Danny Caro

Lions start season in style

By Danny Caro, August 18, 2008

London Lions put on a scintillating show of attacking football in the first half of their opening Herts Senior County League Premier Division fixture, running out 4-1 winners against Sandridge Rovers at Rowley Lane on Saturday.

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Lions get cuffed

By Danny Caro, August 15, 2008

Potter Bar Charity Cup
London Lions 0 Cuffley 1

An unfortunate lapse of concentration at a set-piece, a lack of composure in front of goal and not having any lady luck of their side were all the components compounded together as the Lions lost 1-0 to Cuffley in the Potters Bar Charity Cup.

The Lions played some lovely football at times and were the better side for vast periods of the game but just couldn't turn the excellent possession they had into goals.

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Lions boss demands good show

By Danny Caro, August 15, 2008

London Lions manager Tony Gold believes his troops are well equipped to improve on last season's disappointing seventh place finish as their Herts Senior County League Premier Division campaign kicks off on Saturday.

Gold's men completed their preparations on Tuesday night when they took on Cuffley in the Potters Bar Charity Cup, a competition they reached the semi-finals of last season.

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Rain dampens a cricket hat-trick

By Danny Caro, August 15, 2008

Three cricket matches in a week is just my kind of lifestyle but sadly, two of them were halted by the rain. Making the most of some time off, I almost squeezed in a fourth, only to receive a call-up for MAL's midweek Twenty20 eight-a-side regional semi-final too late.

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Rubbing salt into an already gaping wound

By Danny Caro, August 14, 2008

Spare a thought for Jo Ankier. Last month she was devastated to miss out on the Team GB Olympic squad. The selectors chose Hattie Dean ahead of her as the third member of the 3,000 metres steeplechase.

Ankier, 26, finished third at the national Olympic trials which Dean failed to attend, nursing a fractured tibia.

As revealed, the Barnet Shaftesbury Harrier told me that "there was no way Dean would be fit in time". How right she was.

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Goldsmith inspires FC Team

By Danny Caro, August 12, 2008

FC Team A displayed a gritty workman-like performance in their second pre-season friendly of the campaign. With up to seven regulars not available the squad was threadbare.

Raiders dominated possession for vast periods of the game however when given the chance FC Team looked equally as dangerous going forward with superb performances by the entire midfield and forward line.

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Not gripped by Olympic fever

By Danny Caro, August 12, 2008

As someone who loves sport and writes about it professionally, people are under the assumption that I must enjoy watching the Olympics. Guess again. I’m not sure if I’m overawed by the enormity of the beast but, quite simply, it just doesn’t do it for me.

I grew up on a diet of Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett having a broiges with Steve Cram coming in as the new kid on the block. That's not forgetting my childhood hero Daley Thompson, the original superman.

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Silver stuns Bafana

By Danny Caro, August 11, 2008

London Maccabi Lions B and Bafana Bafana opened their pre-season programme with a close and hard fought game at Rowley Lane this Sunday.

With a tough four week programme of fitness behind them, Lions came into this game with much to prove to new manager Gavin Stollar, who was taking charge of his first game with the Rowley Lane club.

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China not as fine as memories of the Coe-Ovett rivalry

By Danny Caro, August 8, 2008

The Beijing Olympics gets under way today but being brutally honest, they don't do as much for me as they did when I was a kid. I grew up on a diet of Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett having a broiges with Steve Cram coming in as the new kid on the block. That's not forgetting my childhood hero Daley Thompson, the original superman.

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Maccabiah cricket squad is taking shape after Lord’s day

By Danny Caro, August 1, 2008

Trials for the Great Britain Maccabiah Games cricket squad were recently held at Lord's, the home of cricket. It was great to catch up with some of the boys who three years ago came home with bronze, much to the surprise of competition organiser Stanley Perlman.

Prior to the net, which took place a day after England drew the opening test against South Africa, the boys got a glimpse of England legend Graham Gooch though we were not brave enough to get any cricket or hair tips.

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Bees stung by Wingate supersub

By Danny Caro, August 1, 2008

An 86th minute strike from supersub Daniel Stanton earned Wingate & Finchley a 1-1 draw against League 2 Barnet on Tuesday night.

The Team GB midfielder joined the pre-season friendly action with 20 minutes left and drilled a first-time effort from the edge of the box into the bottom corner, past Lee Harrison in the Bees goal.Summer signing Michael Sacks and Craig Ellis were also in action.

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Overly Keane

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2008

As a Liverpool fan I don't want to rub salt into the wounds but spare a thought for Spurs fans who recently had Keane printed on the back of new home shirts.

 

I'm not sure if the Irish striker will go down as a legend in the club's folklore but his departure is certainly a blow to everyone connected to White Hart Lane.

 

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Majestic MAL do the double

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2008

MAL secured the Barratts Maccabi Sunday League title with victory over Chigwell at Mill Hill on Sunday.

Chigwell won the toss and had no hesitation in deciding to bat. Charlie Sherrard removed both openers in his first spell the first caught at first slip by Yoav Lebens, before he had Murray clean bowled for 17. This brought Brad Ormsby to the crease who began to look dangerous with a few well struck fours. However he fell into the trap with the field set back and was caught by Grant Traub for 25 off Yoni Schurder's bowling.

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Bury stand in the way of South's treble dream

By Danny Caro, July 28, 2008
Bury will meet South Manchester in the NJCL final after both sides claimed victories in their respective semi-finals.

Bury eased past holders Sedgley by seven wickets with 17 overs to spare. With a strong batting line up Sedgley duly elected to bat having won the toss. This seemed a good decision as they scored 14 of the first over but then the bubble burst. Josh Rose ripped out the top order with an excellent spell of left-arm bowling to finish with 4-23 off six overs. His final wicket an excellent delivery to clean up dangerman Shaya Rabinowits for a duck.

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LMV 2nds come close

By Danny Caro, July 28, 2008

LMV 2nd suffered their second one-wicket defeat of the Middlesex Sunday League Division Two campaign when they were edged out by Southall.

They almost turned what looked like being a thrashing into an unlikely win at Rowley Lane. From the depths of 5-3 and 97-6, they made a respectable 167.

LMV won the toss and batted on a used pitch, no excuses could be made though as the top order collapsed leaving David Freedman and Simon Sattin to try and rebuild the innings. They managed to take the score to 97-5 before Freedy was tired out for a well swatted 31.

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Jo Ankier fails Olympic bid

By Danny Caro, July 25, 2008

Ankier feels ‘cheated' as selectors tell her that she was four seconds too slow


Jo Ankier has spoken of her pain and devastation after missing out on selection for the Great Britain squad competing at next month's Beijing Games.

The 25-year-old from Edgware, Middlesex, was pipped to the post by Hattie Dean, who will team up with Helen Clitheroe and Barbara Parker in the Team GB 3,000 metres steeplechase squad.

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Chelsea kid to stay on

By Danny Caro, July 25, 2008

Avram Grant has left Chelsea, Ben Sahar has moved on loan to Portsmouth and Tal Ben Haim is on the verge of leaving. But one Jewish player who is definitely staying is 11-year-old Sam Monjack.

The central midfielder has been retained as a contracted player for a fourth season and will represent the club's under-12s.

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Rejection’s hard to take but I hope our golden girl returns

By Danny Caro, July 25, 2008
We all know that sport can be a cruel game. Jo Ankier's exclusion from Great Britain's Olympic squad is a bitter pill to swallow. For several weeks, it appeared that Anglo-Jewry's golden girl would grace our screens in August. But instead the British selectors opted for someone currently nursing a broken leg.

Talk about rubbing salt into the wound. I feel for Jo as I know how much time, effort and dedication she has put in for the only major to elude her. She now faces a period of soul-searching as she has been well and truly kicked in the teeth.

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Cricket madness

By Danny Caro, July 24, 2008

What is the world of cricket coming to when a batsman can appeal against an umpiring decision?

The English have always been great advocates of fair play but Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan created history today when he had a decision overturned by the third umpire.

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Bring back the good old days

By Danny Caro, July 24, 2008

Is football’s bubble about to burst? Euro 2008 was a roaring success, even without England I should add. But the silly season is well and truly under way with talk of Ronaldo’s proposed transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid running on and on.

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