A shorter email this week, as the football season is drawing to a close.
A good week all round for Cardiff. First Cardiff City make the play off final in a very tense penalty shoot out victory over Leicester, and then more importantly Cardiff Dragons win 8-4 against local rivals Bristol Panthers!! An excellent day was had on Sunday and saw the Dragons produce their highest goal tally to date. Well done to everyone on the day. (see football news for more).
This weekend will see the Dragons heading up to Birmingham for the last GFSN league fixture of the season. Good luck to all those travelling up, let’s have a big push to end the season in style!!
Sunday 16th May – Friendly – Bristol Panthers 4-8 Cardiff Dragons in Bristol
The Dragons visited Bristol for a 11’s match for the first time and ran out victorious in the return fixture between the clubs following on from the game in Cardiff earlier in the year.
…..The opening goal however did arrive soon after following another Dragons attack when Stefan finished low into the corner on 15 minutes after being set up by Kris L. The visitors lead however lasted barely five minutes as a Bristol player was first to a corner to finish clinically from close in. …..It was the Dragons who got the next goal on 35 minutes when ….. persistence from Mark saw him hold off a defender and round the keeper to finish from a tight angle. A third goal for the visitors ensued before half time as Mark again finished well from 12 yards following a ball in from the right from Sam.
In the second half….The hosts paid the price for this miss as the Dragons went straight up the other end to make it 4-1 when Anthony scored his debut 11’s goal for the club finishing well with a volley at the back post latching onto a cross from Stefan. At this stage the game looked all but won but Bristol were given a lifeline with two goals in quick succession first from a penalty awarded for handball and then when the Dragons gifted them a goal failing to clear from their 6 yard area. The visitors however soon regained their composure and the initiative with Mark capping a fine display with 3 further goals in ten minutes. ….Dave F did find the target moments later with a fine curling shot from 25 yards out to complete an 8-4 victory for the Dragons….
Read the full match report at www.cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk
Thursday 20th May – Training – Blackweir Fields – 7pm
We are back training at Blackweir this Thursday at 7pm. Please let us know your ideal time for Thursday training sessions so we can best fit the group.
Sunday 23rd May – GFSN League – Birmingham Blaze vs Cardiff Dragons in Birmingham
The Dragons take on Birmingham in their first league encounter this Sunday. All forms are now in and processed, and a communication will go out later in the week with all the relevant information
Friday 11th – Sunday 13th June – GFSN Get-Together – 5-a-side Tournament and GFSN Party – Blackpool
The deadline for this has now passed and things are being arranged. If any latecomers wish to go, please inform Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org) ASAP.
Sun 23/5 – GFSN League – Brimingham Blaze – Birmingham
Fri-Sun 11/6-13/6 – GFSN Get-Together – Blackpool
Summer Break – This summer we will be doing things a bit differently. We will be taking a break from organised football training throughout June and starting pre-season training at the beginning of July. We will still be putting on sessions, so there will still be The Dragons through the summer at the same times. What we will probably do is either meet up and just have a game or play some fun football. We may also play a few other sports, or go to some mystery locations for a kick-about. We may even do some football skills. All suggestions welcome.
Up-Coming Training – It makes sense that through the summer we should try to improve our fitness in preparation for next season and as you may be aware by now, quite a few Dragons will be also be taking part in the Cardiff Half Marathon in October. So if people are interested, on Tuesday nights during the summer we would like to offer to put a fitness session on Tuesday night. This could involve a couple of activities such as going for a cycle, swim and will likely include going for a run along various routes around Cardiff. It would be interesting to hear what people think on this idea?
31st July – 8th August – Gay Games – Cologne
The registration deadline for this tournament is in 14 days, if you are interested in taking part in a prestigious international club tournament in Germany, it is important that you let Murray or Jason know as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Kings Cross Quiz
As always the Dragons are down the Kings Cross quiz every Monday at 8:00pm. Come along and join in!! An excellent night is always had with good company, good quizzing and most importantly, good drinking!! The Dragons are the reigning champions after winning again this week.
Play Off and Champions League Final
This Saturday will see Cardiff City take on Blackpool for the chance of Premiership football next season. For those of us who aren’t lucky enough to be going to Wembley for the game we shall be watching it in Lloyds No.1 Bar on Greyfriars Road. Meeting up about 2:00pm. Then later that night there is the Champions League final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich. Meeting about 7:30pm for those not out all day!!
Cardiff 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/.
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 ( 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
Muzz’s Football Tip of the Week
I think I used this joke too early but….
Cardiff City to get promoted to the Premiership 5/4
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: amddiffynnwr = defender
Video of the Week
This weeks video is supplied by Dave Keith. It’s made by Leicester City fans!!
Have an awesome week!!
Cardiff Dragons FC – CPD Ddraig Caerdydd