Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Seneley & Garswood Juniors F.C.

Good afternoon,

It was my honour as Secretary of Seneley & Garswood Juniors F.C. to organise and host an evening with Rose Tree Gunners U13s on Thursday 12th. August.

May I take this opportunity to thank the players, parents and Coaching staff of RTSC for making that evening such a memorable occasion.

You were all a credit to your Club and your country.

Many thanks for giving us the opportunity to host such an evening, I have attached a photograph of the boys before their game and others will be sent to you in due course.

I trust that you have taken away some fond memories that will live with you forever.
Thanks again,

<<6. August 2010 ~ Under 13s v Rose Tree Gunners..doc>>

Tom Nugent,
Seneley & Garswood Juniors F.C.

Monday, August 16, 2010

UK Trip D Day

D Day, back to Dublin to return back home. Our wonderful journey had ended. As we return home , all of us have build memories that will last a lifetime. The lessons we have learned are a great stepping stone for the Gunners. Above all the bonding that occured between the lads is priceless. Where to begin and recap. We learned that even though Europe has small everything, cars, hotel rooms etc, due to size of land they have found a way to have land for clubs to have super sized 5-9 fields that include clubhouses and lockerrooms and gift shops and some even a Pub attached to it. While we super size everything back home, maybe we should start super sizing the rights things. The clubhouse and lockers give the teams a sense of belonging and sense of home. How nice would it be to take over Cherry and do this. We learned that these clubs actually belong to the community. Awesome. Many of us learned what it feels like to attend a real game and have become Tottenham fans. A stadia smack in the middle of a neighborhood and what an atmosphere. We learned how beautiful Old Trafford is and due to the EU how international all cities are these days. We again learned how special we are and always will be regardless of wins or losses as watching Alex Schultz come back home and play was special, he never left and his heart will tell you so. We learned what they think of our football abroad. They think we don't pass well, open up our bodies and have too many cliques that ruin teams. Of course these were genral observations not against the Gunners. We learned that even in the UK everyone wants to play the Spanish way. Gone are the days of bomb the ball down the field and cross. I was skeptical a bit playing non academy teams because they get the best players but we all learned that there is an abundance of great players that play for local clubs that can't even make the academy. We learned how physical European play is, take no prisoners, and we learned to be ANIMALS. Love it. We learned thanks to coach Cropper a new tradition that we will circle up after we give up a goal and settle ourselves down.

We learned Park Lane is Paaaak Lane
Marble Arch is Maaaable Accchhh
Always say Cheers never thanks
Always say Yeah Yeah Yeah
Birds means chicks
Sam is Saaaam
Randy is Raaaaandy
And there is a famous Irish song "there could be only one Deano"
We learned that Johnny Cash has nightly meetings and the young Apple pie society when playing cards deals the wrong way.

We learned that only the Gunners can take 70 abroad and take over 3 countries. 4 teams now have Rose Tree bags, Rose Tree cups and balls. Back to reality, these young men had a 10 day holiday and need practice time and soccer time. I will hold a practice this week in preparation for Spirit tourney this weekend. Enough of hanging around, time for some light practices.

Tod you're the best for putting this together so new assingment, U17 we will go to Spain. OLE

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

UK Trip Day 10

Our final full day had us going through the Irish country side and Mountains during the morning. In the afternoon we visited St.Josephs club for our final game. Our tour guide was nervous and warned us of how good they were, one of the best in Ireland. To add to our problems we could only play their older team and the lads were 1 to 1 1/2 years older than us. Needless to say we hanged on for dear life and lost 5-0 with our keeper as the star. That sums it up. After the game we all got together and the host club had food and drinks for us at their club house. Check this out. St.Joes partnered up with Athletico Madrid to teach their players the Spanish way of playing. They have played, Lisbon, Porto, Liverpool, team from Japan and Bolton and now Rose Tree:)))))) They have 3 coaches in each age group and at least one has a UEFA A lic, which means they could coach PRO. They coach for free to give back to their community. Everyone pitches in. Parents video the game everyweek, so coaches could go over with players. All players that don't make it after age 23 finds themselves back in the community coaching. They have a clubhouse with 2 lockerooms for both teams and even a gear shop. Great great stuff!!!!

OLE OLE. Our trip ends 2-2-0.

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UK Trip Day 9

Day 9 had my Gunners with a 2 1/2 hour session with the Irish FA. As explained to us, the Irish FA's sole job in each age group is to take the best players in the country and make them better so maybe they can get looks abroad in England or Europe. It was a great session as the boys had a session on learning to open up while receiving a pass and before they even receive a pass having an idea on where they will pass. Great session. From there we spent the afternoon in Dublin on O'Connell st and the pubs.

Tomorrow our final day we end up with our 4th and final game vs the best pure club in Dublin, St.Josephs.... OLE

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UK Trip Day 8

Day 8 was a huge travel day. We left Manchester and traveled through Castle country, the Wales on our way to take a ferry to Dublin, Guiness, Ireland. I have know John Daly for 9 years and I have never seen the man so happy. His joker smile all day was something else as he was awaiting visiting his beloved Ireland. We took time to take in Dublin once there and tomorrow we have training with the Irish FA. Ole

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Friday, August 13, 2010

UK Trip Day 6

Sennely and Garswood

Day 6 of our tour found us in the morning at the Theatre of Dreams , Old Trafford, for a wonderful morning. What a beautiful stadium and what a great tour. The evening we headed for our 3rd game vs Sennely and Garswood, a Merseyside local club. They were between team 1 and 2 in competitive nature. I cannot describe what happened next. Words can not describe it. The hospitality and welcome we recieved was AWESOME. we played on a pitch attached to a pub. The boys had locker rooms and we went on the field like a Pro team , both clubs lining up in the tunnel , shaking hands and going on the field to fans applause. The Gunners were led by captain Ryan Schultz..The fans were under a roof-stands. I am doing it un-justice trying to put it in words. The game itself was great. The Gunners were pumped and got total effort from all the players.The first half had highlites that included a PK save from the kepper , Liam, and 2 awesome goals, one by Sammy and a free kick 22 yards out by David. The half ended 2 love. The second half though, they tilted the field and finally popped a goal, of a deflection by our own Panzo into our net. and then, my General quickly approached Panzo and Deano as well and told him no worries, heads up. The lads did not put their heads down and played with heart. Jack Buttimer made two stops in the box, Jack Daly , Panzo and Alex refused to be beaten and Cropper, Lucky 5 , Big E and the General helped Liam hold. We won 2-1 in a real close game that also had some highlites of near misses. Brooksy kissed the bar, Hibbs of a head flick kissed the bar and Mr.Righty "14" almost chipped the keeper, and Cropper's fabulous Sylvinho run, dribbling past 6 lads and being taken down did not result in a shot. More important for me was Lucky 5 was back, no knee pain and no injuries. He looked like himself.

After the game there were presentaions by both teams, food and good ole English Ale. what a night, AWESOME. What a day for my Gunners!!! Tomorrow we are off to Ireland, and John Daly has been smiling since 6AM. OH BOY, OLE OLE OLE>>>

Thursday, August 12, 2010

UK Trip Day 5

Look Up and Hamburgers

Today we finally reached our destination of Liverpool. The boys had training with the Everton academy. We went to the complex and Everton had allocated 2 hours for the boys. The trainer was a very good coach used to dealing with kids. \the drills were awesome and so were the ladders. There was also a clash in cultures. \the trainer asked, what should you do when you dribble??? "keep your head up" was the reply. OK so let's look at the sky and look for airplanes. here we keep our head level, OUCH, LOL LOL LOL!!!!!!! howvever Everton gave us an extra half hour, but no sightings of Tim Howard.

after training we went for a tour in Liverpool and their huge mega \sports store. we ended up in a pub where yours truly tried to order a hamburger. I was politelty told we don't serve hamburgers, but we do serve beef burgers. When I asked the difference, she told me hamburgers are made out of ham!!!!! OH BOY!!!!

Tomorrow we go to the Cathedral, the Meca, the Theatre of Dreams, Man U's stadium and finish the day with a Merseyside team for a game 3 on our tour. Go Gunners!!!!!!