Between The Posts

   MUMBLES RUGBY CLUB

   ‘BETWEEN THE POSTS’

December 2018

Welcome to Mumbles Rugby Club festive edition of the monthly newsletter ‘Between the Posts’. I’m sure the Christmas spirit is beginning to build up over there in Mumbles as it is here in Perth. The only difference here is Santa is in beach gear and riding a Surf Board! I have managed to pick up most of the news in Mumbles and what is going on in and around the club during the Christmas period so make sure you have all the dates in the diary!

 

ON THE PITCH

Two games before the festive break so the season so far for the 1st XV is as follows:

Pld 10 Won 5 Lost 5 Bns Pts 4 Pts 24. This gives the boys a position of 7th out of 12 teams in the division, not bad during what is always a disruptive part of the season due to the Autumn Internationals, where we have a game and then a break and then a game and another break. Add to this, a run of players not being available for various reasons, it makes it difficult to get any rhythm going.

The results for November have been pretty good with just one defeat in 4 games! Following a break of 3 weeks after the great win over Burry Port the boys faced Tumble at home and despite playing the whole game with 14 players due to a shortage of front row players the boys had a great win 25-5. Two weeks on and the boys travelled to Pontarddulais for a Friday night game but came away with nothing after a 16-32 defeat.

Another away trip followed, this time to Pembroke whom I don’t think we have played before or if we have it was many years ago. Anyway, a great performance from the boys meant a 24-17 victory although again there was a shortage of players for a full squad and with Pembroke standing second in the table, perhaps this was an even better performance than the score line suggests! Next up is a 3rd Round Plate match at Cambrian Welfare in the Rhondda Valley!

The Youth XV are also a bit up and down winning one week then losing the next. Their results for November read as follows:

3/11 Home to Pontarddulais lost 21-36,

10/11 home to South Gower won 10-5,

16/11 away to Swansea Uplands lost 7-18 and

24/11 away to Gorseinon won 53 – 0.

So, with two games to go before the festive break the Youth XV league record reads Pld 8 Won 4 Lost 4 Bns Pts 3 Pts 19 and a league position of 6th out of 12. Remember this is a very young team, so more of the same please in the second half of the season!

Fixtures for the rest of 2018 and early part of 2019 are as follows:

1st XV                                                                          Youth

Sat Dec 8th                Cambrian Welfare(A) 3rd Rd Plate                Gowerton (H)

Sat Dec 15th             Carmarthen Ath (H)                                       Penclawdd (A)

Wed Dec 26th                Boxing Day ‘Outcasts Match’ k.o. 1.00 p.m.

Sat Dec 29th              Penclawdd (A)                                                      No Game

Sat Jan 5th                 Tycroes (H)                                                 Youth Fixtures to be announced

Sat Jan 12th               Pontyberem (A)                               

Sat Jan 19th               Loughor (H) 

Sat Jan 26th               Fishguard (A)          

Note: Check the website in case of a postponement or change of fixtures.

Junior Section

Looking in at Underhill Park on a recent Sunday, it was great to see so many Junior teams playing on the two pitches. They continue to produce lots of good players which can only benefit the club as a whole both now and in the future. There is also an increase in numbers coming back to the club as well as all the Christmas parties being held in BAR 1887, which is great news, long may it continue!

 

CHRISTMAS SOCIAL EVENTS IN BAR 1887

I understand November was a huge success with BAR 1887 busy throughout the Autumn International series not only with the rugby but the Live bands playing after the games. It was also good to see Wales come through undefeated with local man Alun Wyn Jones probably playing the best rugby of his career! It sets up an interesting Six Nations and of course the World Cup in Japan later next year, what odds Wales taking both, although of course my England boys will have a say in that!

As I said earlier, we are now moving into the festive period and I understand the club will be very busy with quite a few social events going on. Here are some of those events but keep an eye out on the club website, Twitter and Facebook..  

Friday 14th December – We have the Mumbles Rugby Club Christmas Lunch which I am told was sold out within days of the announcement! Thanks go to our Chairman Simon Evans for setting it up, I will report back in January as to how it went!

 

Saturday 15th December – 1st XV .v. Carmarthen Ath k.o. 2.30 p.m. with the Players and Supporters Christmas Drinks after the game with a prize for the best Christmas Jumper/Tie/Outfit!

 

Saturday 22nd December – Live on Premier TV  Ospreys .v. Scarlets k.o. 3.00 p.m.

 

Wednesday 26th December – Boxing Day ‘Outcasts Match’ Yes, we are staging the traditional run out with a 1.00 p.m. k.o. followed by entertainment in BAR 1887.

 

JUNIOR PARTIES - Throughout December the Juniors will be holding Christmas Parties for all the age group teams. I know these parties are always great fun with Father Christmas making an appearance if he is not too busy getting ready for the big day. Please contact the coach for your team for exact dates and timings. 

100 CLUB

The November £50 prize and December £500 super prize draws will take place at the MRFC Christmas Lunch on Friday 14th December. The winners will be listed on the club website. If you want a chance to win £500 join the ‘100 Club’. Subscription is just £5 per month and you will be automatically entered into the monthly draw.          If you are not in it, you can’t win it!

SAD ANNOUNCEMENT

Yet again I am the bearer of sad news with two members of the club passing away. Laurie Morgan - At 96 one of our oldest members, Laurie passed away peacefully in his sleep. Up until a few weeks ago Laurie could be seen on his daily walks down to the village to pick up his tea for the evening. He was famous for his Mr Pastry moustache, always a stand out feature of this true Gentleman.

Rob Mackay – Rob lost his battle with cancer at the age of just 49, far too young in this day and age. Rob was a keen supporter of the club particularly the Junior section with his son playing for Mumbles U15’s. I was lucky enough to have a chat with Rob at the end of October before I left for Australia. Despite obviously being quite ill he was in fine form saying he was starting new treatment and was looking forward to being in the club over the festive period. Sadly, that wasn’t to be and it was fitting that there was such a big turnout for his funeral. I’m sure I speak for everyone in the club as we pass on our sympathy to Rob’s wife, their two children and family.

PERTH - I thought I would finish this month with a little insight to Perth, where I have been for the last 6 weeks! Perth which sits on the banks of the Swan river is about as far West as you can go in this huge country and to put it into perspective, it’s about a 5-hour flight from Sydney! It is a very rich state due to all the oil, gas and minerals which are mined and exported around the world. The facilities in the many public parks around the city are second to none especially for sports and play areas for children and there are even purpose-built BBQ areas which are free to use, just make sure you clean up afterwards! There is free transport in the City Centre with hop-on/off buses on four different routes. With such a warm climate there are Bars a plenty, many with roof-top bars and eating areas. With outstanding beaches this is truly a magnificent city and well worth a visit even if it is a long way from Mumbles!   

Well that’s about it for this month and indeed this year! All that remains is for me to wish you all A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Successful 2019. Thank you for all your support this year it really is appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you to the club on Boxing Day to share a tipple or two!

 

Martin Rodwell                                             e.mail: martinrodwell123@btinternet.com

 HO HO HO!