Mardi Gras Parade
This year, the Dragons will be walking in the Pride Parade through the streets of Cardiff. It will be a great way to raise the profile of our club and a fun get-together so if you’d like to be involved, let Jay know. The parade route can be seen on the document below.
Meet at: Greggs, 3 Frederick Street (just off Queen Street), CF10 2DB
Meeting time: 9.30-10.15am
Parade starts / finishes: 10.30am to 11.45am
What to wear: Dragons polo shirt or Dragons football shirt
What to bring: Something to drink / a whistle to make some noise
Mardi Gras Parade Map
Mardi Gras Stall
The Dragons have a stall at this year’s event in the Millenium Stadium which will be in the Sport Wales area to promote a range of sports to the LGBT community. If you want to give an hour or two of your time to be on the stall and promote the club to new members then let Jay know so that we can rota you in. The stadium opens to visitors from 12 noon so we will be looking for volunteers from about 12 onwards.
Mardi Gras Practical Demo
Through our links with Sport Wales we have been invited to do a practical demo outside the stadium at Gate 3 during the day. This will be a one-off slot where it would be useful to have as many players as possible do a small demo of football skills / tricks. If you’re free to lend a hand then let Jay know so that we can give you more details.
A Supporters View of GFSN cup game in London against London Phoenix – by Dave Amos.
Both minibuses set off at 8.15am – well one minibus did – we were very fortunate to add both Chris G and Chris C to the squad on the morning as two late-availability players so one minibus got a head start. A huge thank you from everyone on the minibuses to both Ali and Amy for driving, both doing a brilliant job navigating the London traffic and getting us home safely.
Onto the match.
Since Chris G, at the time of selection was unavailable, John A was made captain for the day. It was John’s first competitive game as captain many congratulations to John on that honour. There was also a very welcome return to Christian after a long lay off due to injury and a huge thank you goes to Mark R for travelling all the way down from Manchester to play.
The Dragons line-up was:
Kris, John A (capt), Muzz, Chris G, Ant, Paul, Jay, Mike, Chris C, Christian, Deane.
Subs: James, Darrin, Mark R
Phoenix started the game strongly using both wings to great effect which led to Phoenix taking a two-goal-lead after just 15 minutes. The Dragons never gave up, even being 2 goals down they were battling hard and got back into the game after 25 mins thanks to a penalty awarded to Chris C due to a push in the box. Chris G stepped up to take it and scored a rocket from the spot. The half time score was 2-1 to Phoenix.
The game was very open and played at an amazing pace. There were some good individual performances on the day and all subs were used throughout the game to ensure that everyone got good game time and some tired legs could be rested. Unfortunately, Phoenix scored two further goals in the 2nd half running out 4-1 winners.
It was a great battling performance from the Dragons who never gave up, but sadly it was not to be our cup game win on the day. Phoenix now travel away to Glasgow for their next cup game.
Dragons Man of the Match was Chris G for a great defensive performance.
As a warm-up to the first game of the season, we’re organising a Dragons v Dragons fixture on Sunday 18th August, 1pm kick off at Pontcanna. Unfortunately the team who offered us a friendly fixture have pulled out so this is a great chance to pit our wits against eachother in the run up to our first cup game.
More details will be posted here and we will updated via email and Facebook.
On Saturday 10th August, Cardiff City FC take on Athletic Bilbao in a pre-season friendly at the Cardiff City Stadium. Tickets are only £10 and anyone who is interested in attending should get in touch with David Keith to confirm and pay by 31st July so he can order tickets. Either see him at training or you can find his email address on the flier below.
On Monday 5th August the Dragons held a Funding Forum with a view to identifying alternative ways to bring money into the club. Eight members gave up their evening to work as two teams, coming up with a range of innovative and fun ideas. In the next week or so, the ideas will be shared with the wider membership which will hopefully inspire more people to come along to the next Funding Forum gathering in a month’s time so that we can identify three or four fundraising activities to focus on for this year.
One of the first events will be a Taff Trail Challenge – a Dragons group cycle ride down the Taff Trail from Brecon to Cardiff Bay. Only a short 55 miles…easy. If you’re interested in doing this challenge and raising money for the club through friends and family sponsorship then contact Ali Mahoney asap.
More photos of the first Funding Forum event can be found on our Facebook page.