Llandovery and the rolling hills of Carmarthenshire were alive to the sound of rugby not only on Saturday but throughout the week.
The Church Bank clubhouse was packed to the rafters after Saturday’s comfortable five tries to one victory over Neath to crown a momentous few days for the Tywi Valley club.
“I can’t remember a week like it on and off the field,” said long serving Chairman Handel Davies. “First we had the news that No 8 Kieran Murphy had been chosen as Principality Premiership Player of the Month to become the fourth Drover to win the award since September, following in the footsteps of Rhodri Williams, Shaun Miles and Matthew Jacobs.”
“Then we had the news that Warren Gatland was to come up to the club two days after the announcement of his British Lions squad and hold a question and answer evening at the clubhouse. All the tickets for May 2 went within 48 hours – we could have sold over a thousand - so even our Honorary Royal Patron Prince Charles hasn’t got a ticket!” apologised the Chairman. “But His Royal Highness did send sincere apologies at not being there for our annual Patrons Lunch alongside 50 other loyal Llandovery supporters.”
Others to witness Llandovery do the double over Neath were forty Hen Borthmyn – the newly formed Old Players Association – who saw tries from wing Lee Rees (2), lock Shaun Jones, wing Chris Knight and Murphy put the Drovers within reach of a play-off spot.
To complete the week’s achievements Llandovery became the first stand alone Welsh club to install a live saving defibrillator and remind everyone of the huge all round progress that the Cinderella club has made over recent years - get to the play offs or not.