Danny Caro

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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Fernandez appointed Israel manager

By Danny Caro, March 22, 2010

Luis Fernandez will lead Israel in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

The 50-year-old Frenchman was appointed Israel manager on Sunday and has signed an 18-month contract starting May 1. This will be extended if Israel reaches the finals in Poland and Ukraine.

Speaking in Tel Aviv after receiving his appointment, Fernandez said: “Israel has always been a team that almost qualifies. I believe we can qualify.”

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Avram Grant: We might play a weak team

By Danny Caro, March 19, 2010

Avram Grant, the Portsmouth manager, has issued a warning that he could play weakened teams for the rest of the Premier League campaign after the team were hit with a nine-point penalty for entering administration, effectively sealing their relegation to the Championship.

Having booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final – where they await the winner of the Fulham vs Spurs replay –Grant’s decision could impact on teams at both ends of the table.

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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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