New chairman for Team GB

By Danny Caro, November 25, 2009

The GB Maccabiah and European Organising Committee have appointment of Darryl Lee as chairman and Adam Solomons as vice-chairman of both the European and Maccabiah Games GB football teams.

In addition Maccabi GB announced that the pair will hold the same positions for the GB football teams at the Pan American and Australia Games.

Lee and Solomons will be responsible for overseeing the management and coaching of teams for the selected international Maccabi competitions concluding with the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2013.


Kestenbaum: 'It's time to take a break'

By Danny Caro, September 2, 2009

Jonathan Kestenbaum, the man who led Team GB to its first Maccabiah Open football medal for almost 50 years, has decided to take a sabbatical from all football duties in the coming season.

Kestenbaum came within seconds of steering GB to gold in Israel two months ago before losing the final on penalties against Argentina. He has also relinquished his duties as manager of the JC MSFL Rep Team.

“It was a difficult decision,” he said. “But for the moment, the right one. I feel extremely fortunate to have had an extended association with Jewish football.”


Table top service

August 3, 2009

Team GB Table Tennis manager Robin Ashleigh rounds-up his squad's achievements in Israel.

After many months of practice as a team, and for some individuals, four years worth of preparation since the last Maccabiah Games, the Great Britain table tennis team finally set off to compete in the 18th Jewish Olympics.


Maccabiah dorm 'had bugs and live wires'

By Marcus Dysch, July 30, 2009

Athletes from Britain’s medal-winning Maccabiah Games youth team have described their shock at finding cockroach infestations and live electric wires in the bedrooms of their Israeli accommodation.

The teenagers were due to stay at the Neveh Hadassah youth village, near Netanya, for the duration of the tournament but were relocated to a five-star hotel by Team GB bosses after just 24 hours due to health and safety concerns.


From Israel with love

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2009

Reflecting on missed opportunities on the pitch, GB’s Open squad donated their training equipment to Israeli cricket towards the end of the Games. Manager Nigel Rothband said: “They were absolutely delighted and it was good to see it put to good use. To see the development of Israeli cricket is fantastic and if this goes some small way to encouraging youngsters to play the sport then this can only be good news.”


Lack of progress stumps Adam

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2009

Fresh from his match-winning knock that helped South Africa retain the open cricket title, Adam Bacher spoke of his disappointment about the dearth of Jewish players coming through at first-class level.

Bacher, 35, played the last of his 13 Test matches against Zimbabwe four years ago and winding down, he played for two more seasons for Cape Province, playing only one-day and Twenty20 cricket. His last professional game was against his old team in front of 23,000 spectators at the Wanderers.


Team of the tournament Zions plan their revenge

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2009

It was a case of so near, yet so far for Team GB’s Open rugby squad. Widely regarded as the team of the competition, they were beaten by three points by an Australia side they had comfortably beaten in their first match.

It could all have ended so differently as the gold medal match was determined by inches. GB’s Sam Katz missed a penalty kick that bounced off the posts while the Aussies hit the posts with one of theirs and the ball just bounced inside. But for that, GB would have won.


GB soccer: How they rated

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2009

Danny Caro analyses the performances of the key GB soccer stars

Andy Goldman – the big Hamilton FC goalkeeper played every moment of every game at the 18th Maccabiah. It is fair to say that he is the best Jewish keeper around, making the big saves when it mattered.
Rating: 9/10

David Soutar – Souts made many friends in Israel this summer. He tackled with authority, got up and down well, and popped up with a vital goal against Brazil.
Rating: 8/10


They came, they saw and conquered

July 30, 2009

A first football gold for 48 years was the icing on the cake, according to Darryl Lee, GB head of senior football in Israel.

Goals from Laurence Swerner and Adam Lee earned the Over 45 Masters squad a 2-1 victory over Israel in the final to cap off a memorable tournament in which the Open team took silver, the Over 35s bronze and the Ladies finished fourth.

Lee said: “Medals in all four competitions was probably beyond our expectations when we started but when you look at the professional attitude adopted, it was due reward.


Wizard of Oz makes history

By Dan Goldberg, July 30, 2009

An Australian golfer has rewritten the history books by competing in his ninth consecutive Games.

Roy Vandersluis, 62, was not content just to participate; he also won his first ever gold medal — something that has eluded him since 1977.

He was part of the Masters golf team that claimed gold – Australia’s first at the Games – at Caesarea Golf Club, beating America and South Africa.

He shot a final round of 72, the best card of the tournament. He also won silver for his individual score.