End of Season Festival of Football & Fun Day
• Festival of Football Soccer 7‟s (Soccer 7‟s Pitch)
• Festival of Football Rangers (Trinians/Rangers Pitch)
Tournaments and Cup Finals 2009 MORDEN LITTLE LEAGUE
• Trinians Tournament (Hornets Pitch)
NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2009
• Smart Cup Qualifier (Juniors Pitch A & B) Welcome to the new spring season at Morden Little
• Hornets Tournament (Bantams /Hornets Pitch) League and a special welcome to everyone new to the
• Bantams Tournament ( Bantams/Hornets Pitch) The message we would like to convey at the start of the 2008/2009 Spring
season is that we want only positive encouragement and it is all about
Managers Match & Fun Day sharing and enjoying – win or lose
28th March 2009 Our Aim
Children of all abilities to experience the enjoyment of playing
football as a leisure activity
• Seniors Mays Cup Final (Seniors Pitch)
• Girls Challenge Cup Final (Girls Pitch)
The ability to work within a team
• Juniors Coopers Cup Final (Juniors Pitch B)
Hopefully a few wins along the way
• Juniors Smart Cup Final (Juniors Pitch A)
REMEMBER AT MORDEN LITTLE LEAGUE THE CHILDREN
New Players Trials 2009
ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN FOOTBALL
Division Trial1 Trial2 Trial3 Time THE GAME IS NOT THE THING – THE CHILD IS
Seniors Sat 25/4 Sat 2/5 Sat 9/5 10am
Bantams Sat 25/4 Sat 2/5 Sat 9/5 10am League Secretary
Hornets Sat 25/4 Sat 2/5 Sat 9/5 10am
Rangers Sat 25/4 Sat 2/5 Sat 9/5 10am
Soccer7evens Sat 25/4 Sat 2/5 Sat 9/5 10am
Trinians Sat 25/4 Sat 2/5 Sat 9/5 10am
Contents International News
Page No. DARTS MARATHON
Two Saturdays before Christmas and a bunch of Little League enthusiasts
spend their whole day and evening raising funds for the International
2. Social Events Tournament to be held next May at King George‟s Park, by undertaking a
3. Social Events sponsored 12 hour darts marathon.
4. Senior Division News
5. Girls Division News On a very wet and overcast day our ten sponsored players completed
6. Junior Division News eighty five games of 1001 at the Queen‟s Head, Mitcham thanks to the kind
7. Junior Division News hospitality of Ray and Barb, licensees of the pub, and to the organisation of
8. Mini Soccer Mick Beard, known to most parents as the bonus ball man!
9. Referees Page
10. General News Sustained throughout by an endless supply of Guinness and lager, our
players were in remarkably good shape by the end and anticipate having
11. League Management Committee
raised over £1,000 for the cause. A big thank you goes to the players
12. International drawn from members of the League Management Committee, team
13. International managers, parents and a former Little League player. Big thanks also to
those who took the time to drop in during the day to provide some support
and those who joined us for the food and live music at the end.
POSTPONEMENTS 020 8330 2663 Congratulations to our star player Roy, who not only achieved the highest
number of “outs” but also was the first to record a 180 score. Very kindly
You can find out the latest information on potential postponements, if you are Roy donated his winnings to the League.
in doubt, by checking the League Help Line on 020 8330 2663. Fixtures for
the Saturday after postponed games are as the Fixture Lists unless
Please check in the Canteen in the Lost Property Box if you have left
an item of clothing at King Georges previously. It may just be in
International News Cafe
International Café Rota for the Spring Season is on Page 7.
Dutch Tournament 23rd May
Thank you to all volunteers for your recent and future assistance in the
2009 café and for supporting your team and Morden Little League.
The café is our biggest fund raiser and we would not be able to provide
free football for over 600 boys and girls every week without volunteers like
We hope you enjoyed the experience and if you did and feel you would like
to help again we would be very grateful.
Groen-Wit & Morden
If you feel you are able to offer some more time to help keep this essential
part of Morden Little League running then please contact Shirley-Anne
We are delighted to be hosting the thirteenth Morden Little League Cummings on 020 8337 2170.
International Youth Football Tournament and we hope that good weather
enables an enjoyable day of sport.
As in each previous “odd” year since 1985, our principal guests are the children
and the adults from the Groen Wit ‘62 football club of Apeldoorn in Holland. Café –warming cups of hot beverages or cooling cans and bottles of
They have generously entertained similar groups from our League in each
drinks. If you feel hungry we have something to satisfy your appetite
“even” year since 1984. We are hoping to welcome teams from other Little
Leagues. Hot Dogs, Sausage Rolls, Steak and Kidney Pies, Bacon Rolls,
Sweets, Chocolate, Crisps.
When we first visited Groen Wit almost 25 years ago, their Tournament
programme editorial said “winning is less important than good sportsmanship Two hours work will ensure MLL continues into the future. If the café
and friendly participation” and we strongly support this old fashioned but cannot find enough volunteers, then there will be no football.
excellent principle. Remember no café, no football.
This year we once again hope for some good competitive football, but more
importantly, an opportunity for a pleasant day in the company of good
Invitations will shortly be going out for host families to support this
event. Host families will receive priority when considering
applications for our visit to Holland in 2010. Please don‟t forget to buy a Bonus Ball on a Saturday morning. Cost
£1 and you have a 1 in 49 chance of winning £25.
Enquiries about being host families should be made to John Grice
020 8393 1856.
PLEASE NOTE: IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY DURING
SATURDAY MORNINGS THERE IS NOW A DEDICATED MOBILE
NUMBER WHICH WILL BE ANSWERED. 07541 639419
„We held a very enjoyable and successful quiz night on Friday 21 November at
Goals Soccer Centre in New Malden.
LEAGUE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Attended by around 100 adults and children, the evening passed off without any
controversy, largely owing to the late withdrawal of our very own mad Scottish Chairman John Grice 020 8393 1856
Cafe Administrator Shirley-Anne Cummings and her team – just as well, as she Treasurer Mark Goldfinch 020 8395 0525
had threatened a repeat of the jocks at Wembley in 1977 when they nicked our Secretary Dennis Jones 020 8330 2663
goalposts, only this time she was planning to nick the goalposts from the boys 5- Referees Secretary Dave Bonner 07590 516475
a-side pitches!! Glad to report these are still safely intact. Administrator Sheila Jones 07946 658192
Café Co-ordinator Shirley-Anne Cummings 020 8337 2170
Comprising of 10 rounds of a mixture of general knowledge, pictures and Child Protection Officer Elissa Davies 07793 563604
basically pure guesswork/sheer luck questions, it was apparent from the outset Membership Secretary T.B.A.
that the final scores were going to be very low, as the teams struggled with
difficult trivia as to „The colour of Scooby-Doo‟s dog collar‟ and „How many Player Co-ordinators
calories in a Big Mac‟. Seniors/Juniors Jeannette Luffman 07724 517453
Girls/Trinians Sandra Matthews 07894 388469
A word here to quiz teams entering future quizzes – asking the questions for 3 Mini Soccer Nigel Blackwell 020 8641 4996
and a half hours is very THIRSTY work, so in future all beers purchased for yours Waiting List Mark Fanning 020 8715 4538
truly quizmaster would be much appreciated. Thank yoop.
Venue Co-ordinators Dennis Jones/ 07946 658192
The quiz was won by a team affectionately known as C.A.C.C (captained by Little Nigel Blackwell
League Treasurer Mark Goldfinch), although C.A.C.C by name and not by nature Lottery Promoter Sandra Matthews 07894 388469
as they led the field virtually from start to finish, which is actually quite sad as Social Secretary Jay Watts 07828 256229
they obviously watch a lot of kids TV and films between them as they somehow International John Grice 020 8393 1856
managed to answer nearly all of the kids questions. Are you guys unemployed Co-ordinator
or do you just indulge in hours of CBBC when your wives and girlfriends are out? Code of Conduct Co- June Sanders 020 8646 2405
Wooden Spoonists were Edens United, captained by Lisa Eden. A game effort
guys and thank you for keeping up a good effort and spirit. Division
The quiz night helped to raise £265 for Little League, which was a very welcome Senior David Russell 020 8640 5013
surprise. Junior Tina Stephens 020 8335 3248
Girls Michael Black 07921 667459
My thanks to all of you who attended what was intended to be a fun social night Trinians Jerzy Dabrowski 07931 790803
and I hope you enjoyed it. Onto the Race Night in March – Hope to see you all Bantams Les Sheridan 020 8778 0869
there. Hornets T.B.A.
Rangers Scott Whittington 020 8337 9295
Cheers Soccer7‟s George Mellor 020 8224 6910
Web Master Michael Black 07921 667459
Co-opted Member John Barnett 01737 360212
The AGM has been fixed for 10 June 2009
Senior Division News Referees Page
Autumn League Winners: Footman Flyers REFEREES
Autumn League Runners-up: Elm Beetles
THREE RULES THAT EVERY PLAYER, MANAGER
Pos Team P W D L F A PTS AND SPECTATOR SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OUR
1st Footman Flyers 10 7 2 1 36 14 - 16 REFEREES
2nd Elm Beetles 10 5 3 2 25 9 - 13
1. They are always right
Congratulations go to Footman Flyers who won the Autumn half of the season. 2. Even if they get it wrong they are right
Remember if a different team wins the Spring League then a play-off shall take 3. In the event of any complaints please refer to rule one
place to determine the overall League Champions - so it is still all to play for -
and remember it is all about enjoying – win or lose. Many of our officials are young and newly qualified. We cannot afford to
lose officials through abuse or constant harassment. Managers and
Final table after Mays Cup Qualifying Stage helpers who referee matches will have the same powers and responsibility
as any qualified Referee and they are afforded the same respect and co-
Team P W D L F A GD PTS operation as would be given to any match official.
Switchgear Flashes 3 2 1 0 12 5 +7 3 Q
The League cannot and will not review the decisions of Referees.
Footman Flyers 3 2 0 1 16 6 +10 4 Q
Have you ever thought of becoming a referee?
Remco Royals 3 2 0 1 13 9 +4 4 Q
Elm Beetles 3 2 0 1 11 8 +3 4 Q Do you know anybody who wants to become a referee?
The above four teams will progress to the Mays Cup semi final stage on Are you aged between 14 and 70 years and would like more
14 March 2009. information,
(Semi Final draw was made on the 6 January 2009) and the Cup Final takes Assistant Referees would you like to attend a FREE course to
place on 28 March 2009. enhance your ‘lining’ skills.
Would you like to attend a FREE Workshop for Mini-Soccer Referees?
Switchgear Flashes v Remco Royals Persons wishing to attend should contact Dave Bonner on 07590
Footman Flyers v Elm Beetles 516475
CHANGE OF CONTACT DETAILS The FA Respect Programme
aims are to support referees
Please remember to keep us up to date with any changes to your telephone uphold the Laws of the Game and
numbers or postal address by phoning the Help Line 020 8330 2663 to improve behaviour –on the
Or by email: email@example.com
pitch and on the sidelines
General News Social Events
MORDEN LITTLE LEAGUE FOOTBALL
Please remember the designated spectators' barrier is on one full length of the
pitch and this is for the spectators from BOTH TEAMS to stand behind, which
also means no-one should be watching from behind the goals. Where we are TH
experiencing problems with the tape not staying in place the tape will be replaced SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2009
with a rope. AT
THE FANS STADIUM – KINGSMEADOW
It is the intention that the Managers and Assistants of both teams should stand JACK GOODCHILD WAY
on the other side of the pitch, meaning players get instructions from just one side 422a KINGSTON ROAD
of the pitch. KINGSTON UPON THAMES, KT1 3PB
It has been agreed, that considering the ethos of Morden Little League and that 7.00pm to MIDNIGHT
the children playing are of mixed ability, it would now be appropriate for either a
Manager or an Assistant to stand on the same side as the parents/spectators.
However Managers and Assistants must ensure that they are not in the way of
the Assistant Referees in 11-a-side games. Managers and Assistants must not
run up and down the touchline and never onto the pitch directly or indirectly
influencing, criticising or putting pressure on Referees or their Assistants.
Due to the space between the Junior pitch A and the Girls Pitch (which was
originally marked for Managers and Assistants only) constantly being used as a
pathway from Aragon Road across KGF it is impracticable to insist that
supporters only stand one side. Therefore starting in January 2009 BOTH SIDES TICKETS COST: £7.00 ADULTS, £3.00 CHILDREN (under 16‟s)
of Junior Pitch A and the Girls Pitch will have barriers erected.
(PRICE INCLUDES COLD BUFFET)
Tickets can be purchased, on a first come first serve basis only, by -
E-mailing your name, address and ticket requirements to us at
Telephone Jay on 07828 256229
Tickets will also be available from the Pavilion Café Helpdesk on
selected Little League match days from October 2008
Section Rep - Hornets Division Further, ask Jay for details of the following -
MANAGERS AND ASSISTANTS:
We currently have vacancies for Assistant Managers Become a horse owner for the night - buy and name a horse in one of
PLAYERS: the races for £5.00 – if your horse wins its race, you will win a cash
We currently have vacancies for GIRLS prize.
born between September 1994 and August 2002 Sponsor a race and give the race a name.
Buy a horse in the finale ‘Auction Race’ and win a large cash prize if
you are the lucky winning owner(s).
Mini Soccer News Girls Division News
Festival of Football and Fun Day Autumn League Winners: Jephs Fillies
Autumn League Runners-up: T.B.C
7 March Soccer 7’s Division
Referees to be supplied by: Managers from the Hornets Congratulations go to Jephs Fillies who won the Autumn half of the
14 March Rangers Division season. Remember if a different team wins the Spring League then a play-
Referees to be supplied by: Managers from the Soccer7evens off shall take place to determine the overall League Champions - so it is
& Trinians still all to play for - and remember it is all about enjoying – win or lose.
End of Season Tournaments
7 March Trinians Division Runner Up still to be confirmed and the Cup is still to be settled.
Referees to be supplied by: Managers from the Hornets
14 March Hornets Division League
Referees to be supplied by: Managers from the Bantams
21 March Bantams Division Team P W D L F A PTS
Referees to be supplied by: Managers from the Rangers Jephs Fillies 10 8 1 1 37 6 - 17
USA Blue Sox 9 6 1 2 40 12 - 13
Please note the following alterations to the Hand Book
Budgies Tombhoys 9 6 0 3 46 28 - 12
Page 57 March 7
Trinians fixture changed to Baily Family Shield Double Headers
Tournament On the 17th January - USA v Rockford - 9:30 - Missed League
Game 1st November
Page 56 March 7 Soccer 7‟s fixture changed to Festival of
Football On the 24th January - Rockford v Jephs - 9:30 - Missed Cup Game
Page 51 March 7 Extra fixture Bantams Division: -
And finally the 31st January - Rockford v Gregorys - 10:30 -
9.30 Robs Rockets v Morden Sports Aces Missed Cup Game 22nd November
10.15 Wills Warriors v Fenwick Falcons
11.00 Traq Tigers v Macemain Whirlwinds Cup
11.45 Decorex Dynamos v M.A.B. Warriors
Nigel’s Comments Team P W D L F A GD PTS
USA Blue Sox 3 2 1 0 15 8 +7 5 Q
Happy New Year to you all and welcome to any new players and parents. Sorry if
you have not seen me yet but I am around every Saturday between 8 a.m. and 2 Gregorys Girls 2 1 1 0 7 5 +2 3Q
p.m. If you have any questions or queries please call my number in the Hand
Book or leave a message at the Help Desk. Jephs Fillies 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 2
Parents please make sure players are with their manager 30 minutes before kick R&D Bluebells 3 1 0 2 5 8 -3 2
off and if they do not wish to play any longer please let the manager know, as we
have players on the waiting list in all sections. Budgies Tombhoys 3 1 0 2 7 10 -3 2
Managers and assistants please make sure all games finish on time and that Rockford Peaches 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0
attendance books are filled in. If you wish to play in the Managers Match contact The semi final draw will be made following the last cup game.
me or Scott Whittington. Thanks for all your help.
Nigel Blackwell Sandra Mathews
Junior Division News Junior Division
Autumn League Winners: CTL Falcons THE SMART CUP QUALIFYING ROUND TO BE PLAYED
Autumn League Runners-up: Cranleigh Aces SATURDAY 14th MARCH 2009
09.30 Carina Allstars v Cooper Colts Pitch A
Pos Team P W D L F A PTS 09.30 Rotary Royals v Essex Eagles Pitch B
1st CTL Falcons 9 8 1 0 47 10 - 17 09.55 Cranleigh Aces v TIW Tigers Pitch A
2nd Cranleigh Aces 9 8 0 1 31 14 - 16 09.55 Essex Eagles v Cooper Colts Pitch B
10.20 Rotary Royals v Cranleigh Aces Pitch A
Congratulations go to CTL Falcons who won the Autumn half of the season. 10.20 Carina Allstars v TIW Tigers Pitch B
Remember if a different team wins the Spring League then a play-off shall take 10.45 Rotary Royals v Cooper Colts Pitch A
place to determine the overall League Champions - so it is still all to play for - 10.45 Carina Allstars v Cranleigh Aces Pitch B
and remember it is all about enjoying – win or lose. 11.10 Essex Eagles v TIW Tigers Pitch A
11.10 Cranleigh Aces v Cooper Colts Pitch B
Final table after Coopers Cup Qualifying Stage 11.35 Carina Allstars v Essex Eagles Pitch A
11.35 Rotary Royals v TIW Tigers Pitch B
Team P W D L F A GD PTS 12.00 Cranleigh Aces v Essex Eagles Pitch A
President Royals 4 4 0 0 18 3 +15 8 Q 12.00 TIW Tigers v Cooper Colts Pitch B
Jaydee 12.25 Rotary Royals v Carina Allstars Pitch B
4 3 1 0 12 2 +10 7 Q
The Smart Cup games will follow the usual MLL principles with group
Hunns Hornets 4 3 0 1 14 4 +10 6 Q
games lasting 15 minutes each with a minimal half time. Qualifying
CTL Falcons 4 2 2 0 15 6 +9 6 Q group placings will be determined by most points, 3 points for a win,
2 points for a score draw and one point for a no-score draw. Then
The above four teams will progress to the Coopers Cup semi final stage on results between the team(s) involved, then goal difference and then
7 March 2009. most scored- if the score is still level penalties will be taken. The top
two teams will progress to the Cup Final on 28th March 2009.
Semi Final draw was made on the 6 January 2009
CAFÉ ROTA 2009 JUNIOR TEAMS IN BOLD
Semi Final 7 March 2009. Date Early shift (8.30am Late shift (1.30pm leave)
arrive) 9.00am – 11.00am – 1.00pm
President Royals v Hunns Hornets 11.00am
3-Jan Mays Lions Seattle Steamers
CTL Falcons v Jaydee Grasshoppers 10-Jan Remco Royals Young Wizards
th 17-Jan Elm Beetles Rotary Rockets
The Cup Final takes place on 28 March 2009.
24-Jan Watliff Dynamos Globe Flyers
31-Jan Fenwick Falcons JAYDEE GRASSHOPPERS
COACHING COURSES 7-Feb CARINA ALLSTARS TIW TIGERS
14-Feb CRANLEIGH ACES ESSEX EAGLES
Have you ever thought of becoming a Qualified Coach? 21-Feb COOPERS COLTS ROTARY ROYALS
28-Feb Traq Tigers Macemain Whirlwinds
Little League Football will pay half of any fees spent on Level 1 training courses. 7-Mar Decorex/ MAB Warriors PRESIDENTS ROYALS/Robs Rockets
This offer remains open for this year - so come along and get some training. If 14-Mar Wills Warriors Morden Sports Aces
you would like more information please contact: 020 8330 2663 21-Mar CTL FALCONS HUNNS HORNETS
28-Mar Volunteers Required Volunteers Required