Danny Caro

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.

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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.”

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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.

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An ode to Team GB and a song for the British Zions

By Danny Caro, July 22, 2009

An ode to Team GB

It's coming home
It's coming home
It's coming
Maccabiah's coming home
(x4)

JK (Jonathan Kestenbaum) seems to know the score
He's seen it all before
He just knows
He's so sure

That GB's gonna
Throw it away
Gonna blow it away
But I know they can play
Cos' I remember

Three lions on the shirt
Maccabiah's still gleaming
40 Years of hurt
Never stoppped me dreaming

So many jokes, so many jeers
But all those oh so nears
Wear you down
Through the years

But I still see that
Tackle by Craig
And when Hakim scored
Sloma belting the ball

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Maccabiah medals: Day 9

By Danny Caro, July 22, 2009

GOLD
Football: Over 45 Masters
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

SILVER
Cricket: Juniors
Cycling: Danny Ackerman, Clifford Baker, Michael Bibring, Neil Lerner and Maish Weinstein (Men’s time trial)
Netball: Juniors
Rowing: Jessie Ryde and Rebecca Singer
Squash: Jemma Ockwell Junior singles girls
Track & field: Richard Goodman 800m

BRONZE
Football: Masters Over 35
Half marathon: Jo Ankier

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Maccabiah Games - Finals day preview

By Danny Caro, July 22, 2009

Today is the day of reckoning for two of Team GB's finest squads at the 18th Maccabiah Games.

The open football boys take on Argentina in the final at Maccabi Haifa's Kiryat Eliezer Stadium at 6pm local time.

Jonathan Kestenbaum's men have improved as the tournament has gone on. They drew 1-1 with Argentina in the first match of the round robin. Top-scorer Paul Hakim opened the scoring before the South Americans levelled 20 minutes from time.

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GB Masters football take the gold medal

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 21, 2009

Maccabiah Games – Day 9

Over 45 Masters Football Final

Israel 1 GB 2

Goals from Laurence Swerner and Adam Lee helped Team GB win their first football Maccabiah gold medal in 40 years after they beat hosts Israel at the Curly Krieger Stadium in Naw Sha'anan, Haifa on Tuesday evening.

Swerner's early goal came from a throw in on the right with the London Maccabi Lions side-footing home from six yards.

GB were looking good with Paul Wise and David Kyte seeing long range strikes well saved by the Israel keeper.

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Super Swerner puts GB Masters ahead in final

By Danny Caro, pitchside, Haifa, July 21, 2009

Maccabiah Games – Day 9

Over 45 Masters Football Final

Israel vs GB 1-0

A close-range volley from Laurence Swerner gave Team GB a shock lead at the Curly Krieger Stadium in Naw Sha'anan, Haifa on Tuesday evening.

The goal came from a throw in on the right with the London Maccabi Lions side-footing home from six yards.

GB were looking good with Paul Wise and David Kyte seeing long range strikes well saved by the Israel keeper.

GB stopper Gary Grant made one top-class block with his legs from a point blank shot. Minutes later he made another good save at his near post.

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Maccabiah Day 9 latest results

By Danny Caro, July 21, 2009

GB Junior netballers have taken the silver medal. They were defeated by Australia in the final.

GB ladies were defeated 3-1 by Canada in their battle for a bronze medal but team top scorer Chelsea Berlin scored a consolation goal from 40 yards.

It was a disappointing day for Team GB ten pin bowling, who are now out of the race for a medal.

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Maccabiah Day 8 round-up

By Danny Caro, July 21, 2009

Maccabiah Games - Day 8 results round-up

Tennis:

Sam Cohen lost
Marc Baghadi won
Marc Baghadi and Amber Silverston lost (QF)
James Gibbor lost

Junior Tennis:

Gabriella Klienberg and Myles Golding lost

Youth Boys Football 3 v 0 Canada 5-8 Playoffs

Ten Pin Bowling - Trios and Team:

Team event finished last
4 through to tomorrow's final

Masters Tennis:

E Monde SF - lost

Junior Boys Basketball 23 v 70 Italy 9-12 playoff

Masters Squash - Individuals:

David Lazarus won
Jack Shtein lost

Open Table Tennis - Various:

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GB through to Maccabiah football final

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 20, 2009

Maccabiah Games – Day 8

Open football Semi-final : Israel 0 GB 1

A first-half header from captain Sam Sloma put Team Great Britain into the final of the Open Football competition after they claimed a deserved victory over holders Israel in Nawe Sha’anan on Monday afternoon.

Playing in temperatures touching 35 degrees, Sloma met Paul Hakim’s pinpoint cross with a stooping diving header that nestled into the bottom corner.

Sloma said: “I haven’t scored a header since 2000 so it was nice to show people I can use my head as some have doubted my heading ability.

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Silver for young GB heroes

By Danny Caro, July 20, 2009

GB juniors took silver after they were beaten by 6 wickets by South Africa in the final at Hadar Yosef.

They got off to a disastrous start with opener Scott Gerard caught at point off the first ball.

Things did not get better as they edged to 53-5. They were eventually dismissed for 111.

SA took gold after finishing on 112-4 after 30 overs.

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GB through to Maccabiah football final

By Danny Caro, July 20, 2009

Open football Semi-final : Israel 0 GB 1 at half time

Captain marvel Sam Sloma gave Team GB a 1-0 half time lead in their Maccabiah Games Open football semi-final against Israel, which took them through to final clash with Mexico or Argentina.

Striker Paul Hakim put in an excellent cross that was met with a diving header from captain Sam Sloma to put Jonathan Kestenbaum's men in pole position against the favourites.

GB gave as good as they got in the opening exchanges of their semi-final against Israel in Nawe Sha'anan.

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Team GB rugby through to gold medal match

By Danny Caro in Netanya, July 19, 2009

Open Rugby Semi-Final: Team GB 16 USA 3

A third consecutive 11-point haul from fly half Sam Katz together with a stellar defensive display steered Team GB into the gold medal match after they held off a determined effort from a strong USA team at the Wingate Institute on Sunday night.

Katz, 18, made it 33 points for the competition after holding his nerve in a pressure-cooker atmosphere.

Having beaten South Africa and Australia in the group phase, GB looked well prepared for the challenge of a big American pack.

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Top table service for bronze GB stars

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2009

The GB Men’s Open table tennis team won bronze on Day Seven at the the Maccabiah.

The first medal won by the men’s open team for almost 30 years, excluding the intifada Games, was thanks to GB fielding its strongest and most prepared table tennis squad ever.

Victories against the Rest of the World, Greece (3-0) and Austria (3-0) set up a fascinating match against Russia to decide the winners of Group B. Russia won 3-1 but it was a classic.

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Net gain for GB netball juniors

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2009

The Junior Netball team clinched a place in the final after beating South Africa 33-16.

Goal-shooter Jessica Pinnick was the star of the show in Herzliya.

Coach Sandy Thornton said: “I’m very proud. It’s better than I could’ve expected. We’ve got stronger and stronger as the tournament has progressed.

“We trained hard at home once every six weeks. It was hard getting the squad together as some girls live in Manchester. They also had the pressure of GCSE’s.

Thanking the GB fans, she said:“We have a terrific team spirit and are going for gold.”

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Team GB Day 7 Round-up

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2009

Team GB enjoyed success in the triathlon with Oliver Ziff and Michael Bibring taking gold.

Ziff won the Junior event and came third overall in the senior competition.

Bibring, who was a flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, won the Over 50s competition.

The Over 45s Masters football team remain on course for gold after reaching the final.

The GB senior squad also reached the final after beating Israel by one point.

GB finished sixth and seventh respectively in the Ten Pin Bowling trios. Israel were disqualified.

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GB Open cricket tumble out

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2009

Open cricket: India 215-9, GB 172. India won by 43 runs

The Maccabiah Games is over for GB’s Open cricket team after 29 wides followed by a batting collapse saw them miss out on a medal match altogether following a 43-run defeat to India in Lod on Sunday.

Needing to win to reach the final, the result means Australia playing Israel in the bronze medal match, and defending champions South Africa playing GB’s conquerors India in the final.

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GB march into semi-finals

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 19, 2009

Maccabiah Games – Day 7
Open football quarter-final: Team GB 2 USA 0

Goals from Guy Morris and Paul Hakim took Team GB into the semi-finals where they will play hosts Israel in Haifa on Monday afternoon.

The GB boys scored in both halves with the second goal ending a determined effort from a resolute American team in Nawe Sha’anan.

Against an American team who had won two out of three group games, GB started in confident mood, on the back of the 2-0 win over Brazil.

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Maccabiah round-up Day 6

By Danny Caro, July 17, 2009

Team GB took bronze in the men’s doubles skulls.

The Under 16 junior football saw their medal hopes ended following a 1-1 draw on Friday. Needing a win to progress, they hit the post in the last two minutes.

Under 18 football are through to the quarter-finals.

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