Dragons Weekly Bulletin – 10th November 2010

Football News

Upcoming Matches

This week, the main football news looks ahead to upcoming fixtures. Please could everybody let us know who is available for the upcoming games against Exeter (H) – 21st November, Leftfooters (A) – 28th November, GFSN 5-a-side Tourney (Liverpool) – 11/12 December

Fill out an availability form for each event (attached), and return to

Thursday Training

This Thursday training we will again be at Gol Centres at 9pm on astroturf. Please could everybody try to get there around 8:30 so we can be ready and warmed up when the court becomes free. You will need astroboots or moulds as no studs can be warn on the pitch. Numbers have been excellent at recent sessions and we have unfortunately had great difficulty in getting an 11-a-side facility.

GFSN Winter Get-Together – Liverpool 11th December

We need to start arranging things for this event. It is a good tournament with a fun party afterwards. We can go as Dragons teams or you can chose to be in a mixed team with players from around the country. We need to sort accommodation and team entry so we would be grateful if everybody could let us know what they are doing. Usual channels are fine.

Upcoming Matches

Sunday 21st November 2010 – GFSN Cup – Cardiff Dragons vs Exeter Lions – 2pm ko – Pontcanna Fields

Our second fixture of the season against Exeter sees the Lions come to Cardiff for the first time. We played recently in a development game and lost 0-7. We will be looking to put in a good showing against a strong emerging side in the GFSN structure. This will be a cup match and technically we are still in the tournament. We may be tempted to alter the make up of the squad which plays, and will make a decision shortly. The considerations will be whether we go into the match all guns blazing, whether we use this fixture to develop players or to mix and match who plays. The week after will be a league match against London Leftfooters, so it could be an ideal warm-up match for this. What would you like to do with this fixture??

Either way we need to know who is available, and we want to have as many people as possible, so please could you e-mail Murray with your availability for this fixture.

Sunday 28th November 2010 – GFSN League – London Leftfooters vs Cardiff Dragons – 2pm ko – London

After this weeks victory against Birmingham, we have another very important game that could affect our season. We are currently sitting second in the table and must now aim for promotion. As we have also never beaten Leftfooters in a 90 minute game we will be looking to turn the tables on our rivals.

It is important that we get as strong a squad as possible to this match and we are urging everybody to do their best to get themselves free on this date.

Please could you e-mail Murray ( with your availability for this fixture.

This Week’s Events

5-a-Side Training – Thursday 11th November – Gol Centres – 9pm ko –
Lawrenny Avenue, Canton, Cardiff CF11 8BR

Training – Sunday 14th November – Pontcanna Fields 1pm

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) Reds – Groups, Blues – Groups
19/09/2010 Brighton Bandits GFSN Lge (H) Lost 0-1
26/09/2010 Exeter Lions SW Lge (A) Lost 0-7
10/10/2010 Trowbridge Tigers GFSN Cup (A) Lost 2-8 Stefan, Ed
16/10/2010 Titans 11-a-side Tournament (N) Finished 12/13
31/10/2010 Birmingham Blaze GFSN Lge (H) Won 2-0 Murray, Mark
21/11/2010 Exeter Lions GFSN Cup (H)
28/11/2010 Leftfooters FC GFSN Lge (A)
11/12/2010 GFSN Winter 5’s G-T Tournament (N)
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 11th November – Gol Centres – 9pm
Training – Sunday 14th November – Pontcanna Fields – 1pm
Training – Thursday 18th November – TBC
GFSN Cup – Sunday 21st November – Cardiff Dragons v Exeter Lions – Cardiff
Training – Thursday 25th November – TBC
GFSN League – Sunday 28th November – London Leftfooters v Cardiff Dragons – London (TBC
Training – Thursday 2nd December – TBC
Training – Sunday 5th December – Pontcanna Fields – 1pm
Training – Thursday 9th December – TBC
GFSN Winter Get-Together – Sat/Sun 11th/12th November – Liverpool

Committee News

Chairman’s Message & Secretary Role

Hi everyone,

It is with a heavy heart that I have this week received Ant’s resignation from the role of Secretary. Ant has been, for the years since first joining, a rock for this club. He has supported us in all aspects of club operations, from the pitch to the office, and his contribution to the way the club is run, to the way we play, to the successes on and off the pitch, cannot be dulled. He deserves all of our gratitude for the work he has put into helping to make the club a success, especially through some very testing times, and I hope that he will continue to do so in the future.

This does, however, open up a position on the Committee that will need to be filled as soon as possible. Attached are the forms, containing job description and application, you will need to complete and send to me if you would like to be considered for the position. Applicants will be invited to the next Committee meeting, and a member will be co-opted into that position during the meeting. The role of secretary is a tough but reward one, which will see the member managing much of the day-to-day operation of the club, including co-ordinating two other committee members, taking minutes at meetings, and other duties.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Dave x


A Christmas message

Hello all. I know it’s a bit early to be giving a chrimbo message, but to steal a line, “money never sleeps”.

I need to ask of you all again. (Just think of me as an anti-Santa who asks for things instead of giving.)

Therefore can I please remind everyone about I know how generous the Dragons are and I’m sure you’ll be buying lots of gifts online for your friends and families this year.

Easy fundraising has links to all the popular retailers. For example, Amazon, Argos, Tesco, B&Q, and many more.

If you are buying online the chances are there is a link on easy fundraising. All you need to do is follow these steps to raise money for the club, at no extra cost from you.

  • Go to and sign in/create profile.
  • If you’re a first timer please remember to choose Cardiff Dragons as your chosen good cause.
  • Click on the retailer you wish to buy from.
  • Buy as normal.

If done correctly a small percentage of the retailers profit will be given to the Dragons for free (usually about 2.5%).

To steal another line, “Ask not what your club can do for you, ask what you can do for your club”.

Happy Spending

John Bladen
Finance & Fundraising Officer

Easyfundraising has a sister site called Easysearch. This works in a similar way to Easyfundraising whereby our supporters use it (as a search engine this time) and we get 50% of advertising revenues paid to the site as a result.

Cardiff Dragons now has a page through this.

You don’t have to buy anything for us to make money; the site earns advertising revenue when someone clicks a link they find and it goes to a supplier’s page. It really is money for nothing!!

Instead of your usual search engine, use the below link. You will be earning money for the Dragons at no cost to yourself. Our page is at:


Things are now finalised for the Dragon’s Christmas Party 2010 on Saturday 18th December 2010 (from 7pm onwards) which is to be held at “Bar Icon” on Charles Street.

The arrangements are as follows:

  • Meet at 7pm for a drinks reception (upstairs, where we held our AGM)
  • Buffet served 7:30pm (upstairs in our private area)

The cost for the buffet is £7.50. We will be giving a £2.50 subsidy per member, hence £5 for members and £7.50 for non-members. (cut off date for new members is 27 November) Full payment is required to be made to Dave Keith by 5 December. Cash, cheques or electronic transfer accepted.

Also, don’t forget to reply to Richie if you are interested in the Secret Santa.

For all Social News please visit the Social page.

In Other News

Fantasy Football

With Mid week games this week there is no update as to whose top etc. Hopefully everyone has a good week though (and by everyone I mean me!!)

As always, have an awesome week!!

Go Dragons!!!

Anthony Read
Cardiff Dragons FC – CPD Ddraig Caerdydd