Danny Caro

FC Team beaten in London Cup final

By Danny Caro, April 19, 2010

Manager Mitch Young admitted that the best side won after FC Team were beaten 3-0 by Flanders FC in the London FA Junior Cup final at Croydon Athletic.

Going into the game against the former competition winners, Young was ruing the volcanic ash disruption that left star striker Richard Salmon marooned in Milan.

In their first LFA cup final, FC Team of the Middlesex County League, started well with vice-captain Paul Kent rattling the bar in the first 20 minutes.

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LMV retain indoor cricket title

By Danny Caro, April 19, 2010

London Maccabi Vale won the first piece of silverware of the season after retaining the Maccabi Indoor 6-a-side Trophy in convincing fashion in Canary Wharf.

Captained by Team GB star Saul Weitzman, LMV finished with a 100 per cent record, winning four matches in the round robin tournament.

On the eve of the competition, LMV were struggling to field a team but they named an eight-man squad with Richard Black, Aryeh Myers, Elliott Coulten, Jonathan Daniels, colt Jamie Leboff and the father and son team of Jon and Benji Lederman joining Weitzman.

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Classy Lions win Anekstein Cup

By Danny Caro at Wingate & Finchley, April 19, 2010

First half strikes from Mike Pearson and Louis Basger helped London Maccabi Lions run out deserved winners as they wrestled the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup from Hendon United A at Wingate & Finchley.

Both sides were missing key players going into the game. For Lions, midfielder Ricky Kennet, matchwinner of the semi-final against Neasden A, failed to make the squad with a back injury forcing him out, while Hendon were missing key duo Alex Rosenthal and Josh Bentley, while Greg Corin was named on the bench, although on 70 per cent fit.

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Late controversy frustrates Lions' title challenge

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2010

London Lions had to a settle for a 2-2 draw after cruelly being denied victory against the Met Police who will admit that they got out of jail.

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Racing driver still winning... aged 75

By Danny Caro, April 15, 2010

He beat the legendary Sir Jackie Stewart - and now veteran driver Philip Barak is gearing up for his 54th year on the circuit.

An unlikely 75 years old, Mr Barak is believed to be the oldest competitive racing driver in the country.

Born in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, Mr Barak can be identified by the star of David he wears on his helmet and began an early love affair with engines.

Wryly, he recalls: "I was not a typical Jewish boy. I used to race motorcycles. My father [who made machines for amusement arcades] was very concerned."

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Goalposts cannot be shifted near end of season

By Danny Caro, April 15, 2010

Rules are rules, or so they say. Sometimes, I believe the common sense law is better applied. As I reported last week, Red Sea became the sixth Maccabi League team to fold this season. Having played less than 75 per cent of their games, the rules state that their results must be deleted. The timing of their demise could not have been any worse, with just over a month of the season remaining.

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Jewish cricket season begins

By Danny Caro, April 15, 2010

The Jewish cricket season gets under way on Sunday as five teams battle it out in the Maccabi GB Indoor Six-a-side competition.

London Maccabi Vale, MAL, Southgate, BECC and Chigwell will contest an all-day tournament at the Play On Sports in Canary Wharf.

Competition organiser Mark Landau said: "It should be lots of fun for those taking part, and a good curtain raiser for the Jewish season, before the proper cricket starts."

The outdoor season features a four-team Maccabi League with Belmont & Edgware, Casual Nomads, Chigwell and Southgate participating.

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Cyril Anekstein Cup final too close to call

By Danny Caro, April 15, 2010

It is almost impossible to call Sunday's JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final between London Maccabi Lions A and Hendon United A.

Both teams came through tough semi-finals against Premier Division opposition with the Lions edging out North West Neasden A, while Hendon overcame a resilient Faithfold A.

The clash at the Harry Abrahams Stadium, home of Wingate & Finchley, plays host to two of the most successful teams in recent MSFL history, both of whom can still win the treble.

Pace, power, passion and movement will be the key ingredients in a contest featuring two well-matched teams.

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Field star of blind cricket series

By Danny Caro, April 15, 2010

Daniel Field was one of the star performers during England's series against blind cricket world champions Pakistan in Dubai.

The ground-breaking tour saw wicketkeeper Field, 21, participate in the first ever blind Twenty20 and and one-day international series, the last of which was the first of its kind to be played under floodlights.

Having recently returned home with a strained medial ligament, Field was on the field for the full 80 overs in back-to-back matches after acting as a runner to a teammate who hit two double centuries and a 94.

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Team of the week: 9th April 2010

By Danny Caro, April 8, 2010

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Wingate look to old boy Hakim for play-off inspiration

By Danny Caro, April 8, 2010

Paul Hakim has boosted Wingate & Finchley's playoff push after joining the Ryman League Division One North outfit for the rest of the season.

The Team GB striker, who won Player of the Tournament at the Maccabiah Games last year, signed for St Albans City, Wingate and Maccabi League team Brady Maccabi, whom his father, Simon manages at the start of the season.

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Green shoots of recovery could be bad news for Hendon

By Danny Caro, April 8, 2010

Having correctly predicted that Lions A would beat Neasden A in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup semi-final, I'm tipping Faithfold A to book their place in the April 18 final at Wingate & Finchley ahead of Sunday's meeting against holders Hendon United A.

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Perkins powers Faithfold back to the summit

By Danny Caro, April 8, 2010

Faithfold A moved two points clear at the top of the Premier Division after beating Redbridge A 4-2 with goals from Dan Perkins (2), Rocky Spitzer and Paul Savitz.

North London Raiders A moved a step closer to top flight football next season when they beat Brady Maccabi 2-1 in Division One. Goals from Matt Sheldon and Joe Tankel took them eight points clear at the top. Lee Platt had levelled from the penalty spot.

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Red Sea parts company with MSFL

By Danny Caro, April 7, 2010

The JC MSFL has lost another team after first division Red Sea folded.

Following in the footsteps of Glenthorne United A, Bafana Bafana, AC Cricklewood, North West Neasden C and South Manx B, Red Sea withdrew after five years in the league which is now down to 49 teams.

Red Sea chairman Daniel Wynne said: “We have not been able to field a team for a few weeks now and have incurred a number of fines in the last two months, effectively bankrupting the club.

“We lost a lot of players to retirement through the start of this season and failed to recruit sufficient dedicated cover.

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Team of the week: 1st April 2010

By Danny Caro, April 1, 2010

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Boxer Laura Saperstein returns

By Danny Caro, April 1, 2010

Having made a successful return to the British ring following a nine-month absence, Laura Saperstein has set her sights on the super featherweight world title.

Competing in her first six-round lightweight bout, Saperstein stopped Lana Cooper early on at York Hall in Bethnal Green after her opponent dislocated her shoulder throwing a punch that missed the former lawyer.

Saperstein cut a frustrated figure as she was keen to get more ring-time under her belt. "I had four weeks notice to get fit for the fight and was so annoyed with the way it finished.

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Maccabi League leaders go head-to-head

By Danny Caro, April 1, 2010

North West London bragging rights will be up for grabs at Hadley FC on Sunday as two of the most successful Maccabi League teams of the noughties go head to head in Arkley.

The first JC Cyril Anekstein Cup semi-final of the season features a clash of the titans as treble-chasing rivals North West Neasden A and London Maccabi Lions A clash at Hadley FC.

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Neasden reach Peter Morrison quarters

By Danny Caro, April 1, 2010

Peter Morrison Trophy holders North West Neasden A marched into the quarter-finals claiming an impressive 3-0 win at South Manchester Maccabi 1st with goals from Lee Cash, James Gershfield and Ben Ellis.

First half penalties from Daryl Phillips and Alex Levack took Faithfold A into the last eight as they bypassed a tricky test against Haroldeans in Liverpool. Josh Rubin netted for Merseysiders.

London Maccabi Lions A registered a perfect 10 against Camden Park with goals from David Dinkin (3), Mike Pearson (2), Yoav Lebens (2), Motti Colman, Josh Morris and Joel Ross.

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This time I didn't write the headlines, I made them!

By Danny Caro, March 25, 2010

Until last Sunday, Jimmy Bullard's hilarious Phil Brown finger-wagging routine at Eastlands was my favourite goal celebration of the season. But then North West Neasden A player-coach Darren Yarlett told me about his during last weekend's 3-2 victory over Montana Boca United A in the cup.

I'd named Yarlett as the star man in my online preview for the tie but nothing looked further from the truth as Montana forged into a 2-0 lead with Yarlett sitting on the bench.

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Boxing promotor signs Israeli twins

By Danny Caro, March 25, 2010

Leading Jewish promoter Robert Waterman has signed Israeli twins Sergei and Alexei Stolerman.

The undefeated brothers, aged 24, are both former Israeli amateur champions, fighting at 74kg.

Waterman said: "They are the first set of Jewish boxing twins that I have heard about and I'm really excited. I plan to move them quite quickly.

"They are almost indistinguishable, apart from a scar. One is more of a boxer while the other is more of a fighter."

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