Christchurch Football Club News 2008

November 2008 Pitchside Awards
Posted: Monday 29th December 2008

In a clean sweep for Christchurch the Pitchside awards for 'Manager of the Month' and 'Player of the Month' for November were awarded to Graham Kemp (Manager) and Russell Cook (player).

Further details are on the Pitchside site at:

Manager of the Month

Player of the Month

Christchurch U18 v VT Youth
Posted: Sunday 21st December 2008



This Sunday Under 18 Cup Match was always going to be a tough trial for the Christchurch lads when you looked at the results when the two sides have met previously. Some great keeping from both goalies kept the half time scores at nil-nil. VT kept the pressure on from the start of the second half and were met by an equally determined Christchurch side. It was only a matter of time before one side or the other got a goal and whoever got it would probably claim the match. It was VT who found the net first with a superb close range goal. Good effort from the young Christchurch team to get an equaliser were met by equally good efforts to get a second from VT. From a spectators view point this resulted in some fine football which was a pleasure to watch. Christchurch 'Man of the Match' was goalkeeper Joe Prodomo.

Final score:
Christchurch U18 0   VT Youth 1.

Christchurch FC v Lymington Town
Posted: Tuesday 16th December 2008


'Man of the Match' Mike Green with club president Joss Jenkins.

With an opening goal scored by Lymington Town in the first 2 minutes our guests had us under pressure from the off. Both teams made opportunities for the rest of the first half but neither could find the net. The second half saw a determined Christchurch team playing hard to get the equaliser and being rewarded with a Gareth Barnes goal. Ben Osborne got the second goal for Christchurch in a goal line clash with the Lymington keeper. Lymington Town put in a determined effort to find an equaliser but time and strong defensive play kept the lead for Christchurch.

Final score:
Christchurch FC 2   Lymington Town 1.

Club of the Month
Posted: Saturday 13th December 2008

From the Sydenhams League Bulletin
Congratulations to The Sydenhams Football League Clubs of the month for November. The Premier Division Club of the month was unbeaten Christchurch they won 5 and drew 1 in November scoring 21 goals against 3. Close behind were also unbeaten VT FC with 4 wins and a draw and Romsey Town with 3 wins and 3 draws.
Well done everyone.

Christchurch FC v New Milton Town
Posted: Saturday 6th December 2008


In this third round tie in the FA Carlsberg Vase there was one thing all were sure of today, a local team was going to be playing in the next round of the Carlsberg FA Vase. Excitement at Hurn Bridge was building early with the actual Vase being on display in the club house from midday. As expected, this was an evenly matched hard game between the two local teams who have both worked for and found good form. In this close match Christchurch proved they had the edge and showed their winning ways again. Well done to all and thank you to our visitors for a great afternoon of local football.

Full Match Report
Bournemouth Echo Match Report

Final score:
Christchurch FC 3   New Milton Town 0.

Christchurch FC v Horndean
Posted: Saturday 29th November 2008


Christchurch continue their winning ways with a performance that built on the standard they have set themselves. Flowing movement and consistency of play demonstrated the confidence this team has. The day might have been chilly but supporters were well rewarded for braving the cold. Well done to all.

Full Match Report

Final score:
Christchurch FC 6   Horndean 0.

Christchurch FC v Bournemouth Poppies
Posted: Tuesday 25th November 2008


Two goals in the first half for Christchurch set the scene for the second. To be fair the first half was more evenly matched than the resulting score line indicated but the second half was clearly dominated by Christchurch. We seemed to find our pace a lot sooner in this match and this paid dividends as flowing attacks quickly started to get results. Nearing the half-way mark for the season and there is an air of excitement around the club and team. Well done to all.

Full Match Report

Final score:
Christchurch FC 7   Bournemouth Poppies 1.

Christchurch FC v Brading Town
Posted: Tuesday 18th November 2008


An evenly matched game with both teams having opportunities to score but neither managing to get the deciding goal. The last minute brought a high when Christchurch looked as if they were going to score the winner. Close but in the end a fair result which reflected the efforts of both teams.
Final score: Christchurch FC 1   Brading Town 1.

FA Vase comes to Hurn Bridge
Posted: Monday 17th November 2008



FA Vase 3rd Round Draw
Posted: Monday 17th November 2008


In what should be an exciting local derby Christchurch FC have been drawn against New Milton Town in the FA Carlsberg Vase 3rd Round.
The match is to be played at Hurn Bridge Sports Ground on the 6th of December. Kick-off at 3 pm.

Christchurch FC v Tunbridge Wells
Posted: Saturday 15th November 2008



Our guests set a strong pace in the opening stages of this FA Vase tie and looked set to dominate the match. The Christchurch team took their time in finding a pace to match the pressure being applied but once they did the first half settled down to some of the best football we have seen in recent times. With few mistakes and both teams playing well it was an excellent match from a spectators point of view. The second half continued the superb standard from both teams. A goal from Mark Burrows (his 3rd in two matches) gave Christchurch the lead and having found their opponents pace Christchurch kept the pressure on. The Kentish Football web site has an excellent match report which sums up the match from our visitors perspective.
Kentish Football Match Report
We of course have our own Match Report done by the Bridgeman.
Final score: Christchurch FC 1   Tunbridge Wells 0.

Lymington Town v Christchurch FC
Posted: Saturday 11th November 2008



A slow start from Christchurch and strong play from Lymington out of the gate kept Kempies team working hard to stay in the game. A timely goal just before half time from Russell Cook was a turning point. A forceful Christchurch team took the field for the second half and matched the physical game Lymington were playing. Two goals from Mark Burrows in the second half put another deserved and hard win on the Christchurch scoreboard. Final score: Lymington 0   Christchurch 3.

Christchurch FC v Cowes Sports
Posted: Saturday 8th November 2008



Our visitors from the island provided an afternoon of good and entertaining football. With no score in the first half Christchurch needed to find that little extra which would make the difference. Whatever was said at half-time certainly showed as Christchurch raised their game and put the visitors under pressure. Three goals and one conceded in the second half put a deserved and good win on the Christchurch scoreboard.

Club Presidents Lottery
Posted: Monday 3rd November 2008

Congratulations go to Robin Osborne with a £50 win in the October draw of the Presidents Lottery.

Bemerton HH v Christchurch FC
Posted: Wednesday 29th October 2008



In a surprisingly cold evening at our hosts at Bemerton the match and our welcome were warm enough to keep all happy. A return to form saw Christchurch take the lead and keep the pressure on our opponents with good opportunities being created throughout the first half. An equaliser from Bemerton brought attacking football from both teams as they both sought the goal which would dominate the match. Christchurch efforts paid off and despite hard work from our hosts sealed the match to finish with a 1-2 win.

Chris Dillon gets the Chop!
Posted: Friday 16th October 2008



First Team player Chris Dillon (pictured with Manager Graham Kemp) finished training with style on Thursday evening. Most players would be happy to wash their hair and be on their way but Chris went the whole hog and had his long locks shorn. In an event sponsored by the team and club members Chris raised enough money for a new First Team kit. Well done to Chris from all at the club for this selfless sacrifice. Lets hope it wasn't a Samson moment!

Club Presidents Lottery
Posted: Monday 6th October 2008

Congratulations go to Robin Osborne with a £50 win in the September draw of the Presidents Lottery.

Dave Edwards wins for Christchurch
Posted: Friday 20th September 2008

The efforts and expertise of the Hurn Bridge groundsman Dave Edwards have been recognised with an award from the Hampshire FA for the best pitch. Well done Dave from all at Christchurch. A full write up is on Pitchside. Dave is pictured below receiving a token of our appreciation from club vice-chairman Derek Nippard.



A Night at the Dogs
Posted: Saturday 13th September 2008

Poole Greyhound Stadium has generously provided tickets for a night at the dogs on the 17th of October. Doors open at 6.30pm and the first race is at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5.00 per person and include admission and a free drink. Tickets are available from any committee member. Please support this evening as we are sure it will be great fun and will bring much needed funds to the club.

Christchurch FC v Hartley Wintney
Posted: Friday 12th September 2008

A superb match played at Hurn Bridge on the 6th of September with Christchurch showing the strength that we hope to see more of in the coming season. A full match report is online. The featured picture is 'Man of the Match' Mark Smith.



MA Hart sponsors First Team
Posted: Friday 12th September 2008



Chris Hart of MA Hart presents First Team Captain Dan Crutchley with the first of a set of track suits for the club. Many thanks to Mark and Chris for their continued support of Christchurch FC.

Stewart Kearn signs as new keeper
Posted: Friday 12th September 2008



First Team Manager Graham Kemp welcomes new signing Stewart Kearn who will join as the First Team gaolkeeper. Stewart brings a wealth of experience with him having played at Sheffield Wednesday.

Christchurch FC v Chichester City - 31st July
Posted: Sunday 3rd August 2008

The Steve Bernard Trophy was played in great spirit by the teams from Christchurch and Chichester. The Chichester team failed to score against the Christchurch 1st team which continues to go from strength to strength and took the match and trophy with a 4-0 win. Whilst the score may look a little one sided the game most certainly was not. The young Chichester team made some good opportunities and provided an enjoyable evenings football.



Christchurch FC Summer Fete 20th July
Posted: Wednesday 23rd July 2008

The Under 9s competition and Summer Fete were held at Christchurch Junior School on the 20th of July. The weather held for the day and a superb tournament with a high standard of play left two very good teams (Mudeford Swans and Branksome United) competing for the trophy. In a very close match that went to extra time Mudeford Swans got the winning goal. Well done to all the players and managers who took part in this inaugral tournament. Photographs from the day will be in the Image Gallery shortly.


The winning team celebrate after receiving the trophy.

The winning numbers in the 'Lucky Programme Draw' were:
1st Prize - Number 184 - Mountain Bike
2nd Prize - Number 378 - £100 discount holiday voucher
3rd Prize - Number 281 - £25 cash
Prizes can be claimed by contacting Stuart Underwood via the club. Prizes remaining unclaimed 35 days after the event will be re-used by the club in future competitions.

The day was sponsored by a number of local companies.

Horizon Honda
Halfords
Poole Stadium


Christchurch FC AGM - 23rd July
Posted: Monday 16th June 2008
Updated: Wednesday 9th July 2008

The Christchurch Football Club Annual General Meeting will be held at Hurn Bridge on the 23rd of July 2008.

CFC Youth Presentation Evening 21st June
Posted: Sunday 22nd June 2008



The presentation evening was at the Carrington House Hotel in Bournemouth. A very well attended event which was a lot of fun for the younger players who finished the night off with a disco.

Images of this event are available to view in the image gallery.

Christchurch FC Youth Presentation Evening - 21st June
Posted: Monday 16th June 2008

The presentation evening is at the Carrington House Hotel, Knyveton Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3QQ. If anyone from the seniors would like to come they are most welcome!

Christchurch FC Youth Win Bankes Cup Final
Posted: Monday 12th May 2008


In a superb match played at the Dorset County ground at Hamworthy the Under 18 team managed by Tony Bernard won the Bankes Cup Final. On one of the hottest days of the year so far the Christchurch lads kept up a furious pace which would have all but the fittest exhausted. Our opponents, Westland Youth, certainly matched the pace and played an equally determined game. A match played in the finest spirit of which both clubs can be proud. Well done to all.

Presentation Evening 9th May 2008
Posted: Sunday 11th May 2008

The annual presentation evening was very well attended. It is always nice to reward the efforts of the players, the teams, the coaches and all the people who put in so much effort to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Well done to all and congratulations to all the award winners.

The featured image is Tim Collins receiving his 'Clubman of the Year' award from John Haynes.

Further images from the presentation evening are in the image gallery.

Presentation Evening 9th May



Christchurch FC U18 Bankes Cup Final
Posted: Wednesday 7th May 2008

The Under 18 team managed by Tony Bernard is in the Bankes Cup Final playing against Westlands this weekend. The match is to be played at "The County Ground" ( Hamworthy United FC) on Sunday the 11th May. Kick-off is at 3pm. lets give the lads as much support as we can in what will be a great finish to their season.

Third place for Christchurch Reserves - Wessex Comb. One
Posted: Wednesday 7th May 2008

With two matches in hand the Reserves needed to win either one to finish a successful season third in their division. One match (Moneyfields) is still to be arranged the other against Lymington Town Reserves was played on the 1st of May at Brockenhurst FC. Its fair to say the lads did us proud and claimed that 3rd place as theirs by beating Lymington Town Reserves 1 - 5. Well done to the team, managers, assistants and everybody who helped to achieve this superb result from all at Christchurch FC.

Sydenhams Football League Cup Final
Posted: Wednesday 7th May 2008

Congratulations to Wimborne Town with their win at Hurn Bridge against Moneyfields in the Sydenhams Football League Cup Final held at Christchurch FC on Saturday 3rd May 2008. Images from this match are available to view on the John Wright Digital Imaging website.


Christchurch Reserves - Wessex Comb. One
Posted: Monday 28th April 2008

With two matches in hand the Reserve needs to win either one to finish a successful season third in their division. One match (Moneyfields) is still to be arranged the other against Lymington Town Reserves is to be played on Thursday evening the 1st of May at Brockenhurst FC. If you can please get along to this match and give the players the full support that they deserve.

Christchurch FC Summer Fete 20th July
Posted: Monday 28th April 2008

We are currently organising a Summer Fete to be held at Christchurch Junior School in July. More details will be available shortly but current features are a Under 9s six a side competition, a visit from the local Fire Brigade, stalls and a lot of fun.

Hampshire Sunday Under 18 Cup Final
Posted: Monday 28th April 2008

This always promised to be a close match and a great final with both Christchurch and Moneyfields Youth on form. Played at Winklebury Football Complex the lads showed the skills that got them to the final in an extra-time thriller. Well done to all involved and congratulations to Moneyfields. Images from this match are in the image gallery.

Final score Moneyfields 2 Christchurch 1

Hampshire Sunday Under 18 Cup Final
Posted: Saturday 19th April 2008

Following on from their League Championship the Under 18's are in the Cup Final to be played at Winklebury Football Complex, Winklebury Way, Basingstoke RG23 8BF.
Map and directions to ground
The final will be played on Sunday the 27th April against Moneyfields Youth FC. Time of kick off to be confirmed. A bus has been arranged and there are a limited number of places available for fans. If you would like a seat on the bus please contact Fiona Legg on 07968 535906
Please come along and give your support to the team.

Christchurch FC v Bemerton HH
Posted: Wednesday 16th April 2008

In a game that saw Christchurch playing catch-up the Christchurch effort was consistent and persistent but the ball failed to find the goal as often as we would have liked. A highlight was a superb Roy of the Rovers full power belter from Dan Crutchley which he drove into the back of the Bemerton net. Club President Josh Jenkins made a welcome appearance in the stands despite his recent illness.
Well done to our visitors.
Final score 2-3 to Bemerton HH

Sydenhams Football League Cup Final
Posted: Thursday 27th March 2008

Congratulations to Moneyfields and Wimborne Town who have reached The Sydenhams Football League Cup Final to be held at Christchurch FC on Saturday 3rd May 2008 kick off at 3pm.


Christchurch U18 League Champions
Posted: Tuesday 25th March 2008


With a match in hand the Hampshire County Youth League (Division One) Championship belongs to the Christchurch FC U18 team managed by Andy Mills (assisted by Tim Collins). Moneyfields win over VT Youth ensured the championship went to Christchurch. With 11 games played and 25 points Christchurch have one point over VT Youth who have played 12 games.

Well done players, managers and all who helped and supported from all at Christchurch FC.

Chairmans View February 28th 2008
Posted: Thursday 29th February 2008

POMPEY GLOOM

As the clouds rolled across the leaden Portsmouth sky on a raw afternoon the lads looked to put the disappointment of the Wimborne drubbing behind them. The midweek friendly against AFC Bournemouth had been full of positives so Kempie must have been confident that he would get a response from the team and get back the winning ways.

The Moneyfield Ground nestling in the terraced streets within the roar of Fratton Park demands competitive edge and as the game unfolded it was clear that the Church defence really wanted to be at home with a cup of cocoa watching Gillett Soccer Special rather than face a chilly afternoon against a team who wanted to actually engage in some physical contact. The Church defence felt that it much better to avoid such nastiness and stand aside to let the Moneyfield boys past.

Three goals later with the Church defence generally looking at themselves and wondering how long it was to half time the game as a contest was long gone. Kempie, nerves shredded didn’t know where to start in his half time team talk the hair dryer seeming so inadequate for all the team. The reception needed was more suited to the industrial dryers at the end of the car wash than the modest output of a hair dryer.

The first minute of the second half saw a bright start but as the game moved into the 46th minute it soon evaporated as Moneyfields took charge of the game. Christchurch were left wondering how they would keep warm for the rest of the game given that running around was clearly out of the question.

Gary Funnell who stood out on the pitch as a beacon of skill in a sea of mediocrity showed touch and movement that bewildered his team mates. He scored a goal of great technique but like a drowning man in quicksand the 21 other players on the park soon sucked him back to their own level.

While Moneyfields were no world beaters they did appear to have mastered the basics of the game namely a degree of passing and moving and a will to actually compete to the best of their ability. A really disappointing display after the disappointment of the Wimborne game which highlighted how fragile confidence can be.

The season has been littered with false dawns of consistency and great displays followed by two or three poor displays as the team struggle. There is no doubt that the team can compete with any team in this league on their day and the close games against Poole and Totton showed that we should be beating virtually all the teams outside the top six.

To prove the point a much improved display saw the team take all three points against Brading on Tuesday evening and although I was not able to attend it was by all accounts a much better performance. Come to think of it many of the good performances which the team have put together have been on evenings when I have not been able to attend so perhaps I should stay away more often to ensure a greater tally of points.

I never like to pick out individuals for praise or criticism as ultimately the performances are a team game where every member of the team has to play their part for good or bad. I must say however I was pleased that Martin Lawrence got on the score sheet against Brading with our late winner as Martin has this season been an excellent clubman both for the first team and the reserves and unfailingly gives his all for Church. For example last week I had the pleasure of watching him in action on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening when he played for both the first team, reserves and first team again in our friendly. He is always also prepared to help out in the reserves and is credit to himself and the club.

Peter Rolph
Chairman


Chairmans Notes February 26th 2008
Posted: Tuesday 26th February 2008

Whichever you you try to look at it a five nil loss is a heavy defeat and when you look for positives there were not many last tuesday when Wimborne came to Hurn bridge. An early own goal conceded started the rot and a failure to equalise soon after with a good chance the lads were up against it. Wimborne are a fine footballing side who pass and move with players of top quality at this level and are rightly pressing for the title and we wish them well. I know Kempy was unhappy with some performances and there were some harsh words in the dressing room.

The team had an ideal chance to bounce back on thursday evening when a hastily arranged friendly saw the first team take on AFC Bournemouths under 18s/youth players. It gave AFC Bournemouth the chance to look at their players and get some match fitness and was ideal to get the heavy defeat out of our systems. It proved to be a good run out and ended 1-1 with both sides objectives fully met. I certainly hope it marks a closer link between the clubs.

Tims reserve side got back to winning ways on wednesday 3-0 against Brockenhurst reserves. It was good to see Colin Dand back from injury and see the emergence of a new young exciting striker called Steve Hillier. Yes. Fudge playing upfront swivelled in the six yard box to smash an unstoppable shot late in the second half. It was one of those " I was there" moments and in all seriousness the influence of senior players like Fudge and Lee Hodder in the team are absolutely invaluable and the young players learn so much from these players.

Can i remind everybody that the casino night is coming up next saturday and everybody needs to come and raise some serious funds for the club.

I am writing these notes before our game at Moneyfields so i hope we put in a good performance. We welcome our friends from Brading who have made the long midweek trek from the Isle of Wight. Our victory at Brading earlier in the season set us on the way after some indifferent results so we hope to complete the double and move up the table as we have some really winnable matches coming up and we are still looking for a top ten finish having already exceeded last seasons points total.

Whatever happens enjoy the game and we wish our visitors a safe journey and an enjoyable stay with us.

Peter Rolph
Chairman


Chairmans Notes February 19th 2008
Posted: Tuesday 19th February 2008

Football generates different emotions in different people....in my case different emotions depending on the team im watching. I always remain impassive while watching the first team or reserves unless my son is playing. When i watch my son in the under 18s i make ian holloway look like sven. Last sunday the under 18s won through to the Hants Cup Final which will take place at Fareham FC on 30 March against Moneyfields.Andy Mills and Tim Collins have worked so hard with this group of young men that they deserve some silverware and being top of division 1 in the league means we should give the team support for the rest of the season. Come along to the cup final and cheer the lads .The semi final where we beat Totton 4-1 was not without incident and anybody who wants the full story must look at the match report on the website.

Last saturday the first team gave Horndean a three goal lead in the first 20 mins and wondered why it was hard work to get back into the match....at 3-2 the game was there for the taking but with further generousity another goal was given to our visitors and we ran out losers 4-3. On tuesday kempy took a large squad to Gosport for a friendly and in what has been described to me as brilliant ...awsome...magic..Church ran out 3-0 winners against a strong Gosport side who dont like losing at any time.

Such superlatives could certainly not have been used when watching the Reserves against Ringwood play out a insipid 1-1 draw . on wednesday ...i have spent more exciting evenings watching paint dry As a person who has a pathalogical dislike of DIY in its many forms my wife was surprised when i returned from the reserves match to ask if she wanted the house painting...and i was prepared to start at once. It was a game they should have won with one arm behind their back....unfortunately most played as if they had one leg tied behind their back as chance after chance was missed by players who really are experienced enough to play better.Poor Tim Collins must be at his wits end with the chances going begging every match and points dropped every week .

The first team took their good form into the last match against Hayling Island on saturday and started the match at a terrific pace and should have been at least 4 up at the break rather than the solitary own goal that separated the teams .A quick goal straight after the break killed off the game and although we missed a hatful of chances a late goal saw us very comfortable at 3-0.

We welcome our friends from Wimborne tonight in what will be a very stern test for the lads.Wimborne are pressing for the title and with the clubs having shared many players o ver the years and the warm welcome we always enjoy when we visit make this fixture a particular favourite.Wimborne play the game the right way and after tonight we wish them well for the rest of the season.

Finally i must confess that i love stats of almost any type...a real sttato...Our win on saturday took us past our total points for the whole of last season [ 38games] after 31 games.We have this season to date won 12 games against a total of 9 all last season......we have scored 53 goals as against 59 for all last season.....Now i know last season was in many respects a poor season with managerial change and disruption but it does prove what the committee have known since may 2007 that we made the right choice of first team manager and our 3 year plan on the field is well on course.With the youth players continuing to shine its a good time to be with Christchurch
Enjoy the game

Peter Rolph
Chairman


First Team keeper Dan Loader injured playing Alresford Town
Posted: Saturday 2nd February 2008

Following an unfortunate incident during todays game young goalkeeper Dan Loader was taken to hospital with a broken leg. The injury occurred in an early second half collision with an Alresford forward. There was no malice in the accident and following a wait for an ambulance play eventaually continued after a 30 minute break. Dan had secured his place in the first team this season and had been a consistent performer every match. Only recently the likable keeper had been invited to train with Aldershot Town.

All at Christchurch Football Club wish Dan a full and speedy recovery.

More information on Dan's injury will follow as soon as we receive it.
The latest information on Dan and comment from the young man himself are in the Forums.


Former Christchurch Manager Graham Smith dies
Posted: Tuesday 29th January 2008

It is with regret that I have to inform followers of Christchurch FC, of the sad and untimely passing of former Christchurch FC Player and our Under 18s Youth Team Manager, Graham ( Smudger ) Smith.

Graham unfortunately passed away on Tuesday 29th of January, in the McMillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital, at the young age of 52, having bravely fought a long and hard battle with cancer. Graham was a typical Christchurch stalwart, both as a player and Manager he always done things the CFC way. He had a great talent in his managerial times for spotting and coaching good quality young players. Apart form his footballing ideals, he was also a kind and caring family Man and someone you could always have a laugh with, as well as his interest in football, he also turned out on the odd occasions for Christchurch Cricket Club, however, he by his own humerous words, “was only their to make up the numbers my highest score was 0 not out”. Our thoughts at this sad time, obviously go out to Angie his lovely Wife and sons Gary and Mark, who also donned the blue and white Christchurch strip for us a few season ago, just like his Dad. The funeral is set for the Bournemouth Crematorium on Thursday the 7th of February at 11 30am, followed by a Family and Friends gathering at our own sports club at Hurn Bridge.

Rest in Peace “ Smudger”, you will be sadly missed by all of us at Christchurch Football Club and all others that knew you.

Mick Ryan
Director of Football


New Club Web Site Goes Live
Posted: Saturday 26th January 2008

The new web site is live. The site has been re-designed and coded to improve the usability and layout. There are a few new features but the biggest from a user perspective is the introduction of a Forums section. There are still a few links to make live and a few to bring into the new format but we felt the benefits of getting it live now outweighed any drawbacks. Enjoy it and please let us have your feedback.

John


Updated Image Gallery
Posted: Wednesday 9th January 2008

The Image Gallery is being updated to use a dedicated hosting site. This should make it a bit more flexible and functional in use and also provides a good archive system for the growing number of images we have of the club teams. All the latest matches and events will be in the new format and I will be slowly working my way back through previous matches.

For those interested we have chosen Zenfolio for this hosting after a considerable amount of research and testing. As well as providing a very good display interface it also provides back up for the original full size images and is very reasonably priced. For all who have any images or collections of images which are important to them I strongly recommend using a back up system. I currently back up to a RAID server and two external archive hosts (Zenfolio and Photoshelter). I can strongly recommend Zenfolio and a basic account is cheap.

Should you chose to use Zenfolio please use the following referral code when signing up - you will get a $5 discount.

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