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Dragons Weekly Bulletin – 17th November 2010

Football News

Sunday Cardiff Blues 8-3 Cardiff Reds

With the Bristol Tournament scheduled for this weekend cancelled we felt that an in house match would be a good idea as a substitute. We didn’t quite get the 11v11 we had wanted and at times we had to play 10 v 9 for various reasons. Ed captained and managed the Blues, while Anthony captained and managed the Reds. Despite an incident packed match, most people enjoyed the game thoroughly, and some of the football produced on the day was very good. Chris Crimmins made a return to the Dragons for the weekend as he, Jeremy and Sylvain were down from Leicester Wildecats and he seemed to perform like he’d never been away. Ed’s Blues took the game on the day, winning 8-3. Many thanks to Amy, Ali and Crispin for coming out to support us.

IGLFA Euro Cup – Manchester – June 9-12 2011

Some members may have received a text this week about a tournament in Manchester next year, in which Cardiff Dragons have been invited to compete. Here are a few more details for you.

Who are the IGLFA? – International Gay and Lesbian Football Association, they hold a World Club Championship every 4 years and a European Club Championship every 2 years. They are linked with organisations such as GFSN and Gay Games. The last major tournament they solely hosted was the World Club Championship at Washington DC in 2009.

What Tournament is This? – This is the European Club championship in which clubs such as ours are invited to take part. As we have not been to a IGLFA tournament before, we have only been invited to their 6-a-side tournament at present, though they will consider us for 11-a-side tournament if the opportunity arises. By Cardiff Dragons taking part in the 6-a-side tournament, as well as being a major stepping stone in the clubs development, we will become eligible for 11-a-side tournaments in the future.

Benefits of Competing in 6-a-side tournament – Although it is disappointing that we can only enter the 6-a-side tournament at present, and can not yet take on Europe as a club, especially as it is in our own backyard and makes a lot of factors such as travel far less complicated than going abroad, there are some good points to the 6-a-side tournament. Firstly, at present there are only 6 entrants, so the opportunity for silverware is better than in the larger tournament. Secondly, although Trowbridge will be one of the opponents, we will get to play and meet new teams from Prague, Stockholm and other cities from around Europe.

Are we going? – We would hope that we would be able to send a team up, the response from texts this week was excellent. We haven’t yet entered as we are clearing up what costs the club and you may have to pay, but it is looking promising

What costs are known at present? – At present the package put together by the IGLFA accommodates 10 persons to be registered for the tournament and to stay in a hotel with the rest of the other clubs. For 3 nights, each person attending will need to pay £125 with a £25 deposit to be taken shortly. There is the cheaper option of a hostel for which the cost for the above works out at £60 for each person. We have a slight concern that there may be a personal registration cost for this tournament, in previous tournaments each individual has had to pay around £100 for this, so we will be seeking confirmation before we commit to the event. Both accommodation prices are very good, and if we are going it would be advised for us to take up the offer.

So, what do you think about this? – You can e-mail Murray on footballmanager@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk

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.

Upcoming Matches

Sunday 21st November 2010 – GFSN Cup – Cardiff Dragons vs Exeter Lions – 3pm ko – Sophia Gardens

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. Further details will follow, but the match will be played on astroturf at Sophia Gardens with a 3pm ko. Subs will remain at £4. We will be playing in Red.

Availability is now closed for this event.

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.

We will be closing availability shorty so please let us know your availability if you haven’t yet done so

Please could you e-mail Murray footballmanager@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk with your availability for this fixture.

Saturday 11th December 2010 – GFSN Winter Get-Together and 5-a-side Tournament – 11am – Liverpool

This years winter get-together will be held in Liverpool, and will be followed by the GFSN Christmas Party. Last years event was held in Birmingham, and those who attended had a memorable night (from what I can remember!!). We will need to leave early on Saturday morning in order to compete in the 5-a-side tournament which begins at 11am.

Please could you e-mail Murray footballmanager@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk with your availability for this fixture.

This Week’s Events

5-a-Side Training – Thursday 18th November – Gol Centres – 9pm ko –
Lawrenny Avenue, Canton, Cardiff CF11 8BR

GFSN Cup – Sunday 21st November – Cardiff Dragons vs Exeter Lions – Sophia Gardens – 3pm ko

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 Liverpool (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 18th November – Gol Centres 9pm
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

GFSN News

The GFSN National League is proud to be an inclusive, diverse football league where players of any sex, sexuality, creed or race are free to play sport.

Over the last 9 years the league recognises and continues to encourage the valuable and enriching contribution made by all players to the league’s growth and reputation.

Recently we have seen the Kick It Out “Week of Action” campaign . Kick It Out works throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination – supported and funded by the game’s governing bodies, including founding body The PFA, Premier League and The FA.

The GFSN League fully supports their campaign.

The GFSN League will not tolerate racism, homophobia, sexism or discrimination of any kind. Should any instance of discrimination be proven against a player or a member club, the league will enforce the harshest sanctions possible.

After a recent complaint regarding alleged racist behaviour in a GFSN fixture earlier this season the league committee would like to remind all clubs of their responsibility to uphold the values and ethos of the league and deal with all such incidents when they occur. We believe that member clubs should identify and deal with any instances of discrimination locally. From the 2011/2012 season, it is our recommendation that all member clubs will need to provide the league with their equality and diversity statement demonstrating they do not tolerate any form of discrimination together with evidence of how they intend to enforce this.

To see Cardiff Dragons policies on discrimination and all other policies please visit the Club Policy & Document page.

Secretary Role

Don’t forget, if you are interested in the Secretary position please email Dave Kelly (chairperson@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk), with your applications as soon as you can.

Fundraising

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: http://cdfc.easysearch.org.uk

Social

This Saturday there is a GFSN social. We will be going to watch Cardiff City vs Nottingham Forest then going out for a meal followed by drinks in the night. GFSN members from around the country will be attending as well as some of the Exeter guys who we play on the Sunday. It would be great to get as many of us out to show them what Cardiff is all about. Look out for an email later in the week with more information.

For all Social News please visit the Socal page.

In Other News

Fantasy Football

Well done to Stef for staying top of the league this week (I am catching you though!!), and well done to Ed for being this weeks highest points scorer with an impressive 78 points.

As always, have an awesome week!!

Go Dragons!!!


Anthony Read
Secretary
Cardiff Dragons FC – CPD Ddreigiau Caerdydd