RIP Dale de Waal

It was with deep sadness that we heard of the passing of Dale De Waal.

On behalf of the Executive Committee and all of our members at Meadowridge AFC, we wish to express our sincere condolences to Dale’s teammates, friends and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Dale joined us at Meadowridge in 2010 and was a real club man. Dale was friendly, always had a smile on his face and was always willing to lend a hand where it was ever needed.

RIP Dale.


Notice is hereby given that the 54th Annual General Meeting of this Association, in terms of clause 14 of the Constitution, will be held on Monday 5th November 2018 at Meadowridge Association Football Club clubhouse, Faraday Way Meadowridge at 19h00 sharp.


  • To read the notice convening the meeting.
  • To record apologies.
  • To confirm and adopt the minutes of the previous year’s AGM.
  • To receive, confirm and adopt the Chairman’s Annual Report.
  • To receive, confirm and adopt the Treasurer’s Report.
  • The election of the Club President.
  • The election of the Club Chairperson.
  • The election of senior and junior Office Bearers of the Association for the ensuing year in terms of clause 12 and 13 of the Constitution.
  •  The consideration of the following recommendation by the Executive for Life Membership, as per Article 8 of the Constitution: Shane Cross.
  • To discuss any general business.
  • To close the meeting.

Ian Lewis Obituary

It was with deep sadness that we heard of the passing away of Ian Lewis.

On behalf of the Executive Committee and all of our members at Meadowridge AFC we wish to express our sincere condolences to his wife Eileen and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Ian was an excellent goalkeeper and after playing for UCT in the 60’s & 70’s in the WPFA Challenge leagues, he came to play in the first team at Meadowridge. He subsequently played his football at a more social level, hanging up his boots well into his 60’s.

Affectionately known as Big Lou, and shortly after joining the club, Ian was elected as the Club Captain in 1974 and stood until 1976. In 1985 he was elected as Chairman of the club and stood down in 1988, to be duly elected as Club President. He held the presidency for a very impressive 23 years before retiring as n 2012. He was elected as a life member in 1990.

Ian was a brilliant coach and concentrated on the little ones (under 7’s and under 9‘s) who were just joining Meadowridge and for many playing football for the first time. Everyone will remember Ian’s Thursday night meetings with the kids all sitting in rows with all the parents behind them all listening intently to hear what was going to transpire that weekend.

Ian was a passionate footballer and coach and a great supporter of the club on and off the field. He was always a gentleman and was much loved and highly respected by everyone that knew and met him.

Ian will be sorely missed, but will never be forgotten.

RIP Mr Lewis.

Special General Meeting MAFC

Notice is hereby given to all those Members entitled to vote at any Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting as provided for in clause 21 of the Club’s Constitution, of a Special General Meeting to be held on Thursday 17th May 2018 at Meadowridge Association Football Club clubhouse, Faraday Way Meadowridge at 19h00 sharp. The Meeting is called for the purpose of voting on the resolution below in order to alter the Constitution of the Club to facilitate the Club registering as both a Non Profit and a Public Benefit Organisation.


In accordance with the provisions of clause 21, it is proposed that the Constitution of the Club be amended as follows:


A. Clause 2

A new clause 2.1A is inserted, which shall read as follows:
“to administer, develop, co-ordinate or promote the sport of football in a club where the participants take part on a non-professional basis as a pastime;”

B. Clause 3 is amended to read as follows:

3.1 The Club is an association of its Members and it is not established for the purposes of generating a profit or for the promotion of any Member or office bearer’s economic self-interest.

3.2 The Club has an identity and existence distinct from its Members or office-bearers and may sue or be sued in any competent Court of Law in its own name.

3.3 The Club shall have a continued existence notwithstanding changes in the composition of its membership or office-bearers.

C. Clause 5 is amended to read as follows:

5.1 The liability of Members shall be limited to the amount of their unpaid annual subscriptions and any other amounts that they may owe the Club from time to time, whether referred to in this constitution or not.

5.2 The Executive or Members of the Club shall not become liable for any of the obligations and liabilities of the organisation solely by virtue of their being members or office-bearers of the Club.

5.3 The Executive shall not be personally liable for any loss suffered by any person as a result of an act or omission which occurs in good faith while any member of the Executive is performing functions for or on behalf of the Club.

D. Clause 19

A new clause 19.7 is inserted, which shall read as follows:
“The Club’s assets, income and property are not distributable to its Members or office-bearers, except as reasonable compensation for services rendered.”

E. Clause 22

Clause 22.2 is amended to read as follows:
22.2 If, upon winding up of the Club, and after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, there remain any assets whatsoever, such assets shall be given or transferred to a non-profit company, society or association having objects similar to the Club nominated for this purpose by the Executive and approved by majority vote at the meeting described in 22.1 above.

No business other than that stated above will be introduced or discussed.


MAFC SGM notice 17052018

Meadowridge Juniors shine in Salt River

The long weekend saw Meadowridge AFC’s under 8 and under 10 sides in action at the annual Salt River Blackpool Seven-a-Side soccer tournament. With perfect sunny weather and the fields in excellent condition, it wasn’t long before the goals started raining in.

U8B playing a number of the u7 foxes (many of whom are actually u6) were off to a superb stat winning 3-0 in the opener.  U8A started slower … but soon we’re racking up results including a 5-0 drubbing of the hosts.

Eventually both u8 sides had progressed to the last 16.

The u10 started briskly and it wasn’t long before they were showing they were the team to beat. By the end of the group stages, MAFC U10A were through to the Cup Section of the competition and things were looking prmising.  There was, however,  still a long way to go. First up, a challenging knockout game to progress through tho the quarters… But, nothing was stopping Meadows.

Meadowridge AFC U10A
Things are looking good for Meadowridge AFC U10 A

With three Meadowridge teams through to the last stages of the competition, things were looking bright for the club. And early on a workers day Monday morning the players gathered gunning for glory. There was nothing workmanlike in their performances!

The U8 B’s and A’s were up first … but this was the bridge too far for our makeshift U8 B team. Although the youngsters had put up a valiant fight the campaign was at an end. Take nothing away from the team they learnt a huge amount and played out their skins over four tough days.

Meadowridge AFC U7&8
Meadowridge U8 and U7 team at Salt River Blackpool 7-a-side competition.


On the other side of the ground, our U8A’s were off to a better start and passed the quarters and semi-finals without much ado.

Later in the day,  the U 10’s also breezed through their quarters and semi-finals to reach the final.

Both teams went on to splendid performances in their respective finals and were worthy winners of Meadowridge AFC’s first silverware for the season.

Meadowridge U8A receive the plate trophy
Meadowridge U8A receive the plate trophy






Positional Thinking

Positional discipline is key to winning games. If players wander all over the park on a whim your chances of devastating attacks or air-tight defence are practically nought. Positional Thinking will help…

Positional Thinking Drill
Positional discipline is at the heart of any successful football side. The Positional Thinking drill helps players do their jobs right!

The Game

Neither attackers nor defenders may cross the halfway line.  Attackers are also limited to their channels, whilst defenders can roam across the channels as required.

The game is played with no keeper and small goals.

Advanced options

  1. All attackers have to touch the ball before a shot can be taken.
  2. Both defenders to touch the ball before being moved forward to the attackers

Soccer Drill – Mind the Landmines

Expansive, fast-paced football is a sure fire way to tear defences apart. But teaching youngsters how to pass-and-move, pass-and-move can be a challenge. The Mind the Landmines drill helps players execute the crisp passing game.

The Basic Idea

Each player runs in their channel.  1 pass to be made per section. The receiver must control the ball, move into the next section and then makes the next pass without hitting a landmine.  They must blow up if they hit one.

Boys stay in their channels and turn around and repeat in the opposite direction which forces the outside players to pass with their other foot.

On completion, players shift one channel right to change centre player.

Field Setup

Mind the Landmines
The ‘Mind the Landmines’ soccer drill teaches players to pass and move in their channels.

Advanced options

To keep the interest going and challenge the players:

  1. Give teams a time limit to beat before all the bombs go off!
  2. Limit the number of controlling touches, say 1 touch and pass (quite advanced!)

Soccer Drill – Acres of Space

Main idea

Fluidity on a soccer pitch is key to winning games. The best teams in the world can open up even the toughest defences by using free space on the pitch.

The Acres of Space drill helps younger players think about their passing. Rather than passing to a player – they pass for a player to run onto.  It also teaches this ‘wide’ player how to centre the ball quickly behind would-be defenders so that the striker is given every opportunity to score.

Coaching points:

  • Make sure passes are correctly weighted.
  • This is a one-touch drill. Don’t let the players dilly dally on the ball.
  • Make sure players work on both their good and weak feet.
  • Don’t allow players to jog – this is a pacey full-sprint drill.
  • REWARD each pass as much as the final shot.

Field Setup

Soccer drills - Acres of Space
Meadowridge Association Football Club – soccer drills | Acres of Space