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September 2018

Welcome to Mumbles Rugby Club and the September edition of the monthly newsletter ‘Between the Posts’. With the season now under way its busy, busy so read on and see what is going on!

 

ON THE PITCH

After the big build up, it hasn’t quite been the start we wanted or expected, suffering heavy defeats in our first two games. The problem has been a lack of players, especially in the front row, despite having 6 props on the books! Players either on holiday, working or injured has meant we have had just 17 players available in each game basically because without front row cover we can only use 2 subs. This meant last Saturday due to injuries we played a good deal of the second half with just 13 players! The boys who have played have been tremendous, working so hard till the end despite knowing the game was lost. For the record the boys lost 19-56 away to Carmarthen Ath and then lost 26-55 at home to Penclawdd. I believe some players are due back this week so let’s hope we can put out a team and a full complement of replacements and get a first win on the board.

The Youth have fared slightly better in that they too had quite a few players missing for their first game going down 7-24 away at Morriston. Their second game was much better, a home win 44-12 against Waunarlwydd. We have a young Youth team this year and they have been moved into a District league coming up against older and stronger opposition, so a home win is a great start!

1st XV and Youth Fixtures for September and October

15/9    Tycroes (A)                                                    Swansea Uplands (A)

22/9    Pontyberem (H)                                          Loughor (H)

29/9    Tumble (H) 1st Rd Plate                             TBC

6/10    Loughor (A)                                                   Vardre (A)

13/10  Fishguard (H)                                              Pontarddulais (H)

20/10  Burry Port (A)                                                Dunvant (A)

27/10 2nd Rd Plate                                                   TBC

Because the fixture officers in the WRU don’t communicate with each other, all the home games for the Youth fall on the same date when the 1st XV are at home! This has meant we have had to get permits for the Youth to play at either Swansea Uni or Bishopston, so please check where they are playing if you are going to watch the boys.    

 

JUNIOR SECTION

As I reported last month Chris Founds is now Chairman for the Junior Section and is already making his mark with a clear vision as to how all the Mini and Junior teams will be brought together as Mumbles RFC year teams rather than individual team names. All teams have also been kitted out in the same design and colour jersey and very smart they look too! I hope to bring you reports of how the boys are doing once their season gets underway.

MRFC CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Annual membership fees are now due, so if you are not on the direct debit scheme please ensure you make payment as soon as possible. Remember that membership categories marked with a * symbol below are eligible for a 15% discount during Happy Hour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!  A reminder that you can get some great benefits, indicated below, by becoming a Patron!

Membership rates – w.e.f. 1st September 2018

Patron - £500 (Membership for 5 years, exemption from any increase in fees and minimum 15% discount at all times) Special event during the season

*Vice President - £75          ) Special event during the season

*Vice President OAP - £60 )

*Family Member - £35 (See below for Junior and Mini players)

*Full Member - £30

*Playing Member - £30

OAP - £20

Student - £20

Social Member - £15

Junior Playing Member -) £35 Family Membership due by 1st October 2018

Mini Playing Member -   )

 

SPORTING EVENTS IN BAR 1887

In case you are not aware we are now signed up to Premier Sport the TV Group who have the exclusive rights to PRO 14 Rugby. This means we are now showing Live all the PRO 14 fixtures. This is in addition to Sky, BT Sport and BBC/ITV which means we can now show any sporting event televised live on any channel. I believe we are the only venue in Mumbles who can provide this coverage, so tell your friends and family to come along to BAR 1887 for live sport!

 

THE JIMMY CRACKERS’ 7’s WEEKEND

The Crackers’ 7’s weekend broke all records, not for the rugby but for the wettest Sunday since the tournament was first staged some 30 years ago!

Everything was fine when the weekend started with both a Seniors XV and Youth XV taking on Swansea Uplands teams in memory of Uplands player Tom Pugh who passed away far too young.

Saturday saw a mini Junior tournament followed by a Youth 7’s tournament which was very well attended with 10 teams taking part.

So onto Sunday and although the forecast was not good little did we realise what a deluge we would get! We were on site at 7.00 a.m. just about to start preparations for the Crackers when the rain started and boy did it rain! 7 hours later it was still raining but amazingly we had a tournament. We had 7 Men’s teams and 3 Ladies teams braving the elements although the girls were so wet by the time we were ready to start, they decided to stay in the bar and let the boys battle it out on the park! The eventual winners were Welsh Charitables A (they had 2 teams playing) but the real winners were all the boys who turned up and played when it would have been so easy to stay in bed on such a dreadful day! With the rugby done we turned to The Contenders to cheer everybody up and they didn’t disappoint! Oh boy, what a night! The lads absolutely smashed it, probably the best they have ever been and they certainly saved what we thought was going to be a disaster.       

 

Well that’s about it for this month. I look forward to seeing you at the games, because the boys really could do with your support or I’m sure I will see you in BAR 1887!

 

Martin Rodwell                                             e.mail: martinrodwell123@btinternet.com