Out of goal, but still Num­ber One

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

IAM PLEASED to con­firm that I am still the king of Jewish foot­ball. Last week, when out cel­e­brat­ing my 35th birth­day with fam­ily, I per­formed an off-the-cuff in­ter­view live on Jcom ra­dio in a four-way link-up to get pre­dic­tions of week­end matches.

Up against Jewish News sports re­porter Andrew Sher­wood, for­mer col­league Lau­rence Stein and co-host Mike Peters, I tipped four cor­rect re­sults and one per­fect score. Route One Sports Show co-host Jeremy Sil­ver­stone re­marked: “You can le­git­i­mately claim to be the undis­puted voice of Jewish sport (again).”

I am not a fan of the JC MSFL’s rule which al­lows play­ers from a club fea­tur­ing more than one team to drop down when their reg­u­lar side is with­out a match. The de­bate reared its head again when Michael Pear­son and Josh Bent­ley, re­cent player’s of the sea­son, gave a big help­ing hand to Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons B and Hen­don United B re­spec­tively. Hen­don’s Motti Kor­man dropped down four di­vi­sions to help the C team hus­tle FC Team A. They say size is not ev­ery­thing, but in the Mac­cabi League it cer­tainly helps.

Ian Leader, player-man­ager of EDRS Stone­grove Masters, did not know who to cheer for when his twins — Mark and Matt — went head-to-head for the first time since they were 11. Mark fin­ished the hap­pier af­ter Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons B up­set Faith­fold A 3-2.

Pin­ner JFC coach and striker Gideon Josephs has staked his claim for be­ing the Mac­cabi League’s fittest foot­baller af­ter work­ing up a good sweat ahead of last week­end’s Di­vi­sion Five clash against FC Maryle­bone.

The 29-year-old per­sonal trainer took two swim­ming lessons, a spin­ning class and a private ses­sion just 24 hours be­fore the 2-0 de­feat in which he was de­nied by the post twice.

Red Sea hot­shot Si­mon Wayne wins my award for quote of the week af­ter his brace against Holy Mount Zion. “I en­joyed scor­ing two goals but ac­tu­ally last­ing the full 90 for the first time since 1987 meant just as much.”

Hen­don United C keeper Aaron Djano­gly was not far be­hind. Cel­e­brat­ing vic­tory over FC Team A, he quipped: “Last time we played against Lo­rian Madanes, he was a Li­ons A player and they beat us 15-1 in the third round of the JC Cyril Anek­stein Cup. I thought it might be our day when I went for my pre-match pit-stop and found a ten­ner next to me on the grass. That ten­ner went straight to the bar at The Hen­don pub, af­ter all, the Hen­don motto is ‘win or lose, al­ways booze!’ Even chair­man Marc Lewis had a smile on.”

South­gate Har­men chair­man and founder mem­ber Si­mon Lyons is cel­e­brat­ing be­com­ing a fa­ther for the first time. Si­mon’s dad, David, en­joyed the mo­ment from afar af­ter watch­ing his beloved Spurs beat Hapoel Tel Aviv. He said: “With Har­men A on a great run and Spurs look­ing solid in Europe, it was the end to a per­fect week.”

My phone has not stopped ring­ing ahead of Is­rael’s Euro 2008 clash against Rus­sia. LBC, BBC’s Foot­ball Fo­cus and even foot­ball agent Eric Hall wanted some words of wis­dom to give Eng­land fans hope. Hall also men­tioned some­thing about a kosher evening at the Foot­ball Academy in Loughton next Thurs­day.

The first round of the south­ern sec­tion of the Mac­cabi GB Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy has thrown up some in­trigu­ing ties. Hold­ers Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons A host Di­vi­sion One lead­ers Glen­thorne United. Thornes boss Ian Co­hen promised: “we will turn up.”

Glen­thorne Masters are con­fi­dent that age will prove no bar­rier when they play Bafana Bafana. See Danny Caro’s week­end roundup on www.thejc.com Email: dan­ny­caro@thejc.com

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