Caro's column

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


China not as fine as memories of the Coe-Ovett rivalry

By Danny Caro, August 8, 2008

The Beijing Olympics gets under way today but being brutally honest, they don't do as much for me as they did when I was a kid. I grew up on a diet of Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett having a broiges with Steve Cram coming in as the new kid on the block. That's not forgetting my childhood hero Daley Thompson, the original superman.


Maccabiah cricket squad is taking shape after Lord’s day

By Danny Caro, August 1, 2008

Trials for the Great Britain Maccabiah Games cricket squad were recently held at Lord's, the home of cricket. It was great to catch up with some of the boys who three years ago came home with bronze, much to the surprise of competition organiser Stanley Perlman.

Prior to the net, which took place a day after England drew the opening test against South Africa, the boys got a glimpse of England legend Graham Gooch though we were not brave enough to get any cricket or hair tips.


Rejection’s hard to take but I hope our golden girl returns

By Danny Caro, July 25, 2008
We all know that sport can be a cruel game. Jo Ankier's exclusion from Great Britain's Olympic squad is a bitter pill to swallow. For several weeks, it appeared that Anglo-Jewry's golden girl would grace our screens in August. But instead the British selectors opted for someone currently nursing a broken leg.

Talk about rubbing salt into the wound. I feel for Jo as I know how much time, effort and dedication she has put in for the only major to elude her. She now faces a period of soul-searching as she has been well and truly kicked in the teeth.


Latest debut went without a hitch

By Danny Caro, July 18, 2008

Ahead of Tuesday night’s Maccabiah trial, my debut, second time around, for London Maccabi Vale, was something of a memorable affair. I am glad to report that I was not given a Wimbledon FC-esque initiation, such as someone cutting a hole in my clothes or setting my car alight.


Friends reunited in the city that does anything but sleep

By Danny Caro, July 10, 2008

I have just returned from 10 wonderful days in Tel Aviv where I spent some quality time with the family. It turned out to be a mini JFS reunion as I rolled back the years with some old schoolfriends attending Joshua Sinai’s wedding. Darryl Ricklow, Steven Gordon, Paul Alexander, Nathan Gentely plus former London Maccabi Lions player Jonny Binke were on top form and could not get enough of the sun.

It was the first time my wife and kids have been to the White City and it took my missus a little while to work out that not every man there was called Ken.