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April 2018

Welcome to Mumbles Rugby Club and the April edition of the monthly newsletter ‘Between the Posts’. I have a report on the big evening we had with James Hook and Shane Williams plus news of more important dates to make a note of, so read on and see what is going on and book your tickets!

 

ON THE PITCH

We have finally had a run of games, just, and it is pretty good news. The 1st XV first game in about 5 weeks was home to St Clears, the very first time we have played them and it was a fine bonus point victory 29-7. A trip to Llanybydder followed and the boys came back with another bonus point win 30-17. Next up was a visit to a very muddy Carmarthen Athletic with 10 changes due to players away and injuries. But the boys put in a great performance with a 13-12 victory and made it three wins on the bounce! That leaves the boys with 5 more games 3 away and 2 at home.

The Youth haven’t fared so well with defeats 13-17 at South Gower and home to Penclawdd 14-34. Last week’s game .v. Loughor was called off. This Saturday the Youth are at home to Morriston in the Semi-final of the District cup, so they could really do with your support. k.o 2.30 p.m. in Underhill Park.

Fixtures for April and May are as follows:

1st XV                                                                                             Youth

Sat April 14th             St Clears (A)                                                                  Morriston (H) Cup S/F

Sat April 21st                         Fishguard (A) k.o. 12.00                                        Loughor (H) T B C

Sat April 28th             Fishguard (H) k.o. 2.30 p.m. in Underhill Park

Sat May 5th                Pontyberem (H) k.o. 2.30 p.m. in Underhill Park

Sat May 12th              Whitland (A)

 

JUNIOR SECTION

Richie Davies has put together, reports for some of the different age group teams of the Junior Section, great work Richie, many thanks.

Under 6’s:
30 players on the books, it has been another fantastic season for the Tiger cubs. With the addition of International coach Richie Pugh and family, it only bodes well for the future!
Under 7’s:
The boys are going from strength to strength with an emphasis on running rugby, good support lines and quick offloads proving highly effective against disorganised defences. The arrival of warmer weather and firmer pitches is sure to aid their exciting free-scoring style.

Under 8’s:

The Under 8’s had a fantastic night at the Liberty where they were flag bearers for the Ospreys game against Leinster; I believe there are pictures on Facebook. This was followed by a successful Easter tour to St David’s.
Under 12’s:
With the team moving into school year 7 and increased demands, the team has struggled with fielding a full 15. With only 20 registered players it doesn’t leave much room for error. However, the mighty 12s have shown tremendous skill and resolve against opposition that are no better but just have bigger squads.
The U12’s have teamed up with the U13’s for friendly games against opposition which has been fantastic for both year groups
Under 13’s:
Report another season of great individual play. However player numbers have been down and have combined with 12s on several occasions. New signing Ben Luness scored 2 tries on his debut v Kenfig Hill, which was played in conditions akin to the North Pole, so well played boys. The challenge now is to recruit additional players to raise the overall squad numbers for next year!
Under 15s:
Great news as the team triumphed over Neath Athletic 36-10 to reach the final of the Ospreys Cup Competition, to be held 29th May at Llandarcy. A big mention to Ashley Niewiadomski who plays with the 14’s, further tries from: Lawrence, Tristan, Willis, Joe, and Ash.
All teams report the use of the 2G/3G/4G at Bishopston has been a fantastic resource in the recent adverse weather and thank Skinny Julie, Simon and the team for all the help and assistance this season

 

AUTUMN INTERNATIONALS

The fixtures for next season's November internationals are as follows:

Sat 3rd Nov  Wales .v. Scotland

Sat 10th Nov Wales .v. Australia

Sat 17th Nov Wales .v. Tonga

Sat 24th Nov Wales .v. South Africa        Kick off times have not yet been announced

 

Ticket prices for the 3 major matches are £65 and £45 with a few at £35 & £25. There are also £10 tickets available for Under 16's.The Tonga tickets are £25/£20

 

That is the good news; the bad news is that tickets must be ordered before Friday 4th May so only a couple of weeks to decide! No tickets after this date!

 

If you want tickets please let Clive Davies know ASAP but certainly before 4th May!

100 CLUB

There were three draws made at this week’s management meeting. The Winner of £50 for February was Howard Wade, while Peter Hixson was the Winner of £50 for March. The winner of the April £500 super prize was Andy Hughes. Congratulations to these 3 lucky Gents! If you want a chance to be a winner, join the ‘100 Club’. Subscription is just £5 per month and you will be entered into the monthly draw.

 

SOCIAL EVENTS IN BAR 1887

There is only one place to start and that is ‘An Evening with James Hook and Shane Williams’. What a fantastic night we had with the Guys giving a great performance keeping the packed room in stitches with their rugby stories prompted by our outstanding compere Chairman Simon Evans! The evening followed the Scarlets .v. La Rochelle Champions Cup match which also attracted a huge crowd. Proceeds from the night, about £1,500, have been passed to the Junior Section.

We have more fantastic events coming up, so please look at the list below:

 

Friday 4th May – MRFC Golf Day at Langland Bay Golf Course

This day is full with 25 teams taking part. Tee-times will be confirmed next week!

 

Sunday 6th May - Live Band THE CONTENDERS playing in BAR 1887!

Back by popular demand we have another great evening with The Contenders on Bank Holiday Sunday. Free Entry!

 

Saturday 19th May – A Royal Wedding Luncheon!

Following the successful Christmas Lunch we had a number of requests to have a spring/summer event. So what better way than to celebrate the Royal Wedding! On the day there will be a Buffet Luncheon, Live Music and a free glass of Bubbles on arrival. Tickets are just £15 each and on sale now but be quick only 60 available!

 

UNDERHILL PARK DEVELOPMENT

After a very long process we, as part of Mumbles Community Association, are now on the verge of signing an agreement to lease Underhill Park from Swansea City Council. Once this happens we will be in a position to plan for the first phase of development which will be a Full Size All Weather Pitch with Floodlights and the Refurbishment and extension of the existing Pavilion. Part funding is being provided by Mumbles Community Council and we are in the process of seeking further funding from a number of sources. This won’t happen overnight but we are confident that work will start possibly in the next 12 months but signing the agreement to lease document is key! Further info can be obtained from our management committee.

 

Well that’s about it for this month. I hope to see you around for what I’m sure will be a great closing few weeks to the season and so much more in BAR 1887!

 

Martin Rodwell                                             e.mail: martinrodwell123@btinternet.com