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   ‘BETWEEN THE POSTS’

June 2018

Welcome to Mumbles Rugby Club and the June edition of the monthly newsletter ‘Between the Posts’. I have a report on a successful Players Presentation evening, plus news of more important dates to make a note of, so read on and see what is going on in Mumbles!

 

ON THE PITCH

We now know the teams the 1st XV will be facing next season, the provisional list of teams in Division 2 West is:

  1. Penclawdd (Relegated from Div 1)                   
  2. Tycroes (Relegated from Div 1)
  3. Mumbles                     
  4. Pontarddulais             
  5. Carmarthen Ath           
  6. Loughor                      
  7. Tumble                                   
  8. St Clears                     
  9. Fishguard & Goodwick            
  10. Pontyberem                
  11. Burry Port (Promoted from Div 3 A)

      12.  Pembroke (Promoted from Div 3 B)    

 

The Youth, who will continue to play in Ospreys Div D, have a new coach, Jon Price, following the departure of Liam Evans. Liam has done an outstanding job over the last two seasons but with another baby on the way he couldn’t commit to the time needed to do the coaching job. We wish him well for the future and of course he will always be welcome back if he finds changing nappies gets too much!

As a way of introduction, Jon is holding two social evenings in BAR 1887.

Firstly on Wednesday 20th June 7.30 p.m. is a social evening for last year’s Youth players, coaches plus all the U16’s moving up to Youth.

Then on Wednesday 27th June 7.30 p.m. there is an ‘Introduction to Youth Rugby’. The evening is open to all players old & new for this coming season’s U15, U16' & Youth teams, Parents are of course very welcome. We will be informing you of the clubs new player development strategy and our vision for Youth rugby at Mumbles RFC. We will have guest speakers and news on developments in Underhill Park.

We hope you will come along and find out about all the positive changes that are being made to make the club competitive and make our visions a reality!

 

 

 

 

PLAYERS PRESENTATION EVENING – 1st XV and YOUTH

The Club rounded off the season when they held the Players Presentation Evening in BAR 1887. With both the 1st XV and Youth XV finishing 3rd in their respective divisions, there was a bumper crowd in the clubhouse to celebrate another successful season for the club. The roll of honour

Youth XV

Most Improved Player - Matthew Gully

Player of the Year - Lucas Gordon

Players Player of the Year - Tom Gravenor

Youth Clubman of the Year - Liam Taylor

1st XV

Most Improved Player - Joe Evans

Forward of the Year - Ben Fox

Back of the Year - Joe Rimmell

Player of the Year - Ewan Gully

Players Player of the Year - Craig Reeves

Supporters Player of the Year - Ewan Gully

 

Mumbles Rugby Club Clubman of the Year - Tom Founds

 

JUNIOR SECTION

The U14’s welcomed 80 players and supporters from Horsham RFC U14’s with a view of raising funds for their Italian tour in October to Lake Garda! With a BBQ and Can Bar doing brisk business it was a huge success and a victory 28-12 was the icing on a great afternoon. Man of the match, chosen by the Horsham coaches, was Fiakra Tobin scorer of 2 tries. There were also 2 tries for Captain Ash Nedomski. A big thanks to all the Parents and Coaches for their help in making cakes and flipping burgers and so making it such a success!

Staying with the U14’s, no less than 9 players registered with Mumbles have been chosen for trials with Swansea Schoolboys U15’s. A final cut will be made at the end of June, good luck boys! 

The U15’s also had a good end to the season beating Waunarlwydd 22-14 in the Ospreys Shield. Tries from Joe Broad, Tristan Heikelman and Ash Nedomski (2) playing a year up, gave the boys a deserved victory. The boys also went on to win the Waunarlwydd Tournament with wins over Bynea, Neath Ath, Gorseinon and Maesteg, an outstanding achievement! 

The Junior Presentation day ‘Dylan’s Day’ is on Sunday 17th June at Mumbles Cricket Club. This is always a fun filled day with a BBQ and lot’s more, so please try and get along and support the youngsters, you will be made very welcome!

 

Jon Price – as a player development officer for the Junior Section - is also involved in a new initiative: Ospreys in the Community 6 a-side touch rugby. Under the name Mumbles Oyster Catchers we are in a league with 12 other sides. We have ages ranging from 14 to 48 including some U15, 16, Youth & Seniors plus two ladies who are trying out the game and very competitive! We train on Mondays at Underhill 6.15 pm and then 2 matches on a Wednesday from 6.30 pm at the University grounds. To date we have won two and lost two, against teams that include, Internationals from Wales, Fiji and Samoa! Coaches: Phil Jones, Jon Price, Jono Stuart

 

100 CLUB

Two draws were made at the recent management meeting. The winner of the May £50 draw was Leigh Perret while the winner of £50 in June was Mark Sims. Congratulations to you both! Draws will be held throughout the close season so 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

A reminder that we are showing Wales’s tour games in Argentina and England’s games in South Africa live as well as other tour games for Scotland, Ireland and France if they take place during normal opening hours.

 

Now it won’t have escaped your notice that the 2018 Football World Cup is underway. We will of course be showing all the games which are on during normal opening hours. So why not get some brownie points by letting your wives and girlfriends watch their favourite programmes at home while you slip off to BAR 1887 and watch England win the World Cup!

 

BRECA - 7th and 8th JULY UNDERHILL PARK

Mumbles Rugby Club have been chosen by BRECA International to host BRECA Gower 2018, which is one of four events being held in the UK this year with two more being held in New Zealand in 2019. So as you can see this is truly an International organisation who have chosen MRFC to host one of their events, quite an achievement for the club. BRECA is a swim/run competition over two days and you compete in pairs. I believe you either swim 6km and run 40 km  or Sprint 2.2 km swim and 18 km run. They start in Rhossili –bussed down from Underhill Park - and finish in Underhill Park both days. There are over 250 competitors over the two days.

We are providing catering and changing facilities as well as a BBQ and Beer Tent. This has meant a tremendous amount of organising to meet quite a demanding list of requirements such as fresh top quality Burgers and salads as well as vegetarian and vegan food. All cutlery and glasses have to be Bio grade quality and facilities suitable for both male and female competitors. With so many attending as there will be an estimated 100 officials and spectators in addition to the competitors, we need all the help we can get to cook and serve the food, clean the changing rooms and pick up litter over both days. So if you are available on either Saturday 7th or Sunday 8th July or both, please be in Underhill Park at 10.00 a.m. each day. We really would appreciate your help for this event which could become an annual fixture for the club if we put on a good show!

 

THE JIMMY CRACKER 7’s WEEKEND

The Cracker 7’s rugby tournament will again take place over the August Bank Holiday in Underhill Park. The 3 Day Event includes the following:

Friday 24th August - Mumbles XV .v. Swansea Uplands XV Tom Pugh Memorial game

Saturday 25th August - Youth 7’s Rugby Tournament

Sunday 26th August - Cracker 7’s Rugby Tournament Men and Women Teams

There will be a BBQ and Beer Tent during all 3 days and lot’s more for all the family including Bouncy Castle and Giant Slide and also The Contenders playing live after the rugby on Sunday.

Come along and enjoy the ‘Craic’ an event you don’t want to miss!

 

AGM – MONDAY 23rd JULY

This year the AGM will be held on Monday 23rd July 7.30 p.m. in BAR 1887. It is very important that you to attend this meeting as we can give you a full report as to how the club is doing and a clear vision of our future plans. Please make a note of the date and make every effort to attend.

 

  

Well that’s about it for this month. As always plenty going on even in the close season! I look forward to seeing you at one of the events otherwise I’m sure I will see you in BAR 1887!

 

Martin Rodwell                                             e.mail: martinrodwell123@btinternet.com