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March 2019

Welcome to Mumbles Rugby Club and the monthly newsletter ‘Between the Posts’. Well there is a lot going on outside of the club with the issue of the Ospreys and the Regions. But more importantly the outcome of the Six Nations, as well as some big news on the Underhill Park project. So read on and let me know your thoughts on these issues especially the Park development!

 

ON THE PITCH

As expected these are tough times at the moment on the pitch for the 1st XV and they will need a good run of results in the remaining 5 games if they want to stay in Division 2 West! There has been just the one game since my last report which was Pontarddulais (H) and another disappointing result 12-24 despite a tremendous effort from the boys. As has been the case in many games this season we were short of props (only 1 fit prop available on the day) which meant we had to play the entire game with 14 players and passive scrums. A tough situation before a pass had even been made! As I say the players put in a tremendous amount of effort particularly in the second half and despite being awarded no less than 5 penalties in a prolonged surge inside Bont’s 22 meter line and 2 Yellow cards for the visitors in this phase the boys just couldn’t make the breakthrough. Quite why a penalty try wasn’t awarded remains a mystery but when you are down the bottom, decisions just don’t go for you! Anyway we dust ourselves down and go again, starting with Pembroke!

The Youth had their game with Nantyffyllan called off and still have a Cup Qtr Final to arrange as well as fixtures through to the middle of May!

Fixtures for March, April and May are as follows:

1st XV                                                  Youth

Sat Mar 23rd             Pembroke (H)                                   Vardre (A)

Sat Mar 30th             St Clears (A)                                    Bryncoch (H)

Sat April 6th               Loughor (H)                                     Dulais Valley (A)

Sat April 13th             St Clears (H)                                    Tondu (A)

Sat April 20th             No Game                                         Resolven (A)

Sat April 27th             No Game                                         Bridgend Ath (H)

Sat May 4th                Carmarthen Ath (H)   Last Game       Bryncethin (A)

Sat May 11th                                                                    Penclawdd (H)

JUNIOR SECTION

There is no other place to start than with the U12’s and their Ospreys Cup Victory. Here is the report from their Coach Chris Morgan:

Ospreys Cup – Bowl Final - Mumbles RFC U12’s 37 .v. Cwmgors U12’s 0

Tries: Ellis Morgan (2) Alfie Hughes, Ivor Lewis, Aaron Jones and Lewis Eynon

            Ben Winchester 1 Conversion

In horrendous playing conditions at Glynneath RFC due to Storm Freya the Mumbles ‘Sharks’ were dominant throughout. It was a complete mud bath but the Sharks pack was too strong in defence and attack. Cwmgors threw everything at the boys with their massive forwards charging at Mumbles forwards but in fairness to our boys their tackling was too strong and the boys capitalised on some fantastic tackling by Ellis, Ben and Alfie turning defence into attack and scoring some superb tries in the process. The whole squad were magnificent on and off the field being worthy winners and great ambassadors for Mumbles RFC!

On Wednesday 3rd April Ospreys players will be holding a coaching session for all Junior Teams in Underhill Park starting at 5.30 p.m.

JUNIORS NIGEL OWENS EVENING

As a fund raiser for the forthcoming tour for the U8’s U9’s and U10’s the Junior Mini Section arranged an Evening with Nigel Owens which was held at Mumbles Cricket Club because over 120 attended the dinner which was well over the capacity of the BAR 1887. The evening was an outstanding success with Nigel on fine form and helping the Mini’s raise a lot of money for this important cause, after all these boys are the foundation for the future of this club.

 

100 CLUB

After unforeseen delays, the monthly draws for January - £50, February - £50 and March - £500 will now be held in the club this Saturday during the finale of the Six Nations Tournament. If you want a chance to win £500 join the ‘100 Club’ now. Subscription is just £5 per month and you will be automatically entered into the monthly draw. If you are not in it, you can’t win it!

 

SOCIAL EVENTS IN BAR 1887

I don’t need to tell you how big Saturday is going to be with the climax of what I believe has been one of the best Six Nations in a long time. Will Wales do it? Well if you haven’t got a ticket the only place to find out is BAR 1887! The atmosphere will be electric so come along and enjoy the craic!

Other events going on in the coming months are as follows:   

Saturday 16th March  - Wales .v. Ireland k.o. 2.45 p.m. Live on Big Screen TV

 

April – Luncheon with ‘Jiffy’ Jonathon Davies – Date to be confirmed

 

Friday 17th May – MRFC Golf Day – Langland Bay Golf Club

This year we are restricted to just 18 Fourball teams so if you would like to join us for what is always a great day whatever the weather please get in contact with me.

UNDERHILL PARK DEVELOPMENT

I’m delighted to report that there has been significant progress on the proposed development in Underhill Park. Since Mumbles Community Association (MCA) signed an agreement to lease last July plans have been drawn up to enter into Phase 1 of the project. The £2 million investment will provide an All Weather pitch (AWP) and a range of facilities which include new changing rooms, Physio/treatment room, storage rooms, Public Toilets, a Café with a Community room where small events, meetings and much more could be held. The existing Pavilion will also be refurbished. A leaflet has been produced (attached) as well as two videos which can be accessed as follows: Long Version – https://vimeo.com/320530472

                                          Short Version – https://vimeo.com/320530602

There is currently an exhibition on display in Oystermouth Library asking for comments from members of the public. Planning permission will then be sought together with a tendering process for the work to be carried out. However all this will only be possible if sufficient funds are raised! A tremendous amount of work is currently going on whereby funding sources are being identified and approached to secure the necessary funds needed. These include sports organisations, benefactors, local businesses and of course the local community. MCA have already secured £150,000 from Mumbles Community Council, provided we can match fund that figure. Although a budget figure of £2 million has been indicated it is hoped using the services of local tradesmen for the building work the actual cost could come down significantly. Phase 1 is only the start. If we can get this done it will lead onto Phase 2 which is the Community building by the car park which will also give the Community of Mumbles a much needed Community Centre.

I, along with Clive Davies and club member Peter Bray are trustees of MCA while Robin Bonham and Jon Price sit on the steering group, all as representatives of Mumbles Rugby Club. Mumbles Rangers Football Club also have representatives on the board. All of the dedicated group of volunteers with MCA are trying to get the first phase of this project over the line as soon as possible.  

So if you think you can help in anyway or you know anybody who may be willing to invest in this project please get in touch with one of us. We are determined to make this happen and in so doing, secure the future of Mumbles Rugby Club for many years to come. Please help us achieve this!

 

Just a point regarding the main pitch in the park. Due to health and safety regulations the pitch will be moved 1 metre towards the cricket square away from the barrier which runs alongside the length of the pitch and 1 metre down towards the dressing rooms. This work will be carried out at the end of the season.   

 

Well that’s about it for this month. Let’s hope we are talking about England winning the Six Nations, Oh sorry, I mean a Grand Slam for Wales and maybe more good news on the Underhill Project, fingers crossed for good news on and off the pitch!

 

Martin Rodwell                                             e.mail: martinrodwell123@btinternet.com