It won’t be the year of the un­der­dog

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

YOU CAN’T beat the buzz of a cup up­set – in any stan­dard of foot­ball. Be it the World Cup, FA Cup or even the Cyril Anek­stein Cup, the lit­tle guy beat­ing the big guy and de­fy­ing the odds is what sport is all about.

I’ve been in­volved in sev­eral my­self, most fa­mously North West Neas­den’s vic­tory over the all-con­quer­ing Scrab­ble team of the early 1990s, and I still tell peo­ple about that shoot-out, when I saved three penal­ties and stuck the win- ning shot past Adam Solomons. Cup sur­prises are few and far be­tween th­ese days in Mac­cabi foot­ball, but teams should take a leaf out of L’Equipe’s book. Hav­ing pushed hold­ers North Lon­don Raiders A close in the Anek­stein, they went one bet­ter in the Mor­ri­son Tro­phy and knocked first di­vi­sion Los Blan­cos crash­ing out.

Man­ager Nick Stern has put to­gether a close-knit group who are do­ing well in the sec­ond di­vi­sion and per­son­ify ev­ery­thing that is good about Jewish foot­ball right now.

Carl Brein­del has been se­lected to at­tend the Na­tional Tal­ent Camp by the English Ta­ble Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion (ETTA) in De­cem­ber. The camp is or­gan­ised by the Youth Sports Trust, which is part of Sport Eng­land, and fea­tures 350 teenagers across 10 dif­fer­ent sports.

Carl is one of only four U19 se­lected by ETTA this year and he will re­ceive fur­ther train­ing to ob­tain na­tional and in­ter­na­tional um­pir­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

An­other man with rea­son to cel­e­brate is tram­po­line star Josh New­man. He has been short-listed for the Ac­tive Es­sex Young Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year awards, to be held at Colch­ester United FC in De­cem­ber.

It’s also been a week of cel­e­bra­tions in the Caro house­hold, and I’ve been en­cour­aged by my rabbi, Yitzchak Scho­chet, to say a few words. I’ve just com­pleted 10 years at the JC and had a birth­day but at­ten­tion now turns to my el­dest daugh­ter, Ella, who will be bat­mitz­vah this week­end. A huge mazel tov to my star of the week. See Danny Caro’s week­end round-up at Email and/ or fol­low Danny on Twit­ter:@dj­caro

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