Sunday … celebrations as Green win Centenary Cup

Sunday: well, the Sunday Reserves have gone off to Aldington for a friendly, the Valiants are here training and the sun is out. See some others when you return from tournament duty later.

Centenary Cup win for Green

Well done to the lads who emerged victorious at the Lindsey Field as the Green lifted the Ashford & District League Centenary Cup. Squad: L Burton, R Ford, M Wedge, C Wyer, J Hurst, H Mansfield, L Burdon

Harry and Matt Wedge with the Centenary Cup

David Bridge reports on the U8 Hurricanes at Hawkinge

The Under 8s Hurricanes had to overcome the toughest of groups and the weather today at the Hawkinge tournament.  Starting with a solid 1-0 victory against Ramsgate with the only goal coming from Charlie Andrew, with a barnstorming run from defence.  This was then backed up by a narrow 2-1 defeat to St Margaret’s Bay, a typical thunderbolt of a shot from Vince Ayavoro left foot.  The team was unlucky not to get an equaliser through good link up play by Nathaniel Bulman and clever work on the wing by Thomas Bridge.  The 3rd game was a repeat of the teams first ever league fixture against Hythe, which they previously lost 18-3. A demonstration of how far this team has developed  gave them a 1-0 victory with a great goal from Owen Page.  The whole team played well but outstanding performances in defence from Alfie Potts and George Preston. A special mention also for Daniel Smith in goal.  The final game against eventual group winners Canterbury was a 2-0 defeat but enough to proceed to the knockout stages. 

A closely fought quarter final against the hosts Hawkinge resulted in a close 1-0 defeat.  An unlucky goal conceded in the last minute was end of the road. However,  a great team performance all round leaving parents and coaches proud. 👍

BGFC Under 12s

The BGFC Under 12s, sponsored by Caffyns Skoda, back home after a terrific effort
Congratulations Kacper … great performance in his first-ever tournament for the U12s
Well done Lenny!
Under 10 Warriors who were all superb at Ditton
Bobby Mayes punches clear for the U14s at Ditton
Strange weather at Ditton
No wins but still smiling
Under 14s at Ditton on Saturday

Under 13s

Saturday 8 June 2019

Birthday greetings today to Zac Cowley and Karla Pickard!

Clubhouse open 10am today. Closing time will depend on which teams are coming back to do their PoT. Managers that have no intention of returning, please text me to avoid sitting at the club on the off chance. Thank you DH

Good luck to all those in tournament action this weekend, including a Seniors team who are representing the club in the Ashford & District League Centenary Sixes Cup at Lydd.

Raffle prizes wanted for next Saturday’s Presentations

We had a great Tombola last Saturday at the Tournament and there are still some exciting prizes remaining for the Raffle on 15 June. But Michelle wants more adult donations please. They can be left in the clubhouse during opening hours. Thank you.

14 July … please keep it free to join in the McDonalds litter pick

U10s, U10s Warriors, U11s both teams, U13s can you please keep 14 July free as McDonalds have asked us to all join in the litter picks at your respective restaurant 2.30pm start. There is a fantastic bonus for you all that I will discuss with your managers. Thank you Matt Church, Gavin Gavin Gavlar Brown, Michelle Potts, Alex Alexander PottsPhilip CastleRachel SheridanRobert Finn, Timmy Russell, Richard Hawkins, Brian Petken, Sid HoneJames Lee BranchLeah-Ann Mooney

Friday 7 June 2019 … what’s on this weekend

Happy birthday today to Frankie Cumpper and Sid Hone!

Friday night is the Ashford & District Sunday League annual presentation dinner at Sandyacres 7.30pm and the club will be represented by Gary Gibbs and his good lady and Vice President Lee Milton.

Under 11s squad for the Hawkinge Tournament on Sunday

Preston, Alfie, Harrison, Sam, Daniel, Thomas, Matteo, Charlie 

Love Where You Live – 14 July 2019

Can our McDonalds team managers – Sid, Rob, Timmy, Pip and Matt – please set aside the afternoon of 14 July for the annual LWYL litter pick. Each team to meet please for a 2.30pm start from their respective restaurants. The U13s, U10s, U10 Warriors and U11s have a ‘wish list’ to the value of £250 … a fantastic gesture by McDonalds. Let me know during the weekend what you would like.

Of course, youngsters from all the youth squads are encouraged to join in the big clean-up and arrangements will be made nearer the time to ensure all have a supervised lift. As always, you will be well looked after by McDonalds. Thanks DH

Under 10 Warriors need YOU this Saturday!

Pip and five of the U10 Warriors last night … fancy joining them on Saturday? Please excuse Archie (I blame the parents!)

One of our McDonalds teams needs a couple more players for this Saturday’s tournament due to drop-outs. Pip and the boys, seen here at training last night, are in the middle of the tournament season and welcome committed new faces. We have asked for players from Matt’s squad so, if anyone out there wants some fun on Saturday, please email Michelle or ring Phil Castle on 07760886198.

Briefly … what’s on this weekend

Ashford & District League Centenary Invitation Cup at Lydd Town FC. 6-a-side maximum 10 players. ONLY those on standing orders will be considered so those that owe money need not start crawling around Matt or myself! Players please meet in the clubhouse by 10.30am – Matt Wedge will be in charge and have the kit. Likely squad: Louis Burton, Ryan Ford, Matt Wedge, Conan Wyer, Sid Hone, Harry Mansfield, Levii Loyza.

Ditton Minors Tournament [BG have entered U10 Warriors Pip; U14s x2 Nicole] Under 10s maximum 12 players and U14s maximum 8 players. Registration for the U10s and U14s is from 12.15pm with the first games at 1pm. Venue: Ditton Community Centre, Aylesford, Kent ME20 6AH

Hawkinge Tournament [BG entered 1xU13 register 8.30am; 2xU12 register 1.30pm; 1xU8 Hurricanes register 1.30pm]. Max 8 players per team. Venue Hawkinge Community Centre CT18 7FP.

Sunday 9 June 2019

Clubhouse opening hours to be confirmed – can managers/admin inform me of your requirements please as I don’t want to be sitting here like a lemon all day on the off chance people are meeting here or coming back … thank you DH

Ditton Minors Tournament [BG have entered U9 Colts Brian; U9DVS Dean] Maximum of 12 players with registration from 8.15am and the first game at 9am. Venue: Ditton Community Centre, Aylesford, Kent ME20 6AH

Hawkinge Tournament [BG entered 1xU11 register 1.30pm]. Maximum 8 players. Venue Hawkinge Community Centre CT18 7FP.

BGV Adults training at Waterside (10.30 – 12 noon)

BGV Juniors training at Waterside (10 – 11am)

Thursday 6 June 2019

All training is ON this evening as per the schedule on the Events & Fixtures page

Clubhouse open from 4.30pm

Thank you to all those who attended last night’s Youth Project meeting. For teams not represented, if you are interested, I can email you the PP on request.

Message from organisers of the Hawkinge Tournament

If you’re coming to the Hawkinge tournament this weekend, all morning sessions are register at 08.30 for a 9am kick off and afternoon sessions are register at 13.30 for a 2pm kick off. Postcode is CT18 7AY

Midweek … Youth Project Meeting tonight

Birthday greetings today to Penny Truelove and Ibrahim Zureiqi!

Training is as per the schedule Wednesday night … BGV please note Ellis will be opening just before 5pm as I am in a Site Management Meeting … thanks DH

Can managers not call training off unless absolutely necessary … conditions were perfect last night and there were some disappointed children … thank you

Can all groups put the goals etc away tidily please after training … it was left in a disgraceful state last week … thank you

True sportsmanship from Clapham Rangers U9 Colts

Clapham Rangers U9 Colts – winners of the U9 section and a credit to their club at the Bromley Green FC Tournament on Saturday

Green manager Dean Mansfield was full of praise for Clapham Rangers U9 Colts even though the U9DVS lads missed out on glory after a penalty shoot-out. “True sportsmen and a pleasure to play against”. Normal time and extra time failed to produce a goal in the final – but it was our visitors who edged the penalties. First class attitude by both teams … well done!

Wednesday 7.30pm … a chance to share ideas and talk to Executive members

Wednesday night: Youth Project Meeting when ALL teams should be represented. We don’t expect the manager to always attend – there are enough reps and parents to give a face/voice to your child’s team. Look forward to seeing every youth team represented 7.30pm in the clubhouse.

Why is attendance important? Because we are planning now for next season, deciding on registrations, policies and managers, and you can all have your say on the way we move forward – the only stipulation is that discussions are never personal but remain objective. The following are expected to attend please or send a representative: Joe Milton, Alex Hebbes, Tony Ward, Alex Potts, Michelle Potts, Bobbie Joseph, Mark Smith or Joe Croxon, Martyn Smith, Alan Land, Peter Oriji, Dean Mansfield, Tracey Smith, Danielle Burgess, Brian Jenkins, Zoe Hatten, Pip Castle, Matt Church (working so a parent stand in please), Gavin Brown, Robert Finn, Timmy Russell, Rachel Sheridan, Jamie Dobbin, Brian Petken, Jamie Spiers (apologies received), Sid Hone (working so a parent step in please), Grant Turner, Paddy, Lisa Copham, Maria Black, Nicole Pepper, Jamie Hurst, Jo Wyer, Mark Smith. If I’ve missed anyone out, you are more than welcome! An agenda via Power Point will be available on the night.

Well, time is slipping by and I have had just 3, yes 3, of the major awards returned for engraving. Poor show … sorry but I have been asking for weeks and it just isn’t fair on this season’s winners.

Tuesday 4 June 2019

Reminder to ALL youth teams

Wednesday 7.30pm: Youth Project meeting. Can every team have at least one representative present please? It is a chance to ask questions and discuss club policy, plans for next season, and arrangements for registrations. Thank you.

Training as per the schedule this evening (see Events & Fixtures page)

Update: Message from Joe Milton … Little Ones training is OFF tonight due to the weather … please spread the word (all other training is on as far as I know)

Update: U9s (Martyn Smith) called off tonight

Happy 14th wedding anniversary to Michelle and Brian!

Hurry up and claim your prize Matthew!

The sweet snatchers are about Matthew!

Under 10s (Matt) … need a few of you to play in the Ditton Tournament if you would like some football this weekend. Due to holidays, Pip is short – be a nice gesture if you all worked together to field a team and have fun.

Thank you

Big thank you to Michelle for raising £281 from the Tombola at the weekend. There are a host more fantastic prizes being raffled on Saturday 15 June at the Presentation Day.

STILL waiting for the majority of the main awards to be returned … not fair on those receiving them on the 15 June as I won’t have time to arrange for them to be engraved. DH

Focus on the Under 12s who did themselves proud on Saturday

You put your left leg in … well done KB our U12s PoT
BGFC Under 12s
Well done RK!
KB with his BGFC voucher for PoT

Catching up on a busy weekend!

Ashford & District League Centenary Cup

We have been invited to take part in the Centenary Cup 6-a-side at Lydd Town FC next Saturday. Timings are on the Events & Fixtures page. I will contact those that have been selected. In part-preparation for next season, only those currently on standing orders will be considered and the side will be managed on the day by Matt Wedge. DH

Training for the Seniors resumes on Tuesday 2 July 2019 at 6.30pm. During the rebuilding period, we may have to move location – but details of that as when it happens. We plan to run the two Sunday senior sides as last term plus re-enter the Saturday Ashford & District League. Updates later this month.

Sporting final between Green U9DVS and Clapham Rangers

After a final devoid of goals, the U9DVS lads missed out on penalties. A really sporting affair and congratulations to Clapham.

Under 11s enjoy tournament action

Rob, Ben, Dave King, Kavalli and Timmy at a sun-drenched Waterside on Saturday. Ben and Kavalli won the McDonalds PoT vouchers while the age group winners were Bromley Green Dobbins.

Under 7s win their first trophy

BGFC Under 7s, seen here with sponsor Dave King of McDonalds, winners of an excellent Plate Final tie with our friends from Mersham 3-0 thanks to goals by Daniel and Kuba (2). Our McDonalds PoT was Daniel.

Winner of the ‘Guess the number of sweets in the jar’ competition was Matt Wedge who guessed 948. Thanks to Michelle for organising. There are still some great prizes to be won at the Annual Awards Day (15 June).

More updates on the BGFC Juniors Tournament will follow as soon as time allows … most people (and the weather) behaved!

Those asking for addresses for next weekend’s tournaments, please refer to the Events & Fixtures page

Preparations are well under way now for the Awards Night on 15 June in the Swan Centre Main Hall … admission is FREE. Entertainment by local band ‘Anonymous’.

Major award winners from last year … PLEASE return the trophies to enable them to be engraved … thank you