Wednesday night saw a return to training at Sophia Gardens and one of the best attacking displays I have seen from Dragons players. The passing, movement and link up play was excellent and gave us poor defenders a very hard time.
On Sunday we were well prepared for the recent high numbers and set up training accordingly. We had expected over 20 members, but at 1pm there were only about 12 members present, it was an absolute cone-fest! The numbers did improve as there had been a few people out the night before who clearly couldn’t face doing any sprinting, so we were able to have a bit of a game on the 11’s pitch at the end.
It’s been a bad week for us Wales supporters, beaten by the old enemy on the weekend in the first round of Six Nations fixtures, followed by the unsettling news of being paired up against England in the upcoming Euro 2012 Qualifying Group Stage. I actually think the Wales v England matches in the Euro’s could be really entertaining games and could be a great opportunity for our young, talented, promising side to take on the established enemy from across the border and possibly get a result. Could Wales actually qualify for a major tournament for the first time in 54 years?
Being around so many different nationalities at the time of the Wales defeat got me on to thinking how incredibly diverse the Dragons as a club is. In my previous teams I have played alongside friends, friends of friends and associates, so the formation of Cardiff Dragons has been incredibly successful bearing in mind that almost nobody knew anybody to begin with.
The make up of the team is quite intriguing, I would have imagined that had the Cardiff Dragons been established in the late 1980s – early 1990s then almost all of the squad would have been Welsh with a few imports, but due to the boom Cardiff has seen since these days we have a very cosmopolitan squad. Of 54 past and present Dragons members 29 are Welsh, 16 are English, 2 are Scottish, 2 are Irish, 2 are Spanish, 1 Frenchman and 1 Romanian.
I think something which makes the club special is that within the squad and its supporters we have a huge variety of people from all walks of life. We cater for all sexualities, genders, backgrounds, affluence, educations, jobs, abilities, ages, heights, weights, ethnicities, ambitions, ideals and beliefs. And the fact that in general everybody gets along with everybody without too many issues is really quite impressive and pays testament to the great attitude everybody has at the club.
Assistant Manager (11-a-side)