Maccabiah Games Chai

GB boys maintain winning start

By Danny Caro in Netanya, July 14, 2009

Open rugby: Team GB 19 South Africa 10

Team GB completed back-to-back wins with a deserved 19-10 victory over highly-fancied South Africa at the Wingate Institute in Netanya on Tuesday evening at Day Three of the Maccabiah Games.

Captained by Aaron Liffchak, they booked their place in the semi-finals with another powerful display with London Welsh youngster Sam Katz recording another 11-point haul.


GB Masters reach Futsal semis

By Danny Caro, July 14, 2009

Masters Over 35
GB 2
Mexico 1

Team GB’s Over 35 futsal booked their place in the semi-finals after claiming back-to-back wins in their group.

Two goals from Marc Magid helped them come from behind to beat Mexico. GB keeper Phil Caplin was in top form, producing a string of brave and agile saves.

Delighted GB boss Dan Collins said: "Mexico were a lot better than I'd expected. They made it hard for us but our fitness came through in the end.

"Credit to Marc Magid who did it when it counted."


Cyclists claim first medal for GB

By Danny Caro, July 14, 2009

The cycling squad claimed Team GB’s first medal of the 18th Maccabiah Games after Danny Ackerman, Clifford Baker, Michael Bibring, Neil Lerner and Maish Weinstein secured silver in the time trials.

They beat teams from the USA, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Columbia and Venezuela in temperatures high into the 90s.

Team captain Clifford Baker said: "We had said it was anyone's race but we are delighted to have won a silver medal- the first Team GB has ever won in cycling. We showed spirit and tenacity cycling in temperatures which to be fair were well out of our comfort zone."


Maccabiah: Let the games begin

By Danny Caro in Ramat Gan, July 14, 2009

The evening skies of Ramat Gan were lit up by fireworks as the 18th Maccabiah Games Chai were officially opened at the National Stadium.

The 50,000 stadium was far from capacity but in the region of 8,000 competitors and officials made this the biggest ever Jewish Olympics.

It was all a far cry from the first Maccabiah in 1932. With Israel President Mr. Shimon Peres, and the PM, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, guests of honour, the two-hour spectacle opened with 200 illuminated bicyles entering the stadium.


Hakim helps GB make their point

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 13, 2009

Open football: Team GB 1 Argentina 1

Team GB were forced to settle for a point in their opening group game against Argentina on Monday morning in Haifa.

A strike early in the second half from Paul Hakim was cancelled out by a 67th minute equaliser after the GB defence momentarily switched off.

Argentina looked the better team early on. They created a couple of chances with Guy Morris coming to GB’s rescue after some sloppy defending.

The South Americans were quick, skilful and physical, imposing themselves on the Brits in an early morning kick off at Ketzef Central.


Magic man Magid mauls Mexico

By Danny Caro, July 13, 2009

Masters Over 45 Futsal
Team GB 2 Mexico 1

Two goals from Mancunian Marc Magid helped Team GB come from behind to claim a first match win over Mexico at Zisman Hall in Ramat Gan.

Dan Collins' troops fell behind through a well-taken goal in the first quarter.

GB keeper Phil Caplin kept the team in the game with a string of brave and agile saves.

Magid was in the right place at the right time to draw GB level towards the end of the first half.

The half finished with Gideon Barnett shown a yellow card following an altercation with a Mexican who was also cautioned.


GB caught by Aussie sucker punch

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 13, 2009

Ladies Open Football
Team GB 0 Australia 1

Team GB's Ladies Open football's medal hopes were dealt a blow as they were beaten 1-0 by Australia at Ketsef Central in Haifa on Monday morning.

Having dominated the match for spells and hit the woodwork twice, GB came unstuck by a well-worked Australian goal midway through the second half.

GB settled first with striker Chelsea Berlin a constant threat. Her shoot-on-sight policy kept the Aussie keeper on her toes.


Katz gives GB a flying start

By Danny Caro in Netanya, July 13, 2009

Team GB 16 Australia 6

Fly-half Sam Katz enjoyed a dream debut with an 11-point haul steering Team GB to an opening day win over Australia at the Wingate Institute in Netanya.

The London Welsh teenager kicked three penalties and a conversion as GB made the perfect start in the Ashes clash.

A cagey first half saw Australia take the lead with a penalty which came after two missed efforts. They held their lead until the break.

GB raced out of the blocks in the second half, picking up the tempo and taking the game to the gold and green.


Sir Bobby Charlton's hot on Israel

By Danny Caro in Netanya, July 10, 2009

Sir Bobby Charlton has spoken of his affinity to Israel ahead of the start of the Maccabiah Games.

Speaking to me at the British Council’s Football for Peace project in Netanya, the World Cup winner coached a group of Israel and Arab youngsters at the Wingate Institute before presenting the boys and girls with Manchester United training tops.

Sir Bobby said: “Whenever I get the opportunity to come to Israel I know I’ll be well received and will meet people who probably know more about the game than me.”


Competitors touch down for Maccabiah

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2009

Athletes have been arriving in Israel in their droves ahead of the 18th Maccabiah Games Chai.

The 500-strong British delegation was one of the first to arrive with some junior competitors flying out on Monday.

The majority of the Open participants landed on Tuesday while the Masters are scheduled to depart on Friday.

There was heartbreak for Team GB Masters futsal player Ollie Olsen. He suffered a fractured collarbone in the squad’s final training session last Sunday.