Caro's column

The JCC Games are the ultimate American adventure

By Danny Caro, October 29, 2010

When I look back at my achievements within the Jewish arena, my one regret is not taking part in the JCC Games.

Last year’s GB delegation was the most successful yet and it’s no surprise that Maccabi have appointed the husband and wife team of Brian and Helena Green to head the delegation again next year.

A team of 36 athletes achieved some outstanding results, but according to Green, “more importantly, raised more than £4,500 for Maccabi GB’s Challenge Project, helping participants with special needs to engage in Maccabi GB activities both in this country and in Israel”.

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There's a danger that bad eggs will give us all a bad name

By Danny Caro, October 22, 2010

This week's back pages are littered with controversy about ill-disciplined footballers, the young and not so young. I was alerted to the problems in the Watford Friendly League by the proud 82-year-old grandfather of one of the Jewish players on a non-Jewish team.

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Antisemitism in football could harm 2018 World Cup bid

By Danny Caro, October 14, 2010

The One Game, One Community Week of Action got under way yesterday. Once again, antisemitism in football appears to have been overlooked. You have to ask why? Do the authorities not think that there is a problem?

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Penalty drama

By Danny Caro, October 7, 2010

There was a bizarre incident in the match between Norstar B and Real Life. Norstar's Maurice Franks saw his penalty saved by Life keeper Will Martyn. Referee Rak Hudson ordered a retake after adjudging that the goalie had moved off his line.

Franks, a little shaken after his miss, handed the ball to Rafi Addlestone who made no mistake. However, there ensued a vociferous protest from the Real Life team, who badgered the ref, telling him that a team cannot change taker for a re-taken pen.

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Commonwealth sham brought memories flooding back

By Danny Caro, September 28, 2010

I'm sure I was not the only one who feared the worst when I heard the headlines 'Bridge collapse threatens Games'. Events surrounding the Commonwealth Games in India brought back terrible memories of two recent Maccabiah Games.

No-one wants reminding of the terrible events that surrounded the 1997 Jewish Olympics. Four Australian athletes lost their lives marching into the opening ceremony when a makeshift bridge collapsed into the highly-polluted waters of the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv.

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Come and have a go if you think you're good enough!

By Danny Caro, September 21, 2010

Not everyone finds fasting for 25 hours a straightforward task. For me, the last couple of hours are the toughest but this year some sporting trivia saw me through to the conclusion of Yom Kippur - after I was all repented out.

There is no doubt that there are some talented sportsmen at virtually every shul. In London, Norrice Lea is full of big players while Barnet has a thriving cricket section, as does Cockfosters and North Southgate.

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Maccabi veteran Lawrence to save Hendon

By Danny Caro, September 16, 2010

My early memories of going to football started at Claremont Road, home to Hendon FC. I remember using 50p vouchers from the Roy of the Rovers magazine to get in on matchdays. The club, which has a big Jewish fan-base, has experienced testing times recently including moving away from their spiritual home to the Vale Farm in Wembley, so it is great to hear that Hendon has fallen into safe hands with the club's die-hard supporters taking charge.

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Early signs look good for Israel

By Danny Caro, September 7, 2010

I managed to stream the entire 90 minutes of Israel's 2012 qualifying match against Malta, on Iraq Goals of all places. The irony of it. My first impressions of the team under Luis Fernandez team were positive, even if it was against limited opposition.

Under Dror Kashtan, the former incumbent, I'd been left frustrated by his negative tactics with the team never fulfilling its potential, especially when drawn in a weak group. This was just the kind of game that Israel would have made hard work of under him, perhaps nicking a late goal at the death to save their blushes.

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Thirst for Jewish football pleases MSFL chairman

By Danny Caro, September 2, 2010

There is a real buzz about the start of the JC MSFL campaign which kicks-off on Sunday. With clubs completing their preparations for the new season, it appears that the problems of last year have been long forgotten and teams are only looking forward.

Players have been put through their paces on the training ground with the cool temperatures making those dreaded bleep tests all the more manageable.

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Stormin Norman on fire

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

This season has been very sporting for batsmen and bowlers cricket-wise. A few dry, hot weeks have been combined with some very wet ones.

But nothing could not stop Norman Marine, anything but a fair-weather bowler, from almost putting himself into the history books after another demon spell.

Representing Old Cholmeleians 2nd, 'Stormin' Norman terrorised the batsmen of Potters Bar 3rd. He played the lead role, finishing with figures of 8.2-4-7-6 as Bar were dismissed for a paltry 23 in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League.

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