Between The Posts

Welcome to Mumbles Rugby Club and the monthly newsletter ‘Between the Posts’. Apologies for not producing the May issue of the Newsletter but I have some good news after a long season and a report on a couple of events that went on in May.

 

ON THE PITCH

Some excellent performances in the last few games of the season meant the 1st XV saw off the threat of relegation with a game to spare! The last two games saw victory over Loughor 25-20 which confirmed the boys finishing in 10th place in the league and more importantly the best record of the 4 Division 2’s West, West Central, East and East Central which meant we would retain 2 West status next season. This was great reward for a lot of hard work throughout the season and the problems with player numbers as I have documented on numerous occasions! For the record the last game was at home to Carmarthen Ath and resulted in a defeat 20-32.  

The Youth finished their season off by playing in the District Cup Final and suffered a narrow defeat to Penclawdd. In the league they finished a very respectable 5th position winning their final league game 31-29 away at Bryncefin. This was a very young Youth side this year and a first season under Head coach Jon Price. So, the boys should be very pleased with their efforts and look forward to next season with confidence.

DIVISION 2 WEST 1st XV – NEXT SEASON (To be confirmed)

  1. Kidwelly          (Relegated from 1 West)     
  2. Tenby              (Relegated from 1 West)     
  3. Pontyberem
  4. Carmarthen Ath
  5. Burry Port
  6. Fishguard & Goodwick
  7. Pontarddulais
  8. Loughor
  9. Tycroes
  10. Mumbles
  11. Nantgaredig               (Promoted from 3 West A)
  12. Milford Haven            (Promoted from 3 West B)

JUNIOR SECTION

It has been another hugely successful season for the Juniors with most age teams reporting large numbers of players all wanting to be part of Mumbles Juniors. Huge credit must go to Chris Founds for driving the ‘Family’ ethos through and building on the hard work Robin Bonham has been doing for many years. The next big date for the Junior section will be “Dylan’s Day” which is a presentation day for all the junior section on Sunday 16th June (Father’s Day) to be held at Mumbles Cricket Club. This is the third year now that there has been one big presentation day in honour of Dylan Gunner. It would be great to see, not just those involved with the junior section but all involved with the club to pop up for a beer or two and see how strong the section has become…..

 

MUMBLES JUNIORS - TESCO BAGS OF HELP

As reported in April Mumbles Juniors have been successful in their bid for funding to purchase new kit for the Junior teams. We have been awarded a minimum of £1,000 but with the help of shoppers in Tesco this could rise to £4,000! You will know that MRFC Juniors are one of three projects who have been selected by Tesco’s to receive a portion of a £7,000 fund. Shoppers at all Tesco stores receive tokens depending on how much they spend in store. They can then choose which of the three projects they put these tokens in the named pot as they leave the store. The Pot with the most tokens across all Tesco stores gets £4,000 2nd Pot of tokens gets £2,000 and the 3rd Pot gets £1,000. The scheme started on the 1st May and runs until 30th June so when you are in any of the Tesco stores in Swansea between these dates please ensure you put your tokens in the Mumbles Juniors Pot! 

 

UNDERHILL PARK DEVELOPMENT

In April I reported that there had been significant progress on the proposed development in Underhill Park. I sent you all a copy of the leaflet showing Phase 1 of the project and of course you can view the two videos which can be accessed as follows: Long Version – https://vimeo.com/320530472

              Short Version – https://vimeo.com/320530602

Following a Trustees meeting in May it was agreed that MCA will now seek planning permission from Swansea Council to proceed with the buildings and the AWP. Tenders for the AWP facility have already been received and recorded. A tremendous amount of work is currently going on whereby funding sources are being approached to secure the necessary funds needed to start the project. These include funding agencies such as Big Lottery, sports organisations, benefactors, local businesses and of course the local community. MCA have already secured £150,000 from Mumbles Community Council, provided we can match fund that figure. Although a budget figure of £2 million has been indicated it is hoped by using the services of local tradesmen for the building work the actual cost could come down significantly. Phase 1 is only the start. If we can get this done it will lead onto Phase 2 which is the Community building by the car park which will also give the Community of Mumbles a much-needed Community Centre.

 

SOCIAL EVENTS IN BAR 1887

We have had two very good events in May which were;

Saturday 11th MayPlayers Presentation Evening 1st XV and Youth XV

What a great night we had for the boys after such a long hard season. We were honoured by the presence of Geoff Wheel who was kind enough to come along and present the boys with their awards. And the winners were……….

1st XV Most Improved Player of the Year – Joe Evans

1st XV Forward of the Year – Craig Reeves and Back of the Year – Joe Rimmel

1st XV Player of the Year – Will Thomas

1st XV Players Player of the Year – Andrew Evans

1st XV Supporters Player of the Year – Joe Evans

Youth XV Most Improved of the Year – Sam Clowes

Youth XV Player of the Year – Tom Truscott

Youth XV Players Player of the Year – Lloyd Davies

Youth XV Clubman of the Year – Jamie Kirkhouse

MRFC Clubman of the Year – Dave Rees

Dave Rees also received a special award after retiring as 1st XV Team Manager.

 

Friday 17th May – MRFC Golf Day – Langland Bay Golf Club

This was another great day for the club when 18 Fourball teams did battle over the links of Langland Bay followed by what has become a highlight of the day, the Presentation Dinner in the evening superbably hosted as always by Chairman Simon Evans with President Doug Baker presenting the prizes. And the winners were……

1st Place – Mike Anderson, Martin Taylor. Chris Anderson and Paul Evans

2nd Place – Ceri Thomas, Lorna Clayton, Karen Price and Jane Hinds

3rd Place – Mike Allchurch, Jeff Evans, Mark Shepherd and Kevin Barry

 

Sunday 16th JuneDylan’s Day Junior awards day at Mumbles Cricket Club

Come and support the Juniors it will be a great occasion on Father’s Day!

 

BRECA – Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July

We are again hosting the BRECA weekend on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July in Underhill Park. This is an event that can assist the club financially but can only be achieved with help from you, our members. We require assistance in setting up, cooking on the BBQ, serving at the Can Bar, cleaning the Ladies and Gents toilets, litter picking and clearing up on Sunday. PLEASE make every effort to be available on Saturday and/or Sunday, we really do need you Guys to help us make this a financial success for the club. As they say ‘Many hands make light work’!

Well that’s about it for this month. Enjoy the rest during the close season and I will see you in July for BRECA and August for the Cracker 7’s!  

 

Martin Rodwell                                             e.mail: martinrodwell123@btinternet.com