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   ‘BETWEEN THE POSTS’

October 2019

Welcome to Mumbles Rugby Club and the monthly newsletter ‘Between the Posts’. What a start to the season it has been which I will report on later in this issue. I also have details of some social events which you need to make a note of.  

 

ON THE PITCH

As I said in my introduction the 1st XV have got off to a flying start winning all 4 league games including three bonus point wins which puts the boys clear at the top of Division 2 West. Following on from the opening victory over Pontyberem, wins against Loughor (A) 36 – 26, Pontarddulais (H) 30 – 22 and Fishguard (A) 31 – 29 gives the boys 19 points two clear of Burry Port, who we face in a couple of weeks time! As I said, an outstanding start and what a turnaround, from this time last season, when I think we lost the opening four games!  Last Saturday saw the boys come up against Aberystwyth from Div 1 West in the 2nd Round of the Plate. This gave Head Coach Stu Fletcher an opportunity to not only rest a few players with injuries but to try out a few youngsters who are pushing hard for a 1st XV place. While it was a first defeat of the season 24 – 44 the boys gave a really gave good account of themselves and pushed Aber right to the final whistle and I have to say the two late tries really flattered Aberystwyth. Following the postponement of the  Tycroes game due to a waterlogged pitch we host Kidwelly this weekend and hopefully back to winning ways!

The Youth have also had a pretty good start to their campaign following on from their cup win against a huge Abergavenny side, the boys drew 15 – 15 with Dunvant and were unlucky to just miss out at home to South Gower 17-18! This Saturday is an away game at Cwmgors in the WRU Cup.

Fixtures for 1st XV and Youth for October and November

1st XV                                                                         YOUTH XV 

26th         Kidwelly (h)                                              Cwmgors (a)

2nd Nov  Rugby World Cup Final                            Penclawdd (h)

9th            Burry Port (a)                                             WRU Cup draw to be announced

16th         Nantgaredig (a)                                         Vardre (h)

23rd         Tenby (h)                                                  Gorseinon (a)

30th         Milford Haven (h) (Provisional)           T B A

JUNIOR SECTION

The following is a report from Jon Price re the U16’s.

The boys had a great win in the Ospreys Plate winning 54-0 against Pontarddulais U16’s. Try scorers were Louis Evans (2) Felix Beardsley (2) Fi Tobin, Josh Parker, Rhys Morgan and Harry McKay.

Louis Lauder and Fi Tobin have made the cut to the final 50 out of 250 boys who went for trials with the Boys Club of Wales. We wish the boys Good Luck for the next stage of the selection process!

100 CLUB

Congratulations to John Purnell winner of £50 for the September draw. The draw for October will be on Saturday 26th October. We also made a draw for Bistro Pierre Vouchers which have been donated to the club by the local restaurant. The winner of the first voucher, a 3 course meal Evening or Lunch for two, is, Justin Price! Five more vouchers will be drawn from the list of existing members of the 100 Club, so another incentive to join the 100 Club! Proceeds from the 100 Club are ploughed back into the club and have helped purchase Jackets and training tops for the Junior Coaches, as well as equipment for all in the club to use. Contact Gareth Bennett for the chance of a cash prize or a Bistro Voucher, it’s just £5 a month! 

 

SOCIAL EVENTS IN BAR 1887

We have two big events coming up in December details as follows:

 

  1. Saturday 23rd November  7.30 p.m. – Elvis Night!

 

Yes a chance to see one of the best Elvis tribute shows in South Wales! It’s just £2 on the door which include a raffle, so make a note of the date!

 

  1. Friday 13th DecemberThe ‘MRFC Christmas Lunch’

 

This will be our third year of presenting a festive lunch for you, our members and promises to be the best yet!

 

Tickets are £25 each which includes: A Glass of Bubbles on arrival and a 3 Course Festive Lunch followed by Live Cabaret.

 

I know tickets will be snapped up very quickly for this event and as you know we are limited to just 66 places! So if you want to avoid disappointment I suggest you contact Simon Evans or myself as soon as possible to book your place!

 

 

 

 

MRFC CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Annual membership fees are now well overdue, so if you are not on the direct debit scheme please ensure you make payment as soon as possible. Categories marked with a * symbol below are eligible for a 15% discount during Happy Hour! 

Membership rates – w.e.f. 1st September 2019

Patron - £300 (Membership for 3 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

*Full Member - £30               OAP - £20

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

*Playing Member - £30

Student - £20

Junior Playing Member -) £35 Family Membership due by 1st October 2019

 

 

UNDERHILL PARK DEVELOPMENT

Lots of hard work is going on to try and deliver this ambitious project, however we do need your help if we are to be successful. Attached to this Newsletter is a handout which has been circulated to all those who are involved in this project including Mumbles Rugby Club, Mumbles Rangers Football Club, Swansea Cricket Club, Mumbles Community Council and Mumbles Community Association. We are determined to get this project done but need YOUR HELP to get it over the line!

Please read the Go Underhill document and if you can help or know someone who may be able to support us by donating funds or offering building work please get in contact with me or any member of Mumbles Community Association. We will get it done but let’s make it sooner rather than later!

 

Well that’s about it for this month. It’s been a great start to the season and there is a real buzz about the club. Let us all work together to maintain this success for the club from the Juniors through to the Seniors and everyone in between because we are all part of the Mumbles ‘Family’!

 

I know it is still October but don’t forget to book your place for the Christmas Lunch in December, it really is an event not to be missed!

 

I do hope you will be with us on the exciting journey that lies ahead, we won’t be able to do it without you!

 

 

Martin Rodwell                                             e.mail: martinrodwell123@btinternet.com