Maccabiah

Golden boys spot-on in final

August 1, 2013

They made history just by reaching the final. But the Team GB Under 16s football boys went one better by winning gold after defeating favourites Israel 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out.

The pundits had predicted that the GB boys faced a thrashing, predicting 6-0, maybe 7-0 when they kicked-off.

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Medals galore for GB in Maccabiah finale

By Simon Griver, August 1, 2013

They were written off from the start — told they would be “massacred” if they reached the final against favourites Israel.

But Team GB’s Under-16 soccer stars defied all odds to claim gold and make Maccabiah Games history by defeating Israel 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out.

And their efforts epitomised the spirit of everyone in Team GB in a glorious two weeks of sporting excellence.

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I do declare a bronze, sir

By Danny Caro, August 1, 2013

Well, that’s the Maccabiah done for another four years, and what an unbelievable experience it was once again.

"Do you have anything to declare," was the question asked at Luton airport as we went through customs on
Wednesday night. "Absolutely,” I replied, proudly

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Gershfield and Bolle take GB into last eight

August 1, 2013

TEAM GB have powered their way into the Open quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over South Africa on Tuesday.

Anything less than victory would have seen them exit the competition prematurely but it was nailbiting stuff right to the end when South Africa converted a penalty with just seven minutes to go.

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Mixed fortunes for the Masters

August 1, 2013

TEAM GB Masters 35s kicked-off their campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over a typically resilient USA side. But from then on it went downhill with defeats by Brazil and Israel before rallying on Tuesday with a 3-0 defeat of Chile.

USA took the lead against the run of play on 55 minutes with a stunner from 30 yards finding the top corner.

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Freak injury is putting my big chance at risk

By Danny Caro, August 1, 2013

If ever there was a time for reflection then this is probably it.

As I write this piece from the hotel lobby at the Leonardo Basel Tel Aviv, I await a visit from the Team GB medics, hoping they can save my Maccabiah.

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GB stars flying the flag

August 1, 2013

A Maccabiah gold medal hero and a 17-year-old debutante had the honour of carrying the flags for Team GB at Thursday’s 19th Maccabiah Games gala opening ceremony in front of 32,000 spectators at Jerusalem’s newly enlarged Teddy Stadium.

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Ashes win has lifted Corin boys

August 1, 2013

England's dramatic first Ashes Test victory against Australia on Sunday came as the perfect send-off tonic for Team GB’s cricket squad just hours before they departed for Israel for their Maccabiah Games challenge.

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An emotional return for son of tragic Aussie

By Simon Griver, August 1, 2013

Australia has always led the parade at the Maccabiah Games opening ceremony, and since the 1997 disaster when four of its participants were killed after the collapse of the Yarkon river bridge into the Ramat Gan stadium, extra emotion has been added to the appearance of the first squad alphabetically.

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Maccabiah opening something quite special

By Danny Caro, August 1, 2013

The first few days at the 19th Maccabiah Games have been something quite special.

Two days at pre-camp featured some incredible sights, as the majority of the 453-strong Team GB squad converged on Jerusalem.

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