Dragons Weekly Bulletin – 28th April 2010

News

Hey Dragons. What a week!! What a Weekend!! What a Result!! What a Team!!

The Dragons entertained the Leicester Wildecats this weekend. An awesome night was had out on the the Saturday!! Its great when teams come down and we can show them what Cardiff is all about. As good as Saturday was though Sunday was amazing. Cardiff Dragons winning their first home league game 2-1. Everyone was fantastic on the day. From the players to the supporters, everyone played their part and Dragons are now up to 9th in the GFSN league table!!

EGM: Before the game on Sunday we held our EGM, this was to vote for the next Secretary of the club. The nominees were Jordan Wall and Anthony Read, and in a close vote Anthony Read was voted in. Thank you to all those who attended.

BOOTSALE: On Saturday morning, a few Dragons attended a car boot sale at bessemer market. On a lovely Saturday morning we managed to raise an impressive £54.00 for the club. A big well done to John B on his first fundraising event and a big thank you to all of those who donated items to sell and their time. Special thanks to Dave Amos for supplying the car boot and to Muzz for his “special teddy bears”.

WELCOME: A big welcome to the Cardiff Dragons family to Louie. Who on his debut in our friendly against CSKA Spohia on Thursday (see football news) scored his first goal for the club. A great way to introduce yourself!!! As always, tell your friends, family, random strangers, about the club. it is fantastic to see the club grow and every new member brings something to the club.

Football News

Training

Thursday nights training will be the usual time of 6:45pm for a 7:00pm start at Blackwier.

Training this Sunday will be at 12pm and not 1pm as usual. This is due to the Pub Golf social (carnage!) later that afternoon.

Matches

Thursday 22nd April – Friendly – CSKA Sophia 3-1 Cardiff Dragons – Blackweir Fields

On Thursday night we played a hastily arranged friendly versus CSKA Sophia, in which The Dragons got a good opportunity to play and to practice ahead of the Leicester league game. Though the full-time score was 1-3, it was a much closer game, in which The Dragons were competitive throughout, conceding two goals late on. Congratulations go to Louie (sorry if I have mis-spelt) for his first goal in a Dragons shirt.

Sunday 25th April – GFSN League – Cardiff Dragons 2-1 Leicester Wildcats in Cardiff

2pm Kick-Off – University Fields, Llanrumney, Cardiff

Our first meeting with Leicester happened to be an important, “6 point” match at the bottom of the GFSN table. Fighting for final league positions, The Dragons took an early lead through a well taken Chris C header from a good move down the right between Hywel and Mark. A few minutes later, Mark was controversially fouled in the Wildcats penalty area which Murray converted for a two goal lead. In the second half Leicester pressed hard and eventually managed to scramble a goal with 10 minutes remaining. After a tense final few minutes, The Dragons took the match 2-1 and moved up to 9th in the table, ahead of Leftfooters, Leicester and Brighton.

Upcoming Fixtures

Sunday 9th May – GFSN League – Cardiff Dragons vs GFC Bournemouth in Cardiff

GFC Bournemouth, chasing their second GFSN title, come to Cardiff for the first time, chasing London Falcons in the overall standings. The Dragons will be looking to continue their progress on from their 2-1 victory over Leicester Wildcats. As it is a league match the strongest squad of 16 will be selected from those available.

The deadline for this match is Sunday 2nd May

Sunday 16th May – Friendly – Bristol Panthers vs Cardiff Dragons in Bristol

Having recently lost 3-7 in Cardiff, The Dragons will be aiming to make amends when they travel to Bristol. As it is a friendly match, the  first 18 players to make themselves available will be in the squad

The deadline for this match is Sunday 9th May

Sunday 23rd May – GFSN League – Birmingham Blaze vs Cardiff Dragons in Birmingham

Re-arranged from January, our trip to Birmingham is our final match of the season. At present, Blaze are in 8th place, one ahead of The Dragons, so there will be plenty of pride at stake as both clubs try to get as high up the table as possible. As it is a league match the strongest squad of 16 will be selected from those available.

The deadline for this match is Sunday 16th May

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th June – GFSN Get-Together – 5-a-side Tournament and GFSN Party – Blackpool

Blackpool is fast approaching us and we really need all members to let us know their intentions for this trip. The other clubs will be booking up the cheap hotels as we speak so it is important that everybody ensures that they get back to us ASAP

It may seem a long way away but we need to get this trip organised, read the form if you are interested in coming and let us know your intentions by the deadline of Sunday 9th May

Fixtures

Thu 29/5 – Training – Blackweir Fields – 7pm

Sun 2/5 – Training – Blackweir Fields – 12pm – Moved Due to Pub Golf in Afternoon

Sun 9/5 – GFSN League – GFC Bournemouth & Hampshire – Cardiff

Sun 16/5 – Friendly – Bristol Panthers – Bristol

Sun 23/5 – GFSN League – Brimingham Blaze – Birmingham

Fri-Sun 11/6-13/6 – GFSN Get-Together – Blackpool

Football News

Unfortunately two weeks ago, Amy picked up a nasty injury on her knee whilst playing for the Pink Panthers at 5-a-side. Everybody at the club wishes her well and a speedy recovery, we hope to see her back thwarting opposing wingers again next season.

31st July – 8th August – Gay Games – Cologne

Cologne is fast approaching now, The Dragons won’t be out there as a club this year, but if you are interested in taking part and representing the club for another side, it is important that you let Murray or Jason know as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Social

Kings Cross Quiz

Don’t forget, every Monday at the Kings Cross, Cardiff Dragons has a team for the quiz (a very successful team!) if you want to come along please do. This Monday the Dragons returned to winning ways, scooping a £50.00 prize to be spent in the Kings Cross. We meet around 8:00ish at the Kings.

PUB GOLF

Look out for an email later this week from Richie Jones regarding this. Make sure your outfits our ready as the Dragons descend upon Cardiff for Pub Golf. It promises to be an amazing night!!

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

Saturday 22nd May. Venue will be Lloyds No.1 Bar on Greyfriars Road.  Times will be confirmed in the future.

Fundraising

Car Boot Sale

See news section for more details

Cardiff Half Marathon

Anyone fancy running/walking to raise money for the club? Cardiff half Marathon is coming soon and anyone wishing to take part on behalf of the Dragons would be greatly appreciated. As with all our fundraising events, 25% of the money raised is donated to the Terrance Higgins Trust. This is a great cause and anyone who would like more information please speak to John B.

Club Lotto

We have launched a monthly Lotto. We will be selling raffle tickets at training sessions and on the last Sunday training session of the month we will give a prize to the winner. The cost of the prize will amount to half of the takings, so for example, if the takings are £100 then the prize will be worth £50

As always any ideas or suggestions for fundraising then please feel free to email John ( financefundraising@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk )

If you are looking for the perfect gift online don’t forget to buy through http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/cdfc .You can register free, select Cardiff Dragons Football Club as the organisation you wish to support and shop at all your favourite online shops. A donation is made to the club from the shop with every purchase you make at no extra cost to yourself.

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In Other News

Football Tip of the Week

Communicate – It is vitally important to communicate on the field. Simple directions or alerts, such as ‘man on’ and ‘turn’ or ‘you have time’ make playing so much easier and become more important as the game speeds up at higher levels.

Welsh Word of the Week

Each week we will be giving you a new football related Welsh Word. Let’s see how many of us non-welsh speakers can use this in training

This weeks word is: gwaith tîm =   Teamwork

The fantasy football, Ed is all but confirmed as this seasons winner. The battle for 2nd place is looking good for Matt Jones with a 14 point lead over third place. Congratulations to this weeks top scorer Muzz.

Video of the Week

And i always worried about the Welsh Weather!!

Have an awesome week!!

Cardiff Dragons 2 – 1 Leicester Wildecats

The Dragons secured their second GFSN League victory and their first home points of the season with a well earned victory over Leicester Wildcats. It was the first 11-a-side match between the two Clubs and proved to be an exciting encounter. The weather was fine on the day with the match taking place at University Playing fields the Dragons usual home venue.

The first half was saw plenty of chances as both sides fielded attacking formations. The home side were forced into a change early on when Alfie had to limp off after 5 minutes to be replaced by Paul. They coped well with this though as the defence gave a strong showing. Following a couple of early half chances for either side it was not long before the first goal arrived when Mark was put free down the right flank and his pinpoint cross found Chris C who headed low into the corner of the net. This gave the Dragons confidence and another forceful run by Mark resulted in a penalty following a push by a Leicester defender. The spot kick was confidently dispatched by captain Murray H to give the Dragons a 2-0 cushion. Leicester were by no means out of the game though and were unlucky not to reduce the deficit. The first of two good attempts saw Kris L save well with his legs to clear a goal bound shot for a corner and shortly afterwards tip a fine free kick onto the crossbar. The Dragons continued to have much of the play though and could have increased their lead further when Mark was put clear but his low shot was well blocked by the visiting keeper.

The tempo did not let up after the break in a fully committed game as the Wildcats searched for a way back into the match. They again came close to this but another excellent free kick once again was tipped away by a fine fingertip save from Kris L. At the other end the Dragons always looked dangerous on the counter attack with the midfield quartet all having strong games. Stefan was harshly adjudged offside when put through  the middle and the pace of Mark caused the Wildcats problems all afternoon,  creating himself a couple of further chances but he was unable to find the target. With the score at 2-0 Leicester could still see a way back and following a couple of snapshots which flew wide they made it 2-1 with 5 minutes remaining. The Dragons defence were unable to clear from inside their area allowing a Leicester player in to score with an opportunist close range finish. The Wildcats threw some long balls forward in search of an equaliser  but could only muster a couple of long range efforts as the Dragons saw out the game to seal the win.

The support for the team on the day from the sidelines  was as enthusiastic as ever, thanks to all those who were able to come and support the team.

Dragons Squad – Kris Llewellyn, David Fry, Murray Harvey (captain), Germain Cedric, Paul Searle, John Ainsley, Hywel Jones, Anthony Read (vice-captain), Lyons, Steffan Morgan, Chris Crimmins, Mark Biggs, Samuel Ashton, Chris Seabrook, Darrin Hughes.

Dragons Weekly Bulletin – 22th April 2010

We will be doing a car boot sale at bessemer market this Saturday the 24th April. So bring anything you are happy to sell in aid of the club along with you to training so we can collect it all and then hopefully raise lots of money for the club. All volunteers to help on the day are appreciated. Speak to John B for more info ( financefundraising@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk )

On Thursday night Training is being replaced by a friendly against CSKA Sophia at Blackwier. Kick Off is at 6:15 so please get there as close to 6:00 as possible.

The Dragons travelled to Trowbridge on Sunday for a friendly against the Trowbirdge Tigers. On what was a ridiculously hot day (hopefully more of them and hotter one to come) the Dragons unfortunately lost 3-1. Everyone who came got a game and people tried out new positions so whilst the scoreline may not of been positive a lot of good things came from the day. More info is in the football news.

This weekend sees us host Leicester Wildcats in our first ever encounter. They will be coming down on the Saturday night so if your about please come along and show the Leicester boys and girls just how awesome Cardiff is!! more details to come later in the week.

EGM, an EGM to vote for the next Secretary has been called for Sunday the 25th of April 12.30 pm which is just before the Leicester Wildcats Game. To cast a vote at the EGM you need to be a club member on the 30th of April 2009 and to carry the vote we need at least 25% of the eligible members to be in attendance. The vote will be completed in ballot format and these will be given out to you and after each of the delegates have had a minute to put a small 1 minute presentation to you. Ray will then ask for the votes to be cast and these will be counted by myself and Dave Keith. The nominations are Jordan Wall and Anthony Read.

Football News

Sunday 18th April – Friendly – Trowbridge Tigers vs Cardiff Dragons in Trowbridge

After our 3-0 victory in Cardiff earlier in the season, Trowbridge managed to almost reverse the scoreline against a young Cardiff Dragons team. Trowbridge went 2-0 up at half time, Mark scoring late on to salvage some pride for the Dragons, We kept battling to the end and showed a great fighting spirit that is sure to do us well in the future.

Thursday 20th April – Thursday Training – 6:00pm

In preparation for Sundays big game against Leicester Wildcats training this week has been cancelled. Instead we will be having an 11 a side friendly against CSKA Sophia at Blackwier. Kick off is 615 so please get there as near to 6:00 as you can. We understand due to work etc. this may be difficult for everyone but if you can get there as soon as possible it will be greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Fixtures

Sunday 25th April – GFSN League – Cardiff Dragons vs Leicester Wildcats in Cardiff

2pm Kick-Off – University Fields, Llanrumney, Cardiff

Our first meeting with Leicester promises to be an important six point game at the bottom of the GFSN table. We are looking forward to welcoming Leicester to Cardiff and hope to see as many of you as possible at the game

The deadline has now passed.

Sunday 9th May – GFSN League – Cardiff Dragons vs GFC Bournemouth in Cardiff

GFC Bournemouth come to Cardiff for the first time, with the aim to secure a win to help them in their bid for the GFSN League title. Our job is to stop them. As it is a league match the strongest squad of 16 will be selected from those available.

The deadline for this match is Sunday 2nd May

Sunday 16th May – Friendly – Bristol Panthers vs Cardiff Dragons in Bristol

After Bristol’s recent visit to the capitol comes the return trip. Our aim will be to overturn the 3-7 defeat from a couple of weeks ago. As it is a friendly match, the  first 18 players to make themselves available will be in the squad

The deadline for this match is Sunday 9th May

Sunday 23rd May – GFSN League – Birmingham Blaze vs Cardiff Dragons in Birmingham

Re-arranged from January, our trip to Birmingham is our final match of the season. As it is a league match the strongest squad of 16 will be selected from those available.

The deadline for this match is Sunday 16th May

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th June – GFSN Get-Together – Blackpool

Cardiff Dragons Participate in their 3rd GFSN Get-Together. It may seem a long way away but we need to get this trip organised, read the form if you are interested in coming and let us know your intentions by the deadline of Sunday 9th May

Fixtures

Sun 25/4 – GFSN League – Leicester Wildcats – Cardiff

Sun 2/5 – Training – Blackweir Fields

Sun 9/5 – GFSN League – GFC Bournemouth & Hampshire – Cardiff

Sun 16/5 – Friendly – Bristol Panthers – Bristol

Sun 23/5 – GFSN League – Brimingham Blaze – Birmingham

Fri-Sun 11/6-13/6 – GFSN Get-Together – Blackpool

Football News

We will be proposing a mini 11-a-side league next season between Bristol, Cardiff, Trowbridge and Exeter in place of friendlies. These matches will be open to the entire squad and should give opportunities  to everybody to play.

Watch out in upcoming weeks for 5-a-side Tuesdays. We will be scheduling a 5-a-side session soon at powerleagues. The intention will be for this to be a regular part of the Cardiff Dragons week, but will just be a trial evening to begin with.

Cologne

Jason, John A and Richie are definitely going to Cologne now, if anybody is interested in going it is important that they let Murray or Jason know as soon as possible.

Social

BBQ

Due to a problem at Trowbridge’s end, unfortunately they could not provide us with food after the match. Jason and Richie jumped in to save the day with an impromptu BBQ. A lovely evening was had by all those who attended and a big thank you to our hosts.

Kings Cross Quiz

Don’t forget, every Monday at the Kings Cross, Cardiff Dragons has a team for the quiz (a very successful team!) if you wan to come along please do. We meet around 8:00ish at the Kings.

PUB GOLF

Sunday 2nd May. Time to preparing your golfing outfits for what promises to be an amazing social. Many drinks will be had by all and we will look exceptionally cool in the process!!

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

Saturday 22nd May. Venue will be Lloyds No.1 Bar on Greyfriars Road.  Times will be confirmed in the future.

Fundraising

Car Boot Sale

See news section for more details

Cardiff Half Marathon

Anyone fancy running/walking to raise money for the club? Cardiff half Marathon is coming soon and anyone wishing to take part on behalf of the Dragons would be greatly appreciated. As with all our fundraising events, 25% of the money raised is donated to the Terrance Higgins Trust. This is a great cause and anyone who would like more information please speak to John B.

Club Lotto

We have launched a monthly Lotto. We will be selling raffle tickets at training sessions and on the last Sunday training session of the month we will give a prize to the winner. The cost of the prize will amount to half of the takings, so for example, if the takings are £100 then the prize will be worth £50

As always any ideas or suggestions for fundraising then please feel free to email John ( financefundraising@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk )

If you are looking for the perfect gift online don’t forget to buy through http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/cdfc .You can register free, select Cardiff Dragons Football Club as the organisation you wish to support and shop at all your favourite online shops. A donation is made to the club from the shop with every purchase you make at no extra cost to yourself.

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In Other News

Football Tip of the Week

Diet – A balanced day should contain: Breakfast, at least 2 balanced meals, extra fluids, extra snacks if required and 5 portions of a mix of fruit, vegetables, and salad. (The more colours the better, smoothies are an easy way to eat fruit)

Welsh Word of the Week

Each week we will be giving you a new football related Welsh Word. Let’s see how many of us non-welsh speakers can use this in training

This weeks word is: canolwr  =   Referee

Fantasy Premier League

Ed is still miles ahead out in front with the season in the latter stages it doesn’t look like there is any catching him. The battle for 2nd place is starting to look like a two horse race between Anthony read and Matt Jones with only 11 points separating them. Congratulations to this weeks top scorer Ed.

Video of the Week

A very clever video (sorry Man Utd fans!!)

Have an awesome week!!

Pojď draci!!!

Anthony Read

Press & Marketing

Cardiff Dragons FC

Email:   pressmarketing@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk

Cardiff 1 – 3 CSKA

On a warm evening Cardiff played a full 90 minute friendly against regular opposition CSKA, the match taking place at Blackweir playing fields.

The first half was an even affair as both sides had plenty of possession but failed to make many clear cut chances . The Dragons had much play in and around the CSKA area in the opening quarter but were limited to mainly long range efforts and a couple of dangerous crosses  from good wing play by Hywel and John A and solid performances in the middle by Anthony, Ed and Sam. At the other end CSKA had a good opportunity but their forwards firm shot was well parried away by Dragons keeper Kris L. The opening goal of the game resulted when the home defence was slow to react following a foul throw and as the ball found its way into the area it was finished low into the corner by CSKA’s centre forward. There was no further scoring in the first half as CSKA went in 1-0 ahead.

The Dragons made some changes at half time to allow everyone a game and some further experience. The second half also began brightly for the Dragons and they were rewarded with a deserved equaliser on the hour. Some good link up play down the left saw a testing cross well converted by Louis from close range. At this stage the Dragons looked good for at least a draw but a few minutes after the equalising goal an inspired strike from the corner of the box restored the lead for CSKA.  The Dragons were unlucky not to earn a penalty as they again pressed forward but the game was sewn up when CSKA added a third goal late on.

Dragons team – Kris Llewellyn, Christian Jones, Murray Harvey (captain), Cedric Germain, David Fry, Jerry Bull, Darrin Hughes, John Ainsley, Anthony Read (vice-captain), Ed, Samuel  Ashton, Hywel Jones, Stefan Morgan, Chris Crimmins, Stuart Harris, Louis.

Trowbridge Tigers 3 – 1 Cardiff Dragons

Cardiff Dragons visited Trowbridge for a return friendly fixture which was played in warm and sunny conditions.

The game was a fairly open affair from the start with both sides making chances Trowbridge however gained the initiative when a ball though the middle caught the Dragons defence out with as hosts forward finished well into the opposite corner of the net. The Dragons had chances of their own with attempts from Kris L and Stefan from the edge of the box but both flew narrowly wide. Trowbridge double their lead capitalising when the Dragons lost possession on the edge of their box.  The hosts continued to make chances benefitting from hesitancy in the Dragons defence and could have extended their lead further. The Dragons however managed to weather this finishing the half much better and could have reduced the deficit when Chris C was put through but his shot was parried away for a corner.

The second half saw the Dragons re-adjust and although further chances ensued for both teams there were no early goals as both keepers made some good saves. For the Dragons Mark headed over from close range following one of many well directed free kick’s from Anthony and Muzz’s shot from the edge of the box was scrambled round the post by the Trowbridge keeper. The hosts however made it 3-0 when a clearance caught the Dragons defence out and the Trowbrige forward’s  shot looped into the corner. Dragons introduced further substitutes and were rewarded with a deserved goal when Mark controlled and finished powerfully into the bottom corner following a good through ball.  There was no further addition to the score line however as Trowbridge ran out 3-1 winners on the day. Thanks to Dave A for helping manage and run the line.

Dragons squad on the day –

Chris Seabrook, Christian Jones, Murray Harvey (captain), Anthony Read (vice-captain), Graeme Monk, David Fry, Chris Crimmins, John Ainsley, Stefan Morgan, Mark Biggs, Kris Llewellyn, Jason Cousins,  Lucas Owen, Richie Jones, Jerry Bull.