Danny Caro

JCC Games update

By Danny Caro, August 5, 2009

Team GB's JCC Games squad have got their campaign under way in style with an early gold in San Francisco.

A team featuring Daniel Cohen, Joshua Dobias and Yoni Smith won the boy’s table tennis event with Smith

following in the footsteps of his uncle, Maccabiah star Dov Katz, finishing first in their group.


Comeback kings Haifa through to playoff round

By Danny Caro, August 5, 2009

Maccabi Haifa produced a sensational comeback to book their place in the Champions League playoff round after overturning a three-goal deficit in a 4-3 win over FK Aktobe.

Having drawn 0-0 in Kazakhstan last week, Haifa found themselves 3-0 down inside 15 minutes of the second leg at Kiryat Eliezer.

Former West Ham star Yaniv Katan, the Haifa captain, started the fightback. Eyal Golasa made it 2-3 in the 32nd minute, in a game where Haifa had four players booked.


MAL maintain winning formula

By Danny Caro, August 3, 2009

Sunday saw a 10th win in 12 matches for MAL, as they took on GWR Trailfinders in a friendly in West Ealing.

Having been inserted, on a good-looking track and with the weather set fair, MAL looked to set a good total.

At the end of the 11th over with the score on 70-1, with Matt Shorts and Mark Landau going well, a total of upwards of 250 looked on the cards.

Both fell in quick succession, for 37 and 20, to leave MAL at 75-3. Jamie Breslaw and Yitzi Hill stabilised things with an enterprising stand of 53 in 11 overs before Hill was stumped for 22.


Mixed bag in Europe

By Danny Caro, July 31, 2009

It was a mixed night for Israeli teams in the Europa Cup.

Three late goals helped Hapoel Tel Aviv earn an impressive 3-1 third qualifying round, win in the away leg against two-time Uefa Cup winners IFK Gothenberg.

Etey Shechter, Samuel Yeboah and Bebars Natcho were the marksmen for Hapoel.

Hapoel coach Eli Gutman said: “What made the win all the more impressive is that Gothenberg are already 16 matches into its Swedish league campaign.”


Preview: The JC MSFL season 2009/10

By Danny Caro, July 31, 2009

The new JC MSFL season 2009/10 kicks off on September 6.

The league will feature 54 teams split over five divisions.

Athletic Bilbaum, Blizzard Storm, Highgate & Muswell Hill JYC and Jewventus are new to the league while Dynamo Hendon and East London Knights are among the sides to have folded.

Bafana Bafana
Faithfold A
Glenthorne United A
Hendon United A
Hendon United B
London Maccabi Lions A
London Maccabi Lions B
North West Neasden A
Redbridge United A
South Manx A

Brady Maccabi A
Brixton Old Boys
Camden Park


The football world has lost a true gent

By Danny Caro, July 31, 2009

The football world has lost a dear friend and gentleman in Sir Bobby Robson.

I have wonderful memories of his best achievement on the international stage where he led England to the 1990 World Cup semi-final.

Not around to see the heroics of 66, I was kept on the edge of my seat as his team made hard work of getting out of a group.

Aged 18, my heart was pulled this way by a team in which Gary Lineker made his name.

It ended with tears from Gazza and yours truly after a penalty shootout defeat against Germany.


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


Best of the best

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2009

Team Great Britain has been reflecting on what must be the most successful Maccabiah Games after the 500-strong delegation returned home with 38 medals.

A total of nine gold, 13 silver and 16 bronze were returned with the delegation bringing home medals in a number of sports ranging from a first for football in more than 40 years to the track and field where every junior athlete collected silverware. JFS pupil Richard Goodman, 16, was crowned the most successful individual athlete after winning two golds and a bronze.


Democracy. Take it or leave it.

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2009

Whilst living in a democracy has many advantages, there are many things that are still wrong with this country.

For one reason or another, we have fallen into recession and I think it is only fair to say that bankers and the money men must taken their share of the blame.

Then there are the weather forecasters. I am not saying that their job is easy but either it is going to rain or it isn’t. Either it’s going to be windy or there might be a light breeze. But how wrong they have been in recent weeks?


GB Open Football stars: The verdict

By Danny Caro, July 28, 2009

Having won silver in the Open football competition, Danny Caro profiles the GB stars


Schurder sees MAL home

By Danny Caro, July 28, 2009

MAL continued their good form with an impressive victory over Gubbays CC on Sunday.

The pitch was very green and, according to the Gubbays’ captain, 'very up and down'. MAL won the toss and inserted Gubbays, whose batsmen came out as if they were playing a 10 over match rather than a 40 over match.

They were four down within the first six overs, thanks to a smart bit of work at point from Avi Gelley to run out the opener, and some good bowling from Yoni Schurder and Yoav Lebens, as well as a fabulous catch at keeper by young Max Sherrard.


Maccabiah: The medals

By Danny Caro, July 28, 2009

GOLD (9)

Football: Over 45 Masters

Squash: David Lazarus Individual Masters 45+

Squash: Jack Shtein Individual Masters 50+

Squash: Team Masters 50+

Track & field: Richard Goodman 1,500m

Track & field: Richard Goodman 3,000m

Track & field: Jennifer Simmons 400m hurdles

Triathlon: Michael Bibring Over 50s

Triathlon: Oliver Ziff Junior


Cricket: Junior boys

Cycling: Danny Ackerman, Clifford Baker, Michael Bibring, Neil Lerner and Maish Weinstein (Men’s time trial)

Football: Open

Netball: Junior girls


So near but yet so far

By Danny Caro, July 24, 2009

The dramatic scenes at the end of the Open football and rugby finals are what makes the world of sport so special.

Who would have thought that Team GB would lose both matches? After the defeat against France, Jonathan Kestenbaum’s men kept stepping up a gear and the difference between gold and silver came down to the pressure-cooker atmosphere of a penalty shootout.


Curtain comes down on 18th Maccabiah

By Danny Caro in Israel, July 24, 2009

There were hugs and tears of joy after new friendships had been formed and medals won, as the 18th Maccabiah Games drew to a close at Latrun in Jerusalem last night.

The official closing ceremony was an explosion of colours with athletes from rival countries trading kit and emails before flying home.

The two-week event featured a bit of everything with matches won and lost, medals handed out like hotcakes, frayed tempers , athletes visiting Israel for the first time and even some have a belated barmitzvah at the Kotel.


At least the event was a winner

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2009

So, the 18th Maccabiah Games have drawn to a close. You would have thought that the presence of Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak, World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton and Jo Ankier would have helped pull in the crowds.

But despite the enormity of the event, there was a significant number of Israelis who did not understand what all the fuss was about.

The locals were intrigued as to why thousands of Jews from the Disapora had invaded their country. But word certainly got around to the cab drivers who were rubbing their hands and charging inflated prices every time an athlete got in.


Fun and Games as GB heroes dig in for gold

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2009

There was a steady flow of medals for Team GB in week two of the 18th Maccabiah Games.

Following the success of the track and field team last week, the Masters over 45 football team found enough energy to do the conga after beating Israel to win the gold. This was GB’s first football medal since the 1960s.

Goals from Laurence Swerner and Adam Lee earned a 2-1 win over Israel who had their captain sent off late on for diving.

“We showed great discipline and focus,” said head coach Bobby Fisher. “This was the culmination of 18 months of hard work.”


Penalty shoot-out ends Maccabiah dream

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 22, 2009

The Maccabiah Games ended in heartbreak for Great Britain as three teams lost major finals last night.

With the last few results filtering in, the delegation appeared to finish with eight golds, although it could have been better had things gone their way on Day 10 in Israel.

There were tearful scenes at the end of the Open football final as Jonathan Kestenbaum’s men were beaten 3-2 on penalties by Argentina at Maccabi Haifa’s Kiryat Eliezer stadium.