Danny Caro

Double delight for GB cricket

By Danny Caro in Tel Aviv, July 17, 2009

Maccabiah Games – Day 6
Open cricket: Israel 140, GB 141-4. GB won by 6 wickets

Team GB claimed their first success of the Maccabiah after easing past Israel by six wickets at Hadar Yosef.

The victory means that if they can beat India in the final round robin match on Sunday, a place in the gold medal match beckons.

Another excellent bowling display from captain Darren Gerard saw Israel dismissed for 140. He finished with 3-20 from nine overs.


Back with a bang...

By Danny Caro, July 17, 2009

I know that football is a funny old game but saw the same GB Open football team go from the ridiculous to the sublime within the space of two days.

A poor display against France was followed by a top-class performance against the boys from Brazil of all teams.

It made me feel proud to be British as I know that this is how the team can play.

I still feel justified in my criticism of the same group following the France game but now the smile is back on the face of the players, the management and me. I could not be happier for everyone involved.


Brilliant Brits keep Maccabiah football dream alive

By Danny Caro, July 17, 2009

Maccabiah Games Day 6
Open football: GB 2 Brazil 0

Team GB will play the USA in the quarter-finals of the Open football competition on Sunday morning after a brilliant performance saw them beat Brazil 2-0 at Ketzef Central.

A goal in each half from David Soutar and Paul Hakim capped an excellent display from Jonathan Kestenbaum's, undoubtedly their best of the competition to date.



By Danny Caro, July 17, 2009

I thought that trying to explain the offside rule to my wife was hard but that is nothing compared to explaining the rules of cricket to my Israeli cab driver.

I mean how do you explain LBW and the different ways of getting out?

I tried hand gestures but he looked stumped!


Team GB through to football quarter-finals

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 17, 2009

Team GB are through to the last eight of the Open football competition after a brilliant performance saw them beat Brazil 2-0 at Ketzef Central.

A goal in each half from David Soutar and Paul Hakim capped an excellent display from Jonathan Kestenbaum's, undoubtedly their best of the competition to date.

Knowing that anything other than a win would end the team's medal hopes, GB's tactics were spot on. They were brave, cohesive and vastly improved from the game against France two days earlier.

Brazil had a man sent off in the last minute with GB trying to run down the clock.


Five-star Masters ease into last four

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 17, 2009

Masters Over 35 football – Game 3
GB 5 South Africa 1

Team GB’s Over 35 footballers romped into the semi-finals with an emphatic 51 victory over South Africa at Neve Shaanan on Thursday night.

Goals from Paul Linger (2), Darren Dryer (2) and Paul Lenchner completed an exhilarating display of fluid, attacking football on the same pitch that GB’s open team had lost against France 24 hours earlier.

Ex-Charlton midfielder Paul Linger opened the scoring early on with a superb curling free-kick into the top corner.


GB skittled in Ashes defeat

By Danny Caro, July 17, 2009

Open cricket – match 2

Australia 215, GB 93, Australia won by 122 runs

Another batting collapse resulted in Team GB suffering their second consecutive defeat as they were humbled by 122 runs against Australia in the Ashes clash on Thursday.

Having lost their opener against South Africa, GB put the Aussies into bat on the Flix wicket at Hadar Yosef. They got off to a flyer and at 100-0 after 20 overs the signs looked ominous with brothers Brad and Majtlis setting solid foundations.


Three cheers for Goodman

By Danny Caro, July 16, 2009

Richard Goodman added another gold and a bronze to his medal haul after impressing in the track and field competition at Hadar Yosef on Wednesday night.

Having taken the 1,500 metres title 24 hours earlier, the JFS pupil, 16, came home first in the boys junior 3,000m in 9:03 and took the bronze in the 800 metres in 1:58.

The Barnet Shaftesbury Harrier runner was set to contest the 4x400m relay but withdrew through injury.

Josh Solomon replaced him and helped Team GB junior boys to a bronze to ensure that every GB athlete won a medal.


Highs and lows for Team GB bowling

By Danny Caro, July 16, 2009

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Team GB in Wednesday morning’s first event of the competition, the singles.

On very difficult conditions, only one bowler averaged over 200 with Mexico’s Isi Eskenazi winning gold with a total pinfall of 1232 (205.33 av). Eskenazi went one better than his silver medal in the same event in 2005, when he bowled as a 16 year old. Since 2005, he has been Mexican amateur champion, and currently bowl’s for Wichita State University in the USA.


Haifa hit Glentoran for six

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 16, 2009

Five second half goals helped Israeli champions Maccabi Haifa take a giant step into the third qualifying round after they hit Glentoran for six at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium on Wednesday night.

With national coach Dror Kashtan and his assistant Moshe Sinai in the stands, Maccabi were somewhat lacklustre in a tepid first half.

The broke the deadlock close to half time when Lior Refaelov coolly side-footed home from 10 yards.

Haifa must have received a half time grilling as they came out for the second half all guns blazing.


Now we must go for broke

By Danny Caro, July 16, 2009

Going into the Open football competition, so much was expected from a talented squad but they appear to be playing well within themselves and with the handbrake on. It appears that something is not right.

Now we are in dire straits and knowing that desperate times call for desperate measures, I urge the management to pull out all the stops and play their strongest possible starting XI.


Exit door opening up for Team GB football

By Danny Caro, July 16, 2009

Team GB’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the Open football competition are hanging by a thread following a sub-standard performance in a 2-1 defeat against France at Neve Shaanan in Haifa.

Having drawn 1-1 against Argentina in their opening fixture, Jonathan Kestenbaum’s men were poor from start to finish. In order to progress from the group, they must beat Brazil by a couple of goals and hope results go their way elsewhere.


GB Open Futsal loss is 'nerves'

By Danny Caro in Ramat Gan, July 15, 2009

Team GB open futsal manager Keith Herman believes that nerves played a part in his team's demise as they failed to claim a win in any of their first three matches.

Wednesday's 6-2 defeat against an Israel team ranked in the world's top 30 was the final straw following a 3-3 draw against Spain followed by a 5-2 defeat against Australia.

Israel opened the scoring inside 10 seconds and despite having a player sinbinned for a headbutt on James Steele, they roared into a 6-0 lead. The result could have been even worse were in not for the brilliance of keeper Jared Cohen.


Promising signs as great Scots go it alone

By Danny Caro in Ramat Gan, July 15, 2009

Taking part as Team Scotland for the first time, the 13-man delegation are in medal contention after week one of the Maccabiah Games.

In table tennis, Masters players Brian Wright, Jeremy Banks and Mark Georgevic started well, whitewashing opponents from Team GB and Canada. He was scheduled to play in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Zachary Cohen and Samuel Georgevic lost their first two matches in the junior event.


Life's a beach for GB volleyball boys

By Danny Caro in Tel Aviv, July 15, 2009

Taking part in the open beach volleyball, GB’s youthful squad gave a good account of themselves on Gordon Beach, Tel Aviv on Day Four of the 18th Maccabiah Games.

Split into two teams, the GB boys were forced to compete in the open event after the junior competition was scrapped.

Up against men much older and taller, GB 1 and 2 found themselves up against. In team 1, Joe Davis and Joel Barnett took on athletes from Australia and France.

They were beaten 21-5, 21/12 by the Aussies and 21-11, 21-13 by the French.


Lee wary ahead of SA crunch clash

By Danny Caro, July 15, 2009

The Over 35 Masters football team must beat South Africa in their final group game on Thursday to reach the last four.

Paul Linger scored a late winner as they beat USA 1-0 in their opener. This was followed by a goalless draw against Mexico.

Manager Darryl Lee said: “If we beat South Africa we’re out of the group but ideally we want to avoid Argentina in the semis. I have been surprised how defence teams have been against us. Mexico packed 10 men behind the ball.”

Victory against SA would set up a clash against Israel, Brasil or Argentina.


Shooting star Swerner puts Vets into semis

By Danny Caro, July 15, 2009

A hat-trick from London Maccabi Lions striker Laurence Swerner helped Team GB’s Over 45 football ensure a medal match as they beat USA 3-0 in their final group game.

Swerner bagged a brace in the opening 3-0 win over Brazil. Defender Danny Schindler scored the other.

GB were beaten 2-0 by Israel in their second game.


Golden Goodman enjoys dream debut

By Danny Caro in Ramat Gan, July 14, 2009

Wonder kid Richard Goodman made a dream Maccabiah debut by winning the boys juniors 1,500 metres on Day Three at the Maccabiah Games.

Sitting on the heels of the leader after the first lap at Hadar Yosef, the Barnet Shaftesbury Harrier got his tactics spot on as he kicked on run away to leave the chasing pack in his shadow to win with plenty to spare.


Team GB cricket fail to see the job through

By Danny Caro in Lod, July 14, 2009

Team GB made a disappointing start to the open cricket tournament as they let slip a golden opportunity to beat defending champions South Africa.

Putting SA in to bat, Nigel Rothband’s troops made a dream start with wickets from captain Darren Gerard and debutant Ryan Kangisser leaving hanging on at 3-2.

Gerard made the breakthrough in the second over when he forced Joss into a miscued drive that was caught at third man by Mark Bott. Kangisser’s wicket came in the third over, a vicious inswinging yorker that knocked two stumps out of the ground to send Ross packing.


GB boys maintain winning start

By Danny Caro in Netanya, July 14, 2009

Open rugby: Team GB 19 South Africa 10

Team GB completed back-to-back wins with a deserved 19-10 victory over highly-fancied South Africa at the Wingate Institute in Netanya on Tuesday evening at Day Three of the Maccabiah Games.

Captained by Aaron Liffchak, they booked their place in the semi-finals with another powerful display with London Welsh youngster Sam Katz recording another 11-point haul.