Danny Caro

GB boys hold their own against Radlett

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Team GB’s Junior Cricket team gave a good account of themselves in their final warm-up match against Radlett CC.

A dramatic weather change – that saw the pitch submerged in water on the Saturday night - was played in glorious sunshine on a road of a track with both sides intent on playing cricket the right way and in a fabulous spirit.


Fialka's statement in full

By Exclusive by Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Michael Fialka explains why Pinnacle are no longer bidding for Southampton.

'Yesterday, myself and my Consortium publicly withdrew from being the front runners for our proposed takeover of Southampton Football Club.


Fialka: Why I dropped Southampton bid

By Exclusive by Danny Caro, July 2, 2009


The future of Southampton remains uncertain after a takeover bid from Michael Fialka’s Pinnacle group was withdrawn.

The property company boss was this week locked in talks with League officials in an attempt to salvage the bid after administrators set a Friday deadline.


Game over for Israelis

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2009

Israeli involvement ended at Wimbledon on Tuesday after Andy Ram was eliminated in the third round of the men’s doubles.

Together with Max Mirnyi, the fourth seeds were beaten in a five-set thriller by unseeded pair Simon Aspelin and Paul Hanley in a match held over from Monday.

The singles competition featured a personal best for Dudi Sela, 24. He expects to climb up the world rankings to 35 after reaching the last 16.


Southampton deal still on, insists Fialka

By Exclusive by Danny Caro, July 1, 2009

The Pinnacle group remain locked in talks with the Football League as they look to buy Southampton, the JC understands.

The Football League ruled that Pinnacle - which includes ex-Saints player Matt Le Tissier - must waive any right to appeal against a 10 point deduction after their parent company entered administration.

Pinnacle, who reportedly settled outstanding players' wages, in the region of £500,000 last week, saw its period of exclusivity as bidders end on 19 June without agreement being reached as the takeover bid stalled over the 10-point issue.


Nomads destroy Belmont and Edgware

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2009

Casual Nomads recorded an emphatic 10-wicket Maccabi League win against Belmont & Edgware at Shenley.

Electing to bat on a humid afternoon, Belmont & Edgware made a solid start with Phil Mayer (49) and Cliff Horowitz (31) punishing the occasional short or wide delivery.

But the Nomads bowlers maintained tight control throughout the innings, with Oscar Brodkin (3-15) and Simon Renshaw (3-30) the main destroyers as the visitors were bowled out for modest but competitive 162 in the 38th over.


Vale go to Pot

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2009

Old Nepotists 220-7
LMV 2nd XI 179
LMV lost by 41 runs

A young London Maccabi Vale team performed admirably in a friendly against Old Nepotists.

Winning the toss and bowling first on a very damp Rowley Lane pitch, LMV took the field with 8 players 18 or under, surely one of the youngest teams ever to take the field for LMV.

Benjamin Lederman and Adam Morris, two 14-year-olds opened the bowling and despite some lusty blows from the Nepotists openers bowled a tidy opening 10 overs, with Adam gaining a well deserved wicket .


Heroic Sela bows out against fourth seed

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2009

Dudi Sela's Wimbledon fairytale ended with a straight sets fourth round defeat against fourth seed Novak Djokovic on Court 3 on Monday afternoon.

Having beaten two seeds en route to the last 16, the brave Israeli was not outplayed by the Serb with the pair producing some entertaining rallies to keep a boisterous crowd on the edge of their seats.

In the end, Djokovic's booming serve, unerring consistency and accuracy proved decisive against a hard-working Sela.

Defeat saw Sela, 24, improve on last year's first round exit at his first Wimbledon.


Jewish property man fronts bid to buy Southampton FC

By Danny Caro, June 26, 2009

Former teammates of Michael Fialka, the man purportedly at the centre of the Pinnacle Group’s bid to buy Southampton Football Club, have expressed shock over his potential takeover.

Property company boss Fialka, 32, appeared on Sky Sports on Thursday night and informed reporters that he was hopeful the bid would be accepted. He confirmed that outstanding players' wages, in the region of £500,000, have been settled.


Levine through to round three

By Danny Caro, June 26, 2009

Jesse Levine marched into the third round of the men’s singles at Wimbledon after wining a five-set thriller against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.

Having beaten 14th seed Marat Safin in the opening round, Levine, 21, won 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3.

He is scheduled to meet Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the third round on Saturday.

The winner will meet third seed Andy Murray or Viktor Troicki.

Dudi Sela flies the flag for Israel with a clash against Tommy Robredo on Court 3.


Israel will be the dream ticket for sports fans in July

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

While the Maccabiah Games is a sporting extravaganza in its own right, participants of next month’s Jewish Olympics are in for a treat with two other major events taking place in Israel at the same time.

The Davis Cup quarter-final against Russia will feature the leading lights of tennis at the Nokia Arena from July 11-12.

A few days later, Maccabi Haifa host Glentoran in a Champions League qualifier. The Team GB football squads will be staying just a few blocks away and I expect to see a large number of fans kitted out in official team gear.


Oldham delighted to grab Joe

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

Joe Jacobson has joined Jewish-owned Oldham Athletic from League One rivals Bristol Rovers.

Having missed large chunks of last season through injury, Jacobson 22, was released by Rovers after making 84 appearances.

“I feel great and cannot wait to get training with the lads,” Jacobson said. “New manager Dave Penney has a reputation of getting the best out of players, that suits me fine. I can’t wait to show the fans what I can bring to the party.”


Sloma rescues GB

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

Team GB Open football came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 against Wingate & Finchley at Rowley Lane.

In their second warm-up match ahead of the Maccabiah Games, goals from Mitch Hahn (2) and captain Sam Sloma completed the comeback. Hahn and Danny Berg spurned chances to win the game.

GB manager Jonathan Kestenbaum said: “The scoreline didn’t reflect the balance of play, particularly in the second half. The team felt that we should have won but these games are all about what we learn in preparation for the tournament and we have learned a great deal.”


Maccabiah: who said it was a man’s game?

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

Making their debut at the 18th Maccabiah Games, the Team GB Ladies Open football squad are ready for battle, and they’ll be no soft touch. Take it from someone who found out the hard way.

With the first match around a fortnight away, I joined a training session at Rowley Lane and came away with a lot more than a bruised ego, nursing a swollen eye and damaged finger.

Following a gruelling two-hour workout, this veteran Maccabi League goalkeeper departed duly impressed, with tail firmly between legs.


Lampert is the new Lion king

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

Former Wycombe Wanderers trialist Ben Lampert is London Lions’ Manager’s Player of the Year. The attacking midfielder scored 12 goals in his first season with the club and was the standout choice of boss Tony Gold.

Gold said: “Ben’s attitude is second to none. He is a top player with outstanding football ability. He is good on the ball, good in and outside of the dressing room and can pick out a pass.”

Maccabiah-bound Guy Morris won Players’ Player while Adam Stolerman retained the top-scorer award with 30 goals from 29 matches.


Levine sends Safin tumbling into retirement

By Danny Caro at Wimbledon, June 24, 2009

Jesse Levine caused one of the upsets of the tournament with a four-set win over 14th seed Marat Safin, who announced his retirement from the game after the match.

Third seed Andy Murray is a possible opponent for Levine who overcame a clear height disadvantage to win 6-2, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Wayne Odesnik suffered another painful exit from Wimbledon on Tuesday.

He was comfortably beaten by Jurgen Meltzer 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. South African born Odesnik was hampered by a groin strain and was forced to call a trainer on to the court.


Peer and Sela shine at Wimbledon

By Danny Caro, June 23, 2009

Israel’s top stars made winning starts at Wimbledon on Monday.

Shahar Peer was relieved to make a winning return following a six-week injury-enforced absence.

Her 6-2, 7-6 victory featured a dramatic second set comeback from 5-1 down.

She said: "I had my ups and downs but overall, kept myself together and found a way to win the match after a slow start."

She meets 10th seed Nadia Petrova in round two. She has yet to beat the Russian.

Dudi Sela maintained his winning ways with a hard fought 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 win over Mexican Santiago Gonzalez.


Peer makes opening day bow

By Danny Caro, June 22, 2009

Shahar Peer has passed a fitness test and will line-up against Maria Elena Camerin second match on court four at Wimbledon on day one.

Having missed the French Open through injury, Peer has come through an intense training regime and she hopes to improve on last year’s best at SW19, when she reached the fourth round.


Remembering big Maurice – a legend in his own right

By Danny Caro, June 19, 2009

Tributes have been flooding in for former Wingate & Finchley vice-chairman Maurice Hanover who passed away in Spain last week. Battling cancer in recent years, Hanover used to be Head of Football Programme at Sinclair House.

Mickey Brown said: “Maurice had three loves in his life – family, Jewish football and Spurs. They consumed his entire day from morning to night. He was a great friend.”

Wingate President Harvey Ackerman said: “Maurice recommended me as President, I owe him a lot. He was a lovely man. I admired him greatly.”


Arise, Sir Lev

By Danny Caro, June 11, 2009

V FOOTBALL North West Neasden A’s Daniel Levenfiche was crowned JC MSFL Player of the Year.

The left midfielder, 26, who joined from North London Raiders A a season-and-a-half ago, scored 11 goals in a season where NWN won the league and cup double. He received the trophy at the end-of-season awards in Edgware.

Levenfiche said: “Credit goes to Jamie Cole, Daniel Fox, Darren Yarlett and my teammates for making it a great season. I’m very proud.”