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Mardy Tigers F.C.
Wayne Jeremiah
01873880915
1 Rhyd-y-Meirch
Llanover
Abergavenny, United Kingdom
NP7 9EU

 
Mardy Tigers F.C.: Harry Hotshot
Mardy Tigers F.C.

Sunday, January 11
Tigers Topple Tesco Favourites.

Mardy Tigers U16’s 3-3 Cardiff City U16’s ( Mardy win 6-3 on aggregate)

 

Tiger fans were put through the emotional wringer during this excellent performance which saw the Tesco Tigers zoom into the second stages of this Cup competition, Not a match for the purist, it was the Tigers who settled  into their game the quickest and after some smart passing involving Thrupp, Edwards and KJ, it was the precocious talent of Academy Starlet Ellie Leek who slotted home calmly from the edge of the box to give the Tigers the lead. With the two teams evenly matched, chances were scarce but with Edwards in command in the centre of the park the Tigers deserved their lead which was doubled just before half time. In a pivotal moment, the impressive Simmonds controlled a Lambert goal kick, turned and fired a pinpoint throughball for the inevitable Thrupp. The diminutive striker accelerated smoothly past the Cardiff defenders to latch on to the ball, taking it across the chasing pack and launching an unstoppable rocket which hurtled in past the keeper, a superb strike from a superb talent. Two nil at half time. Were the Tigers safe?

 

This question was answered within five minutes of the second period when the Cardiff outfit rallied in front of their own fans to score two quick goals and level the match, surely the Tigers would not lose this advantage. Nervous Tiger fans watched as the ***cat Soccer Girls pulled their sleeves up and stood up to the plate with a combination of grit and determination. Superb defending by Paige, Wesson, Lambert, substitute Cleverly and man of the match Carys kept the girls in it. Sophie Foote’s handling in goals was faultless and this helped push the Tigers forward. Tiger pressure resulted in a flowing movement down the right flank and a superb ball found Zoe Simmonds lurking at the far post and it was her lethal left foot which smashed a third goal for the Tigers. The City side were not giving up though and an excellent consolation strike from Lisa Bird levelled the scores at the end. A great game involving two excellent sides.

 

This was a personal triumph for the “Special One”, who had been rocked by a transfer request from want away starlet Hadders just before the game. “ I’d like to wish her well in her quest for more demanding football with Caerphilly Castle, and thank her for her efforts this season”, he said to the eager press contingent in his post match briefing. Focussing on the game, Jeremiah praised his young team, who, except for one player, can all play next year at this age group, “they were great today, they rolled their sleeves up and worked their socks off. Beating Cardiff City in this competition is a great achievement for our club, I am very proud of them.” With that, Tiger fans ambled back to their cars pleased with the day’s football and dreaming the undreamable…………..

 

Harry Hotshot Roving Reporter,

“Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name, watching the Mardy Tigers!



Sunday, December 7
Tigers' Tesco Adventure Starts Again

Sassy Tigers Defeat City Highfliers

 

Mardy Tigers U16’s 3-0 Cardiff City Ladies U16’s

 

On a crisp and sunny Sunday afternoon at P.I.L.C.S Afc the Tigers took on Cardiff City in the first leg of their eagerly awaited Tesco Cup encounter. These two top sides are in the frame for honours this year and there were no holds barred in this tough cup tie played with exceptional spirit and respect from both sides. Mardy started brightly and took the game to their illustrious opponents, spreading the ball with their natural elegance and testing the Cardiff outfit. A superb passing move involving Edwards, Hadley and the silky Jeremiah soon had Cardiff on their heels and it was the inevitable right foot of Thrupp who smashed the ball past the keeper to give the Tigers a one goal lead appreciated by the Mardy faithful. On a tricky pitch, the girls from both sides were giving an exhibition of samba football with an array of superb passing and passionate soccer, but it was Mardy with the impressive striker Leek to the fore who pushed forward and drove another stake in Cardiff hearts when the aggressive Hadley crashed through two tackles to rifle a huge Tiger goal into the bulging net and give the Tigers a deserved two nil win at half time.

 

Cardiff City kicked off the second half with renewed vim and vigour and took the game to the brave Tigers and numerous chances were created with Lisa Bird, the City centre forward being thwarted by the exceptional goalkeeping talent Sophie Foote, who was absolutely immense in between the sticks for the Abergavenny outfit. With Wesson marshalling the defence of Kayleigh, Carys and Paige, the pressure was thwarted and the Tigers began to expand their game of pure and powerful Soccer magic. Zoe Simmonds and Kate Jeremiah began to weave their mystical web of soccer sorcery and supported by the superb Captain Fantastic Edwards the yellow army pressed their illustrious opponents. This pressure resulted in the superb Thruppmeister delivering the killer blow with a sublime strike from the edge of the box, a goal of sheer class from a class operator. With Jonesy, Megan James and “smiler” Lambert coming on to seal the game, the Tigers were rampant and now take their lead into the second leg of the Tesco cup.

 

“What an advert for girls’ football, we’ve seen today”, the special one mused, “ Great set up here in PILCS, I’m a very happy man! The girls were awesome. Both sides gave their all, but we had too much for them in the end.” Drinks in the bar, Christmas had come early for the terrific Tigers who must be happy with this victory. Chairman Big Wayne was a very happy man after this fine display from Jeremiah’s young charges – MARCHING ON!!!!!!!!

Harry Hotshot “Roving Reporter”,

Wherever the game Harry’s yer name,

Watching the Mardy Tigers



Fallen Giant
TIGERS ON TOUR
Tuesday, May 27
Tigers on tour ! More success for the Mardy Supakatz!

Tigers Sparkle in Brean – The Tales of Tour 2008!!!

 

Mardy Tigers took 3 age groups to Brean Sands to compete in the SCI Cup at 12’s,13’s and 14’s. Early starts were the order of the day as excited fans and players loaded up their cars for the annual jaunt to England in search of trophies and beer and wild, wild fun!!! Arriving at Pontins, it wasn’t long before the Tiger Barmy Army established a bar by the chalets and the Tigers were on the prowl around the camp site. Big Wayne was like a young Tom Cruise behind the bar juggling the cans and manning his optics, soon the party was in full swing with many sherberts being consumed by all. Exotic dancing by the Big fella was received rapturously by the female Tiger fans but soon the optics had their way and he was no more as he staggered homeward via a bush or two never to be seen again that evening! Paul aka “Ainsley” James knocked up a curry, which was pounced upon by the ever growing throng of Tiger fans and thence it was off to the club house to be “entertained” by “Girls Aloud” who were truly awesome! Even more awesome was the dancing performance from Lyn “the Groover” Cleverly who graced the dance floor with the Young Tiger starlets to the early hours. The Special One was by now exerting full authority by stressing the need for an early start on Saturday morning for what would be a feast of Tiger football from all his young charges. That Saturday morning did come, rather too early for some, it has to be said, and headaches and hangovers were tested to the max on the winding road to Weston.

 

The Saturday saw fine weather , if a little windy, but Tigers and their followers basked in the May sunshine awaiting the first games.  The under 12’s Tigerettes were on early vs Epsom Eagles and the 13’s were kicking off their campaign against Broadstone Girls. The Tigerettes battled awesomely and were unlucky to be defeated by a tidy Epsom team, the 13’s started superbly with a well deserved 2-1 win with goals from Rhian “the floor puncher” Cleverly and new recruit Shauna who was playing two years above her age group – what a prospect! The 12’s then played valiantly against two Aston Villa sides, going down to narrow margins but playing superb football and running their hearts out against their huge opponents. “She’s bigger than my missus” the |Special One gasped as he saw the size of the Villa centre forward. The 13’s then held a very strong and physical Newquay outfit before losing their only game of the tournament to Starlands St Anne’s Girls after dominating the game. An injury to Sophie in goals was the only downside to the day, this talented young Tiger needs to rest and get strong for next season’s campaign but what a supporter of her pals she is! She watches every game and kicks every ball from the side – a TRUE TIGER! The 14’s kicked off in glorious sunshine and started magnificently as they pulverised a strong Norfolk Bohemians’ side with stunning attacking football resulting in goals for Amy and Ellie. The next two games saw them against the A and B teams of Adur Athletic from Sussex, one goal in each game from the Thruppmeister took maximum points from their first 3 games. A very strong and physical Yeovil Town outfit were next and a draw resulted with the Tigers taking the game to their larger opponents. Last game of the day was against Hemel Hempstead girls which the Tigers destroyed with their own particular brand of Samba football and two superb strikes from Ellie and Kate. A long but rewarding day on the playing fields of England with all 3 teams a credit to the Club and the Special One. Back to the camp for a bite to eat , more beers etc.etc. The Tigers shot off to the fair to go up and down and round and round ! The Ghost train was a must-do apparently as was Wipeout, but the best sight of all was of all the Tigers with their hands above their heads on the Waltzer with Richie looking greener and greener with every passing minute and Kayleigh’s ever smiling face. Into the bar and singing from the entertainer fortunately did not spoil the Tiger fans’ appetite! After a long and gruelling day, the Special One retired early to watch the Eurovision song Contest and plan his strategy for the next day!

 

Sunday saw the rain and wind that was promised. And did it rain and did it blow? Lindsay and Shelley put the tent up to keep the Tigers dry and soon the football was flowing with the Tigerettes gaining a great draw with Epsom after a superb strike from Sadie. They really showed a great deal of guts and determination against strong and threatening opponents in the shape of Villa who, it has to be said , were not a credit to the game in contrast. But after their consequent defeat against the Midlands side, the girls can lift their heads up high and be proud of their performances. Special praise for Megan Stark, Sammy and Alice Morgan who struck a stupendous goal against Villa, much to the delight of the watching barmy army. These girls were magnificent, ably supported by Kelsey, Bram, Katie Webb, Lola. Sadie, Alys and Robyn, they were a credit to their club and The Tiger fans who love them dearly . They were rewarded quite appropriately for their effort and the manner in which they conducted themselves with the fair play trophy, which Alice gleefully received from Gavin Peacock at the presentation night.

 

“I’m wet down to my knickers!” Sue exclaimed, as the rain steadily poured down upon the Tiger party. The grey skies were lightened by a truly magnificent game of football against The Bohemians from Norfolk who were a creditable outfit and a nice set of people to boot! A nil-nil draw resulted which put some pressure on Mardy as their nearest rivals Yeovil scraped a win in their match and were now only two points behind. Then “Ashers” burst onto the scene with a 35yard chip which sailed into the goals to give a victory against Adur A, this goal settled the girls and it was Adur b who felt the backlash after a spell of truly mesmerising football steered the Tigers to a four nil win with goals from “Ashers” x2, Kate and the inevitable Thrupp. This set up the eagerly awaited clash with Yeovil, and the Tigers smashed their illustrious counterparts with another superb display of passing football giving another 2 nil win. Hemel Hempstead were similarly dispatched giving the tournament to the Tigers who didn’t concede a goal in the process. Captain Jade Edwards led the victory dive closely followed by the Kaiser, ElzBelz, Katie J, the Thruppmeister, Smiler, Ashers and Supamac, The sports nutritionist Big Wayne was also singled out for Tiger attack as he was flattened by a posse of Tigers and also captured on film!

 

The 13’s needed 3 wins from 3 tough fixtures to go through to the final and what a go of it they made. Two goals from the exhilarating Simmonds on the left gave the Tigers a win against a fancied Portsmouth side setting up a huge game against Chase Town girls, a physical and stong outfit. The teams could not be separated at full time however and a nil-nil draw was the end result. A crushing 3-0 victory over Hemel Hempstead finished the tournament off for the Tigers with goals from Jonesy, and a brace from Zoe. A very creditable finish by a young side which augurs well for the future of the Club, Captain Cleverly can be very proud of her players and Jonesy, Sophie, Lisa, Megs, Shauna, Leah, Zoe and Rio can all feel very proud of their performances in the stunning yellow of the Mardy tigers! Six games , won 3 drawn 2 and lost one! 7 goals for and two against – a truly great effort!

 

At the presentation night, Jade gleefully accepted the Tigers’ fourth trophy of the season from Gavin Peacock and Tiger fans and players retired to the dancefloor where “Twisting Tracey” was her awesome self and Lyn “the Groover” was rocking with the best. The Tigers swamped the dance floor and the smiles and laughter of the occasion will sit in the minds of all true Tiger fans. With the huge trophy in his grasp, the Special One was a proud footballing man “What a great set of girls we have, all ages, they were all terrific, where the hell am I going to put this thing?”. Later on , with a cup of coffee in his hands and a smile on his face he was heard to whisper “ wasn’t that just great today, I can’t wait to do it all over again”. An with that, the Tiger Tour 2008 was all over, a great weekend for all the girls who can only benefit from the experience and for the Tiger fans who are truly fortunate to watch this Mardy Machine in action. ROLL ON NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!

  

Harry Hotshot “Roving Reporter”

Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name,

On tour with the Mardy tigers!



Here Come The Tigers
HERE COME THE TIGERS!!!
Monday, May 19
"Tigertastic - football delight for Big Katz!"

Eight Days of Footballing Thrills for Tiger Fans!

 

The Tigers clinched the SWGL at Penypound playing their own Samba brand of football to swamp a tired Pontypridd on a huge Abergavenny Thursdays’ pitch. This set up a clash against local rivals Crickhowell Panthers who were keen to finally get one over the Abergavenny Supakatz. On a freshly cut field in Llangynidyr, the Tigers struggled to find their fluid passing game against a commited Panthers’ outfit. Numerous Tiger chances were created and spurned until a cross from the right saw Zoe Simmonds crash the ball over the line to give the Tigers a half time 1-0 lead. This lead was short lived when a Panthers’ corner was delivered across the box and without a challenge, the ball was scrambled in the net, much to the delight of the Panther fans. The Tigers huffed and puffed through the remainder of the game and were caught cold when another long ball was not dealt with, allowing the speedy Crickhowell striker to bustle the ball past the stranded keeper to give the Panthers the lead they craved. A chance for Watkins right at the death for the Tigers was spurned and the Abergavenny outfit were condemned to their first and only defeat of the season at the hands of their fiercest rivals. The Special One was solemn but defiant “That’ll do us good in the long run, I can’t wait to see the response from my girls on Saturday in Manchester.”

 

Saturday came, and a bus full of Tigers and Tiger fans eagerly boarded the bus to Manchester entertained by Wayne “SATNAV” Edwards alias Big Wayne, the FA Cup final was watched and enjoyed and a few beers were put away before returning to the hotel for a few songs and japes whilst the girls retired to their rooms. Sunday morning the Tigers were up early, resplendent in their VW Capitol Merthyr tracksuits. After a light breakfast and a jaunt around the City the team eventually arrived at the Eastlands Stadium where the National Finals of the Tesco’s cup were to be held. First shout from Watkins was “Can we go to the fair, Wayne?”, which was treated with absolute disdain by the tense coach. The friendly Manchester City staff walked the girls into the stadium where it soon became apparent what a magnificent achievement this occasion was for the girls. The Tesco organisers were immense however , and soon put the girls minds to rest, pictures were taken and the players were then ushered into the away changing rooms where a warm up room was in wait for them. How would the Tigers respond? Would they freeze? The Special One was calm with the girls with the emphasis very much on enjoying the occasion and making the most of their big day. When Jade led the girls out at Eastlands Stadium, City of Manchester, it was the proudest day in the history of the Tigers, representing their Welsh homelands on a foreign field. Tears were in the eyes of Tiger fans , emotions were high as the Abergavenny Sambakatz took on Scottish outfit Clyde Cumbernauld, in the first semi-final. With an injury to Lisa Jones, “Supamac” Watkins dropped to fullback with Jonesy slotting in up front. The Tigers attacked their prey with claws unleashed playing the beautiful game naturally and instinctively, creating a raft of chances from the fearsome boots of Jeremiah, Thrupp, Jones and Edwards. Great goalkeeping and poor luck thwarted the Tigers in front of goal and nerves began to jangle in the Tigers’ technical area. Then came the magic moment which was made for sharing as Amy Thrupp was put through and lobbed the keeper to score the greatest goal in Tiger history which gave the Tigers a 1-0 half time lead. Superb defending from Cleverly, James, the outstanding Wesson and Jones protected the lead to take the Tigers to the UK finals, the only Welsh representatives to make the National Finals! “Smiler” Lambert, with her assured handling and kicking was also immense in goals, she must be given praise for taking up the gloves to replace the superb Tigers’ injured goalkeeper Sophie”Gloves”Foote.

 

The final was to be against a strong Northern Ireland representative side sprinkled with International players, more than a test for a village side in South Wales! Again the girls were magnificent, taking the game to their strong opponents. The Special One was nearly in seventh heaven when a superb left footed strike from ElzBelz hit the cross bar as the Tigers pushed on. The Irish team rallied however and pressurised the Sambagirls’ goal but great defending and commitment from all the girls denied their illustrious opponents. Nil-nil at half time , all to play for “Superb girls, keep it up!” enthused the Special One. Every Tiger bled for their shirt pressing the Irish outfit who knew they were in a great game, zero-zero full time – extra time!!! The extra time sped by quickly to set up a penalty shoot out, 5 brave Tigers stepped up to take their penalties, 2 struck the cross bar, which by now had been hit 3 times by Tigers’ players in the match, to give the result to the Northern Belles by 4 goals to three. An exhilarating game played in exceptional spirit by two excellent sides, tears in the dugout, tears in the stand and tears on the field, but WHAT A STORY FOR THE CLUB AND WHAT AN AMAZING MEMORY FOR THE PROUDEST TEAM IN WALES!!

 

“Did you hear that bloke shout at me when I was attending to Amy?” mused Big Wayne the fitness coach, “ We’ve only got three and a half minutes……….!” “Cheeky so and so !!” and tears turned to laughter for all the Tigerettes and Tigers. “ I’m so proud of my players”, gasped the Special One, “What can I say, I’m speechless……… Big thanks to all the fans who shouted for us today, you were fantastic” And with that, he smiled as he saw Big Wayne lifting the Training goodies supplied by Tesco’s, grunting and groaning as he carried them to the bus for the long journey home.

 

Harry Hotshot, Roving Reporter,

Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name!

Following the Mardy Tigers



Sunday, May 4
Cup Final Victory for Supakatz!

Mark Adams Cup Final U14’s

Mardy Tigers 4-1 Cardiff City

 

Tiger fans flocked to Penydarren Boys and Girls Club for the Mark Adams Cup final and what a treat they had in store. The Tigers were nervous before the kick off, Tiger fans were tense waiting to see their SambaCatz perform once again on the big stage. Prematch briefings from the Special One and his coaching staff spurred the Tigers on and top support from the Barmy army with Lindsay with tonsillitis ensured a great atmosphere for this match against the mighty Cardiff City and their massed fans. The Tigers led by Edwards took to the pitch and took the game to their opponents creating wave after wave of chances, a superb through ball from Edwards then found Thrupp in space with a run on the keeper, the lethal right foot of Thrupp lashed the ball towards the City net and through the brave City goalkeeper to give the Abergavenny Soccer princesses a lead which they thoroughly deserved. Tiger fans were ecstatic , “I would bet my mortgage on her finishing that!” exclaimed the Special One. City rallied and then Tiger disaster time, a cross was not dealt with and somehow the ball rolled past “Smiler” Lambert for the equaliser. Further disaster for the Tigers followed with Edwards limping off the pitch with an Achilles injury, was this a game to far for the Mardy outfit? Tigers responded with further chances being created and it was a sublime move from midfield which found Simmonds in space , with the ball at her predatory left foot she launched it into the City net to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. With young Alice Morgan the Tigers’ Academy starlet coming on to replace the stricken Edwards, the Tigers regained their poise and held out until half time.

 

The Tigers were quiet at half time, Tigers’ masseur Big Wayne was spurring on the girls with his unique motivational style and the Special One urged his young ***cat Princesses for one more effort to take the spoils. The second half saw Tigers dominate proceedings with little in the way of football from their illustrious opponents , chances were spurned before “Supamac” Watkins was released by the superb Jeremiah for a thundering run and thunderbolt which was adjudged to have crossed the line by the Russian linesman. 3-1 and coasting, Thrupp magnificently finished proceedings with a deft finish to put the game safe. The final whistle came and tigers and their fans were delirious , superb performances all over the pitch from Cleverly, James, Jones, Lovering, Jonesy and Smiler between the sticks had taken the Tigers to victory.

 

Captain Edwards lifted the third piece of silverware this season for the Abergavenny Suapkatz, Tiger fans were smiling and the Special One beaming with delight. “We were brilliant today, these girls are awesome, they just keep going!” . Tiger fans and players retired to a local hostelry to reflect on their achievement,. “Awesome” uttered the tired Special One dreaming of further adventure with the Tiger Posse. Big Wayne and Mike were merely concentrating on their lagers, happy to see another Trophy in the Claws of the Tiger Girls!!!!

Harry Hotshot Roving Reporter,

Wherever the Game, Harry’s yer name,

Following the Mardy tigers          



Monday, April 28
Tigers Like Shopping at Tesco's!!!!!!!!!

Scintillating Soccer Triumph for Terrific Tigers -  The Mardy Soccer Journey Marches On!

 

The Mardy Tigers travelled to Aberystwyth on Sunday to represent their league (SWGL) in the Welsh Finals, the winners of which would represent Wales in the UK finals at the City of Manchester Stadium. Tiger fans were dreaming of a trip up North, could their Soccer Princesses step up to the mark and bring the spoils of victory back to Abergavenny? A very early start saw the bleary eyed Tigers embark on a tortuous journey through Mid Wales arriving in plenty of time for obligatory hamburgers and chips from the catering van. The Special One was his usual tense self trying to control his nerves with numerous cups of tea and walks around the pitches. His mood worsened though when it was realised that the two North Wales entrants were indeed district representative sides picked from several different clubs, which was contrary to the entry rules. However, this galvanised the brooding genius to spur on his posse of Tigers to what was to become their greatest triumph in their short history.

 

“Mold FC” drawn from 6 clubs were the first opponents, buoyant from a draw against NWCFA, a loss for the Tigers would see them knocked out in the first stages. A tense start saw the Tigers struggle to play with their normal rhythm but then their fluency came from nowhere and Edwards, Curson, Thrupp and Jeremiah came into their own with Curson smashing the first through the goalkeeper to put the Supakatz in front. Then, the lethal Thrupp scored the goal of the tournament, after latching on to a through ball from midfield, she gave herself an angle before firing a precision strike into the far corner. Two nil, Happy Days! Superb defending from Cleverly, “Wesson the Kaiser”, James and Jones and calm handling fron Lambert saw the girls through. With  Jonesy and Lovering also tenacious in the tackle the result was never in doubt. Dreams were starting to come true for Tiger fans.

 

NWCFA were next, another representative side, but the Tigers were not overawed and, in a scrappy match punctuated by brief spells of samba soccer, a superb finish from “Supamac” Watkins who turned and blasted in a short range effort, gave the Tigers the edge. Simmonds by now was terrorising the right back and the Tigers finished strongly to take the delirious fans to a final against Llangyfelach girls, a strong outfit from Swansea.

 

Nerves were jangling and disasters were happening, an injury plague had beset the Tigers, Wesson jarred her knee and was struggling, Watkins strained her quad and was out and Jones was nursing a groin pull with an ice lolly! Physio Big Wayne was overworked in the gazebo applying his magical potions to cure the sick for the final, but what a job he did. A patched up Tiger outfit took the field with Jonesy stepping in for Watkins and Lisa  bravely toughing it out for the cause. The Tigers took the game to the Swansea side who had a half chance when their striker shot well wide after being put through. Chances came for the Tigers but they were not put away until a glorious second half performance saw the outstanding Thrupp score two memorable goals, both cool finishes, to break the Llangyfelach hearts. Delirium and delight amongst Tiger fans and the best sight was a beaming Special One ecstatic with his side’s achievement. “They just go out and do it, they’re not overcoached they are magnificent” uttered the man with the Midas touch, “Welsh Champions!!!” With Big Wayne leading the singing, further honours were lavished on the Tigers with Elz Belz picking up the player of the tournament trophy, receiving her award from Neville Southall, the great Welsh International Goalkeeper. Tired but happy this band of players sang their hearts out on the way home with “Supamac” Watkins, leading proceedings with the theme tune to the Titanic. “Blue Moon” is the Manchester City song and now the Footballing Soccer ***cats can learn another song for their bus journey to Eastlands. Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!

 

This Saturday see the girls travel to Penydarren to face the mighty Cardiff City in the U14 Cup final, this comes hot on the heels of a dynamic win which may have clinched the title for the Tigers against Crickhowell. Goals from Jeremiah(2), Thrupp and Simmonds, sealed a 4-2 victory on the Field of Dreams in Mardy!

  

Harry Hotshot, Roving Reporter,

 Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name,

Following the Mardy Tigers!



Thursday, April 10
Tigers Topple Dinas in Thrilling Cup Encounter
Dinas Powys Girls U14’s 1-2 Mardy Tigers U14’s – Quarter Final U14’s Cup This eagerly awaited clash between two of the top sides in the SWGL served up a huge portion of top class girls’ football and was a superb advertisement for the beautiful game. After a torrid journey down the M4, the Tigers were pressed into early action and looked a little rusty as the dynamic home side took the game to the Soccer ***cats. Tiger fans were tense as the home side dominated for large portions of the first half and their worst fears were realised when a stunning 25 yard shot was rifled into the bottom corner past the deputising Watkins in the Tigers’ goal. This was the first time that the Tigers had been behind this season, the home side were rampant, their fans ecstatic, how would the Supakatz respond? The answer was sheer hard work from James, “Rio” Cleverly , “Kaiser” Wesson and “Smiler” Lambert who defended valiantly with some help from Edwards and Curson in midfield. With 20 minutes gone in the first half suddenly the soccer flowed from the boots of the Tigers and some precision passing from Katie J and the crew began to challenge the excellent Dinas back four. Chances came and went but it was a relieved “Special One” who took his young charges into the break 1-0 down at half time.  A response was vociferously requested by the management at half time, how good were these Tigers? Could they respond and progress? It was in their hands. A group hug instigated by Captain Fantastic Edwards galvanised the Tigers and with a couple of changes made, the game restarted. Tiger fans were relieved to see glimpses of the samba football that they have enjoyed all season and with Lambert taking up goalkeeping duties, Supamac Watkins pushing up front and academy starlet Sammi Quayle coming in at right back replacing the brave Jonesy, the Tigers pushed forward continually testing the resolute Dinas defence. Two flashes of brilliance turned the game for the Tigers, firstly a scintillating left wing run and delivery from Simmonds gave the predatory Thrupp a sniff at goal which she gleefully dispatched with relish, to the delight of the girls who swamped their goal scoring hero. Dinas then rallied and pressed the Tigers’ defence forcing last ditch defending from James, Wesson  who was marking the impressive Chanelle Edwards, the stylish Quayle and the awesome “Rio” Cleverly. Tigers rallied, and then the second flash came, which gave the spoils to the Tigers. A quick throw in was taken to Watkins, who turned and looked up to spot the Thruppmeister making a run at the near post, a driven cross, a looping header, a superb touch from the keeper, a glance off the bar and the ball spun slowly and excruciatingly into the net much to the sheer joy of the barmy army. 2-1 with six minutes to go and Dinas came again and again forcing numerous corners which were defended bravely by the Tigers. With Leah coming on to bolster the defence , the Tigers weathered the storm to progress into a semi-final clash with Abertyssyg. “What a game!”, gasped the Special One, “these two sides are the best in the SWGL, we haven’t been pushed as hard as that all season and I’m relieved to be through to the next round. All credit to Dinas, they were superb, that was a match fit for any final. My respect goes out to Mike and his team, fantastic!”. Smiles from the Tigers, frustration from the Cardiff outfit but what a great game, superbly refereed and wonderfully contested by two talented sides. Welsh girls football is on the up!! A post match beer in his hand a relaxed Special One praised his ***cat princesses and dreamed of more success on the field of dreams playing the beautiful game.,  and then a puzzled thought, “Why was Gareth playing right back for us in the first half?”Harry Hotshot “Roving Reporter”, Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name,Following the Mardy tigers.

Sunday, April 6
Tigers Tough it Out at Abertyssyg

Abertyssyg Angels U14’s 0-5 Mardy Tigers U14’s

 

Snow and hail greeted the Tigers on arrival at the picturesque Abertyssyg pitch, Big Wayne made an immediate impact by scything into Paul Simmonds 4x4 leaving a rather dented Rover in the car park but all was well with the travelling barmy army who basked in the April sunshine. The pitch offered a superb playing surface which suited the Supakatz and they were soon in their stride with the post wobbling from a thunderbolt unleashed from the penalty spot, more chances were spurned and the Special One was becoming tense on the touchline. His nerves were calmed after a straightforward finish from the Tigers’ centre forward but the home side then wasted a glorious chance to level proceedings when the Tigers rearguard failed to deal with a high ball in the box. One nil at half time, the Tigers needed to raise their game against their gutsy opponents, the special one posted Katie J back on the right and it was her pinpoint cross which found the predatory Thrupp to finish with aplomb. The ever improving Rhiannon Jones then curled a third goal in from a tight angle and the Supakatz were sizzling in the Sun! Thrupp added a fourth with a stunning finish again after some superb passing had released Jeremiah on the right and it was the ever impressive “Smiler” Lanbert who finished off proceedings with a deft finish to take the spoils.

 

The Angels were brave opponents who battled to the end, but the quality and strength of the Abergavenny Samba Soccer Princesses were too much for them. Captain Edwards was again immense and the back four of Wesson, Jones, James and Cleverly, although a little rusty held firm. The wing demons, Katie J and Zoe were superb, as was Leah who battled hard for the cause when she came on. Special mention to Kayleigh for stepping into goalkeeping duties to cover for Sophie Foote, who is recovering from injury. Tiger fans all hope she has a quick and speedy recovery.

 

The Special One praised his band of footballing Tigers, who grafted hard for this victory on a cabbage patch of a pitch and faced by some rather vociferous home support. “I’m pleased with the result, we need to step up a few gears for the game on Wednesday if we’re going to progress in the Cup, but we can do it!”

 

Harry Hotshot “ Roving Reporter”

Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name,

Following the Mardy Tigers



Sunday, March 9
Tigers Clinch Cup Place in Battle of the Big Katz!

Crickhowell Panthers 2-3 Mardy Tigers

This sumptious cup tie was eagerly awaited by all, and did it deliver! With both teams pressing for league honours, nerves were frayed on both sides. The “Special One” was tense, chewing his jacket nervously, the Tigers were stricken by injuries. Their ever present Goalkeeper Sophie “Gloves” Foote, out with a long term injury was on the side to support her team mates, we all wish her a speedy recovery. Rhian Lambert was ill, “Rio” Cleverly was nursing a muscle strain, who would play in goals? Who would play where? Decisions had to be made and the “Special One” was making them!

 

Finally the two teams squared up for their first encounter of the season, with brave Megan James donning the gloves for the first half. It was the Tigers who snarled out of the blocks early on and several chances were created, thwarted by some brave and agile goalkeeping. A through ball from Curson found Jeremiah who lashed a fiece ball in from the right flank which Academy Starlet “Jonesy” Jones deftly flicked in past the distraught keeper from close range. The Panthers rallied though , as you would expect from a team of their stature and troubled the Tigers’ back four where Frankie “Kaiser” Wesson was having yet another legendary game ably supported by Lisa Jones and Cleverly. However it was the Tigers who struck again with Captain fantastic Jade Edwards bundling in a Zoe Simmonds’ corner at the near post. The panthers hit back with a rasping flick from their wide player grazing the Tigers’ cross bar, this was really end to end stuff from two exceptional girls’ football teams. Flying winger “Katie-J” Jeremiah nearly sealed the first half with a third goal that would have calmed the nerves of the barmy army when she shot over from 20 yards. Half time, two nil up but a second half against the slope, the Tigers would need to be on their game to take this tie.

 

“ First 10 minutes, girls. We need to keep it tight and stop them scoring!” roared the tense “Special One” rallying his young Tiger Starlets but the ***cat Princesses failed to clear a cross ball which fell to a Panther marksman who slotted the ball home to make it game on, after two minutes of the second half. Nervous glances, tension was etched across the faces of the faithful Tigers’ fans. The Tigers rolled their sleeves up and Thrupp and Watkins hurtled into the game playing direct and positive football. The Samba soccer returned like a long lost best friend and when Jeremiah latched onto a precision pass from midfield and slid it out onto her right foot, there was only one outcome, A rifle like shot into the top corner which sent the travelling  crowd into a frenzy. Edwards who had donned the gloves for the second half was immense in goals, Kayleigh Watkins had a great game with her tireless running and Wesson was superb, Megan James strangled the threat from the Panthers left winger and the game went to the Abergavenny Supakatz but not without a turn at the end. A clearance from Edwards dropped to a Panthers striker who launched a shot on goal , but Edwards had injured herself and the ball rolled past her in to the empty net to give a consolation goal for the home side. The referee sportingly ended the contest which was as good a game of girls’ football seen anywhere in the country. Both sides, fans and management are eagerly awaiting the league clashes at the end of the season!

“What a game!” , the “Special One” mused “The Tigers were great today, young Megan James is improving with every game, she never lets the Tigers down! Happy days! I’ll enjoy my pint tonight!”.

 

Harry Hotshot “ Roving Reporter”, Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name, Following the Mardy tigers!



Sunday, February 24
Tame Tigers Take the Spoils!!

Mardy Tigers U14’s 8 - Cambrian U14’s 3

The Barmy army massed to the Field of Dreams at Abergavenny Leisure Centre keen to see their ***cat idols entertain visitors Cambrian aka Ferndale Fillies.  A win was important for the Tigers to pressurise their rivals at the top of the league, Crickhowell Panthers, and manager Jeremiah  was keen to get this message across to the tigers at their pre-match briefing. Then disaster for the Tigers, ever present goalkeeper Sophie “Gloves” Foote injured her hip in the warm up and was soon forced off with her injury for Rhian “Smiler” Lambert to take over in goals. The game was a slow affair, with the blustery conditions affecting the normally fluid passing game of the Tigers resulting in passes regularly being overhit and nestling in the hands of the capable Cambrian shot-stopper. The pressure was building though and when the superb Jeremiah latched on to a precision pass from midfield, her laser guided missile strike rasped into the bulging net. Tiger fans were ecstatic on the popular bank in this natural cauldron of football, waiting for the expected glut of goals. This did not come , however and it was the plucky visitors who took the game to the Mardy Big Cats coming close on two occasions to that elusive equaliser. The Tigers rolled their sleeves up and clawed their way to a 1-0 half time lead with the visitors still very much in the hunt.

 

The half time talk saw the Special One spurring on his bedraggled big cats , “I’d rather us playing against the wind, lets get our passing going!”. The Tigers stormed out of the traps and another pinpoint ball found the dangerous Simmonds in space in the box and her left foot did the rest. 2 nil and all is well? No, Cambrian struck through their prolific striker who capitalised on weak defending to skilfully glance the ball into the Tigers’ net. A superb run and strike from midfield took Mardy to a 3-1 lead and again the visitors came back, the Abergavenny Big Cats were not used to this sort of response from their striken prey. A strike from Captain fantastic Edwards settled the Mardy girls nerves and then a superb chip from Amy Thrupp with the outside of her famous right foot from all of 20 yards gave Mardy daylight. Cambrian again bounced back with another goal which kept the game alive but then like a gift from above, the Tiger Samba football clicked in with Simmonds rounding off a glorious move with a deft first time volley, Thrupp added another and Jeremiah killed the game with another glorious finish, slotting the ball in at the far post after a fine run and cross from Simmonds. The back four of James, Jones Wesson and makeshift centrehalf for the day Hopkins, ably supported by Rhian Lambert in the sticks, now looked solid and The Tigers held on for their victory which further extends their unbeaten record this season.

 

Manager Jeremiah was quick to praise his charges picking out Captain Edwards, the Thruppmeister and Jeremiah for special praise and gave a special mention to Rhiannon “Jonesy” Jones, whose tireless running always pressed the Cambrian defence. “ She ran her socks off today”, Jeremiah beamed, “ but we need to be better than that in the coming weeks if we’re going to win anything, pleased with a win though. Still sweating on the fitness of two of my tigers, get well soon Sophie and Rhian!”. This was a hard game for the Tigers but once again they showed their quality and ability to score high class goals, this is the time of the season which will test the nerves of the Mardy faithful!!

Harry Hotshot “ Roving reporter”,

Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name, following the Mardy Tigers

 


Wednesday, December 19
A Christmas tale from H - Merry Christmas to all Tigers!!
A Christmas Football Story by Harry Hotshot esq. 

It was Christmas eve in a village we all know well. The dark, crisp night time was speckled with glowing splinters from warm houses decorated with colourful lights and Christmas trees. This was a magical time for children hoping for their perfect presents, and adults happy to be with their families in their warm houses. But within this peaceful village, the moonlight shone eerily through the cold mist creating a mystical shroud around the houses and gardens. What was to happen that night would shape future generations and would determine the destiny of one small boy gazing from his bedroom at the frost covered fields lit by the fluorescent moonlight. JJ wondered if he’d been good enough all year to have his dream Christmas present, but what was this present that meant so much to him? Even he didn’t know, but soon he would get some help from the unknown to take him to places beyond his house, his village and even his wildest dreams.

 

“Go to bed now, Jose!”, his mum gently ordered, “You look tired and Santa doesn’t want to wait for you to go to sleep so that you’ll make him late”. “Ok” JJ sighed reluctantly, inside he was alive with excitement, perhaps a premonition of what was to come. He kissed his Mam and Dad and slowly made his way upstairs to his room where his little dog Millie was nestling up against the radiator. “Hello Millmeister” JJ whispered as he tweaked her bat like ears “I can’t wait until tomorrow”. The little dog looked up and wagged what was left of her tail in agreement, happy to be with JJ. Boy and dog snuggled up and soon a cacophony of snores echoed around the room illuminated by a crack of light from a crooked curtain. Silence infiltrated every room and house and street engulfing the village until a stream of mist like vapour hissed under the door of JJ’s room alerting Millie who whined quietly.

 

Coldness and fear jerked JJ into semi-consciousness, he shakily put his glasses on, cursing as one of the arms poked an already red eye, “Owch!!”, he cried , “Is anyone there? Expecting no-one he was positively petrified when a thick Scottish, rugged accent , honed in the pubs and clubs of Glasgow replied “Yes, Son!”.

 

“Who is it?”, the startled youngster bumbled.

 

“Don’t be afraid”, rasped the voice “Tonight,  me and a few of ma canny fiends are goin’ to show you your destiny, Jose Jeremiah!”

 

“My Destiny”, JJ was crying now, Millie was shielding her doggy face with a big black paw, “Are you going to kill me?”

 

“No son, you are destined for great things and I’m here to help you. I’m goin’ to take you on a journey of discovery!”, the voice was raising in volume and a human shape appeared from the hissing mist. JJ squinted into the glowing light inquisitively trying to make out this mysterious figure. He moved forward, slowly, step by step but hurtled back when a ringing “Don’t you know me boy?”, emanated from the life source.

 

“Nnnnno”, stuttered JJ, the figure was now unmistakeable, it was a small grey haired, wizened, hard, old man with piercing eyes and a threatening demeanour. “I’m so sorry Sir but I don’t know who you are”.

“I am the ghost of managers’ past , my name’s Bill by the way, you can call me Mr. Shankly”, the man answered softening his gravelly tone. “Come here, we’re off!”, and with that he took JJ and Millie in his strong arms and whisked them away through the gaping darkness. In seconds they were there.

 

“Bloody Hell, Mr. Shankly we’re on top of a football stand”, gasped JJ, clutching the petrified Milmeister.

 

“Stop your cursing, it’s not any football stand, this is Anfield!” an angry voice boomed, “this is where I had my greatest years,dya wanna meet some of the greats?”.

 

“Yes please” the boy replied, his heart pounding with ever increasing force. JJ had been in love with football since he was a babe in arms, as a child he would often dream of managing a great football side and taking them onto glory. “You will do it, you know!”, Shankly hissed with a cheeky grin, as if he were reading the boy’s mind.

 

“Do What?”, JJ retorted, feeling a little more comfortable on top of a grandstand with his dog and a strange, rough Scottish bloke.

 

“You must find out tonight, c’mon come and see ma players”. Suddenly they were on the pitch, the great Liver Bird stared down at then disdainfully, “This is ma centre forward, he’s Scottish too.I signed him from St Mirren for thirty seven thousand pounds.”

 

“Thirty Seven and a half thousand” , the footballer protested. He looked magnificent in his all red strip, “So you’re the one are you? Just remember son, keep the ball on the grass and you’ll not be far wrong!”. With that he was gone.

 

“What does he mean, I’m the one?” JJ asked Shankly.

 

“If you are the one you’ll find out tonight”, Shankly replied and pointed at another Liverpool clad player with a strange curly hair cut and tight shorts. “I know, a bit of a fashion victim but one helluva player, he’ll manage one day, but he’s an attacker, his teams can’ defend”.

 

The curly player approached JJ with a big smile,”Is the gaffa being nice to you”, he asked, “Only he can be a bit frightening some times, by the way boss dya think that Hamburg is a good move for me……………”. His voice trailed off , JJ was back in his room, as before silent, except for the Scottish voice getting ever quieter “You are the one JJ, you are the one, you are………………”.

 

“NO! NO! You are not the One, I am the One, the Only One, the one and only, the SPECIAL ONE” boomed a mediterranean voice from the corner of the room. Looking at the Milmeister who seemed quite taken with the handsome boyish figure whose craggy looks were emphasised by designer stubble, the special one said “I had a dog once, I brought her to UK, she didn’t like, the police didn’t like, crazy people the British. I manage Chelsea, we are great team, championship, FA Cup, we are special. I am Mourinho the ghost of Managers present, temporarily out of job at moment. Big Russian, he not like me, I go, its easy. England they want the special one,  the special one not too sure, Carvalho Portuguese, can’t have a special team without Carvalho!”. JJ was mesmerised by this strange little guy with a rather large ego.

 

“What do you want with me?” JJ asked.

 

“I want to show you greatness in football”, Mourinho exclaimed , “You come!!”. JJ shut his eyes and soon he was in a leather armchair sat next to the special one in front of a huge plasma screen. “ Watch!”, Mourinho ordered as first Chelsea then Porto appeared on TV, “Great players, two wingers Robben and Duff, two great midfielders Deco and Essien, a great striker Drogba- I love Didier, Terry and Cech. Attacking football, we play and your team will one day when perhaps you may become the special one! BUT NOT YET!”, he laughed and disappeared , his laughter echoing in the darkness.

 

JJ, still a little shaky, clutched his pillow and cursed his bad dreams, what was happening to him? Was it about to end or get better or worse?

 

“Better of course”, a slightly effeminate London accent whispered, “Me and Victoria, she’s a WAG, would like you to come with us to our house in LA”. JJ’s heart pounded “Jesus, its Jennifer Saunders”, he thought.

 

“Of course its not Jennifer Saunders, it’s me David”, the well dressed man replied, a huge diamond sparkling in his left ear.

 

“David who?” JJ asked quizzically.

 

“Are you being fick?” Becks replied now getting a bit fed up with this particular child and worrying that he might lose his UNICEF status if he hit the irritating youngster. “I’m David Beckham and you’re coming with me…..”

 

“Would you like a jaffa cake, they’re my favourite” whispered the slightly gawky but reasonably attractive lady “I’m VB and you can sit on my throne if you’d like to”. JJ alighted the throne and felt very powerful for once in his life. “You must live your dreams, like me and Victoria do, every day don’t we darling?”

 

“Of course we do David”, VB replied, munching another jaffa cake.

 

“I fink I’m goin’ to be a great manager too, you know I’ve worked wiv Capello, Fergie, he threw a cuppa tea at me, Venables and Mclaren”.

 

“Don’t be darft David, that’s a car ennit?” VB intervened.

 

“Oh Victoria, I do love you, you’re so intelligent, I always fought there was something wrong wiv him!”

 

“Anyways, you are goin to be the special one, and fulfil your footballing dreams and produce a dream team like Real. Only when I was in the team! Like I’m going to do one day.”

  

“One day, I’ll do it!”

 

“Do What?”,an irritated Lorraine shouted “ You’ve been twitching and jabbering all night, I’m trying to watch the X factor!”

 

The next day JJ is giving his orders to his team of Soccer Princesses from Mardy, ten minutes later, he realises his dreams have come true, superb samba football and goals follow, Crickhowell falter, the cup is ours, happy days, “I am the special one……”.

 

“What are you on” asks Big Wayne “you want to get a grip!”

 

“Sorry mate, just dreaming”, JJ said knowingly “two wingers Katie J and Zoe, great strikers the Thruppmeister and Kayleigh, midfielders Elzbelz and Jade, defenders the Kaiser, “Rio”Cleverly, Smiler and Lisa, Cech or Foote – no competition and a great squad with Megan, Leah, Zoe T, Jonesy and Alice. “I’m not the special one, just the lucky one!” he mused.

 

In the distance three figures watch and argue,

 

“I was the special one…………!”

“I am the ONE……………….”

“I might be one , One day!”

THE END – HAPPY CHRISTMAS



Sunday, November 5
Tigers Take the Spoils at Abertysswg
Abertysswg Angels U14’s 1-2 Mardy Tigers U14’s

The Tigers maintained their pole position at the top of the South Wales Girls League Northern Division with a hard earned victory against a determined and industrious Angels outfit. Playing some superb “samba soccer” on a poor surface, the Tigers opened up the Angels’ defence almost at will, with the terrific Thrupp and Academy starlet Zoe Simmonds going close on numerous occasions. The elusive goal came when slick passing led to Thrupp teeing Curson up from the edge of the box. The diminutive striker made no mistake with a clinical strike that rocketed into the gaping Angels’ net. Tiger fans were ecstatic as the Tigers took the game to Abertysswg creating chance after chance, these were thwarted by stout defending from the Angels who were also dangerous on the break. These rare advances into Tiger territory were ably dealt with by Regional squad starlet Jade Edwards and the ever improving Frankie Wesson and Rhian Lambert. With Hadley, Holley and Dolphin dominating the midfield area the Tigers went in at half time with a slender one goal lead.

The second half mirrored the first with almost constant Tigers pressure, Thrupp and Curson both went close but it was Jeremiah, outstanding on the right for the Mardy girls who was put through on goal. A fantastic right foot finish from the flying winger was inevitable and she truly delivered with a wonderful piece of skill. Manager Jeremiah, keen to blood another Tiger kitten, withdrew his star winger giving young Rhiannon Jones a taste of Tiger football in the top flight, the youngster responded brilliantly and this bodes well for the future in Tiger land. Two nil to the Tigers, game over? No! The Angels rallied piling the pressure on in the last ten minutes, this pressure led to a scrappy goal, which gave Manager Jeremiah a few nervous moments in the dying minutes. However tough defending by Dolphin, Hadley, Edwards and Trimnell held off the Angels to gain a momentous win for the Abergavenny girls. Man of the match award was given to Amy Thrupp who was outstanding for the whole of the game.

“That’s how girls’ football should be played!” exclaimed the jubilant Tigers’ supremo who was still questioning a rather dubious offside decision given against his pussy cats. The ref was left bewildered by the look on the aggrieved striker, his daughter! In the words of Peter Gabriel “ If looks could kill they probably will…………” rang through the poor refs brain as he reran the moment he made that critical decision!!!

Harry Hotshot,
Roving Reporter, “Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name!”,
Following the Mardy Tigers.


Sunday, November 25
Magical Mardy Mystify Pantyscallog

Pantyscallog U14’s 0-4 Mardy Tigers U14’s

 

The tense Tigers travelled to Pant nursing a few injuries and missing their silky winger “Katie-J” Jeremiah who was struck with a sickness bug hours before the game. Manager Jeremiah spurred his young charges on, knowing fully that this was going to be a tough game against a commited , physical team on their own patch. The Tigers captain Jade Edwards won the toss and played with the elements in the first half and it was her team of Tigers who took the game to the Merthyr girls, chances came and went with the ever alert Thrupp going close, but no goals resulted. Tiger fans were tense, biting their nails in the Cold Autumnal breeze. Then a goal came from the thunder boots of Kayleigh “SuperMac” Watkins who, in one movement, swivelled and hit a rocket into the bottom corner of the bulging net. Delight for the ***catz and Happiness for their loyal supporters, the Barmy Army. More pressure was then applied by the ravenous Tigers, eager to finish their prey off early in the game. This led to a multitude of corners, one of which was blasted home by Captain Fantastic Edwards, two nil and all was well. Pant rallied and a superb through ball saw their lone striker bearing down on the Tigers’ goal. Sophie “Gloves” Foote, Mardy’s superb young keeper, responded with a super stop to deflect the ball past the post for a corner, resulting in huge applause from the travelling faithful. This “wonder save” took the Tigers into half-time with a two goal cushion, half the job done, the toughest yet to come. Jeremiah calmly gathered his young Tigers and delivered yet another rabble rousing team talk, this galvanised the Abergavenny Big Catz for what would become a staggering second half performance.

 

Mardy launched at their opponents straight from the first whistle with Zoe Simmonds prominent on the left flank and the predatory Thrupp, a constant menace to the home defence. With “Kaiser” Wesson and “Rio” Cleverly solid at the back and repelling all attacks thrown at them, the Tigers confidently slipped up a few gears and took the game to Pant. Slick passing from “Jonesy” Jones and Rhian “Smiler” Lambert put the Thruppmeister through on goal and the darling of the Barmy Army delivered her usual clinical brand of finishing to put the Tigers into “three goal lead heaven”. More pressure was to come with Simmonds and Watkins going close, it was Simmonds who stabbed in the fourth goal from close range to make the game safe for the Samba Soccer Princesses. Tough defending from Academy starlet Zoe “ I’m better than Gary Neville” Thomas, the ever improving and dependable Megan James and Lisa “I’m too nice to be a footballer” Jones saw the Tigers through to achieve a great win at a hard to win venue.

 

“Sometimes you have to win matches by skill, sometimes by graft, we did the hard work today, nobody was going to give us that win, we had to earn it!”, an elated manager “The Special One” emphasised at the post match press conference. “Great performance all round especially in view of the injuries we had today, what a great squad effort.” When asked if he had been a good manager, and did he deserve a Christmas present, the “Special One” suggested that he had been good, although he did not expect too many presents, “All I want for Christmas is to get my hands on the Tesco’s Cup next week, that’ll do for me Pal!”, and with that, this superb tactical genious smiled and went home a very happy football manager for a well deserved “cup of char”.

Harry Hotshot “Roving Reporter”

“Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name”, following the Mardy Tigers



Thursday, December 6
Every Little Helps! Wonderful Wing Twins Sparkle in Tiger Triumph

Tesco’s Cup Final South Wales Division , Mardy Tigers U14’s 7-0 Margam

A school bus full of Tigers, fans and Jose made their way through the wind, rain and traffic to a windswept Jenner Park, home of the famous Barry Town, to face a previously undefeated outfit from Margam, one of the strongest girls teams in South Wales. These Tigers are a special breed though and they took the experience in their strides as they marched into the changing rooms looking magnificent in their royal blue Cup Final tee-shirts. Then disaster struck, a fullback with no boots!! The manager was stressed, the full back upset, where were they? But assistant bottle carrier Curson loaned his magic Kaiser boots to the player and it was game on again. With the girls ready for action, the team talk was given by the “special one”, and by motivation coach, Big Wayne. How could they lose??

 

The Tigers came out of the blocks snarling and took an instant lead when “SuperMac” Watkins lashed a short range howitzer into the roof of the net within 30 seconds of the start. The stunned Margam girls rallied a little but were further behind when dazzling right winger “Katie-J” Jeremiah notched two superb goals with her usual panache and grace, what a game she was having as she tore into the Margam defence at every opportunity like a female Ronaldo! Three nil down and further pain was soon to be inflicted on the Port Talbot outfit when Rhian “ I’ve lost my boots” Lambert launched a long range effort which bounced over the keeper and flew into the net. It must have been those magic boots that were loaned to her Curson mused, funny how he had not yet scored with them!!!! Four nil at half time and Tiger fans were ecstatic, the noise from the travelling faithful never diminished with Lindsay” C’mon Tigers” Lambert and Sue “I’m normally too posh to shout” Curson much to the fore.

 

“You’ve done half a job, now go out and finish it off”, exclaimed a happy “Special One”, and do it they did! With Edwards and Elz superb in midfield and “Rio” Cleverly, blotting out attacks the tasty Tigers were up for the kill. Frankie “The Kaiser” Wesson was once again huge at the back, what a season this girl is having. But it was another purring ***cat who tore into the Margam girls, Zoe “ just like Eddie Gray” Simmonds changed gears like a purring sports car to score two awesome strikes to clinch the game for the Abergavenny Big Catz. With an inevitable supastrike from the fantastic Thruppmeister, a seven goal cushion was established. This enable Jeremiah to blood his young Tigers, Megan James came on for Lambert at the back and was particularly impressive, the athletic Lisa “I’m getting better and better” Jones was replaced by Zoe Thomas who was awesome and “Jonesy” Jones gave a cameo role up front and performed amazingly well. Last but not least academy starlet Alice “the Guvnor”Morgan played alongside Elz in the middle of the park and wasn’t she just great, playing two years above her age group, what potential! The final whistle came much to the delight of all Tiger fans, a truly sporting occasion played in the best spirit, the true winner being the beautiful game of football. Cheerrs were heard in Mardy when Captain Fantastic Edwards lifted the Trophy for the Tigers. The images of Tigers smiling, embracing, eating spaghetti Bolognese and chips were truly memorable, a very happy day for the purring, purrfect ***cat principality princesses. The “Special One” was an emotional man, “Awesome, just awesome, simply the best!”. The singing in the bus was huge but not harmonic, the sight of the “special one” sat amongst his special Tigers was a sight that we will remember for a very long time. Bring on the next round!!!!!

Harry Hot Shot Roving Reporter

Wherever the game Harry’s yer name, following Mardy Tigers



Saturday, November 4
Tough Tigers Share the Points at Merthyr.
Merthyr Saints U14’s 2-2 Mardy Tigers u14’s

On a beautiful day in sunny Merthyr the travelling Tigers’ fans saw their team claw out a tense draw against a physical and direct Saints outfit. The league leaders got off to a tremendous start with a 30 yard chip from captain Curson clearing the Saints’ keeper and nestling in the net after two minutes of open play. The Saints rallied and equalised after a strange refereeing decision let the Merthyr striker in for a bizarre goal against the run of play. This galvanised the Merthyr girls who took the game to the shocked Tigers, a hopeful strike soon had the Mardy fans worried when it beat the keeper to give the Saints a 2-1 lead. The understrength Mardy girls then rallied to play their much bigger opponents off the park, but were left frustrated with one goal deficit at half time. Newcomer Sophie Foote, a recruit from the excellent Tigers’ academy side was superb in a lone role up front showing some deft touches and glimpses of a growing talent.

Calm talking from the Tigers’ supremos Jeremiah and Dolphin spurred on the Tigers to come out with claws and teeth in the second half and with Dolphin and Hadley getting a toe hold in the game, the big cats dominated the early exchanges. With Curson showing increased urgency and Holley dangerous on the left, the Barmy Army were baying for a goal. This came after a superb piece of solo skill from Hadley and a deft finish, much to the delight of a tense Jeremiah desparate for his young guns to finish the job off. The Saints rallied but were held by stout and skilful Edwards who showed some “Beckenbaur”-like composure at times,ably supported by Trimnell, Lambert and Parry. A superb save by Parry in goal gave the Tigers a well earned point and the Tigers could have stolen the game after superb work from the silky winger Jeremiah led to young Tigers’ starlet Alice Morgan, another Academy star, just failing to notch her first senior goal for the Tigers. Two all at full time, a tense Jeremiah, still concerned with line out technique , breathed a sigh of relief to go home with a precious point “ I’d have settled for that before the game with the side I had today, young Alice and Sophie were magnificent!!”

Harry Hotshot, Roving Reporter, Wherever the game Harry’s yer name!
Coming to a pitch near you, watching the Mardy Tigers!

I apologise for the late arrival of this report, bad case of writer’s cramp!!!!


Sunday, December 3
Life's a Breeze for Big Cats!
Trefelin U14’s 0-3 Mardy Tigers U14’s

The Big Cats purred to victory on a windswept day at Trefelin. The game was played in hurricane conditions with the travelling army of Tiger Fans seeking the shelter of a very welcome dugout. Against the wind in the first half, the Tigers struggled to play their brand of flowing football, there were patches of sublime passing though, and it was no surprise when the ace predator Thrupp was put through on goal to guide the ball in the back of the net, sending manager Jeremiah and the Barmy Army wild with delight. Young academy starlet Kate Clear was immense at the back alongwith sensational new find Georgie Simmons who has returned to the beautiful game after a long break. Strong defending by the new girls who were marshalled superbly by Trimnell and Wesson took the Tigers to half time with a slender one goal lead.

With the wind for the second half, manager Jeremiah “the special one” played a trump card leaving three at the back and playing an extra striker, this canny move inspired the Tigers who dominated the game. With Edwards, Hadley and Lambert ruling the midfield it was only a matter of time before brave Trefelin were to feel the claws of the Tiger attack. A strong run and finish by Hadley relieved the pressure and let the Abergavenny Pussycats purr into top gear. With the outstanding Jeremiah always dangerous on the right flank, and strike duo of Thrupp and Curson always a threat, more goals were inevitable and the goal of the game came after a slick bout of passing from Clear, Curson and Hadley released Jeremiah to cross a pin point ball for “Thrupp the merciless” to finish with an elegant half volley leaving the travelling fans drooling over the quality of this finish. Three nil at full time, a hard days work against a determined Trefelin outfit in a match refereed superbly by the home official.

Tigers and fans leapt into the warmth of their cars for the long journey home weary and happy ready for the next exciting edition of the Tiger story. Manager Jeremiah, happy with the win, was full of praise for his band of plucky pussycats “ We were short today but I’m very proud of them. Young Kate Clear was great for us and Georgie played like she’d never been away, Happy days!”

Harry Hotshot Roving Reporter,
Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name” following the Mardy Tigers,
Coming soon to a pitch near you!


Wednesday, January 24
All Hail the Conquering Heroes - Thrupp Hat-trick delights the Special One!
Georgetown U14’s 1- 5 Mardy Tigers U14’s

Temperatures soared after yet another exhilarating display from the Abergavenny Big Cats in the Merthyr sunshine. On a heavy pitch the rusty Tigers soon shook off the cobwebs to stun the improving Georgetown side with two clinical strikes from goal machine Amy Thrupp, the first came from a ball pushed through the George town defence for Thrupp to volley home with aplomb. Tigers fans went delirious and ten minutes later a fantastic left footed finish by the Thruppmeister left the brave keeper bedraggled in the mud to give the Mardy girls a two goal lead. With Edwards and Hadley controlling the midfield further chances came and were frittered away, two nil at half time but against the elements, was this enough?

Tigers’ fans were tense, the special one nervous and the linesman clinically insane baying for a victory that would take the Pussycats to the top of the league. This was made worse by Georgetown taking the game to the Tigers and piling on the pressure. The Big Cats held strong with Wesson once again superb at the back ably supported by Trimnell, Lambert and Edwards, and, after some ferocious tackling and passing in the midfield Thrupp was released to slide the ball into the back of the net for a three goal cushion. With Curson getting into the game and snapping into tackles and academy starlet Simmonds gaining in confidence as the game went on, the Tigers played a holding game, counter attacking on the break using the pace of their wide girls Jeremiah and Simmonds. The latter burst into the game with a stunning run and left footed thunderbolt which left the net bulging in its wake and, minutes later, Simmonds finished again to give the Tigers a five goal lead which sent the Tigers travelling army wild with delight in the hailstorm that began showering the pitch. Georgetown rolled up their sleeves and got a deserved goal with a clinical strike but it was too late. Three more points for the Pussycats, a happy band of fans and a cold but delighted Manager relieved to get the win he wanted “I’m very happy with my young side, Zoe and Sophie were superb, that was a tough game, happy days!”.

Hat-trick hero Thrupp picked the second as her goal of the match “ that was the best one, I looked up and saw the gap, left foot into the corner, happy with that!”, this precocious talent was “girl of the game”, and a potential great star of the future.

Harry Hotshot “Roving reporter”,
Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name,
Following the Mardy Tigers


Sunday, January 28
Tame Tigers Toppled by Feisty Fillies
Ferndale Fillies U14’s 4 – 0 Mardy Tigers U14’s

The Tigers slumped to their first defeat of the season to a strong Fillies lineup who physically dominated the proceedings for most of the game. Manager Jeremiah’s best laid plans were thwarted when a freak training ground injury led to his star defender Jade Edwards fracturing her collar bone which will leave her sidelined for 6 to 8 weeks. Her presence at the back was sorely missed as Ferndale piled on the pressure right from the first whistle, poor defending at corners led to two easy goals from the home side who went in at half time three goals to the good. Mardy rolled their sleeves up for the second half with Thrupp, Curson and Hadley testing the keeper. The Big Cats were dominating proceedings with the travelling Tigers fans baying for a goal which was not to come. Ferndale then struck a killer blow from a break up field against the run of play with their impressive left winger streaking forward to slide the ball into the gaping net.

The Mardy girls, to their credit, never gave up and still took the game to their bigger opponents however it was all to no avail as the referee, who marshalled the game superbly, put the Big Cats out of their misery with a blast from his whistle to signal full time. Plucky performances all round but a bad day at the office for the Tigers who now must pick themselves up quickly for next weeks’ encounter to rechallenge for top spot in the Under 14’s North Division. Manager Jeremiah, stoic in defeat, protected his Pride of Tigers with a soothing post match talk “ It’s still all to play for and we haven’t finished yet, we will bounce back from this!”.

Harry Hotshot Roving Reporter,
“Wherever the game Harry’s yer name”,
Following the Mardy Tigers.


Tuesday, March 27
Tired Tigers finish Season with a Whimper!
Mardy Tigers U14’s 1-3 Crickhowell Panthers

The Tigers slumped to only their second defeat of the season to a spirited and hard working Panthers side led superbly by their energetic centre forward who capitalised on weak defending to snatch two killer girls which knocked the stuffing out of the Big Cats from Mardy. The lacklustre Tigers gave a typical end of season performance with only Zoe Simmonds and Amy Thrupp shining and finding their true form. Mardy fans were left baffled by this display in which the Tigers never really got going, The Crickhowell side worked hard and deserved their victory ay the Leisure Centre fortress and a further goal sealed the victory much to the delight of the travelling faithful.

The Tigers must now pick their game up for the forthcoming cup quarter final against Cardiff City in two weeks time. COME ON YOU TIGERS!!!!!!!!!

Harry Hotshot “Roving Reporter”,
Wherever the game Harry’s yer name,
Following the Mardy Tigers



Friday, February 9
Simmonds Hat Trick Sinks Saints!
Mardy Tigers U14’s 6 Merthyr Saints U14’s 2 The Tigers were full of apprehension for this crunch top of the table clash against a tough Merthyr outfit reknowned for their direct, physical approach to the beautiful game. The Saints fielded a weakened team against the Big cats who took advantage in stunning fashion when Thrupp put the emerging Zoe Simmonds in, to burst the net with a stunning left foot finish much to the anguish of the travelling faithful who were baying for an off side decision from the beleaguered referee. Further goals followed from Simmonds and the impressive right winger Jeremiah but goal of the game belonged to academy kitten Alice Morgan who calmly beat the keeper with a deft finish from 12 yards to delight the home fans. Four goals to the good at half time and with the game won, the Tigers pressed forward and extended their lead with further clinical strikes from Simmonds and KJ on the right. The Saints’ girls, to their credit, rallied and made the result respectable with two late goals, but it was too little, too late and the points went to the Abergavenny girls. Special mention to Rosie Dolphin who slotted in between the sticks in the first half and gave a faultless display and to Frankie Wesson who did likewise in the second half. It was also good to see our injured star, Jade Edwards, spurring the girls on from the touchline, she is sorely missed. Laura Trimnell was magnificent and the golden quintet of Thrupp, KJ, Lambert, Curson and Hadders were their usual selves giving everything ti the Tigers’cause. Five points from three tough games will see the girls through to the championship, can they do it? Watch this space and catch up with the latest news with Harry Hotshot, your one and only roving reporter. Manager Jeremiah , a relieved and happy man post match, purred with admiration for his SuperCats, “ Fantastic performance today, I’d like to thank Rosie for her commitment to the team shown by her going in goals, we just need to keep on going and we need the support of Big Wayne and the Barmy Army to see us through. Well done Tigers!!!” Harry Hotshot, Roving Reporter, “Wherever the game Harry’s yer name” Following the Mardy Tigers. Coming soon to a game near you!

Thursday, March 1
Mardy Maul Angels - Huge Win for the Big Cats
Mardy Tigers U14’s 3-0 Abertyssyg Angels

Manager Jeremiah rallied his pride of Tigers to a well earned victory against a direct Angels side who were putting a strong run together in the league. The Mardy faithful flocked to the Lower Meadow to support their team who came out of the traps to take the game to their opponents. Nerves were jangling as both Thrupp and flying winger Jeremiah went close with solid efforts, then Hadley lined up a long range effort which went through the Angels’ keeper to give the Big Cats a deserved 1-0 lead. The rampaging Tigers then dominated the game with glimpses of the samba football that has seen them top the division. With Curson and Simmonds terrorising the away defence surely more goals were to come but the Angels held out to take the one goal deficit at half time. Tigers fans knew that this margin was too fragile to be relied upon and fretted through the halftime period.

The second half kicked off in the same fashion, Dolphin, who was magnificent in her holding role in midfield, was starting to control the game for the Pussycat Princesses and it was Dolphin who found Curson at the edge of the box. The diminutive striker then thredded the pass of the game through the Angels’ defence to set up Thrupp the Merciless who launched an unstoppable missile past the keeper. Two nil, Mardy fans were ecstatic, their wounded star Edwards spurring the girls on from the sidelines, could the Angels rally? Yes they could, and it was only some huge performances at the back from Franky Wesson, Rhian “Smiler” Lambert, Laura Trimnell and newcomer Georgie “they shall not pass” Simmons, that kept the hungry Angels out. It was the lethal boots of Thrupp who finished the game off with a clinical strike after a mistake from the keeper to bring smiles to the Mardy Barmy Army. Cameo performances from rising Academy starlets Alice Morgan and Rhiannon Jones iced the cake for the Abergavenny outfit. But more drama was to come when the unfortunate ref blew the final whistle in a timely fashion, to deprive Captain “Caveman” Curson the goal of the game, a 25 yard chip over the keeper! This was surely a mistake by the hapless official who happened to be her father, and was given the silent treatment for the rest of the day!

A happy Jeremiah ecstatic with his team’s performance commented “ happy with that, Rosie was the star of the show today, good to see her back. Troubled by the last decision which robbed my player of a memorable goal but really pleased to get the points!”. Two points from two games will see the Mardy Girls to the Championship, next up, a tough fixture with their emerging rivals, Crickhowell Panthers- THE BATTLE OF THE BIG CATS!!!!!

Harry Hotshot “Roving Reporter”
“Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name-
Coming soon to a game near you”,
Following the Mardy Tigers.


Sunday, March 11
Tiger Cup Fever - Tigers Win the Battle of the Big Cats
Mardy Tigers U14’s 3 – 1 Crickhowell Panthers

Cup fever gripped the crowd this Sunday with the Tigers’ entertaining their fierce local rivals Crickhowell Panthers in the second round of the cup. On a beautiful Spring day the game kicked off with both managers hoping for a great game of football. The Abergavenny outfit were ecstatic to see the return of their Welsh triallist Jade Edwards who they have missed in recent games. The Tigers pressed for an early score with their midfield quartet of Jeremiah, Dolphin, Hadley and Simmonds controlling the game, it was the impressive Simmonds who threaded the ball through the Panthers’ defence to the dangerous Thrupp. Thrupp latched onto this pass and rifled in a shot which went through the Crickhowell keeper at the near post, much to the delight of the barmy army. The goal settled the Tigers who clicked their passing game into top gear to terrorise the Panthers, a long range rocket from the outstanding Hadley then hurtled into the Panthers’ net giving the Pussycat Princesses a two nil lead at half time.

Crickhowell pushed hard early in the second half for a score which would set the game alight but the defensive unit of Edwards, Lambert, Trimnell and the superb Frankie Wesson were too strong and thwarted the Panthers. Then a slice of magic visited the Leisure Centre pitch as some smart interplay between Jeremiah, Thrupp and Edwards saw the latter finish this superb move of the highest quality, giving the Tigers a 3-0 cushion and killing the tie. A late consolation goal rallied the Panther fans but the Tigers , ably led By Ellie Curson snuffled out further attacks to comfortably take the tie on the final whistle. A match played in true sportsmanlike fashion by two teams and sets of supporters who were a credit to the beautiful game.

An ecstatic Wayne “ the special one” Jeremiah greeted reporters at the post match press conference , “I’m delighted with my team, super to see Jade back, great result for us, looking forward to the next round! I’ve blooded some new signings here today Kayleigh and Sophie who will benefit greatly from this experience, they were super today and can only get better!! Tigers fans returned home tired but happy, dreaming dreams of the Wembley towers and “Abide with me”, looking forward to the next episode in the Tigers’ exciting path to possible cup glory.

Harry Hotshot “Roving Reporter”,
Wherever the game Harry’s yer name,
Coming Soon to a game near you!
Following the Mardy Tigers!


Monday, March 19
Championes! Championes! Ole!Ole!Ole!
Coedcae Colts U14’s 1 – 5 Mardy Tigers U14’s

A blustery day at Nantyglo saw the Tigers clinch the league with a convincing display against a gutsy Coedcae outfit. The Tigers pounced on their opponents, their football dynamic and sharp pressing the Colts backward. Goals were sure to come to ease the nervy travelling faithful, and they did come with young Alice finishing off another clinical move from the Big Cats. Thrupp then burst on the scene with an awesome strike from the edge of the box to give the cats some breathing space. Welsh international Hadley, fresh from her encounter with Holland at Under 15 level, showed her class by adding the third to give Mardy a 3-0 lead at half time.

Manager Jeremiah was tense, the barmy army quiet, could the Pussycats push on to seal the victory and clinch the league title with a young side? The emphatic answer was yes with further goals , the pick of the bunch being a 30 yard missile from the right foot of Hadley. With Curson, Edwards, Lambert and Wesson taking control of the game, the result was inevitable. A consolation strike from the Coedcae girls in the dying minutes was well deserved for their efforts. 5-1 at the final whistle, Captain Curson could go to Italy, on her school trip, a happy girl, safe in the knowledge that the league belonged to the Pussycat Princesses resulting in even more silverware for the Abergavenny Club.

This was a magnificent achievement for Wayne “the special one” Jeremiah and his top team of Tigers. “We had nine Under 13’s out there today at times, I’m so very proud of my team”. With Cardiff City in the next round of the cup, the Tigers face a big challenge to try and pull off a double celebration for their adoring fans. On this evidence, they will surely give it their all!

Harry Hotshot “Roving Reporter”
Coming to a game near you!
Following the Mardy Tigers.


Monday, May 28
Super Cats Triumph at Brean!!!
Tour Tales from the Tigers Brean Sands 2007.

Mardy Tigers took a strong team of pussycats to Brean Sands for the 2007-08 Pontin’s Mitre Cup where they were to face strong opposition in the form of Paris girls (Liverpool), Solihull Borough, Wyrley Panthers (Staffs), Bilbrook Girls (West Midlands, Hayes Gate Girls (Middlesex) and Cadbury Heath , their arch rivals from Bristol. The girls, and travelling barmy army arrived to searing sunshine in the chalets and soon the supporters eagerly participated in some quiet al fresco drinking of Big Wayne’s Country Manor followed by Carlsberg, Strongbow, Kronenbourg and practically anything they could get their hands on. This resulted in happy sunburnt faces for the rest of the tour and was an excellent start to what turned out to be a triumphant Tiger Tour. The special one approached the introductory meeting with his normal quiet manner and surveyed the manic registration scene to determine his tactics “ we’ll have a couple of pints first and let the queue go down” and so another two pints were eagerly bought and consumed. Registration completed, it was time to rally the troops for a night of non-stop erotic dancing in the concert room with Big Wayne, Lorraine, and the special one much to the fore!! Jugs of lager were flowing , if it wasn’t for mobile technology a tiger fan could have been lost, “Where am I Big Wayne?”, Paul asked a little bemused that all the chalets suddenly looked the same, “get to the pub and I’ll come and get you” the Big man ordered and so it was that Big Wayne came to the rescue of Paul Simmonds guiding him to the safety of his chalet.

“Was there live entertainment last night?” the special one asked, obviously the worse for wear as the Tigers got in the cars and followed Alastair and Pam to Weston RFC where the football was to be played. After one minor detour the Tigers arrived safely at the ground. The Special One veered towards the hamburger van eyeing up the fare on offer. “It’s kill or cure”, he said after buying the burger of his dreams. Ten minutes later , it seemed that this was the burger of his nightmares and a premature death may be on the cards!!

The Tigers set up their den on the perfect playing fields and began to eye their prey, bolstered by the appearance of Alan and Shelley, Wayne and Nicky and the chief Tigerette of all time, Lindsay. The barmy army were all set for the first match against Paris Girls, an outfit from Liverpool. This was a nervy encounter with the Tigers failing to find their scoring touch against a resolute team of girls. Finally the precocious talent of Zoe Simmonds broke the deadlock with a simple volley off a Katie-J corner to give the pussycats their first taste of victory which was well deserved. Next in line were a strong and commited Solihull side who battled for everything, the Tigers exploded from their cage playing the type of Tiger football we all know, Ellie, Kate and the Thruppmeister all went close but to no avail as the points were shared sportingly between the teams. This was a setback for the girls but as the special one said “ as long as we didn’t lose that one, we’re still in the hunt!”. Wyrley Panthers then stepped up to the plate for the battle of the Tiger pussycats versus the massively huge Panthers and what a game Tiger fans saw. “If you pass the ball, you’ll beat these” the special one advised and pass it they did, with the superb Jeremiah leading the cause, six goals were battered past the hapless keeper much to the astonishment of the Panthers coach who muttered “ we were doing really well up until then!” . Tiger scorers were Katie-J (2), The Thruppmeister (2), Ellie and Lozza Lambert released from goal keeping duties for a surge down the left flank. Seven points from 3 games put the Tigers in a strong position going into day 2, this really was a squad performance with the imperious trio of Lambert, Edwards and Wesson performing beautifully at the back , calm goalkeeping by Lambert and exciting attacking play from Hadders, Ellie , Zoe, Amy and the outstanding Jeremiah. Supporter of the day was Big Wayne in full Celtic Chieftain gear which inspired our girls and scared the living daylights out of opposition coaching staff. The Tiger robe was worn with dignity and pride, but little did they know that Tiger fans were to be in for further treats in the next 24 hours!!!!!!!

Back to the camp for more training in the arcade and more brews in the bar, the Tigers and their fans could sense the beginnings of the sweet taste of success. With an early start the next day, Jeremiah took his squad to the fair where team bonding was evident from their visit to the Ghost Train. After two hours of revolutions, speed, scares and donuts the tired Tigers took to their lairs preparing for the next day. Up and at them at 8am the Tigers rallied and took to their cars in a downpour of rain, it was as wet as a wet day in the wet season and it got WETTER and WETTER and WETTER! It also got BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER!

The first match saw the Tigers facing a strong Bilbrook Girls side buoyed by draw with the very strong Cadbury Heath outfit, defeat was not an option for the Tigers who knew that a victory could see them progress into the play off final. In a high quality match dominated by the Tigers their goal scoring machine Thrupp, toe poked an inspirational winner off the defender to send the Tigers into Tiger heaven. Rugged and cultured defending from Edwards, Wesson and Lambert and some fine midfield attacking from Curson, Jeremiah, Simmonds and Hadley saw the Tigers run out very worthy winners, but this was only after a fine save from Lambert to deny Bilbrook in one of their two chances of the match. This was the Tigers best display of the tournament and an elated coach Jeremiah could feel that tingle of success, no slip ups against the large, physical Hayes Girls would mean that Bilbrook would be eliminated from silverware matters, much to their disappointment. The Hayes game started, the Tigers strangely muted and spurning goal opportunities, then disaster struck, a goal against the Tigers, the first past Lambert in 2 years at this venue, could they respond? The answer was a resounding yes, first a Katie_J strike settled the Tigers’ nerves and then a double strike from the predatory Thrupp jettisoned the Tigers into the final against Cadbury Heath who were victorious on two occasions last year against the Abergavenny pussycats. Two matches were to be played against the Bristol side, two matches between the best two footballing sides in the tournament. The last game of the league fixtures saw both sides play out a cat and mouse game which the Tigers took 1-0 with a Kate Jeremiah goal.

The final came 30 minutes later with two strong teams playing attacking and skilful football despite the conditions, 0-0 at half time with chances at both ends who could break the deadlock? It was Cadbury who burst into goal scoring action after a fine move between their cultured central midfielder and striker who swivelled and hit a right foot shot past Lambert. More chances came and went and with time over on the clock, a last surge from Thrupp resulted in a rebound for Hadders to drive an unstoppable finish which deflected in off a defender. Bristol hearts were broken,PENALTIES!!!!!! With Cadbury missing their second penalty, 5 beautifully taken spotkicks from Jeremiah, Hadley, Curson, Edwards, and last but not least Amy Thrupp saw the Welsh girls take the silverware. A great game of football despite the appalling conditions played in excellent spirit between two excellent sides. Scenes of jubilation tinged with scenes of sadness on the playing fields of dreams.

Back to the camp, for a warm, and then onto the bar for a celebratory beer with the special one. The Tigers went swimming as a group and ate at a local restaurant where the ice creams were flowing courtesy of the special one, and there were smiles all around. Jayne Ludlow, the Welsh Ladies Captain fittingly presented the Cup to Ellie, draped in a Welsh flag, to the delight of the barmy army. Welsh flags were swirling with pride as this excellent bunch of girls, trained expertly and properly by their coach Wayne Jeremiah, celebrated their triumph and partied at the disco later. This was a triumph for Wales, for Mardy, the players and supporters but primarily for the coach (and his wife) who works so hard with these girls, week in week out, on the playing fields of Abergavenny.

Harry Hotshot “ Roving Reporter”
On tour with the Mardy Tigers!




Sunday, June 17
Tiger Tens in Pussycat Heaven!!!
Swindon Spitfires Tournament – Pussycat Starlets Take the Spoils!!

Tiger fans massed to Swindon to support their Tigers in the Spitfires Tounament – what a day. Two semi final places and a victory at Under 10 level which bodes well for the future. The 12’s kicked the tournament off with their fluid brand of Tiger football taking them through to the quarter final stages, a penalty shoot out saw them progress to the semi finals where they met a strong Kidlington Youth side and faltered in the Swindon sun. They played so well but the fear factor set in in the match that mattered, these Tigers will learn from this and were a credit to their club and country. The talented 14’s outfit were superb all day outplaying all their opponents, sailing through their qualifying group with some exhilarating football admired by spectators from all sides, two late goals from Jeremiah and Thrupp saw these Tigers into the semi finals against Bradford Town. The Tigers dominated this encounter but the elusive goal did not arrive and yes, you’ve guessed it –PENALTIES!! Seconds later it was all over for the Welsh Big Cats missing their 3 penalties to crash out of the tournament much to the amazement of match officials, neutrals and supporters alike. Still a great performance, but how good can these girls get.

Stars of the show were the 10’s of Megan, Lola, Alice, Alys, Sadie, Rhiannon and Katie who were victorious in the tournament, once again ensuring silverware for the Mardy outfit. They were superb, winning the final on penalties with goalkeeper Megan blocking two efforts to take the Trophy. The future’s bright for these tip-top Tigers –WELL DONE GIRLS!!

Two semi-finals and a win at Under 10’s, only one game lost all day, what a performance from these girls who gave everything for their club and superb manager Jeremiah who was pleased as a pleased thing at the press conference after the tournament. “ So pleased for the little ones, they were great, 12’s and 14’s played some superb football and were awesome at times but they must learn that anything can happen in a tournament in 10 minutes of football.” A smiling Jeremiah and his band of happy felines boarded the bus for home dreaming of the future and of the next happy day in the growing Tiger Revolution!!!!! WELL DONE TIGERS – YOU WERE’RRRRRRRR GRRRRRRRRREAT!!!

Harry Hotshot “Roving Reporter”,
Wherever the game Harry’s yer name”
Following the Mardy Tigers!!



Sunday, September 16
Ponty Put to Sword in Lethal Tigers' Display

Fifteen Love – Mardy Aces storm to Victory!

 Mardy Tigers U14’s 15-0 Pontypridd The Mardy Big Cats purred to victory in their opening game of the SWGL at Pontypridd. A tense start promised a close battle but Mardy soon clicked up the gears to mesmerise their brave opponents in a scintillating show of samba soccer which thrilled their vociferous fans on the touchline. Eight of the outfield players scored goals which shows the talent in this Mardy outfit, the Thruppmeister was chilling in her assault on the Ponty goal and chalked up four goals at a canter. Goal of the game came from Captain Fantastic Jade Edwards when the ball was moved from Mardy keeper to the back of the Ponty net without a touch from the home side. Excellent performances all over the pitch, cool handling from Sophie “Gloves” Foote gave the Tigerettes a sound footing and the back four of Lisa Jones (improving all the time), Frankie “the Guvnor” Wesson,”Smiler” Lambert and recent Summer capture from Griffithstown, Rhianne “I’ve broken my headband” Cleverly were faultless with their tackling and reading of the beautiful game. Graceful wide duo of Jeremiah and Simmonds were always a threat and the hard working and powerful Kayleigh gave the Big Cats that cutting edge that killed Ponty off. Fifteen goals but more than that, a stylish footballing display from the feline football maidens from Mardy auguring well for the long season ahead. “one game at a time” said Jeremiah, that old cliché often used by wise old football managers, but as he reflected on his charges’ truly awesome display a faint smile appeared, as dreams of silverware floated into his mind “ Happy, happy days, what a start, I just can’t wait to play next week!” As Big Wayne hung up his hooter, the Mardy ***cats were smiling and well happy with the afternoon’s work. Headmaster’s report – You’ve all done very well!!!!!!!  Harry Hotshot, Roving reporter,Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name,Following the Mardy Tigers


Sunday, September 16
Sweet Taste of Victory for Tigers!

Mardy Tigers U14’s 6-0 Pantyscallog Village

 On the day the food festival came to Abergavenny, the tasty Tigers served up their own brand of footballing fare to satisfy the huge appetites of the Mardy Barmy Army who follow their team of big cats right across the Welsh Valleys in search of silverware. The game started at a frantic pace with the direct Pant style the opposite of the Tigers’ Clough-like game, but it was the Tigers passing and control which was beginning to take a claw-like grip on this tense first time fixture. The first goal came at the end of a flowing footballing feast with wonder winger Jeremiah squaring a superb ball from the right into the path of the Mardy No.7 who unleashed a right footed bullet into the corner from 20 yards, more chances were created but the Pant girls held firm and came back into the game forcing the Tigers back four to work hard for their lead. Lisa Jones was outstanding at the back for the Big Cats as were the ever improving Megan James, Frankie “What can I say about Frankie” Wesson and the skilful Rhian “Smiler” Lambert. One nil at half time, Tiger fans were tense, nails bitten down, defeat was unthinkable and tension unbearable, how would the Mardy Tigerettes respond to this pressure? Thirty second half seconds resulted in a goal to put the game safe, a well placed header from Academy starlet and ever present left winger Zoe “I’m better than Giggs” Simmonds settled the nerves and the samba football emerged from the magical boots of Edwards, Thrupp, Jeremiah and “Jonesy” Jones to take the game to the Merthyr outfit. More goals followed with the superb Thrupp reacting quickly to thrash the ball past the Pant keeper, and Simmonds notching a brace to seal her hat-trick, the last of which was a fine far post header. Young academy starlet Alice Morgan also starred in a cameo substitute role and slotted into the seniors like a veteran professional and a special mention to Leah who had a superb spell at left back in the second half. A further goal from the versatile Sophie Foote who can play in any position on a football field sealed the win for the Tigers, this young Tiger oozes class and is a real find for manager Wayne “the special one” Jeremiah who was delighted at the final whistle. “Excellent performance today, girls “ the special one exclaimed, “let’s keep it up and focus on Caerphilly next week. By the way can anyone get hold of some yellow corner flags for next week, I know I’m sad but I like things coordinated” – strange thoughts from the overactive mind of the “special one”!!!! . Hard but fair Jeremiah surrounded by his talented pride of Mardy Tigers smiling and laughing, was a sight for sore eyes. Tiger fans returned home happy with the result and looking forward to more adventures with the Mardy Big Cats in the coming season. Harr Hotshot Roving Reporter, “Wherever the game ,Harry’s yer name”,Following the Mardy Tigers.


Sunday, October 14
Table Topping Tigers topple the Angels at Abergavenny.

Mardy Tigers U 14’s 6-0 Abertyssyg Angels

 

Tense tiger fans were treated to a samba soccer master class from the Tigers starlets on a fine day at Abergavenny Leisure Centre. The Tigers, skippered by the impressive Edwards, needed a win to consolidate their position as Top Katz in the Northern Division of the SWGFL. Manager Wayne “the special one” Jeremiah aka Captain Mainwaring, urged his snarling Tigers to come out of their lair right from the first whistle, and respond they did, with three quickfire goals to effectively end this encounter. The first, came when the Angels failed to clear a cross from the right and it landed at the lethal left boot of wing wizard Simmonds who rifled home with the accuracy and pace of a top sharp shooter. Bustling centre forward forward Hopkins then burst onto the scene with a power strike to make it two as the Tigers smoothly accelerated through the gears in this purring performance of perfection. The third goal was inevitable and what a goal it was, Silky winger “Katie J” looked up and saw the keeper off her line and audaciously spiralled the ball in to the back of the rippling net from 30 yards, a sublime piece of skill from a sublime player. The Angels suddenly galvanized and started to get their game together taking the game to the Big Cats and pressurising the Tigers back four of Lambert , the ever improving Jones, the outstanding Rhianne Cleverly and “The Kaiser” Wesson who has yet to put a foot wrong this season. The Tigers thwarted these attacks and it was a truly wondrous individual effort from the inevitable Amy “the Thruppmeister” Thrupp who held off her marker in the box and laser directed a right footed spell binding effort across the hapless keeper into the bottom left hand corner. What a strike! Tiger Fans were dancing and singing on the side, ecstatic at the performance of their wondercatz! Four nil at half time, ready for the famous Jeremiah team talk!

 

The second half saw the Angels push the Abergavenny girls all the way and was a somewhat disjointed affair with both sides pushing for goals, Jeremiah juggled his pack with academy starlets Zoe Thomas, Megan James, Rhiannon “Jonesy” Jones and Leah Lovering all coming into the side and performing superbly. These girls are all girls for the future and settled into the game really well, the future looks bright if you stay with the Tigers!! A staggering headed strike from the deadly Thrupp, who latched onto a Jeremiah cross, killed off the Angels efforts and it was Kayleigh Hopkins who proved her value to the team with a stupendous volley to make the final score 6-0 and keep these terrific Tigers at the top of the table. One worry for “the special one” was a  nasty injury to Captain Fantastic Edwards who twisted her knee half way through the half, intensive physio from Big Wayne should ensure her fitness for next weeks Tesco Cup Clash against Cardiff outfit, Thornhill.

 

Special mention is merited for a classy goalkeeping performance from Sophie “Gloves” Foote who was immaculate between the sticks and made a terrific save from a point blank effort early in the second half. This young lady came off her line well and looked every inch the perfect keeper. The Tigers are lucky to have a gifted shot stopper behind their impressive back four.

Thoughts from the maestro “ we did well today, the football was magnificent, they keep getting better and better, I am extremely pleased”.

Harry Hotshot “Roving Reporter”,

Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name,

Following the Mardy Tigers.

 


Sunday, October 21
SupaKats in Cup Victory!

Mardy Tigers U14’s 6 – 1 Thornhill

 

Mardy entertained Thornhill in the First Round of the Tesco’s Cup at Abergavenny Leisure Centre, this was an eagerly awaited contest between two unbeaten sides in the SWGL. On a glorious sun kissed day the Tigers put on their best display of the season to take the game to the young Cardiff outfit and it was their superb winger Kate “Katie J” Jeremiah who opened the scoring with a stunning drive from 20 yards to bewilder their Thornhill prey. To their credit, Thornhill raised their game and pressurised the Tigers who stood firm with stout defending from central duo, Wesson “The Kaiser” and “Rio” Cleverly, however, this pressure soon paid dividends and an opportunistic strike from the Thornhill centre forward levelled things after 15 minutes. The Tigers knew they were in a game and raised the tempo and level of their game to switch on the Samba football their new strip merits, Jade Edwards regained the lead with scrappy toe poke into the net and the game further swung in favour of the Abergavenny Supakats when a penalty was awarded for a handball in the box, “Katie J” stepped up to guide the penalty past the hapless keeper to make it 3-1. Amy Thrupp then burst onto the scene with a goal of pure striker’s venom latching onto a through ball and lobbing the keeper, 4-1 the Tigers went in at half time a very happy posse.

 

Manager Jeremiah urged his team of talented Tigers to hold their nerve and kill off the game, they took the field for the second half and mesmerised their opponents with a feast of exuberant and beautiful football. This soon translated into another goal of the highest quality when bustling centre forward Kayliegh “Supermac” Watkins got in front of her marker to volley the football into the back of the net, stunning the happy band of Tiger fans who were now basking in the warmth of the late Autumn sunshine. A further venomous strike from midfield ended the game with a deserved 6-1 victory for the Mardy Big Cats and put a huge smile on Manager Jeremiah’s face. “ What a show, we put on today, fantastic girls, you were brilliant!” Tiger fans were ecstatic, the Tigers tired and happy, all in all, not a bad day at the Abergavenny Field of Dreams!

Harry Hotshot, Roving Reporter,

Wherever the game Harry’s yer name,

Following the Mardy Tigers



Sunday, November 4
Kaiser Chief Wesson stars in Classic!

Dinas Powys U14’s 2-6 Mardy Tigers U14’s

 

Mardy Tigers travelled to Dinas Powys in the quarter final of the Tesco’s Cup to face a young outfit currently unbeaten in the SWGL. On a sunny day in a superb location the Tigers started assuredly, snapping into their passing routine and moving the ball fluently through the midfield. With two minutes on the clock the ball fell to the lethal boots of the Tigers Captain, Jade Edwards who blasted a 25 yard thunderbolt into the roof of the net. This triggered  a feast of fabulous football from the Mardy BigKatz who blitzed their startled opponents, goals soon followed. The second goal came from a well constructed goal from silky winger “Katie J” Jeremiah who responded well to a rebound and promptly lashed the ball into the net. Goal three came from the predatory boots of goal maestro Amy Thrupp who pounced on a through ball from midfield, drew the keeper and slotted the ball into the corner. It was Thrupp who then turned provider dragging the ball to the edge of the box for the central midfielder to fire a missile past the stricken keeper. Four nil at half time, the Tigers must surely go on to win from this position!

 

Half time saw a complete turnaround, Dinas were on the scoresheet 30 seconds into the second half when a cruelly deflected shot trickled past the impressive Sophie Foote, who was completely wrongfooted. This spurred the Cardiff outfit on and a further clinical strike further cut the deficit to 4-2. Dinas attacked the Tigers net mercilessly and it was some superb defending from Frankie “ the Kaiser” Wesson, makeshift centre half Kayleigh “Supermac” Watkins and full backs Lisa Jones and Megan James who kept the home side at bay. Normal service was resumed with another piece of Soccer Salsa magic from the sensational Tigers, the ball was moved down the left by Simmonds who found Thrupp. The striker weaved into the box and again rolled a perfect ball to her midfield colleague who deftly placed the ball into the corner to from 18 yards to ease the nerves of manager Jeremiah and the travelling Mardy faithful. Winger Jeremiah added her second late on in the game to take the Abergavenny Supakatz into the semi-finals of this competition.

 

Manager Jeremiah was full of praise for his team and singled out Watkins for her superb defending , “Jonesy” for her hard work and graft and the fantastic Frankie “the Kaiser” Wesson , who was donning her new red boots for the first time. “Frankie was brilliant today”, Manager Jeremiah cooed “ She shackled her opponent and led the defence superbly, she is getting better and better. I’m very happy to be in the semi-finals after a great display like this”. The Mardy faithful travelled home ecstatic after watching their charges chalk up another win on the road against quality opposition who never gave up and really got stuck in for their team. This match was a credit to girls football in South Wales.

 

Harry Hotshot “Roving Reporter”,

Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name,

Following the Mardy Tigers.



Sunday, November 11
Magnificent Mardy March On!

Mardy Tigers U14’s 10-2 Coedcae U14’s

 

The Mardy machine keeps rolling with this huge victory over their local rivals Coedcae. In a one sided contest, Captain Jade Edwards opened the scoring against her old club with a stinging left footed rapier that left the keeper stranded, this goal lifted the Tiger terrors to new heights and the barmy army were treated to a goal fest as the Tigers set about their work. The impressive Zoe Simmonds led the charge with a wonder strike into the corner, the first of four wonderful goals from this emerging talent. Strike of the first half came from Kayleigh “SuperMac” Watkins who latched onto a through ball to unleash a thunderbolt into the corner of the net from 25 yards. Six nil at half time, Manager Jeremiah rung the changes “If they score seven this half you deserve to lose” was his comment of the match. He had no need to worry as the impressive Thrupp took control of the midfield and started to pull the strings, further goals came from “Jonesy” and “Katie J”, the latter a splendid finish with the outside of her right boot to leave Coedcae hopes dashed. The Coedcae girls rallied to score two great goals late on in the second half from their impressive left winger but it was the Abergavenny Supakatz who took the spoils at the final whistle much to the delight of the barmy army on the touchline.

 

The Tigers next game is a semi-final of the Tesco’s Cup against Trefelin next week, a win will see these girls in the final to be played under the lights in Jenner Park, home of Barry Town. Tiger fans are biting their nails, praying for their team to take them to Barry in search of Silverware. The “Special One” (there is only one Special one in full time employment at the moment!), is tense, “we take one game at a time” he told a packed press conference at the end of the game, “ we are looking forward to next week, it will be a great occasion”.

 

Special mention to the Under 12’s who beat league leaders Georgetown in a friendly today at the Theatre of Dreams, two super strikes from Sammi Quayle, a new recruit from Griffithstown gave the Tigerettes a well deserved win. Captain Alice Morgan deserves a special mention for being selected as MoM in every game this year, well done Alice the Tigers are proud of you. Well done girls!

 

Harry Hotshot “Roving Reporter”,

“Wherever the game, Harry’s yer name”,

following the Mardy Tigers.



Sunday, November 18
Tigers Roar to Seaside Cup Final!

Trefelyn U14’s 0-3 Mardy Tigers U14’s

 

On a wet and windy afternoon in Sunny Trefelyn, the Tigers resumed their Tesco’s Cup action with a semi-final, a victory seeing the winners play under lights at Jenner Park, home of Barry Town. Against a spirited and physical Trefelyn outfit, the Tigers struggled to find their normal fluency and, playing against the wind in the first half, this was a tight encounter for the Abergavenny Big Katz. With dazzling winger Zoe Simmonds in fine fettle down the left, the ball was eased down the left flank and Simmonds flashed in a ball to the venomous feet of Kayleigh Watkins who sidefooted into the gaping net much to the delight of an anxious manager on the touchline. This spurred on the Trefelyn girls who launched a series of long range blasts at Sophie Foote in the Tigers’ goal, this young emerging talent dealt wonderfully with all that was thrown at here and kept the ***cat Princesses in the game. The Tigers held on to the half time break with this slender one goal cushion, manager Jeremiah took his girls into the changing rooms at half time to give his usual stirring team talk and the Tigers came out roaring and ready for action in the second half.

 

The start of the second half saw the Tigers rip into their opponents, with the pressure mounting Trefelyn worked an opening for their striker who was thwarted by the ever alert Foote. Then it was the turn of the lethal Thruppmeister to burst onto the scene hitting two quickfire strikes to take the Big Katz nearer to the final prize. Thrupp’s clinical finishing ended the contest but not before Trefelyn wasted a glorious chance to test the Mardy nerves. Cool defending by Frankie Wesson, Rhian Cleverly, Zoe Thomas and Megan James made the game safe for the Tigers who roared into the Tesco’s Cup Final. At the final whistle, Tigers and their fans were ecstatic “We’re off to the sea side” Big Wayne screeched as the tired and muddy Tigers left the field. “That was a tight one” a relieved Jeremiah uttered at the post match press conference “ We battled well today, young Sophie was brilliant in goals today, superb handling! It would be great to play Margam in the final at Jenner Park”. Later in the day, his dream came true when Margam beat Crickhowell in the other semi-final to set the fixture up. The Tigers will have to take their game up a notch to see off this Margam side who will be up for the fight, Tiger fans can’t wait for this much anticipated clash, the bus is arranged, the champagne on ice and the tranquillisers are on order for the “Special One”.




 
 
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