Danny Caro



The good, the bad and the utterly ridiculous

By Danny Caro, August 18, 2009

The last few days have featured some dramatic events on the field of play.

The good - the new 100 metres record by Jamaican wizard Usain Bolt was out of this world. The scary thing is that he never appears to be going flat out. I think it’s just a matter of time until he betters his 9.58.

The bad - Dean Richards and Tom ‘the winker’ Williams should hang their heads in shame. Rugby is meant to be the gentleman’s game. Theirs was the act of a coward. I’ve heard of clutching at straws but their desperate actions was the lowest of the low.

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Cricket round-up

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2009

A half century from Jerome Roith helped Casual Nomads beat Thespian Thunders by 74 runs.

Roith (54) and captain Richard Ferrer (44) were the mainstays of the Nomads innings which ended on 171.

The father and son team of Andy (3-12) and Nick Landesberg (3-20) kept TT on the back foot as they were dismissed for 91.

Ferrer said: “We looked 30 runs light at tea but some fabulous bowling - particularly from Andy Landesberg (3-12) and his son Nick who took five between them - saw us home with plenty to spare.”

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BECC beaten in nail-biter

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2009

Belmont & Edgware were beaten by one run in a nail-biter against Wycombe House.

With a number of key players missing for BECC, a team containing three members of the GB Junior Maccabiah team took to the field.

Jonny Feigenbaum and Stuart Davis opened the bowling as they have done many times in the past. he bowling was tight and runs hard to obtain.

Due to a minor injury, Jon Evans was brought into the attack early and once stand-in keeper Michael Blasebalk stood up to the wicket runs dried up and the first wicket fell.

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Lions make flying start

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2009

London Lions got the new season under way with a firm and tidy performance to beat Sandridge Rovers 3-1 in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.

Victory came courtesy of goals from Guy Morris, Adam Stolerman and debutant Daniel Levenfiche for last season's runners-up.

Defender Guy Morris registered Lions first goal of the brand new season as Tony Gold’s men ensured a scoreline which reflected their superiority.

But they had to be patient and persistent to unlock a Sandridge rearguard which looked especially solid in a eventful first half.

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Silver lining for Israel

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2009

Israel were runners-up at the Game On quadrangular tournament at the 02.

They were beaten 85-69 by eventual winners Turkey in their opening fixture but improved as the competition wore on, beating Poland 86-72 and whipping boys Great Britain 79-69.

The competition was a warm-up for the forthcoming Eurobasket.

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Friendly: Israel vs Northern Ireland

By Danny Caro, August 14, 2009

Fans mixed on and off the pitch, before during and after Israel’s international friendly against Northern Ireland in Belfast.

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King Casspi setting NBA targets high

By Danny Caro, August 13, 2009

Omri Casspi has explained why he is putting club before country after ruling himself out for Israel at next month’s Eurobasket competition.

Casspi, 21, recently became the first Israeli to join the NBA after signing a three-year contract with the Sacramento Kings, worth $3.5 million.

Ranked 23 in the draft, he hopes to put Israeli basketball on the map in America.

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Rapid start did not stop me from having a reality check

By Danny Caro, August 13, 2009

So, my first foray into management started on a positive note. We beat Rapid Banta 3-2 in a pre-season friendly, although the day got off to a bad start when we arrived late. And it got worst as we realised that Matt Leader had the kit — and he was not playing. He was in bed.

So we had to delay kick-off and direct a bleary-eyed Matt to the ground. Chairman Jonathan Adelman is not best-pleased about my suggestion of buying each player a TomTom.

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Play it again lads, says Gold

By Danny Caro, August 13, 2009

London Lions manager Tony Gold has challenged his troops to match last season’s runners-up finish in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division ahead of tomorrow’s opening fixture at home to Sandridge Rovers.

The Rowley Lane club achieved its best-ever finish but missed out on promotion through a technicality.

A top-two finish in the division puts clubs into a position to go up. But there are strict league regulations about grounds that include floodlights and a 100-seater stadium.

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Dudu keeps the faith

By Danny Caro, August 13, 2009

Dudu Awat believes that Israel must treat their four remaining World Cup qualifiers like cup finals to stand a chance of qualifying for next year’s competition in South Africa.

The keeper, in Belfast this week for Israel’s lacklustre 1-1 draw against Northern Ireland, admitted that there is no room for error if the team is to keep their hopes alive — while still depending on other results going their way.

“We have four games left and if we win them all we have a chance”, said Awat, 31. “We can do it. As long as we have a chance, we’ll keep fighting.”

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Israel make their point in Belfast

By Danny Caro in Belfast, August 13, 2009

A first-half strike from Elyaniv Barda earned Israel a draw following an encouraging performance in an international friendly against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

Ahead of next month's World Cup qualifying double-header against Latvia and Luxembourg, Israel boss Dror Kashtan saw his squad performing for the first time in four months.

Going into the match, Israel had not beaten their opponents in six previous meetings.

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JCC Games summary

By Danny Caro, August 11, 2009

Team GB won 22 medals at the JCC Games in San Franciso.

The delegation brought home 10 gold, eight silver and four bronze medals.

The Under 14 boys football team were one of the winners. After beating San Francisco 9 - 3 in the semi-finals, they were made to battle before beating Mexico 2-1 in the final. went on in the afternoon to win Gold Medal in the final against Mexico winning 2 - 1.

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Salford and South Manchester reach Twenty20 final

By Danny Caro, August 11, 2009

Salford will meet South Manchester Maccabi in the NJCL Twenty20 final after the teams came through their semi-finals in contrasting style.

Salford overcame Manchester Maccabi by 25 runs. The team’s depleted ranks were bolstered by some newly transferred faces from Sedgley and after winning the toss, captain Daniel Paul elected to bat on a dry, flat looking pitch.

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MAL take it to the max

By Danny Caro, August 11, 2009

Defending champions MAL picked up maximum points after claiming an easy win over Chigwell.

With bonus points almost as crucial as a win in this Maccabi Sunday League clash, Chigwell won the toss and elected to bat.

Given the amount of rain during the week it was no surprise that the outfield felt heavy, but the pitch was dry and hard.

Yoav Lebens and Tony Wise bowled well with the new ball, picking up two wickets each within the first nine overs, to leave Chigwell 28-4 and struggling.

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Haifa draw Salzburg in Champions League

By Danny Caro, August 7, 2009

Maccabi Haifa will play Austrians Salzburg for a place in the group phase in this season’s Champions League.

Having beaten FC Aktobe 4-3 on Wednesday, the Israeli champions will battle it out for bumper pay day as they look to make the group stages for the first time since 2002.

The ties will be played on August 18/19 with the second leg August 25/26.

In the Europa League, Hapoel Tel Aviv will play FK Teplice in the playoff round. Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv have it all to do against PSV Eindhoven.

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JCC Games update

By Danny Caro, August 7, 2009

Having won an early gold in the boys team table tennis competition, Team GB have continued to take silverware in San Francisco.

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

There was success in the track and field with Zac Skry winning a gold in the Mixed Relay followed by silver in the Long Jump.

Simon Zeffertt won a silver medal for the Mixed Relay.

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Israeli clubs progress in Europa Cup

By Danny Caro, August 7, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv and Bnei Yehuda reached the playoff stage of the Europa Cup after coming through respective third qualifying round ties on Thursday.

Leading 3-1 from the away leg against IFK Gothenberg, Hapoel drew 1-1 at the Bloomfield Stadium.

Israeli international Michael Zandberg put Hapoel ahead in the 14th minute. Hannes Stiller hauled the Swedes level on the night but the two-time Uefa Cup winners never threatened to overhaul Hapoel’s aggregate lead.

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With the Maccabiah behind me, management awaits

By Danny Caro, August 6, 2009

Having finally come out of my Maccabiah bubble, it is fair to say that I am all sported out, well for a few weeks anyway. I had some amazing experiences in Israel and the event was clearly a career highlight.

Season 2009/10 of the JC MSFL gets under way on September 6. Although the first few weeks of the schedule will be disrupted by high holy days, teams are starting to shape up for the big kick off.

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GB starlet Scott on the move

By Danny Caro, August 6, 2009

Team GB footballer Scott Shulton is joining Blue Square Premier Ebbsfleet United.

A star of the recently concluded Maccabiah Games, Shulton, 19, was set to sign a one-year contract yesterday, after being released by Wycombe Wanderers. He was at Wycombe for seven years following a two-year spell at Watford.

Shulton said: “I see it as a step across rather than down as I will have more of a chance to get regular first-team action. I wanted to stay in full-time football and want to keep improving every day.

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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.

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