Caro's column

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


I got much more than I bargained for upon the high seas

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2010

I recently returned from two sun-soaked weeks aboard a Mediterreanean cruise ship. As you would expect, I made sure that it had a strong sporting theme.

After seeing the caves, tunnels and monkeys of Gilbraltar, we moved on to Corsica and Cannes before the piece de resistance, Barcelona. Visiting the city for the first time, a few hours away from the wife and kids were spent at the Nou Camp, an experience that I will never forget.


Premiership underway and Jewish players ready to shine

By Danny Caro, August 12, 2010

The Football League got under way last weekend - and tomorrow it's the turn of the Premiership. While Manchester City have continued their spending spree, it's time to look at some of the key Jewish players on and off the pitch.

Where better place to start with than defending champions Chelsea. It's fair to say that they would not be where they are today without the funds of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who according to a recent list compiled by The Sunday Times, is the second richest man in the country. The oil and industry magnate is rumoured to be worth £7.4 billion.


MAL and Vale 2nd battle for final spot

By Danny Caro, August 5, 2010

Four becomes two on Sunday as South Manchester Maccabi, Belmont & Edgware, MAL and London Maccabi Vale 2nd battle it out for a place in the final of the Maccabi National Knockout Cup.

The north-south semi-final between South and BECC looks set to be a battle between the South bowlers and the BECC batters. With home advantage, South skipper Steven Glicher is looking forward to releasing his attacking trio of Akiva Lieberman, Avrom Topperman and David Glick, who between them have played a big part in South winning the NJCL league and T20 double.


Rules are rules - according to the MSFL's super-clubs

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2010

I have a great deal of sympathy for the single-team clubs who tried but ultimately failed to change a rule that clearly favours the JC MSFL big boys.

Neal Cohen, manager of Zig Zag, has long been campaigning to ensure that clubs with more than one team do not have an advantage by dropping down some of their top players during the course of the season.