Preview for the earlier two (Preliminary) rounds
Local rugby clubs have three weeks to warm up for -one of the most important fixtures on the rugby calendar — the preliminary round of the Schweppes Cup. No local club ever expects to win the Schweppes Cup but it offers the chance of a plum draw against a first class side — and the results can be spectacular.
But before any West Wales team gets the chance to meet the cream of Welsh rugby they must first beat two junior sides from their own district - which always gives a little extra edge to the preliminary round games. Two of the local minnows this year by-pass the preliminary rounds as a reward for their cup-fighting exploits last year. Llandovery and Gowerton both get byes into the first round after reaching the last 16 in last season's competition. And the rest of the local clubs will be hoping to emulate the rousing wins over Pontypridd and Tredegar which earned Llandovery and Gowerton their respective places in the first round this year.
Ammanford have a difficult home draw against West Wales Cup finalists Waunarlwydd in District F while West Wales champions Tumble are away to Llangennech in a repeat of last season's championship semi-final. Llandeilo face Llandybie in a first round preliminary match and the winners will play home to Cwmgors in the second preliminary round.
Top of the giant killers in district E last year — and in the competition as a whole -cwere Seven Sisters. It is a relief to the rest of the district that Seven, like Llandovery and Gowerton, do not enter the competition until the first round proper.
Cwmllynfell and Dunvant have a bye to the second preliminary round where they have been drawn, conveniently, to play each other. Pick of the matches otherwise is the clash between Ystradgynlais and Trebanos who fought a ding-dong battle in the semi-final of the Swansea Valley Cup at the end of last season. Trebanos should have beaten Ystrad then and will be out to prove it was not a fluke.
The draw is: District F: 1st preliminary round: Llandeilo v Llandybie. 2nd preliminary round: (to be played on or before September 21): Pontyberem v Loughor; Penygroes v Hendy; Ammanford v Waunarlwydd; Brynaman v Gorseinon: Cefneithin v Penclawdd; Pontarddulais v Amman United; Llandeilo or Llandybie v Cwmgors; Llangennech v Tumble. District E: Swansea Uplands v Vardre; Bonymaen v Ystalyfera; Cwmgwrach v Swansea University; Pontardawe v Crynant; Ystradgynlais v Trebanos; Glynneath v Aberystwyth; Mumbles v Glais; Morriston v Resolven; Cwmllynfell and Dunvant byes.