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Leicester 6-a-side Tournament

Tournament Report – Leicester 6’s Sunday 5th September 2010

The Dragons once again were up bright and early to head for Leicester in force with 16 players travelling to make up the 2 Dragons teams, Dragons Blue and Dragons Red.  A big thanks to the drivers and all who made the trip. Thanks also to James Nelson who joined the Dragons for the day playing for the blue team.

Dragons Red – The Reds were unfortunate not to progress from their group of 6 with 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses from their 5 games missing out by 1 point to finalists Nottingham who’s 1-0 victory over us proved crucial. Despite a slow start the team played much attractive football on the day scoring 5 goals in the process. Unusually the games were quite long at 15 minutes and with large pitches and small goals most games in the competition did not see many goals scored. The Reds however created many opportunities scoring 5 well worked goals in their final 3 games scored by Mark (3), Anthony and Crispin with a fine turn and shot for his debut goal. Everyone gave full commitment to the cause and did the Club proud on the day.

Dragons Red – Murray Harvey (manager), Anthony Read (captain), Kris Llewellyn, Lyons, Crispin Seabrook, Mark Biggs, Dave Fry and Jordan Wall.

Results –

Dragons Reds   0  Nottingham1    1

Dragons Reds   0  Trowbridge      0

Dragons Reds   2  Leicester Yellows   0

Dragons Reds   1  Exeter    0

Dragons Reds   2  Birmingham2   3

Dragons Blue – In a very tough group the Blues battled hard throughout to gain 2 draws against Leicester Reds and Bristol but fell short of progression. This however was an improvement from last year in terms of points gained and also in the number of goals conceded, only 5 in their 6 games. Due to an extra team in the group the game duration was 10 minutes rather than 15. Two players James and Adam made their debuts for the Dragons on the day, very well played guys. There was a good commitment and desire to do well from everyone and despite many of the team not having played together as a squad before there was some nice football played at times and we were unfortunate not to score a goal or two from the chances we created. A mention to Dave Amos who was once again outstanding in between the posts in all our games. A valuable experience and learning curve for all those involved.

Dragons Blue-  Jason Cousins (manager), Dave Amos, Christian Jones, Jerry Bull, Stefan Morgan, John Ainsley, James Davidson, Adam Jones and James Nelson

Results –

Dragons Blues   0  Mersyside1    1

Dragons Blues   0  Leicester Reds   0

Dragons Blues   0  National Grid   2

Dragons Blues   0  Bristol    0

Dragons Blues   0  Birmingham1   1

Dragons Blues   0  Manchester1   1

Dragons Weekly Bulletin – 1 September 2010

News

On Sunday we will held a fundraising night at the Kings Cross. everyone had an excellent night and we managed to raise £377.47. A massive effort went in from everybody but a special thank you has to go to John B. I saw first hand the amount of time and effort that went in to organising the night and he should be commended for this. Also a massive thank you to our brave boys who got auctioned off and to Jason for what looked a very painful waxing experience. Also, thank you to Crispin and Jordan for helping out and to Jamie J for his fantastic hosting of the night.

Following on from the fundraiser, this Saturday will see the Dragons at Mardi Gras in Coopers field. We have a stall booked for this and this will be the main focus of our afternoon, but we will be asking as many people as possible to attend and represent the Dragons. Last year was an awesome day out, culminating in a friendly match against the police. If anyone is interested in helping out and talking to the locals and generally talking about the club please get in touch with anyone on the committee. Also, a big thank you to our poster boys and girls. Look out for the posters at the Kings Cross.

Over the coming weeks, we will be looking to revamp the weekly email. What would you like to see? How would you like it set out? Please send your thoughts to myself ( secretary@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk ) All comments are welcome.

Football News

News

This week The Dragons will be travelling to Leicester for their 10th annual 6-a-side tournament. Last year was The Dragons first appearance in this competition, team 1 missing out on the semi-finals on penalties after a good showing. Team 2 played well and had a great team spirit, but failed to emerge from the groups. This year we have 2 teams again and we will be aiming to bring the trophy back to Cardiff. Applications for this event are now closed. We will be sending out a communication later in the week. Registration begins at 10am.

Following last weeks 6-1 win over Bristol Panthers in the GFSN Cup Group South, the full match report is now up on the website.
Read Full Report at www.cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk, Check Out www.gfsnleague.co.uk For New Look Website, Results and Tables

Summary of Football Management Meeting

The minutes are available on request.

Upcoming Matches

6-a-side – Sunday 4th September 2010 – Leicester 6-a-side Tournament – Leicester

The Dragons will be competing in their second Leicester tournament after a good showing last year. Team 1 got knocked out in the quarter-finals by Village Manchester on penalties, while team 2 performed really well with an excellent team-spirit, but were unfortunately unable to qualify from a tough group.

This tournament is the day after Mardi-Gras and as we have to confirm how many teams we are taking, we would ask members to consider this properly and decide on their availability as soon as they can so that we can guarantee places for everybody.

This event is now closed to applications. An e-mail will follow later in the week.

Sunday 19th September 2010 – GFSN League – Cardiff Dragons vs Brighton Bandits – Cardiff

Last November, The Dragons historically won their first ever GFSN League match in Brighton, 1-0 against the Bandits. After a tough summer which nearly saw the exit of Brighton Bandits from the GFSN League, The Bandits are back and will be out for revenge, looking to overturn last years result. This seasons meeting promises to be a fascinating encounter whether playing or supporting.

Please could everybody fill out an availability form if they wish to play and make your decisions on your plan for the day early in order to help things get organised. An availability form is attached and should be returned to Murray (footballmanager@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk).

Sunday 26th September 2010 – SW League – Cardiff Dragons vs Exeter Lions – Cardiff

This match sees the first meeting of Cardiff Dragons and Exeter Lions and the first of our 4 South-West League fixtures. Exeter will be looking to carry on their good form after recently beating Trowbridge Tigers 2-1 in the GFSN Cup.

This match will be a development match for The Dragons and we will be giving everybody the chance to play competitively.

Please could everybody fill out an availability form if they wish to play and make your decisions on your plan for the day early in order to help things get organised. An availability form is attached and should be returned to Murray (footballmanager@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk).

This Week’s Events

6-a-Side Tournament – Sunday 5th September – Leicester Tournament – (Registration at 10am)

Dragons Run – Tuesday 7th September – TBC – 7.45pm

(Ring or text Muzz for details)

Season 2010-11
22/08/2010   Bristol Panthers         GFSN Cup    (A)   Won 6-1 Jacobo 2, Mark 2, Anthony, Ed
05/09/2010   Leicester 6-a-side      Tournament   (N)
19/09/2010   Brighton Bandits        GFSN Lge     (H)
26/09/2010   Exeter Lions              SW Lge        (A)
10/10/2010   Trowbridge Tigers       GFSN Cup    (A)
16/10/2010   Titans 11-a-side          Tournament  (N)
31/10/2010   Birmingham Blaze      GFSN Lge     (H)
13/11/2010   Bristol 5-a-side           Tournament   (N)
21/11/2010   Exeter Lions              GFSN Cup    (H)
05/12/2010   Leftfooters FC            GFSN Lge     (A)
31/01/2011   Bristol Panthers         SW Lge        (H)
06/02/2011   Trowbridge Tigers       GFSN Lge    (H)
20/02/2011   GFC Bournemouth     SW Lge        (A)
27/03/2011   Cup Semi-Final          GFSN Cup    (N)
10/04/2011   Leicester Wildecats    GFSN Lge    (A)
17/04/2011   Trowbridge Tigers       SW Lge        (H)
08/05/2011   Cup Final                   GFSN Cup    (N)

Next Few Weeks at Present
Training – Thursday 9th September – Pontcanna Fields – 7pm
Recruitment Day – Sunday 12th September – Pontcanna Fields – 1pm
Dragons Run – Tuesday 14th September – TBC – 7pm
Training – Thursday 16th September – Pontcanna Fields – 7pm
GFSN League – Sunday 19th September – Cardiff Dragons v Brighton Bandits – Pontcanna Fields – 2pm ko
Dragons Run – Tuesday 21st September – TBC – 7pm
Training – Thursday 23rd September – Pontcanna Fields – 7pm
SW League – Sunday 26th September – Cardiff Dragons v Exeter Lions – Pontcanna Fields – 2pm ko

Football Tip of the Week
Montenegro v Wales – Bale to score and Wales to win 10-1

Social

After all the hard work on Sunday it was good for everyone to have a few drinks after the main event had finished, a great night was had by all and there was some amazing Karaoke!!

Richie has sent out an email highlighting the social plans for the year. please make sure you have a read of this.

Fundraising

Kings Cross Player Auction

Sunday nights fundraising night and player auction raised £377.47. Well done to everyone involved.

Look out for news on further fundraising activities coming up soon.

In Other News

Christian “Google” Jones’ Fact of the Week

Turtles can breathe through their arse’s.
(Better than talking through it!!)

Fantasy Football

Well done to Stef this week climbing to the top of the table. Also, well done to Lewi for being the highest points scorers of the week with 69 points.

You can still join the league, go to fantasy.premierleague.com, enter a team (or use your old details) and enter the Cardiff Dragons league. The passcode is 311478-81139 but if you were in this league last year it should enter you automatically.

This year we have also set up a Championship Fantasy Football League. Currently topping the table is Jason C although it is tight at the top with just three points separating the top three. Go to fantasy.football-league.co.uk, enter a team and then join the Cardiff Dragons FC league, pin is 834.

Video of the Week

As always, have an awesome week!!

Go Dragons!!!


Anthony Read
Secretary