Caro's column

I’m back between the sticks, and I’ve never felt more at home

By Danny Caro, October 23, 2008

It was out of the frying pan and into the fire on Sunday as I played for my third new team in the space of three weeks. Since joining North London Raiders, I have represented their Masters and B teams. Last weekend, I debuted for the A team, who play in the JC MSFL Division One. They had made a poor start to the season with no wins in five.

Manager Adam Fegan has had his work cut out with a young squad hampered by inconsistency as a large chunk of them are out of London at university.

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It’s job done as comeback goes from strength to strength

By Danny Caro, October 17, 2008

It's rare for a goalkeeper to claim an assist but two in the same game takes some doing. Making my JC MSFL debut for North London Raiders B, I added a clean sheet for good measure in one of the best natured matches I've been involved in.

Faithfold C were our opponents in a hard fought contest. And referee Tony McEvoy came away with plenty of credit for an assured and authorative display.

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From keeping goal to keeping law and order in Edgware

By Danny Caro, October 3, 2008

I did my bit for crime prevention last Sunday after helping to restore order to the streets of Edgware. Having just completed a heavy session at the gym, I was pumped and had a take-no-prisoners attitude.

A drunk, armed with a bottle of wine and can of beer, had already been shown the door at Grodzinskis, across the road, and then tried to intimidate staff at Sharon's bakery.

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It’s the oldest trick in the book — but I just couldn’t resist it

By Danny Caro, September 26, 2008

It is amazing the lengths I go to watch a game of football. Handed baby-sitting duties last Sunday morning, I treated my daughter to the Maccabi League match of the day.

On the way to a painting café, we took the diversion to see Hendon A take on Chigwell A. Hammers boss Jonathan Kestenbaum worked me out within seconds. "Have you told the missus you're going to the park?" he chuckled. "It's the oldest trick in the book!" I'd been caught red-handed.

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Ziggy’s gone from hotshot back to trying to stop the shots

By Danny Caro, September 19, 2008

We witnessed the long-awaited comeback of Big Brother star Ziggy Lichman last weekend. Preferred to the much-maligned Andrew Okin, Lichman was relieved that his return was not greeted by a plethora of paparazzi. There was not a reporter or camera in sight as he got Southgate Harmen A's second division title bid on track in a 3-2 victory over Rapid Banta.

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Guess who’s cut up over not making the cut?

By Danny Caro, September 12, 2008

The fairytale is over but the dream remains alive. I was informed on Friday that I had not made the Team GB cricket squad competing at next year's Maccabiah Games in Israel.

It doesn't say anywhere in the laws of cricket that the Sports Editor of The Jewish Chronicle should be picked for the Great Britain team competing at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, but I wish it did.

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Maccabi League revs up for big KO

By Danny Caro, September 4, 2008

The JC MSFL season gets under way on Sunday morning with 53 teams batting it out for silverware across five divisions.

Expect to see lots of blood, sweat, tears and thunder in our unrivalled sports coverage over the next nine months.

The final round of pre-season friendlies saw the goals flying in. London Maccabi Lions B overcame Premier Division rivals Redbridge Jewish Care 5-3 courtesy of braces from Tony Gold and David Dinkin. Josh Morris scored the other.

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Why I’m just glad to see the back of Beijing

By Danny Caro, August 28, 2008

I have a question for you. How many people had heard of star sailing before Great Britain won gold at the Olympics last week? Not many I'm sure.

Apart from on a professional level, I did my best not to get caught up in the hype of the Games. Over the past three weeks, I spent most mornings watching around 90 minutes coverage at the gym. One of my personal highlights was Sharron Davies' mini-shorts while it was enjoyable trying to keep pace with the cyclists whilst on a stationary bike in Stanmore.

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Selectors would have done well to listen to steeplechaser Jo

By Danny Caro, August 21, 2008
While the rest of the country is caught up in Olympics fever, spare a thought for Jo Ankier. Last month she was devastated to miss out on the Team GB squad. The selectors chose Hattie Dean ahead of her as the third member of the 3,000 metres steeplechase team.

Third in the national Olympic trials, which Dean failed to attend because of a fractured tibia, Ankier told me that "there was no way Dean would be fit in time". How right she was.

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Rain dampens a cricket hat-trick

By Danny Caro, August 15, 2008

Three cricket matches in a week is just my kind of lifestyle but sadly, two of them were halted by the rain. Making the most of some time off, I almost squeezed in a fourth, only to receive a call-up for MAL's midweek Twenty20 eight-a-side regional semi-final too late.

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