Danny Caro

Salford second best in NJCL

By Danny Caro, August 24, 2010

Salford clinched the runners-up spot in the NJCL by the narrowest of margins following a convincing win over Manchester Maccabi.

A low-scoring contest saw Salford run out victors by 40 runs. They claimed 18 points to Maccabi’s seven.

Batting first, Salford posted 146-8. Maccabi were skittled for 106.

The day’s other match saw Leeds beat Bury by 10 wickets.

Leeds put Bury into bat on a damp slow wicket and were made to work for their wickets.

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Tel Aviv facing Europa League exit

By Danny Caro, August 20, 2010

Maccabi Tel Aviv face Europa League elimination following a disappointing 2-0 defeat in Paris on Thursday night.

Tel Aviv were beaten 2-0 by PSG at the Parc de Princes, with a goal in each half from Peguy Luyindula and Guillaume Hoarau leaving them with an uphill task ahead of next Thursday’s second leg in Israel.

Avi Nimni, the Tel Aviv manager, said: “This is a result we can overturn, even though we are playing a quality side.

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Blackman to spearhead Motherwell’s Europa League challenge

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2010

Motherwell have signed Blackburn Rovers striker Nick Blackman on a six-month loan deal.

The former Maccabiah star scored nine goals in pre-season for Rovers but will spearhead the team’s Europa League campaign following his switch from Ewood Park.

Blackman said: “My loan to Motherwell is about showing Blackburn I am worthy of a place in their first team.

“This is the last year of my contract so I knew it was going to be a big season and I had to hit the ground running. I just wanted to give myself the best possible chance to try to push on into the first team.

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No kids play

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2010

The MJSL have confirmed that there will be no junior section this year due to low numbers.

Last season saw the league run an Under 10 Division made up by three teams from South Manchester, two from Manchester Maccabi and one from Broughton and champions Haroldeans. This season, South Manchester Sports Club will enter their youth teams into the Altrincham & Timperley and Thameside Leagues.

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Ben Winston leaves Wingate & Finchley

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2010

Ben Winston has stepped down as assistant-manager of Wingate & Finchley.

Recently appointed as manager to Team England ahead of next year's European Maccabi Games in Vienna, Winston told the players after their pre-season victory over Barnet.

Winston said: "Although I think this is the year we will get promotion, it is too difficult for me to commit so much time. I though it was best to take a break rather than be half-hearted in my approach."

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I got much more than I bargained for upon the high seas

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2010

I recently returned from two sun-soaked weeks aboard a Mediterreanean cruise ship. As you would expect, I made sure that it had a strong sporting theme.

After seeing the caves, tunnels and monkeys of Gilbraltar, we moved on to Corsica and Cannes before the piece de resistance, Barcelona. Visiting the city for the first time, a few hours away from the wife and kids were spent at the Nou Camp, an experience that I will never forget.

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Hapoel nearer Champions League dream

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2010

Three precious away goals put Hapoel Tel Aviv within touching distance of the group phase of the Champions League after they beat Red Bull Salzburg 3-2 on a plastic pitch in Austria on Wednesday night.

The knockout round first leg got off to a flying start for the Israeli champions when keeper Vincent Enyeama put them ahead from the penalty spot after three minute following a foul on the impressive Etey Shechter.

The hosts levelled after 28 minutes via Pokravic but Ben Sahar, the former Chelsea striker, restored Hapoel's advantage with a bullet header a minute before half time.

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Blackpool confirm Keinan signing

By Danny Caro, August 18, 2010

Dekel Keinan has been unveiled as a Blackpool player – just as the JC told you on July 12.

Keinan joined on a free transfer after parting company with Maccabi Haifa.

He has agreed a one-year deal with an option for a further 12 months.

The 25-year-old had his work permit approved last month but only received it on Monday.

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NJCL round-up

By Danny Caro, August 18, 2010

The NJCL Rep Team maintained their excellent record with a hard fought victory over Ladybridge.

On a warm and breezy day in Cheadle, skipper David Glick lost the toss and the NJCL were invited to bat on a soft, damp track.

With a strong batting line up NJCL opened with veteran Harry Rosenblum and Shaia Rabinowitz.

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Five-star Lions claim first win

By Danny Caro, August 18, 2010

A hat-trick from James Gershfield steered London Lions to their first ever victory in the South Midlands League as they thumped Cockfosters 5-1 in Division One on Tuesday night.

Having failed to win any of their first four matches, the Lions rediscovered the form that saw them crowned Herts County Senior League champions last season.

A scintillating performance was capped by goals from Ben Ellis and Aron Barnes.

The Lions finally showed what they are capable of with a near full squad as they put Cockfosters to the sword at Goffs Park.

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GB announce Euro Games table tennis squad

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2010

Maccabi GB have selected their table tennis squad ahead of next year’s European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Spearheaded by team manager Dov Katz, co-chair of the Maccabi GB international table tennis committee, the delegation features the cream of English Jewish table tennis talent with an array of highly-ranked England stars included.

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BECC 1sts well beaten

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2010

Belmont & Edgware 1st were unable to build on last week’s memorable cup victory as MAL ran out victors by eight wickets to confirm promotion from Middlesex Sunday League Division Three.

The match started rather more successfully than it ended for BECC who were decimated by injury and lack of availability. Captain Ashley Connick won the toss, a rare occurrence in recent months. Although wanting to bowl, having only seven players at the designated start time necessitated a bat.

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BECC 2nd edged out

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2010

BECC 2nd XI had an interesting fixture against a team captained by none other than BECC's very own Steven Altmann-Richer.

Although he soon departed, for a low score, Crossed-Keys CC amassed 167-7 in their 30 overs.

Particular mention must go to Jack Mendel and Ben Tilley, both of whom bowled brilliantly, with each being rewarded with a brace of wickets. Goldman, Jeffries and Horowitz each chipped in with a wicket, with all the bowlers being well-supported in the field with some good catches, particularly by Jacobs and Goldman.

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Newlands & Northwood cruise past Chigwell & Hainault

By Danny Caro, August 16, 2010

Newlands and Northwood beat Chigwell and Hainault by 71 runs in a friendly.

The match was played in fair weather conditions and whilst the sky was generally cloudy, particularly throughout Chigwell’s innings, rain was never going to be a factor. The strip itself, and much of the outfield, was dry and dusty and variable bounce was certainly a factor throughout the day.

Newlands accumulated runs steadily throughout their innings with most of their batsmen chipping in. Old campaigner Benny Wolpe, a guest player for Chigwell the previous week, top-scored with 43.

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MAL clinch promotion

By Danny Caro, August 16, 2010

MAL clinched promotion to Division Two of the Middlesex Sunday Cricket League with a clinical display against Belmont & Edgware 1sts.

With the pitch at Camdenians looking green and damp, it was somewhat surprising that BECC skipper Ashley Connick elected to bat on winning the toss. He and fellow opener Alex Goodman played steadily enough before Mark Landau trapped Connick LBW in front with an inswinger.

Josh Burke picked up the second wicket - having bowled some hostile stuff at both batsmen he produced a snorter that clipped the top of Averbuch's off stump.

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Premiership underway and Jewish players ready to shine

By Danny Caro, August 12, 2010

The Football League got under way last weekend - and tomorrow it's the turn of the Premiership. While Manchester City have continued their spending spree, it's time to look at some of the key Jewish players on and off the pitch.

Where better place to start with than defending champions Chelsea. It's fair to say that they would not be where they are today without the funds of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who according to a recent list compiled by The Sunday Times, is the second richest man in the country. The oil and industry magnate is rumoured to be worth £7.4 billion.

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MAL and Vale 2nd battle for final spot

By Danny Caro, August 5, 2010

Four becomes two on Sunday as South Manchester Maccabi, Belmont & Edgware, MAL and London Maccabi Vale 2nd battle it out for a place in the final of the Maccabi National Knockout Cup.

The north-south semi-final between South and BECC looks set to be a battle between the South bowlers and the BECC batters. With home advantage, South skipper Steven Glicher is looking forward to releasing his attacking trio of Akiva Lieberman, Avrom Topperman and David Glick, who between them have played a big part in South winning the NJCL league and T20 double.

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Lions manager cautious about chances

By Danny Caro, August 5, 2010

Having lifted the Herts Senior County League Premier Division title, London Lions go into known territory when they travel to Bedford for their first ever match in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One tomorrow.

Unlike last season, preparations have not been hampered by the Maccabiah Games although manager Tony Gold remains cautious about their chances.

Having relocated to Broxbourne Borough V&E FC, it is clear that the Lions will have to up the ante. They lost only two games last season on their way to pipping Wormley Rovers at the post.

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Europa League round-up

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2010

A first half strike from Vladimer Dvalishvili steered Maccabi Haifa past Dinamo Minsk in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

Maccabi Tel Aviv scored a crucial away goal in a 2-1 defeat against Olympiacos.

Haris Medunjanin gave the Israelis a shock 18th minute lead but the Greeks struck back with goals midway through the second half from Dennis Rommedahl and sub Jaouad Zairi turnings things around.

Both return legs are on August 5.

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Landau treated like a Lord for the day

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2010

Mark Landau had the experience of a lifetime after helping the Lord's Taverners celebrate 60 years on the main square at Lord's.

The MAL vice-captain was originally due to take part in the Hit for 60 event that was postponed due to a sponsorship shortfall.

Landau, 31, raised £500 to take part in a Diamond Jubilee eight-a-side competition.

Changing in the visitors' dressing room, Landau's team, Taverners Talent, were joined by Vince Wells, the former England and Kent batsman, and Chris White, the highly-regarded rugby referee.

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