Caro's column

Forget the Ashes, it’s our game that’s dying a slow death

By Danny Caro, August 27, 2009

While the rest of nation is basking in Ashes glory, spare a thought for the Jewish game which is fast dying a death. London Maccabi Vale has, like so many other clubs, been hard-hit by poor availability, with the Maccabiah Games affecting their early season plans.

Sunday’s defeat against West Harrow was the lowest that many at the club have felt for some time. Although the club has a thriving colts section, I sincerely hope that there remains a platform for them to show the quality within Jewish sport for years to come.


Irish eyes were smiling on my Israel football experience

By Danny Caro, August 20, 2009

It was all quiet on the northern front in Belfast last week. Other than a minor peaceful protest outside the Northern Ireland FA headquarters, Israel’s trip passed without incident. If anything, the positive political and sporting relationship between the nations was one of the major factors to come out of the experience.


Rapid start did not stop me from having a reality check

By Danny Caro, August 13, 2009

So, my first foray into management started on a positive note. We beat Rapid Banta 3-2 in a pre-season friendly, although the day got off to a bad start when we arrived late. And it got worst as we realised that Matt Leader had the kit — and he was not playing. He was in bed.

So we had to delay kick-off and direct a bleary-eyed Matt to the ground. Chairman Jonathan Adelman is not best-pleased about my suggestion of buying each player a TomTom.


With the Maccabiah behind me, management awaits

By Danny Caro, August 6, 2009

Having finally come out of my Maccabiah bubble, it is fair to say that I am all sported out, well for a few weeks anyway. I had some amazing experiences in Israel and the event was clearly a career highlight.

Season 2009/10 of the JC MSFL gets under way on September 6. Although the first few weeks of the schedule will be disrupted by high holy days, teams are starting to shape up for the big kick off.


I’ll still have something to write home about

By Danny Caro, July 9, 2009

Excitement and anticipation are what Maccabiah athletes and their families are feeling, and rightly so. However, I am not sharing those emotions as a semi-expected late call-up for the cricket squad never materialised.

Having spent much of the past seven months in the gym and, more recently, in good nick with the bat, I was hopeful, bearing in mind that the squad has been hit by withdrawals and I was part of the squad that won bronze in 2005. But it hasn’t happened so I must now focus on producing medal-winning reporting from Israel.


Stars will be in shop window, scouts honour

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

If you think that there were a lot of scouts at the recent European Under 21 Championships in Sweden, you ain’t seen nothing yet. With the Maccabiah Games just days away, players from all nations should remember that four years ago, two silver-medal winning American players were spotted and signed up by two leading clubs.


Israel will be the dream ticket for sports fans in July

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

While the Maccabiah Games is a sporting extravaganza in its own right, participants of next month’s Jewish Olympics are in for a treat with two other major events taking place in Israel at the same time.

The Davis Cup quarter-final against Russia will feature the leading lights of tennis at the Nokia Arena from July 11-12.

A few days later, Maccabi Haifa host Glentoran in a Champions League qualifier. The Team GB football squads will be staying just a few blocks away and I expect to see a large number of fans kitted out in official team gear.


Remembering big Maurice – a legend in his own right

By Danny Caro, June 19, 2009

Tributes have been flooding in for former Wingate & Finchley vice-chairman Maurice Hanover who passed away in Spain last week. Battling cancer in recent years, Hanover used to be Head of Football Programme at Sinclair House.

Mickey Brown said: “Maurice had three loves in his life – family, Jewish football and Spurs. They consumed his entire day from morning to night. He was a great friend.”

Wingate President Harvey Ackerman said: “Maurice recommended me as President, I owe him a lot. He was a lovely man. I admired him greatly.”


Levenfiche is a shining light to the rest of the leagues

By Danny Caro, June 11, 2009

As predicted, North West Neasden’s Daniel Levenfiche won the JC MSFL Football of the Year, and rightly so. He has worked his way up the Maccabi League ladder in great style after initially impressing with Red Sea and at North London Raiders and has taken to the big stage like a duck to water. He has won many people over with his honest and hard working approach, and most importantly, he plays the game with a smile on his face.


I was cut up over Carragher and knocked out by Tyson

By Danny Caro, June 4, 2009

Having returned from eight heavenly days in Cyprus, I literally had to be pulled out of my hotel after hearing that Jamie Carragher would be arriving three days later. I learnt much about my mucatanim, especially brother-in-law to be, Jon Tiller. He and my father-in-law, Stephen Lerner, were undoubtedly the characters of the trip with the pair joint-winners of the best sunburn and disappearing act awards.

Smasher Lerner almost got swallowed up by a poolside umbrella and raised eyebrows after getting stuck on the waterslide.