Danny Caro

Nitka new manager of Brixton Old Boys

By Danny Caro, March 18, 2010

John Nitka is the new manager of Brixton Old Boys.

As reported, Nitka resigned from Premier Division strugglers South Manx last week, a year after leading them to the Division One title.

He takes over a team lying at the foot of the first division.

Nitka said: "I had a few calls from various clubs but in the end I chose Brixton. Why? Because it's a challenge. I relish challenges. At 55 years, it's the oldest club in the league.

"I shall be looking to bring in some new players but if we go down, we go down but that won't put me off as we will come straight back up. Mark my words."

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Hendon United out of Peter Morrison Trophy

By Danny Caro, March 18, 2010

Two goals from James Ryan helped FC Team A cause shock of the round as they beat Premier Division Hendon United B in the Peter Morrison Trophy. Gav Noe had hauled Hendon level but Ryan's late winner set up a tie against Leeds Maccabi.

North West Neasden A set up a last 16 clash at South Manchester Maccabi 1st after thumping minnows Blizzard Storm 9-0. Tony Keterman (4), Lee Cash, Ben Ellis, Darren Yarlett, Matt Sofier and Scott Shindler eased them through.

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Maccabi goalkeepers are all a bunch of mummy's boys!

By Danny Caro, March 18, 2010

I don't like losing at anything. Armed with a contacts book almost as large as Pini Zahavi's, I faced a race against time to sign an emergency goalkeeper last week, confident of finding someone to play in goal for North London Raiders A.

Dozens of emails and texts were greeted by one common theme. Any other week and I would be happy to help out, most replies began, but it's Mother's Day … It's good to hear that MSFL goalkeepers are mummy's boys.

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Daniel Field named top Jewish sportsman

By Danny Caro, March 18, 2010

Not many English cricketers can lay claim to scoring a century against Australia at any level but that dogged determination is one of the reasons why Daniel Field was this week named the community's top sportsperson.

The England international blind cricketer held off a top-class field including Oldham Athletic footballers Joe Jacobson and Dean Furman to lift the Pentland Senior trophy in Finchley.

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Stolerman double helps MSFL team beat Turks

By Danny Caro, March 18, 2010

Two goals from Adam Stolerman plus one from Jonathan Ellis helped the JC MSFL Rep Team make a flying start in the London Inter-League Cup after beating highly-fancied Turkish Federation League A 3-1 at Brimsdown Rovers on Wednesday night.

The Maccabi boys made their intentions clear from kick-off, winning a corner inside the first 10 seconds. Their bold tactics paid dividends almost immediately as Stolerman latched on to a clever pass from Adam Levene to lob the keeper with the ball going in off the underside of the bar inside two minutes.

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Winston named Team GB manager for EMG

By Danny Caro, March 16, 2010

Ben Winston will manage the Team GB Open football team at next year’s European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Winston was assistant-manager to Jonathan Kestenbaum at last year’s Maccabiah Games, where the team took silver after losing to Argentina on penalties in the final.

Ben is the current assistant-manager at Wingate & Finchley. He was also part of the bronze-winning Open Football management team at the 2007 EMG in Rome.

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Daniel Field wins Maccabi Sportsman of 2010

By Danny Caro, March 15, 2010

Daniel Field is the Pentland Senior Sportsperson of the Year.

The England international blind cricketer held off a top-class field including Oldham Athletic footballers Joe Jacobson and Dean Furman to lift the title in Finchley on Sunday night.

The wicket-keeper/batsman was a popular choice after hitting a century in the 5th one-day international against Australia.

Cross country prodigy Richard Goodman won the JC Young Sportsman of the Year.

The Team GB Over 45 Masters won UJIA Team of the Year.

Full details in Friday's JC.

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MSFL's South Manx saved by ex-player

By Danny Caro, March 11, 2010

An eleventh-hour reprieve prevented the MSFL from losing another team after Premier Division South Manx were taken over by Craig Edwards.

Following an embarrassing 12-2 mauling by first division Oakwood in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup, Manx manager John Nitka resigned and it appeared that the team would become the sixth to fold this season.

Developments took a twist overnight when former player Craig Edwards agreed to return to the club and take charge. Edwards said: “I will bring in some new players this week and we will stick it out for the last few games and rebuild.”

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Maccabi prize guys hold their breath as red carpet awaits

By Danny Caro, March 11, 2010

The culmination of two years of Jewish sporting achievement will be recognised at the Maccabi GB awards on Sunday evening.

The Junior, Senior and Team accolades features a healthy spread of sports on the list of nominees. For me, the Junior category is the most intriguing with some top-class candidates in the reckoning.

Track & Field star Richard Goodman looks a good bet after putting himself on the map over the past two years. If you remember, he was my star of the 18th Maccabiah Games after bringing home double gold and only last week he became the Under 17 National Cross Country.

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JC Cyril Anekstein Cup: the quarter finals

By Danny Caro, March 11, 2010

London Maccabi Lions A, Lions B, Oakwood and Montana Boca United A have booked their places in the last eight of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

Goals from Mike Pearson (2) and Ricky Kennet helped Lions A past Redbridge B. Lions B overcame top-flight rivals Hendon B 3-2. Ben Kon and an own goal put Hendon in the box seat, but Jonathan Green, James Stanley and Ricky Rinder sent Lions through.

Oakwood hotshot Anthony Kintish destroyed South Manx, claiming eight goals in a 12-2. Rob Davidson, Vic Librae, Dan Ash and Dan Geey grabbed the others to set up a trip to Faithfold A.

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Team of the week: 11th March 2010

By Danny Caro, March 11, 2010

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Spurs' Harry Redknapp: There’s no good young players

By Danny Caro, March 11, 2010

Harry Redknapp, the Spurs manager, has expressed his fears for the future of the English game.

He told a Jewish Care business breakfast: “Good, young British footballers are a dying breed. We’re seeing more and more foreign players and foreign owners. Soon it will come to the point where every Premiership club has foreign players and owners. They come from a background where they are all winners but the only problem is that there can only be one winner.

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Peters appointed GB manager for EMFT

By Danny Caro, March 8, 2010

Phil Peters, manager of UJS Norstar A, has been appointed manager of Team GB, who will be looking to retain their European Maccabi Football Trophy competition in Torremolinos in May.

Peters and his assistant Jamie Slavin will spearhead the squad at the fifth European EMFT from the May 27-30 that will see teams from a number of Maccabi organisations all over Europe take part in a 'festival of football'.

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The pitch is ok — so why was game called off FOUR days ago?

By Danny Caro, March 4, 2010

The life of a Sports Editor isn't always the bed of roses many people think it is, especially during the bad weather. On average, I compile an 8,000-word Maccabi League preview during the week. I find it hugely frustrating when a match is postponed and my work goes to waste.

My working week is more 24/6 than it is Monday to Friday. Looking at last Sunday for example, my children, who double up as my alarm clock, had me up at an unearthly 6.30am. I say unearthly as the team I manage had no game and I was looking forward to a rare lie-in.

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Cole names JC MSFL Rep team against Turkey

By Danny Caro, March 4, 2010

Jamie Cole, manager of the JC MSFL Rep team, has named a 21-man squad for next week's London Inter-League Cup opener against the Turkish Federation League.

Ahead of next Thursday evening's match at Brimsdown Rovers FC in Enfield, Cole said: "We've never beaten this team in this competition so there's a massive incentive for players."

Daniel Stanton has been named captain. London Maccabi Lions defender Louis Basger missed out on a place as he is unavailable. Brady Maccabi striker Paul Hakim, who is the only player from outside the Premier Division is doubtful due to injury.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv out of Europa League

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv bowed out of the Europa League after a goalless draw in Israel saw them ousted 3-0 on aggregate by Rubin Kazan.

The Israelis hit the woodwork twice in the Round of 32 second leg at the Bloomfield, but otherwise created few chances as Rubin advanced on the back of a convincing first leg display.

Hapoel made their intentions clear from the off Dani Bondarv’s powerful drive deflecting off Christian Noboa, only for the ball to rebound off the crossbar after two minutes.

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Harmen thrown out cup after unregistered player

By Danny Caro, February 25, 2010

Southgate Harmen A have been thrown out of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup for fielding an ineligible player.

The Division One title hopefuls fielded new player Alan Hart in the 8-4 win over Red Sea but he had not been registered in time.

The club admit overlooking the rule that 'any player registered with the club after February 1 may not play in the cup'.

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Cup competitions completely devalued by no shows

By Danny Caro, February 25, 2010

Cup giant killings in Jewish football could be a thing of the past if a worrying trend continues. At the start of any season there is a real buzz when one of the minnows pulls out a plum draw against one of the big boys. A team's season can be shaped by causing a major shock. But it appears that as the season wears on, the lower league teams lose their enthusiasm and the fear factor creeps in that a heavy defeat could lead to a slippery slope.

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Team of the week: 25th February 2010

By Danny Caro, February 25, 2010

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US skater takes silver at Winter Olympics

By Danny Caro, February 25, 2010

American student Charlie White took silver in the figure skating free dance at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

White, 22, paired up with Meryl Davis put in an eye-catching display on Day 11 at the Pacific Coliseum.

It could have been even better for the duo who showed incredible speed on the ice but they received a one-point deduction for exceeding the time limit on one of their lifts.

White said: “We're so proud of what we were able to do out there, to come so prepared and be able, under the pressure of the Olympics, skate three amazing programs is such a joy.”

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