After a busy week both on and off the pitch, a much bigger email for you this week.
Firstly, this week saw the Dragons take to the pitch for not one but two friendlies against local sides. Whilst the results may have gone against us it has been fantastic to get everyone back together and playing again ahead of Sundays season opener against Bristol. For more details on the friendlies please see football news.
A couple of farewells now 🙁 Sundays game marked the last match for the Dragons for Ray. Ray is leaving us for pastures new and we all wish him well and he will be missed. Also, leaving the club is Chris C. Again, we wish him every success for the future and will miss him. Also a big thank you as you have both bought so much to this club. However, we will see them again this year as Ray is joining up with the Exeter Lions and Chris has joined Leicester Wildecats. we are looking forward to beating both of you!!
On 29th August we will be holding a fundraising night at the Kings Cross. We will be holding a player auction and are looking for volunteers. If you are interested please speak to John B ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) We are also looking for volunteers for poster boys/girls for posters to display at the Kings Cross night and Mardi Gras. If anyone is interested please speak to Jordan ( Pressmarketing@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk )
Speaking of Mardi Gras. This years event is on Sat 4th September. We have a stall booked for this. If anyone is interested in helping out and talking to the locals and generally talking about the club please get in touch with anyone on the committee.
Message from Dave Keith:
The Committee is pleased to announce that we are again taking orders from members for personal kit. For the first time we are able to offer a choice of home or away kit so if you already have the home kit, why not buy the away version to complete the set?? Some highly sought after shirt numbers are still available. Please check with Dave Keith that your preferred number is available before ordering as we don’t allow 2 shirts to have the same number.
Order forms are attached for both outfield and goalkeeper kits. Orders and payment must be submitted to Dave no later than Sunday 29 August. It won’t be possible to accept orders after that date. We expect to take delivery of the kit in early September.
Please note that the club makes no profit from these orders; all prices are charged at cost. The club also pays the delivery charge on members’ behalf.
Please direct any queries to Dave Keith at email@example.com.
With Jason, John A and Muzz back from Cologne, Jason has kindly written a review of his experiences out there. Its great to hear what it was like out there and hopefully we can get a team out to next years event which is rumoured to take place in Rotterdam. Please see the attachment for Jason’s review.
Could this be the largest weekly e-mail ever. There is certainly loads going on at the moment.
This week’s big event is The Dragons first game of the season on Sunday in the GFSN Cup versus Bristol Panthers in Bristol. In the two previous meetings between the clubs Bristol won the first match 7-3 in Cardiff before The Dragons returned the compliment in Bristol running out 8-4 winners. It seems that we will be guaranteed a high scoring match and hopefully we can continue the winning away from home trend on Sunday.
Many thanks and best wishes to Ray Wilson who played his final match for us this Sunday. Ray is moving away from Cardiff and will be missed in defence and in the club as a whole. You will be pleased to know that this probably isn’t the last we see of Ray as he is intending on joining up with Exeter Lions.
We have put a proposed fixture list to the South West League teams and are awaiting their response at present. Hopefully, all being well we should be able to add another 4 fixtures to our calendar.
Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for changes to training. It is likely that with the posts going back up that we may go back to Blackweir Fields. The nights are also going to start to draw in so in a month or so we will be looking to train on a floodlit facility. We still also intend to start up a Dragons 5-a-side session, hopefully commencing on Tuesday nights after the half-marathon has passed.
The football management committee will be aiming to have a proper meeting in the next 2 weeks or so, so if anybody has any issues or suggestions they want to be raised at this meeting, please e-mail or speak to Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org), Anthony (Team Captain – email@example.com) or any of the other members of the football management team.
Thursday 12th August 2010 – Friendly – Cardiff Dragons 0-7 CSKA Sophia – Pontcanna Fields
Against a very strong CSKA side and playing against the wind first half we went a goal down after 10 minutes but after that we settled down a bit and we tried force our way back into the game. After some excellent saves by Christian we went 2-0 down on 44 minutes.
Second half Muzz made a number of changes ensuring everybody got game time and we seemed to settle down a bit but it was not to be our night and further goals were added during the 2nd half resulting in a 7- 0 defeat. Every player gave there all and never gave up and that’s important are there were some good signs for the season ahead.
The Amos (Assistant Manager)
Sunday 15th August 2010 – Friendly – Cardiff Dragons 0-3 Heath Park Dave – Pontcanna Fields
First half we started off a bit nervous but soon got into our formation with our central midfield pair doing a lot of good work for us and winning some good ball. Our defence in the first half matched all that was thrown at us and there were some good solid keeping from Kris and mad a few good stops. Our front 2 were starting to work together as the half progressed and we made some good breaks giving there defence something to think about. Unfortunately we lost Stefan to an injury just before half time. It remained goalless at half time
Dave Heath Park really up the anti 2nd half and we were getting pushed further back and unable make the same progress as in the 1st half Kris having to make a few good saves. Then like the 1st half we picked up another injury Dave Keith having to go off this time. On the 15 minute point they scored there first goal which had been coming since the start of the half. They then added another goal 10 minutes later making 2-0. For the next 15 minutes the Dragons started to get back into the game creating a number of chances including a penalty shout turned down and hitting the post and an number of other chances created.
With 2 minutes remaining on the clock they got their 3rd goal.
The Amos (Assistant Manager)
GFSN Cup – Sunday 22nd August 2010 – Bristol Panthers v Cardiff Dragons – Bristol – 2pm ko
The Dragons travel to Bristol for their first competitive match of the season in the GFSN Cup. The Dragons will be hoping to get the season off to a good start.
Please confirm your availability by texting Muzz or replying to this e-mail if you haven’t done so already. The availability process has been poor on this occasion (our fault) so we will be more organised for future matches but we need YOU to decide or find out your availability as soon as you can before an event so we can get things arranged. Match day subs will be £5.00.
6-a-side – Sunday 4th September 2010 – Leicester 6-a-side Tournament – Leicester
The Dragons will be competing in their second Leicester tournament after a good showing last year. Team 1 got knocked out in the quarter-finals by Village Manchester on penalties, while team 2 performed really well with an excellent team-spirit, but were unfortunately unable to qualify from a tough group.
This tournament is the day after Mardi Gras and as we have to confirm how many teams we are taking, we would ask members to consider this properly and decide on their availability as soon as they can so that we can guarantee places for everybody.
Please confirm your availability by filling out the attached availability form or texting Muzz if you haven’t done so already.
This Week’s Events
Training – Thursday 19th August 2010 – Pontcanna Fields – 7pm
GFSN Cup – Sunday 22nd August 2010 – Bristol Panthers v Cardiff Dragons – Bristol – 2pm ko
Dragons Run – Tuesday 24th August – TBC – 7.45pm – (Ring or text Muzz for details)
Cup – Match 1 – 21st/22nd August – Bristol Panthers (A)
Leic – 6-a-Side – 5th September – Leicester 6-a-side Tournament
Lge – Match 2 – 18th/19th September – Brighton Bandits (H)
SW – Match ? – 25th/26th September – Exeter Lions (A) – TBC
Cup – Match 3 – 9th/10th October – Trowbridge Tigers (A)
Ttns – 11-a-side – 16th October – Titans 11-a-side Tournament
Lge – Match 4 – 30th/31st October – Birmingham Blaze (H)
Cup – Match 5 – 20th/21st November – Exeter Lions (H)
Lge – Match 6 – 4th/5th December – London Leftfooters (A)
SW – Match ? – 30th/31st January – Bristol Panthers (H) – TBC
Lge – Match 7 – 5th/6th February – Trowbridge Tigers (H)
SW – Match ? – 19th/20th February – GFC Bournemouth (A) – TBC
Cup – Match 8 – 26th/27th March – GFSN Cup Semi-Final – London Group Winners vs South Group Winners
Lge – Match 9 – 9th/10th April – Leicester Wildecats (A)
SW – Match ? – 16th/17th April – Trowbridge Tigers (H) – TBC
Cup – Match 10 – 7th/8th May – GFSN Cup Final
Next Few Weeks at Present
Training – Thursday 26th August – Pontcanna Fields – 7pm
Training – Sunday 29th August – Pontcanna Fields – 1pm
Dragons Run – Tuesday 31st August – TBC – 7.45pm
Training – Thursday 2nd September – Pontcanna Fields – 7pm
5-a-Side Tournament – Sunday 5th September – Leicester Tournament
Dragons Run – Tuesday 7th September – TBC – 7.45pm
Training – Thursday 9th September – Pontcanna Fields – 7pm
Training – Sunday 12th September – Pontcanna Fields – 1pm
Football Tip of the Week
Attitude – Always motivate yourself to give your best. Developing a winning mentality requires a strong personality and a positive attitude.
Behaviour – Lead by example, be the best person you can. Performance on and off the pitch is of equal importance.
Discipline – Be prepared and be punctual. That means turning up to training and matches on time. Respect the people, equipment and place where you play.
Enthusiasm – Give your best as all times on the pitch and in training, and always encourage others around you.
Fair Play – Learn to win and lose with the same degree of dignity. Respect your opponents and the match officials.
Richie and the social team are very keen to organise a trip to the local “Go-Ape” centre. Our nearest one is situated at Margam Country Park (Port Talbot). This will be a fun day out; Richie and the social team feel that this will also provide a perfect team building opportunity and a perfect alternative to the usual drinking! At present Richie is looking into arranging this for September/October. For details on the Go-Ape days please click on the following link: http://www.goape.co.uk/. If you would be interested in this please email Richie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kings Cross Player Auction
We will be holding a fundraising night at the Kings Cross on Sunday 29th August (Bank Holiday Weekend). Any volunteers to be auctioned please let John B know. The winners will get four hours with the player and get a meal for the two of them at a local restaurant.
Cardiff Half Marathon
Training has now begun for the half marathon! Anyone fancy running/walking to raise money for the club? Cardiff Half Marathon is on 17th October 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. A few people have now expressed an interest but the more who do it the More money we raise!! http://www.cardiffhalfmarathon.co.uk/.
As usual we will be selling raffle tickets at training sessions. This months raffle will be a rollover with last months. The draw will take place on the last Sunday training session of the month. 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 ( email@example.com )
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
Well done to Crispin for topping the table after the first week with a very impressive 73 points. Jason however wasn’t quite so lucky at the bottom of the table with just 22 points. Still its a long season and I expect to see quite a lot of change over the next few months.
You can still join the league, go to fantasy.premierleague.com, enter a team (or use your old details) and enter the Cardiff Dragons league. The passcode is 311478-81139 but if you were in this league last year it should enter you automatically.
This year we have also set up a Championship Fantasy Football League, go to fantasy.football-league.co.uk, enter a team and then join the Cardiff Dragons FC league, pin is 834.
Christian “Google” Jones’ Fact of the Week
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
(Especially when they want something.)
Video of the Week
Skillz!!!! (I taught them everything they know, honestly!!)
As always, have an awesome week!!