Dragons Weekly Bulletin – 28th April 2010

News

Hey Dragons. What a week!! What a Weekend!! What a Result!! What a Team!!

The Dragons entertained the Leicester Wildecats this weekend. An awesome night was had out on the the Saturday!! Its great when teams come down and we can show them what Cardiff is all about. As good as Saturday was though Sunday was amazing. Cardiff Dragons winning their first home league game 2-1. Everyone was fantastic on the day. From the players to the supporters, everyone played their part and Dragons are now up to 9th in the GFSN league table!!

EGM: Before the game on Sunday we held our EGM, this was to vote for the next Secretary of the club. The nominees were Jordan Wall and Anthony Read, and in a close vote Anthony Read was voted in. Thank you to all those who attended.

BOOTSALE: On Saturday morning, a few Dragons attended a car boot sale at bessemer market. On a lovely Saturday morning we managed to raise an impressive £54.00 for the club. A big well done to John B on his first fundraising event and a big thank you to all of those who donated items to sell and their time. Special thanks to Dave Amos for supplying the car boot and to Muzz for his “special teddy bears”.

WELCOME: A big welcome to the Cardiff Dragons family to Louie. Who on his debut in our friendly against CSKA Spohia on Thursday (see football news) scored his first goal for the club. A great way to introduce yourself!!! As always, tell your friends, family, random strangers, about the club. it is fantastic to see the club grow and every new member brings something to the club.

Football News

Training

Thursday nights training will be the usual time of 6:45pm for a 7:00pm start at Blackwier.

Training this Sunday will be at 12pm and not 1pm as usual. This is due to the Pub Golf social (carnage!) later that afternoon.

Matches

Thursday 22nd April – Friendly – CSKA Sophia 3-1 Cardiff Dragons – Blackweir Fields

On Thursday night we played a hastily arranged friendly versus CSKA Sophia, in which The Dragons got a good opportunity to play and to practice ahead of the Leicester league game. Though the full-time score was 1-3, it was a much closer game, in which The Dragons were competitive throughout, conceding two goals late on. Congratulations go to Louie (sorry if I have mis-spelt) for his first goal in a Dragons shirt.

Sunday 25th April – GFSN League – Cardiff Dragons 2-1 Leicester Wildcats in Cardiff

2pm Kick-Off – University Fields, Llanrumney, Cardiff

Our first meeting with Leicester happened to be an important, “6 point” match at the bottom of the GFSN table. Fighting for final league positions, The Dragons took an early lead through a well taken Chris C header from a good move down the right between Hywel and Mark. A few minutes later, Mark was controversially fouled in the Wildcats penalty area which Murray converted for a two goal lead. In the second half Leicester pressed hard and eventually managed to scramble a goal with 10 minutes remaining. After a tense final few minutes, The Dragons took the match 2-1 and moved up to 9th in the table, ahead of Leftfooters, Leicester and Brighton.

Upcoming Fixtures

Sunday 9th May – GFSN League – Cardiff Dragons vs GFC Bournemouth in Cardiff

GFC Bournemouth, chasing their second GFSN title, come to Cardiff for the first time, chasing London Falcons in the overall standings. The Dragons will be looking to continue their progress on from their 2-1 victory over Leicester Wildcats. As it is a league match the strongest squad of 16 will be selected from those available.

The deadline for this match is Sunday 2nd May

Sunday 16th May – Friendly – Bristol Panthers vs Cardiff Dragons in Bristol

Having recently lost 3-7 in Cardiff, The Dragons will be aiming to make amends when they travel to Bristol. As it is a friendly match, the  first 18 players to make themselves available will be in the squad

The deadline for this match is Sunday 9th May

Sunday 23rd May – GFSN League – Birmingham Blaze vs Cardiff Dragons in Birmingham

Re-arranged from January, our trip to Birmingham is our final match of the season. At present, Blaze are in 8th place, one ahead of The Dragons, so there will be plenty of pride at stake as both clubs try to get as high up the table as possible. As it is a league match the strongest squad of 16 will be selected from those available.

The deadline for this match is Sunday 16th May

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th June – GFSN Get-Together – 5-a-side Tournament and GFSN Party – Blackpool

Blackpool is fast approaching us and we really need all members to let us know their intentions for this trip. The other clubs will be booking up the cheap hotels as we speak so it is important that everybody ensures that they get back to us ASAP

It may seem a long way away but we need to get this trip organised, read the form if you are interested in coming and let us know your intentions by the deadline of Sunday 9th May

Fixtures

Thu 29/5 – Training – Blackweir Fields – 7pm

Sun 2/5 – Training – Blackweir Fields – 12pm – Moved Due to Pub Golf in Afternoon

Sun 9/5 – GFSN League – GFC Bournemouth & Hampshire – Cardiff

Sun 16/5 – Friendly – Bristol Panthers – Bristol

Sun 23/5 – GFSN League – Brimingham Blaze – Birmingham

Fri-Sun 11/6-13/6 – GFSN Get-Together – Blackpool

Football News

Unfortunately two weeks ago, Amy picked up a nasty injury on her knee whilst playing for the Pink Panthers at 5-a-side. Everybody at the club wishes her well and a speedy recovery, we hope to see her back thwarting opposing wingers again next season.

31st July – 8th August – Gay Games – Cologne

Cologne is fast approaching now, The Dragons won’t be out there as a club this year, but if you are interested in taking part and representing the club for another side, it is important that you let Murray or Jason know as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Social

Kings Cross Quiz

Don’t forget, every Monday at the Kings Cross, Cardiff Dragons has a team for the quiz (a very successful team!) if you want to come along please do. This Monday the Dragons returned to winning ways, scooping a £50.00 prize to be spent in the Kings Cross. We meet around 8:00ish at the Kings.

PUB GOLF

Look out for an email later this week from Richie Jones regarding this. Make sure your outfits our ready as the Dragons descend upon Cardiff for Pub Golf. It promises to be an amazing night!!

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

Saturday 22nd May. Venue will be Lloyds No.1 Bar on Greyfriars Road.  Times will be confirmed in the future.

Fundraising

Car Boot Sale

See news section for more details

Cardiff Half Marathon

Anyone fancy running/walking to raise money for the club? Cardiff half Marathon is coming soon and anyone wishing to take part on behalf of the Dragons would be greatly appreciated. As with all our fundraising events, 25% of the money raised is donated to the Terrance Higgins Trust. This is a great cause and anyone who would like more information please speak to John B.

Club Lotto

We have launched a monthly Lotto. We will be selling raffle tickets at training sessions and on the last Sunday training session of the month we will give a prize to the winner. The cost of the prize will amount to half of the takings, so for example, if the takings are £100 then the prize will be worth £50

As always any ideas or suggestions for fundraising then please feel free to email John ( financefundraising@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk )

If you are looking for the perfect gift online don’t forget to buy through http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/cdfc .You can register free, select Cardiff Dragons Football Club as the organisation you wish to support and shop at all your favourite online shops. A donation is made to the club from the shop with every purchase you make at no extra cost to yourself.

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In Other News

Football Tip of the Week

Communicate – It is vitally important to communicate on the field. Simple directions or alerts, such as ‘man on’ and ‘turn’ or ‘you have time’ make playing so much easier and become more important as the game speeds up at higher levels.

Welsh Word of the Week

Each week we will be giving you a new football related Welsh Word. Let’s see how many of us non-welsh speakers can use this in training

This weeks word is: gwaith tîm =   Teamwork

The fantasy football, Ed is all but confirmed as this seasons winner. The battle for 2nd place is looking good for Matt Jones with a 14 point lead over third place. Congratulations to this weeks top scorer Muzz.

Video of the Week

And i always worried about the Welsh Weather!!

Have an awesome week!!