Danny Caro

Pitching up for action, we received a frosty reception

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

I’m not sure how many people it needs to carry out a pitch inspection in professional football but I counted 25 at Bricket Wood last weekend.

This was Sunday morning amateur football at its best. North London Raiders A’s match against Red Sea was cancelled on Saturday night, after Shabbat had gone out, as the Seacats were unable to raise a team. News had also reached our secretary, Jonny Blain, who is also our top-scorer, that Southgate Harmen’s match against North West Neasden B had fallen victim to the cold snap.

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Maccabi boss: Don't abandon matches

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

The chairman of the JC Maccabi Southern Football League has pleaded with teams to ensure that the season is completed.

After another 12 matches fell victim to the weather last weekend, David Wolff described the situation as “a bit of a nightmare”. And in true Delia Smith style, he made an, albeit more measured, rallying call to players to postpone matches only as a last resort.

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Team of the week: 6th December 2009

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

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Bomb scare halts Shahar Peer

By Danny Caro, January 5, 2010

The Auckland Classic women’s WTA event was halted when police were forced to evacuate the stadium after a bomb scare amid anti-Israel demonstations.

Play on Tuesday was halted after the alarm as a small group picketed the event.

Protesters denied any link to the scare and police said they had found the owner of an unattended bag that sparked the evacuation, and that normal procedure had been followed.

Play recommenced 20 minutes later after the all-clear was given. The scare delayed the appearance of Israel's Shahar Peer, who went on to beat Slovenian Polona Hercog.

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When the season re-starts we’ll all be playing catch-up

By Danny Caro, December 30, 2009

Maccabi League footballers return to action after the two-week winter break. Managers across the MSFL hope that their players return with no sign of a hangover or over-indulgence as a result of end-of-year celebrations.

As the oldest representative present at the North London Raiders Chanucah party, I made sure that the players were on their best behaviour. It was Diet Cokes all round although it’s clear that B team manager Rob Richman was a bit more daring during his recent stag weekend in Tenerife where he spent one day dressed up as Mickey Mouse.

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Team of the week: 30th December 2009

By Danny Caro, December 30, 2009

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What a game, what a fight ... what a year that was

By Danny Caro, December 23, 2009

The 18th Maccabiah Games was undoubtedly the highlight of the Jewish sporting calender in 2009. American Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak was the star attraction in Israel but the 500-plus Team GB delegation enjoyed their best-ever medal return with boy wonder Richard Goodman, 16, the most successful individual athlete in the pack after coming home with double gold. He has had a magnificent year, culminating in helping the Great Britain juniors win gold at the European Cross Country Championships and looks destined for big things.

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Team of the week: 17th December 2009

By Danny Caro, December 17, 2009

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Five goals from Resnick keeps Hawks winning streak

By Danny Caro, December 17, 2009

Five goals from goal-poacher Joshua Resnick saw Hendon Hawks B Under 10s continue their winning streak in the MGBPFL with an 8-5 victory over Hendon Inter Schools B. David Amor (2) and Shmuli Miller completed the rout while keeper Eli Meyer saved a penalty.

London Maccabi Lions White beat Pinner JFC 11-0 in the Watford Friendly League Under 16 League Cup with goals from Yoav Kestenbaum (3), keeper Arthur Caplin (2), Sam Lewis 2, Joshua Cinna, Joel Greyson, Joel Shaw.

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We couldn’t get shirty or shorty, but played our socks off

By Danny Caro, December 17, 2009

This was Sunday morning football at its best, or worst, as the case may be. In the build-up to the Maccabi League Division One promotion tussle involving North London Raiders A and Redbridge Jewish Care B, Adam Fegan and I were going through our pre-match preparations.

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Crumpsall crumble under Haroldeans

By Danny Caro, December 17, 2009

Joan Collins Premier Division leaders Haroldeans made it eight wins from nine games as they condemned Crumpsall to their ninth consecutive defeat. Goals from Eric Lewis, Zach Goodman, Josh Rubin, Paul Harris and James Hudaly wrapped up a 5-2 win. Aaron Black and Michael Pine replied.

Goals from Ben Tyer and Marc Conway lifted South Manchester Maccabi 2nd into second as they beat Broughton Park 2-0.

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North West Neasden through to quarter-finals

By Danny Caro, December 17, 2009

North West Neasden A stormed into the quarter-finals of the Sunday FA Cup after beating Bungay Town 3-1.

TJ Keterman, Andy Glynne and an own goal moved them to within three games of the final at Anfield.

Neasden joint-manager Jamie Cole said: “I’m very proud the way in which we competed and handled themselves through the game.

Redbridge Jewish Care A won the all-MSFL tie in the London FA Sunday Intermediate Cup after beating UJS Norstar A 6-2. Daran Bern (2), Lewis Walker (2), Steve Summers and Sam McCarthy were their marksmen.

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Warm reception for Avram Grant at Chelsea

By Danny Caro, December 17, 2009

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant was given a warm reception upon returning to Stamford Bridge for Wednesday night's top against bottom clash in the Premiership.

He responded by applauding the crowd and mouthing 'thank you'.

But the former Chelsea boss was able to mastermind a result as a 79th penalty from Frank Lampard helped the leaders restore their three-point advantage at the top.

"It was nice [to return to Chelsea], the supporters have been very good to me since I left, and I will always have a bond with this club.

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FC Team reach London Cup quarters

By Danny Caro, December 15, 2009

FC Team reached the quarter-finals of the London FA Cup for the first time after thumping Brampton Park 7-1.

They put the Essex Housing League champions to the sword in Harrow courtesy of goals from Laurence Judah, Jonny Breger and Richard Salmon were among the scorers. Irvine Howson (3) and supersub Kieran Curry Allen completed the rout.

Going into the tie, Team manager Mitch Young kept the same starting 11 as the previous week with Kieran Allen Curry returning to the bench.

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Team of the week: 10th December 2009

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

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True Blues under 11s reach football final

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

HMH Blue Under 11s reached the final of the National Cup after squeezing past HISHU White on penalties. The tie finished 2-2 with Zac Garbacz and Angus Taylor on target for the Highgate side.

Adam Ellis (2), Eli Wegryzn and Aaron Benjamin struck as HMH beat AC Whetstone 4-2 after extra time in round two of the Maccabi GB National Cup. David Goodman earned Highgate & Muswell Hill a 1-1 draw against St Albans in the Watford Friendly League Under 16 Yellow Division.

Jack Naftalin hit the winner as HMH Red beat HISHU White in the Maccabi GB Primary Football League Under 10 Division.

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Hero Hershkorn ends Raiders’ cup dream

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

Premier Division South Manx edged into the third round of the Peter Morrison Trophy after beating JC MSFL Division Two leaders North London Raiders B 5-3. Rob Hershkorn (3), Darren Harris and Jonny Haik netted for the Manx. James Foley-Comer, Lewis Blitz and Elliot Espinoza replied.

Manx manager John Nitka commented: “We didn’t play well, especially on the 3G surface at Brunel. Credit to NLR B for not allowing us to play.”

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Bigots must find another stage to vent their anger

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

And here are the results: Football 1, antisemitism 0. Boxing 0, antisemitism 1. That has been the outcome of two major sporting events in the UK over the past two weeks.

It’s clear from this that sport and politics do not mix. Sport has been used as a platform by organisations and countries to protest and vent their anger towards political situations, but this reached new heights on Saturday night when Dmitriy Salita experience race hate walking into the ring.

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Salita: Gone in 76 seconds

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

Dmitriy Salita has vowed to bounce back from Saturday’s WBA light-welterweight title humbling against holder Amir Khan.

The Brooklyn-based fighter was blown away by a devastating flurry of punches from Khan who knocked him down three times in the first round. The first was a lightning left-right combination within 15 seconds of the opening bell. The fight, at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, was stopped after just 76 seconds.

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Haifa go out of Champions League with a whimper

By Danny Caro, December 9, 2009

Maccabi Haifa’s Champions League campaign ended in humiliation as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Bordeaux on Tuesday. The defeat means that the Israeli champions lost all six matches and failed to score a single goal in Group A.

As per the corresponding fixture in France, Bordeaux won by a single goal with Jussie’s 13th minute proving decisive. The match was a dead rubber for the visitors who had already won the group.

The French side were so depleted that they were only able to name four players on the bench, compared to Haifa’s seven.

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