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RFC NEWSLETTER May 2011
reflexion the season was probably a great disappointment in playing
terms. We started the season with high hopes and although it
was clear that we were lacking in depth in some areas our squad seemed
strong enough to more than hold our own. An excellent win on
opening Saturday at St Peters was excellent preparation for the
local derby against Gwernyfed. Sadly on the day we never “turned
up” and we lost heavily to a good Gwernyfed team.
We bounced back well from that reverse and another good win away to Fairwater
was followed by an outstanding home win against Pentyrch. With the second
team also recording successive victories including a great win against
Builth Wells the prospects for the season looked very bright. However,
we soon lost the services of stalwart prop Andrew Davies and newcomer
Steve Jackson who had made a big impression. Without that hard, experienced
core in the front row we struggled. Before Christmas we picked up some
good wins but slipped in others and held a comfortable mid table position.
The New Year match at Gwernyfed was the turning point. It was a game
we could have won after an early red card forced us to battle through
70 minutes with only 14 players. In spite of the handicap we were competitive
and in the game right up to the final whistle. What happened after was
In the remaining 13 matches we won just 2. Fortunately those two wins
allowed us to avoid relegation and preserved our status in Division 3.
The seconds also, after a brilliant start to the season, began to falter.
As we continued to lose so morale suffered and we hit a crisis point
when we lost the services of our coaches, captain and a few players.
While fingers will be pointed as to the reasons for such disharmony it
was essential that the club regrouped, drew a line under what had happened
and pulled together. Fortunately with the help of Carl Scales, Regional
Development officer, we acquired the services of Chris Yates as coach
and he supported by Carl carried us through to the end of the season.
We were also fortunate in that the season’s outstanding player,
Tom Daley, took on the mantle of captain. Also youngsters such as
Jake Powell Thomas and Ryan Harris showed consistent improvement
the season and never lacked courage or commitment in the bruising
the front row, while in addition the likes of Gari Davies showed
a welcome return to form.
So the season, in spite of results, didn’t end in doom and
gloom. However there is much now to do. With a new regime at the
first priority will be settle the coaching issue with the hope that
continue our partnership with Chris and provide him with appropriate
In order to keep some continuity going the club is running a series of
touch rugby sessions from 6:30 on Thursday evenings, commencing 2nd
June. Anyone over the age of, 16 male or female is invited to attend
be a series of enjoyable sessions.
with the seniors the season was mixed but without the disharmony
that afflicted that section of the club. Coaches,
Trigger and Tapper
continued their valued development work with the squad and were
joined in Mid-Season by Jan Milsom whose input was highly
the playing record wasn’t outstanding the young
team showed considerable promise. With only a few departing
senior ranks the future looks
again our juniors performed admirably throughout what was a much
disrupted season. The severe winter weather curtailed
fixtures and a number of other fixtures were cancelled owing
to the failure
opponents to raise a team. In spite of this there were notable
The under 13’s and 14’s travelled on tour to Belluno,
Italy. Contact with Belluno had been established the previous
year when they
visited Brecon. The return to Italy was an outstanding success.
Before the tour players were reminded that they not only represented
and the club but were also ambassadors for their town, Brecon
and country Wales. All the players took the advice to heart.
impress their hosts on the field but they also won their respect
The coaches and supporting organisers should be thanked and
congratulated for providing our young players with such a fantastic
and opportunity. I understand that our more senior supporters/parents
accompanied the team on the trip also had a wonderful time
while being good guests and made no complaint as they were
in the local wine which flowed freely. Some even made the effort
to learn the language so that late into the evening they were
fluently although listeners were not sure what language they
The under 15’s had a season to remember. They consistently improved
throughout the season and were rewarded with a great cup winning performance
against Abercynnon. Their passage to the Heart of Wales final hadn’t
been easy but it illustrated the degree of progress that the side had
made. Earlier in the season they suffered a heavy defeat at the hands
of a powerful Merthyr side. When we faced the same opponents in the semi-final
we outplayed them and deservedly earned our place in the final. That
final match was a close encounter. With the final score at 24 all the
under 15’s emerged as victors by scoring four tries to Abercynnon’s
The victory was well deserved and was a great reward for the
hard work of coaches Kevin Prothero and Hefin Williams.
can be no doubting the importance of the strength of the mini section
of the club. Paul Amphlett and Neil Bragg
worked hard to continually improve the structure of the
Mini and Junior
it is bearing fruit.
All the teams had their highlights with the under 11’s and under
9’s reaching the final of the highly rated Brecon
Mini Tournament. In addition Callun James, Under 11, won
Wales cap and the
Man of the Match Award in the annual encounter against
West Wales. He was
the first South Powys player to receive such an award:
an outstanding achievement for an outstanding player.
While there was success on many fronts there is no doubting
that the outstanding Brecon, Blues and possible Welsh Mini
was our under 10’s. They boast a proud record of
being unbeaten with just a draw against Pontypridd in the
Final of the Blues
Cup which they later went on to win. They also defeated
Pontypridd to end
their unbeaten run when they played them in the final of
the Brecon Tournament. In addition they won at the Llanidloes,
Tournaments. A truly outstanding season for an exceptional
team of players and coaches.