Croeso cynnes iawn i bawb o Glwb Rygbi Glyn Ebwy i Fanc Yr Eglwys heddiw! It is with great pleasure that we welcome Ebbw Vale RFC to Church Bank for our first fixture of the 2017/18 season with the Eugene Cross Park side.
Sadly, yet again, I have to commence my programme notes lamenting the passing of another key figure at the club. Brian Weaver was more than just a Board Director as his e mail signature strapline clearly portrayed, Bryan was a “Cyw Bawddwr a Phorthmon ers i mi cael fy ngeni”. He was instrumental in developing the Drovers’ web presence and in collating a vast body of statistics and club history that will make it a valuable resource for generations to come. There is of course, and appropriately, a longer tribute to Brian on our website but we will take the opportunity before the game to have a moments silence in his memory. We pass on our sincerest condolences to Brian’s widow Eileen, his sons and the extended Weaver family.
As the Premiership fixtures resumed last weekend after the weather disruption of recent weeks some of the results were particularly narrow with Pontypridd run close by Bridgend and league leaders Merthyr overturned by Newport. Meanwhile the Drovers lost at Bedwas and Ebbw had a comfortable home win against Neath. This leaves Ebbw Vale in 7th place with 20 points after playing 5 games and Drovers in 9th place with 16 points after just 3 games. Both teams will be anxious to record a win at Church Bank to set themselves up for a crucial part of the season with a flurry of fixtures that will surely influence the final league outcomes and of course progress in the cup. On that note we are scheduled to play the rearranged cup quarter final fixture with Crosskeys on Wednesday evening and I am sure the team would appreciate as much support as possible at Pandy Park!
Whilst we almost take it for granted that Wyn Jones is a “regular” in the Wales 6 Nations squad, Jack Maynard has been away playing for the National 7s team, Shaun Miles has been playing with the Wales Deaf team and of course we have seen Corey Baldwin and Tomi Lewis in the U20s fixtures. It is however, with particular pride, that we also celebrate the selection of two of our Junior Drovers graduates, Dafydd Land and Harri Doel, in the Wales U18 team last week end to play Scotland. This is surely the first time that we have had five club players involved in three full national squads at the same time. This is a great testament to Llandovery RFC as a rugby academy in its own right and to the hard work of our coaches at all levels. Well done one and all!
Our match sponsors today are Hugh Williams Son & Co; Ashmole Accountants and T Geoff Jones. Thank you all your support is very much appreciated and we hope you enjoy the day.
Finally with the WRU scheduled to receive the recommendations of the competitions review before the end of the month we will shortly know the format of the Premiership over coming seasons. When this is known we will probably call an EGM to share with members the implications for the Club. Please keep an eye open over the coming weeks and please come to the meeting!
Er Gwaethaf Pawb a Phopeth Ni Yma o Hyd! Ymlaen Y Porthmyn!
Peter Rees Cadeirydd/Chairman