lower house, Motzkin achieved an important victory and equaled Ness Ziona (two 14 points each), and now only Kiryat Ono – 12 points (and a game missing) can endanger one of them on the way to the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Motzkin excelled Alex Bosic, Sergei Noskov And goalkeeper Naor Spozhnikov
Hapoel Kiryat Ono – MK Beer Sheva 23:34
The host has improved its chances of qualifying for the top playoffs, having two games missing compared to Motzkin (whom it will meet next Friday) and one less than Nes Ziona. In Ono we mentioned Ofek Geva, who excelled in defense and offense, Amit Gal and Roi Liebgut who scored first goals. Be’er Sheva, which fell below the red line last night, continues to get into trouble – of course in the next round it is free and its backlog may increase, in addition to its weak ability and disintegration today in the second half.