Written by Dean Shmuel Elmas
Like the most European leagues, the most Israeli promoters relegated back in the next season. But H.C Beer Sheba showed thru the season that they have the right mentality. They started the season with 5 losses but from the 6th matchday they started to collect points. Before the last regular season matchday, Beer Sheba knew that 2 points will secure the playoffs last ticket and they did it.
They led thru all the match with Bnei Herzliya and won 29:22 and sent Ironi Rehovot (that beat Hapoel Kiryat Ono 34:26) to the relegation playoff. In the fight for the 2nd place Hapoel Ashdod host Hapoel Rishon LeZion after four consecutive losses. Surprisingly, Ashdod lost again, 26:30 and finished in the 3rd place.
In other matches: Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin – SGS Ramat Hasharon 29:33, Maccabi Rishon LeZion – H.C Ness Ziona 39:25, H.C Holon – Hapoel Ramat Gan 37:32.
Championship Playoffs Quarter-Finals (Best of 3 matches): Maccabi Rishon LeZion – H.C Beer Sheba, Hapoel Rishon LeZion – Bnei Herzliya, Hapoel Ashdod – Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin, SGS Ramat Hasharon – H.C Ness Ziona.
Relegation Playoffs (league format): 1st matchday: Ironi Rehovot – Hapoel Kiryat Ono, H.C Holon – Hapoel Ramat Gan. 2nd matchday: Ironi Rehovot – H.C Holon, Hapoel Kiryat Ono – Hpaoel Ramat Gan. 3rd matchday: Hapoel Ramat Gan – Ironi Rehovot, H.C Holon – Hapoel Kiryat Ono.
Relegation Playoffs Table: 1. Ironi Rehovot – 17, 2. H.C Holon – 16, 3. Hapoel Kiryat Ono – 12, 4. Hapoel Ramat Gan – 9. The 1st place stay in the top level, 2nd and 3rd will play in knockout format playoffs matches with the 2nd and 3rd place in the second league, the 4th place will relegate directly.