Between The Posts

Welcome to Mumbles Rugby Club and the monthly newsletter ‘Between the Posts’. There is news of what is going on in and around the club in the next couple of months so make sure you have all the dates in the diary!

 

ON THE PITCH

The 1st XV have continued their good form in 2017. A narrow defeat at Tenby 28-33 but picking up 2 bonus points was followed by an outstanding performance at home to Tumble winning 43-8 and another 4 try bonus point! The game away at Carmarthen was postponed, so after a two week break the boys are back in action this Saturday at home to Fishguard & Goodwick.

 

The Youth have reached the semi-final of the District Cup winning at South Gower 22-12. After a loss to Swansea Uplands 8-20 the boys returned to South Gower in a league fixture only for the game to be abandoned following a number of Red and Yellow cards for South Gower. The Referee, who was being accessed, was advised to call the game off with South Gower now in serious trouble with the WRU. I’m pleased to say Mumbles Youth were completely exonerated by the officials!

Fixtures for the next 4 weeks are as follows:

1st XV                                     Youth

Sat Feb 18th              Fishguard (H)                       No Game

Sat Feb 25th            Scotland .v. Wales k.o. 14.25 p.m.

Sat March 4th           Pontyberem (H)                     Penclawdd (H) To be confirmed

Sat March 11th          Ponarddulais (A)                  Loughor (A)

Sat March 18th          France .v. Wales k.o. 14.45 p.m.

Sat March 25th          Llanybydder (H)                   T B A

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

 

Junior Section

Like the Seniors and Youth the Junior teams are also enjoying success with the U15’s moving into the semi-finals of the Ospreys Cup after defeating Briton Ferry Steelers 36-15, a great effort from the youngsters!

 

BAR 1887 and LOUNGE

We continue to receive bookings for the newly refurbished clubhouse as well as holding club events such as the Former Players evening. Without doubt the highlight of the evening was the unveiling of a magnificent painting of Geoff Wheel in action! Geoff didn’t know anything about it and took a double take when he came into the bar. He walked over to where the painting was hanging took a couple of steps away and then returned saying “that’s me isn’t it”! Geoff then spent quite a time talking to artist Neil Bevan about the picture, still in amazement that we had had the painting done. That apart it was a great evening and it was great to see so many former players returning to the club, some we hadn’t seen for years! Back to the painting, if you have not seen it, please try and get along to BAR 1887, it really is worth seeing close up. With the Wales .v. England game the next day it proved to be a very good week for the club with record bar takings keeping club treasurer Paul Beynon a happy man! There is no doubt we are seeing new faces coming into the club and returning to enjoy the events and surroundings, long may it continue! Look at the Six Nations and Social Events item later in this issue to see what is coming up.

You will have seen that we are starting to put the pictures and other items back up on the walls, my thanks to Simon Evans, Alan Sutherland and Paul Beynon for sorting this out. We are also keen to put the Jerseys up but really need a professional who can put them in the cabinets so that we can make the most of them if you see what I mean. Anyway, if you know of anyone who could help the club out with this job please put them in touch with me as soon as possible!      

MEMBERS DISCOUNT SCHEME

The club are introducing a special ‘Happy Hour’ discount scheme for members for a trial period starting in the next few days. All is explained in a letter at the end of this newsletter but basically as a member of the club you will receive a 15% discount at the bar during certain times on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Membership cards can be collected from the club provided you have paid your membership fee in any of the categories indicated in the letter. Be sure to read the letter and make that pint taste even better!

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of two former players. John Williams a tall second row forward passed away at the grand age of 93. The second former player is Greg Rees, a member of the ‘Front Row’ brigade who lost his battle with cancer at just 42. Greg had a young family and the club will do all they can to support the family at this difficult time. Joyce Williams the wife of the late Dai Williams a former Life member has also passed away. Joyce was great friends with Beryl Beynon and Jan Williams who as I reported last month also recently passed away, quite amazing that these three friends passed away within weeks of each other.

100 CLUB

Congratulations to Leigh Perrett the winner of the £50 January prize draw. The Super £500 February Prize draw will take place this Saturday after the 1st XV home game against Fishguard. Why not join the 100 Club, because for just £5 per month you will be entered in the draw with a chance of winning £50, while every 4th month there is a super cash prize of £500! See club steward Skinny and complete an application form, job done! If you are not in it, you can’t win it! 

CLUB WEBSITE

John Benson continues to work hard updating the club website but is keen to hear from you our members and especially the Juniors who I’m sure have pictures of future stars or the boys on tour that could go on the website. Please get in contact with John via e.mail: johnd.benson@ntlworld.com

 

SIX NATIONS and SOCIAL EVENTS IN BAR 1887

Well the Six Nations is underway and already there have been some magnificent games to saviour not least the Wales .v. England game which was right up there for excitement and drama, the atmosphere in a packed clubhouse was quite special. I have to say I have no doubt that had Ross Moriarty and Rhys Webb stayed on the park Wales would have won. Rob Howley has a lot to answer for but I’m sure he will never have to buy a drink in England this year, he gave us the victory! Anyway make a note of the next Six Nations games and of course other events in BAR 1887 and Lounge; I promise you, you won’t want to miss any of them!

Saturday 25th February – Scotland .v. Wales k.o. 14.25 p.m. – Yes next up for Wales is a visit to Edinburgh. Save the fare and accommodation to Scotland and come to BAR 1887 to soak up the atmosphere and cheer on the boys.

                                                Ireland .v. France k.o. 16.50 p.m.

 

Sunday 26th February – England .v. Italy k.o. 15.00 p.m. 

 

Friday 3rd March – An Evening with Andy Powell – The next in our series of Rugby evenings is a night in the company of former Wales International Andy Powell and Host/Comedian Phil Howe who are both very funny, so it is sure to be a great evening! Tickets are just £15 each which includes supper. There has already been a big take up, so be sure to see Skinny sooner rather than later, as I can see this being a sell out and you definitely don’t want to miss this one!

 

Well that’s about it for this month and I have to say next month as well. I am off to visit my Son and family in Australia, so there won’t be a newsletter next month but I should have all the news for you in early April. Meanwhile, I hope to see you in Underhill Park or in the bar, toasting success for Mumbles and Wales hopefully!

 

Martin Rodwell                                             e.mail: martinrodwell123@btinternet.com