Monthly Archives: September 2015

PSFL Open Cup Report @Futsal Swindon!

London Fustal Club A Team at the PSFL Open Cup Swindon

Above: Swindon Futsal Arena wall art and London Metro A -Team shot, photo by Ian Francis
Date: 19 September 2015

Venue: @Futsal Swindon                 Twitter: @london_futsal

19th September saw a return of the competitive football season for London Metro Futsal Club with the PSFL Open Cup. London took two strong teams with some changes in personnel with Bish coming into the ‘A’ team and Mark Bond and Ryan Jones making their debuts for the ‘B’ team.

Seven teams entered the competition including London Metro A, Birmingham, North West Scorpions and RNC from Division 1, London Metro B from Division 2 and a team new to the PSFL, Winsford Wolves. Each team played the others once in a group stage with the top four teams going on to qualify for the semi-finals.

Before the two teams met, London Metro A had gone unbeaten through the group stage, comfortably seeing off Winsford and RNC and gaining hard-fought draws with Birmingham and Scorpions. London Metro B had started with a draw against RNC and edged a tight victory over Winsford before losses to Scorpions and Birmingham. Having matched RNC’s results, the ‘B’ team needed to lose by 3 goals or fewer to go through to their first semi-final and scraped through with the last kick of their game against the ‘A’ team, losing 8-5.

London ‘A’ were commanding against Scorpions in the semi-final cruising through 3-0 however London ‘B’ found it very difficult against Birmingham in the other semi, losing 11-3. The group game between London ‘A’ and Birmingham had been tight but they ‘A’ team just fell short as a strong Birmingham team scored a couple of early goals to take the stuffing out of the ‘A’ team and triumphed 7-1 in the final. The ‘B’ team ran Scorpions closer than they had in the group fixtures but also fell to defeat, to finish 4th on the day.

Both teams can take positives from the day going into the first league tournament in October with the ‘B’ team looking to mount a promotion challenge and the ‘A’ team looking to reclaim their league title from Birmingham.

London ‘A’: “Bish”; Matt Cole; Craig Groves; Gareth Jones; Charles Ronayne; Mark Russell

London ‘B’: Chris Berry; Matt Boulding; Mark Bond; Ryan Jones; Matt Letherington; Jay Start; Malcolm Woolven

Report by Charles Ronayne                                    Photography by Ian Francis





Metro Members Questionnaire 2015 – Link Here!

Metro Members Questionnaire 2015

We have devised a short questionnaire for all our members in order to find out which of our activities are most valued and to help us shape our future plans.

Members Questionnaire Link

We’re hoping to receive as many replies as possible to help us build up an accurate picture of the views of our membership, so if you could take five minutes to complete the questionnaire, it would be most appreciated.

The closing date for completion is Tuesday 20 October 2015.


National Vision Impaired Tennis Awards

Tennis Foundation

It is with great pleasure that the VI Tennis Advisory Group, in partnership with the Tennis Foundation, would like to invite submissions for the first National Visually Impaired Tennis Awards to be held in conjunction with the National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships from 1-2P.M. on Saturday 24th October 2015.

The awards aim to celebrate and promote the positive impact that VI Tennis is having on the lives of players, volunteers and coaches across the United Kingdom and as such, achievement will be commended in four categories as follows:

Male Personality of the Year

For males who have achieved excellence at a local, regional or national level

Female Personality of the Year

For females who have achieved excellence at a local, regional or national level

Coach of the Year

A coach who has made a highly significant contribution to VI Tennis locally, regionally or nationally over the last year

Volunteer of the Year

An individual, administrator, coach or official who has made a highly significant voluntary contribution to VI Tennis locally, regionally or nationally

To nominate, please visit

Nominations close at 5P.M. on Monday 12th October 2015 following which the awards panel will meet to discuss all nominations and decide on the award winners.

All nominees will be contacted via email before 5P.M. on Friday 18th October 2015.


Age UK: Health Fair 2015 – Kensington – Fri 2 Oct!

Age UK Health Fair 2nd October 2015

Preparations are underway for the biggest over 60’s health event of the year! Age UK: Health Fair 2015,  It takes place at Kensington Town Hall, Horton Street, W8 7NX on October 2nd and this year will be a celebration of all that our local community can offer to maintain good mental, physical and emotional health.

Groups, organisations and service providers from every arena of life in Kensington & Chelsea are showcasing their workshops, activities, information, demonstrations, talks, health checks, and performances! All for the entry fee of only £1.

This will be the event not to miss – full of colour, music, and positivity. Come and discover what you can do for good health.

  • Highlights include a 7 choir performance
  • Song Workshop
  • Table Tennis
  • Jewellery Workshop,
  • Pampering and Alternative therapies,
  • Raffle,
  • Tai Chi
  • Belly Dancing
  • and all sorts of exercise.

For more information
contact Kathe on 0208 960 8137 or email


Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Metro Cricket Team

Metro Cricket Team

25th September

The cricket season ended with a below-strength Metro side taking a trip to Wolverhampton Cricket Club, who were hosting the David Townley memorial T20 competition for the first time. Seven were hardy enough to face a day that started on the seven forty-three from Euston and finished finding their way home after the return train arrived at ten o’clock.

Matt Dean who had taken Metro to finals day was that missed person on the day; as some of his runs may have resulted in a more successful outcome for Metro. Matt won the BCEW partially sighted batsman of the year award for his 600 runs at an average of 150. Lois Turner had already received the female player of the year award for her efforts for Surrey and Metro.

The draw for the semi-finals resulted in what seems to be a fixture of the draw for cup matches as Metro had to face Warwickshire, while Sussex played Cheshire in the other match. Metro expanded their team by borrowing players from Staffordshire who had turned up to watch and were happy to be given the opportunity to play.

However, after the BCEW bowler of the year, Luke Sugg bowled Rory with the fourth ball of the Metro innings the game was always going to be very hard for Metro to compete in. Shaks top scored with 14 as a score of just 40 all out was posted in under 14 overs as Luke finished with 4 for 9 plus a catch. He then led the chase with 26 not out including a six as despite Rory picking up one wicket – Metro could not take the game into the sixth over.

After an excellent, and early lunch Metro faced Cheshire in the third place playoff game; losing the toss they were asked to bat first and fared much better in this game. Rory scored 71 from a total of 131; which included a partnership of 77 for the fourth wicket with Aemonn, who scored an undefeated 15. A much more competitive score in the very windy conditions that make hearing the ball and bowling with accuracy quite difficult. The opposition had lost a lot of wickets in their semi-final and when Rory took a wicket with his first ball with just two runs having been scored it looked as if a very tight game might ensue.

Tom Kitchen and Paul Knowles however then built a steady partnership from a slow start and when Rory and Charles combined to secure a run out for Metro’s second wicket they had scored 90 together in just over half the allotted overs. This base allowed Cheshire to complete their win with more than three overs to spare; but not before the Staffordshire on loan total had taken a no bounce catch to dismiss Howard Greenhill and Charles had taken a catch to leave the Cobras four down as they reached their target with a boundary.

In the final Justin Hollingsworth scored 98 as Warwickshire posted a huge total that could not be matched by the BCEW league winners Sussex; so there were two winning teams able to collect their trophies at the post-match celebration. Metro passed on the “Spirit of Cricket” award to Somerset and so ends the season – although some may noticed that the BBS Cup final has not been played. Due to unforeseen circumstances that will now take place in the early part of the 2017 season.

Report by Paul Toplis