Between The Posts

 

                                                                           ‘BETWEEN THE POSTS’

August 2017

Welcome to Mumbles Rugby Club and the monthly newsletter ‘Between the Posts’. It has continued to be a really busy time in the club despite it being the close-season with the AGM as well as organising other events coming up, so read on and catch all the news.

 

AGM

We held the AGM on the 24th July and it was quite well attended. Following my decision to stand down as Chairman after 6 years in the hot-seat, Simon Evans was duly elected as Chairman with Paul Beynon taking the role as Vice-Chairman. The full list of Officers and management committee is as follows:

Life President – Alan Williams      President – Peter Hixson

Chairman – Simon Evans              Vice-Chairman – Paul Beynon

Hon Secretary – Clive Davies       Assistant Secretary – David Rees

Hon Treasurer – Paul Beynon      Hon Fixture Secretary – Norman Hopkins

Hon Membership Secretary – Howard Wade

Management Committee: Martin Rodwell, Robin Bonham, Barney Bowers,

Huw Evans, Matt Reeves, John Benson, Gareth Bennett, Nicola Bennett,

Dave Longdon, Bleddyn Taylor.

Head Coach – Stuart Fletcher                   Club Captain – Ben Fox

Club Steward – Mark Jones           Assistant Club Steward – Julie Jones

 

Two Life Members were also elected, Robin Bonham and myself. Both Robin and I are very humble and honoured to receive this award and will continue to serve the club with enhanced enthusiasm!  

 

ON THE PITCH

The 1st XV and Youth are working hard in training and getting ready for pre-season friendlies, which for the 1st XV starts with the tour to Bristol this weekend when the boys take on Yatton RFC. This is followed by a friendly against a Lansdown XV coached by our old friend Mike Ruddock. The third and final friendly will be against Swansea Uplands at the beginning of the Cracker 7’s weekend with the Youth XV also playing the Uplands. The Lansdown and Uplands games are in Underhill Park.

The League season starts on Saturday 2nd September with the 1st XV travelling to Llanybydder followed by a home game against Loughor, who were relegated from Div 1. The first 5 League fixtures for the 1st XV and Youth XV are listed below.

1st XV                                                                         Youth XV                                          

Sat 12th Aug – Yatton RFC (A)                                     Two Day tour to Bristol

Sat 19th Aug – Lansdown XV (H) k.o. 2.30 p.m. Underhill Park

Fri 25th Aug – Swansea Uplands (H) (Cracker's Friday)

1st XV k.o. 7.00p.m.                                                    Youth XV k.o. 5.45p.m

 

Sat 2nd Sept – Llanybydder (A)                                      Taibach (H) Friendly

Sat 9th Sept – Loughor (H) k.o. 2.30 p.m.                    T B A

Sat 16th Sept – Hendy (A)                                              Vardre (A) League

Sat 23rd Sept – Tumble (H) k.o. 2.30 p.m.                   Gorseinon (H) League

Sat 30th Sept – Pontarddulais (A)                                    T B A

 

JUNIOR SECTION

The Junior Section will be starting their season once the school holidays are over with but I understand numbers are already looking good so it should be a season to look forward to with maybe a star of the future about to start their career in the colours of Mumbles, we shall see!

 

UNDERHILL PARK RUGBY PITCHES

Under the expert guidance of Paul Hill, a lot of work has gone on in the park with both pitches having been dressed with sand and fertilizer during the close season. In addition new drains have been laid on the bottom half of the main pitch. Paul has worked tremendously hard to get this work done and it is hoped the pitches will be in tip top condition come the start of the season, subject to the weather of course!

 

SOCIAL EVENTS  

While it has been quiet of late especially with the weather not helping we begin to warm up for the season ahead with the visit of Mike Ruddock and Lansdown RFC as mentioned earlier. After the friendly on 19th August we will be putting on a reception for Mike and the Lansdown boys and it would be great to give Mike a big ‘welcome home’ with all his old friends. So please make a note of the date and come along to BAR 1887 for what I know will be a special day and evening!

Following the Lansdown game the next big event for the club is the Cracker 7’s weekend over the August Bank Holiday. The schedule for the weekend is:

Friday 25th August – Mumbles XV .v. Swansea Uplands XV and Mumbles Youth .v. Swansea Uplands Youth. Both games in memory of Tom Pugh, the young Uplands player who passed away last year.   

Saturday 26th August – WRU Junior Tournament

Sunday 27th August – Cracker 7‘s Men and Women’s Tournament, Beer and Pimms Tent, BBQ and live music from The Contenders following the rugby.

 

As always we could do with lots of help to make this a great weekend, so please get in touch if you can offer any help, not only on the day but from now until the Bank Holiday as there is a lot to do! Just ring/e.mail me, we will find you a job to do!

 

100 CLUB

Two draws were made at the AGM with Geoff Beynon the winner of £50 for June and Jill Llewellyn also won £50 in the July draw. Congratulations to you both! For just £5 per month you can also be a winner. By joining the 100 Club 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. You have to be in it, to win it!

MRFC CLUB MEMBERSHIP

An early warning that annual membership fees will be due on September 1st. I understand Membership fees will be kept at the same rate as last year. A reminder that you can secure some great benefits by upgrading and becoming a Patron: Membership for 5 years, exemption from any increase in fees and minimum 15% discount at the Bar! The £500 fee can be paid in instalments, please see Howard Wade to find out more. Management are also looking into some incentives for those who wish to renew or become a Vice President. Details will be released shortly. Please see Howard Wade to renew your membership.

SOCIAL MEDIA

One of the first ideas Simon has introduced since he became Chairman is to launch a new Facebook page set up by his daughter Rebecca and assisted by Julie Jones and a selection of the senior team. This page will run alongside the club website and I understand has already proved to be a huge success and will lead to the club and BAR 1887 getting known not just in Mumbles but countrywide!

The Facebook page name is Mumbles Rugby Club est. 1887. We would like everyone to continue the support by liking the page and if they wish to they can message through pictures which the production team will put on.   

   

Well that’s about it for this month, let’s hope the sun shines so we can enjoy the friendlies coming up as well as the Cracker 7’s weekend! We have Mike Ruddock visiting on 19th August and don’t forget we have a new patio area where you can be sitting outside with a cool beer or a nice glass of wine, that’s if we ever get sunshine again this summer!

 

Martin Rodwell                                             e.mail: martinrodwell123@btinternet.com