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Celebrating a Decade of the Dragons!

Daryl Moore

I was more than a bit apprehensive when my friend Wilson convinced me to try DDFC. But, as
soon as I started playing, I loved it and all my new teammates. The endless games of sharks and
minnows, the numbers game and the occasional muddy match which the Dads used to join in
soon became the highlight of my week. We were four years old and barely knew how to kick a ball or which goal to go for, but slowly we progressed. Back then, we all looked up to the Big Dragons and often stayed on to watch and learn from their training sessions.

Once I was settled into the club, I vividly recall the thrill of trying the kit on for the first time. The excitement of choosing my number and seeing my name on the shirt was incredible. I truly felt like a real Dragon now.

After being at the club for a few years, my friends and I were invited to play in the League. I was overjoyed. We all were. By now the Club was booming and there were so many new faces. Each person with their particular talent and skill set. I was so happy for all our inspirational coaches and our founder, Daryl. Ever since I joined, he helped me become a better player while also being an amazing friend. I know that he does the same for every new person at the club.
After being at the Club for around three years, I remember hearing at the end of a session that
they were appointing a Captain. I thought it would be one of our very talented strikers, but no.
Unbelievably, I was picked. I was so happy that words alone cannot describe what I felt and still
feel to this day. I would be able to represent the club, Daryl’s club, my club.

Every match is memorable. The wind in our hair, the thud of a ball nearby and the squelch of
boots on the muddy pitch. Together, we feel an opportunity and put our training into practice.
Searching for space, the defence kicks the ball up to the midfield. They look for chances to play
the ball to our lone striker. We all run up to support; hearts pounding, muscles screaming, lungs burning. This is football. After being at the club for six years now, we have won stunning victories and suffered crushing losses, but we always soldier on together. We are a team.

Sometimes I see other clubs look glum and unhappy. Their coaches look frustrated and
relentlessly berate their players. I never remember feeling that at the Dragons. If someone is
feeling down, we are all there to cheer him up. What separates DDFC from the rest of the crowd is our togetherness and spirit. We always play as a team. Never hogging the ball and passing to everyone. All the while, Daryl will be cheering us on and giving us motivational half-time talks. Nothing makes us happier than seeing Daryl leap in the air when we score.

There is no doubt Daryl has set up the best club on the planet. And, I’m so proud to be part of it.

By: Kit Chown, Captain and proud member.

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DDFC 1-4 Regents Park

Daryl Moore

A great day for the Dragons was ended with disappointing results as the U11's lost 4-1.

DDFC were spurred on by the news of Matteo, Ethan and Louis playing after we had initially thought they would be away on a school tournament. However, maybe complacency got to the mind of our players as we conceded three goals in the first half against a very aggressive and physical team.

After an inspiring half-time team talk by Daryl and Ben, DDFC came out as a much stronger team. Hugo controlled the defence all the way through the half with Matteo, Freddie, Eddie and Saul pulling the strings in midfield and a goal was evident. After some nice build-up play from Freddie, we managed to get the ball to Ethan upfront who exquisitely laid the ball to Matteo who coolly slotted it home. Game on!

Our power and aggression were much better than in the first half which was what Daryl wanted to see as this can be the deciding factor in these league games. But unfortunately, we couldn't create enough good chances to score and conceded through a slightly lucky rebound. It was a tricky day for the Dragons, but a great team effort and in the end we were simply outmuscled and outclassed.

On to the next one!

Written by Saul de Botton 

DDFC GIRLS 6 - 0 REGENTS PARK FC

Daryl Moore

The headline says it all - what a fantastic performance from all the Girls who represented DDFC in a triumphant win. 

Coach Ben, who has been working each week on specific team drills, was so proud to see the Girls come together and put in such a strong performance, against a team who beat us only a few months ago. 

Ben said a few words on the day:
"It was seeing them keep their positioning and structure better which I was so proud off, it's something we have been working on in training, so I was happy they took that into the match - for me Alicia was player of the game, scoring 4 goals and being such a threat on the pitch, but I am proud of everyone's performance, onto the next match and hopefully we'll continue how we finished"