Danny Caro

Maccabi National Cricket Cup final preview

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2010

The Walker Ground in Southgate is the setting for this year's Maccabi Cricket National Knockout Cup final featuring Belmont & Edgware 1st and London Maccabi Vale 2nd.

The clash pits together the Middlesex Sunday League rivals who came through their respective semi-finals in contrasting style.

BECC managed to defend a total of under 100 in a pulsating affair. A top-score of 47 from Oli Simons got them out of jail in the face of impressive bowling from South's Mike Filson and Daniel Paul. Excellent displays from left-arm seamer Stuart Davis and spinner Richie Wienburg sealed victory.

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Furman makes his mark at Oldham

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2010

Dean Furman has been named Oldham Athletic's Player of the Month after making an impressive start to the season.

Furman, 22, scored long-range goals against Notts County and Charlton from central midfield to claim the award for August.

Furman hopes that his industrious displays will help catch the eye of South African coach Pitso Mosimane ahead of the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

But for now, he is concentrating on Oldham's promotion push. Furman said: "We are very happy with the first few games and to be four games unbeaten in the league is a great start."

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MSFL preview: Division One

By Danny Caro, September 2, 2010

Much like last season, Division One looks one of the tightest on paper. Chigwell Athletic look the real deal after signing a host of top players from neighbours Redbridge Jewish Care.

Player-manager Richard Slater welcomes back Steve Summers, the club's all-time leading goal-scorer, along with former captain Daniel Castle. Adam Shafron, Russell Brill, Michael Witzenfeld and Dean Ben-Yosef also return. The forward line has been further boosted with James Ryan joining from FC Team plus Dean Ben-Yosef.

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Thirst for Jewish football pleases MSFL chairman

By Danny Caro, September 2, 2010

There is a real buzz about the start of the JC MSFL campaign which kicks-off on Sunday. With clubs completing their preparations for the new season, it appears that the problems of last year have been long forgotten and teams are only looking forward.

Players have been put through their paces on the training ground with the cool temperatures making those dreaded bleep tests all the more manageable.

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MSFL preview: Premier Division

By Danny Caro, September 2, 2010

Exciting times lie in store for a rejuvenated South Manx, whose pacy players will be looking to get them off to a flyer. They almost folded last year but player-manager Craig Edwards rescued them and now he is promising to lead them to bigger and better things.

Dominic Cheniart is a player who would walk into any Premier Division team. Edwards predicts that he "will take the league by storm".

The talented Ben Lampert, Mark Harris, Josh Greenham, Shim Ben Sour, Edward Alexson and Ben Zloof have also come in. Ben Levy and Shaun Simmons have left the club.

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Peer eases into round three at US Open

By Danny Caro, September 2, 2010

Shahar Peer has reached the third round of the US Open after beating Pauline Parmentier in straight sets in the ladies singles.

Having accounted for Jelena Kostanic Tosic in her opener, Peer, seeded 16, eased home 6-2, 6-3 in just over an hour on Court 13.

Peer will meet 19th seed Flavia Panetta of Italy in the third round with Venus Williams a potential opponent in round four.

Dudi Sela made an impressive start in the men’s singles. He surprised Xavier Malisse (50) 7-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Court 7, serving seven aces in the process.

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South Manchester starts MJSL season in style

By Danny Caro, September 1, 2010

There were goals galore in the opening round of JC MJSL matches on Tuesday night.

South Manchester Sports Club 2nd bounced back from their defeat in the MJSL JC North Charity Shield with an emphatic 6-0 victory over Republic of Mancunia.

A hat-trick from Toby Levy plus two from Ben Polak and Mike Stratton got them off to a flyer.

Josh Hayes fired a treble as Manchester Maccabi 3rd thumped Crumpsall 5-0. Harry Myers and Lee Simons completed the rout.

Strikes from Jay Rosenthal, Alex Winston and Brett Howart earned Westdene 1st a 3-0 victory in the derby at Westdene 2nd.

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MAL seal Middlesex League success in first season

By Danny Caro, August 31, 2010

MAL were crowned champions of the Middlesex Sunday League Division Three with a 65-run victory over Kensington & Chelsea.

Having joined the league over the winter, their success was confirmed when leaders Harrow St. Mary's match was abandoned, thus allowing MAL to edge home with a superior run rate.

With the opposition having failed to reserve their normal pitch there was a little initial confusion as to whether the game would go ahead, before a pitch was found.

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Haroldeans wins Charity Shield on penalties

By Danny Caro, August 31, 2010

Haroldeans won the inaugural MJSL JC North Charity Shield on penalties after last-gasp equaliser in 3-3 thriller with South Manchester Maccabi 2nd.

In an action packed match which unveiled the new season, MJSL Champions Haroldeans rode their luck with South having four goals disallowed and they forced penalties with an equaliser 15 seconds before full time.

First blood went to Haroldeans as Josh Silverberg rifled home at the second attempt after 10 minutes but the lead lasted just six minutes when Toby Levy smashed an unstoppable shot home.

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Peer made to sweat in US Open

By Danny Caro, August 31, 2010

Shahar Peer made hard work of beating Jelena Kostanic Tosic to reach the second round of the US Open.

Seeded 16, Peer had her serve broken twice in the first set against the Croatian, who is ranked 1033 in the world, before finally prevailing 7-5.

The Israeli also looked unconvincing in the second set before winning 6-4 for a straight sets victory.

She will need to improve her form if she wants to go further at Flushing Meadows although she has a relatively easy second round tie against Pauline Parmentier of France, 105 in the WTA rankings.

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Maccabi bows out of Europa League

By Danny Caro, August 27, 2010

Maccabi Tel Aviv failed to make the group stages of the Europa League despite claiming a thrilling 4-3 victory over PSG in the second leg in Israel on Thursday night.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg at the Parc de Princes, the tie looked as good as over 40 minutes in when Guillaume Hoarau put PSG ahead on the night at the Bloomfield Stadium.

Elran Atar squared things up three minutes into the second half only for the visitors to restore their advantage through French international Ludovic Giuly.

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Hapoel handed tough Champions League draw

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv will face in Lyon, Benfica and Schalke in Champions League Group B following the draw in Monaco.

The Reds reached the group stages for the first time after completing a 4-3 aggregate victory over Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday.

Uefa have rejected Hapoel’s appeal to play home group matches at their Bloomfield Stadium and ordered them to stage games at Ramat Gan.

A statement on Hapoel’s Ultras fan site says that supporters will boycott the home games in protest.

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Lions are back with a bang

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

London Lions bounced backed from a 4-1 defeat at title favourites London Colney withan 8-1 victory against Sporting London e Benfica.

A hat-trick from James Gershfield plus further efforts from Josh Kennet (2), Guy Morris, TJ Ketterman and Daniel Stanton completed an emphatic South Midlands League Division One victory.

The Lions produced a master-class performance, showing what they are capable when they have a near full fit squad available.

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MSFL Preview: Division Four

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

With seven new teams joining the league, Division Four is undoubtedly one of the toughest to call.

With a season under their belts, Jewventus look strong contenders given the calibre of player that they have brought in. The pace of Jeremy Kornhauser will terrorise rival defences with player-manager Gabriel John predicting that both he and Richard Fogelman will register 20 goals apiece.

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MSFL Preview: Division Three

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Six new teams feature with Redbridge Jewish Care C, Glenthorne United A, Real Life and Team JLGB joining last season's Division Four champions UJIA and runners-up Norstar B in promotion.

Two other clubs, Faithfold C and Catford & Bromley Maccabi, were even more fortunate after member clubs voted for them to stay in the division despite finishing in the bottom two.

Led by Darren Rolfe, UJIA surprised many people last season. The challenge is now to prove that it was not a flash in the pan, and far from being one to rest on his laurels, Rolfe wants "another promotion".

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MSFL Preview: Division Two

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Old rivalries will be reignited with newly promoted Woodford Wanderers, Norstar A and Montana Boca United B eyeing a top two finish.

But it is Temple Fortune A who have made the most high profile moves in the transfer market.

Managed by Andrew Souber, Fortune lured Scott Shindler from double winners North West Neasden A, along with attacking midfielder Michael Goldberg from Camden Park. They could be the team to beat.

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Stormin Norman on fire

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

This season has been very sporting for batsmen and bowlers cricket-wise. A few dry, hot weeks have been combined with some very wet ones.

But nothing could not stop Norman Marine, anything but a fair-weather bowler, from almost putting himself into the history books after another demon spell.

Representing Old Cholmeleians 2nd, 'Stormin' Norman terrorised the batsmen of Potters Bar 3rd. He played the lead role, finishing with figures of 8.2-4-7-6 as Bar were dismissed for a paltry 23 in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League.

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Blackman eyes Motherwell first team

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Nick Blackman is vowing to get into the Blackburn first team after scoring his first goal at Motherwell where he recently signed a six-month loan deal.

The former GB Maccabiah star scored nine goals pre-season for Rovers but will spearhead Motherwell's Europa League campaign following his switch from Ewood Park.

He scored the winner in the 1-0 SPL victory at Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Blackman, whose mother is Jewish, said: "My loan to Motherwell is about showing Blackburn I am worthy of a place in their first team.

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USA triumph in Maccabi golf tournament

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Team USA won the ninth Maccabi Transatlantic Cup by 21 and a half to 14 and a half to lead the series 5-4.

Scratch representative teams of golfers from Great Britain and America competed at Coombe Hill Golf Club over three days of intense competition in the Jewish equivalent of the Ryder Cup.

Started in 1995 and then held in 1996 and every two years since, the MTC has become the premier Jewish golfing event outside the Maccabiah Games itself.

Matches were very tight with several matches decided by one-hole margins.

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Manchester Maccabi football round-up

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Manchester Maccabi 1sts’ preparation for the new season continue.

They were beaten in a seven-goal thriller by Smedley Rangers of the Manchester Saturday League on August 19. Josh Rubin, Michael Green and Ryan Sylvester were the marksmen.

Trailing 1-0 at the break. Rubin squared things up from 20 yards, keeping his cool in a one-on-one situation two minutes into the second half.

Maccabi forged ahead minutes later following a great run by Andy Rosenberg, which took him past three men, to cross for Ryan Sylvester who made no mistake.

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