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On a Footballing Roll

Team Tai Calon is on a footballing roll. In less than a week players from Tai Calon Community Housing have lead their side to success in two charity football matches.

Julian Herring, Gareth Donovan, Peter O'Connell, Dan Murray and Kevin Phillips helped a team from the Welsh housing sector to victory at the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli. They played in a game organised by Community Housing Cymru (CHC) to raise money to send players to the Homeless World Cup in Chile.

The housing team beat a side from Street Football Wales (SFW) 4-1. However, the real winner is the SFW charity which is now around £5,000 better off thanks to a number of fund raising activities.

Team Captain Julian Herring said: “It was a great game and despite the score it was closely fought. We enjoyed taking part and are delighted to be able to raise money for such a worthy cause.”

CHC, the representative body for housing associations in Wales, Tai Calon and other housing organisations are hoping to two SFW teams will go to Chile this autumn.

A few days earlier Team Tai Calon out played and out scored the competition in the Bron Afon Seven a Side charity tournament.

It entered two teams. The veterans side consisted of Julian Herring, Gareth Donovan, Peter Lewis, Geoff Morris, Tristan Southway and twins Tony and Tyrone Hunt. The youth team was Dan Murray, Kevin Phillips, Daniel Edwards, Peter O’Connell, Gareth Cadwallader, Ross Hunt and Joel Donovan.

Peter Lewis, who captained the veterans, said: “Neither team conceded a goal in the 14 group games before meeting each other in the semi finals. The experienced vets won 2-0. The youth team then cheered on their colleagues to a 1-0 win over Western Power. It was a fantastic day out and a brilliant result.”

Team Tai Calon was only formed a few weeks ago and is hoping to play in a charity 6-a-side tournament being organised by Wales and West Housing. It is due to take place at the Cardiff City House of Sports on Saturday, 6 September, and is again in aid of SFW.

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