Once again a lovely morning, a great turnout, and the coaches would like to thank all the parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents and boys for their support this winter. See you in 2010.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Once again a lovely morning, a great turnout, and the coaches would like to thank all the parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents and boys for their support this winter. See you in 2010.
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
If you could pass on the jerseys this Sunday to Mike or Matthew then these can be passed on to Grant, coach of the U7s.
As usual we will only have confirmation of cancellation early on Sunday morning. So keep an eye on the blog / text. In the (unlikely) event that only one match is going ahead, then ALL players will be invited to attend that venue.
Matthew's Swansea Uplands Squad: Tom R, Ethan, Cam, Owen, Luke, Duncan, Ike, Myles, Josh
Mike's Penlan Squad: Arthur, Dylan, Jacob, Connor, Eddie, Jamie, Tom Ch, Luca, Lloyd
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
With some luck, there is a home match against Waunarlwydd this Sunday. Meet at Bishopston at 10:15. It'll be a shame if this is called off again as the boys need to show off their new kit and could do with a rest from beating each other up and take on someone else for a change. Those who could not make it tonight will be presented with their jerseys before the match.
Thanks to everyone for a great turnout tonight and your support so far this season.
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Now is a good time to highlight the support we've had from team sponsors, Fit Kitchens and Charlie's Bar Restaurant. We consider it very important that our annual membership costs are kept reasonable, so it is only with the support of generous sponsors that we can offer extras such as Astroturf, and are able to kit the boys out so they look very smart on match day. Many thanks to Jon for organising this.
P.S. Those boys growing out of the old jerseys - can you please bring them on Wednesday and hand them back in to me. They will be used by the u7s this year and also then passed down to the u6s at the end of the year. It is very useful for the younger age groups to have a kit ready for them when they start up.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
This Sunday we are in action against Gowerton. I have spoken to their coach Lyn and they have a bigger squad than us! So if all goes to plan we will play two matches against Gowerton on Sunday and everyone will get a full game.
Meet at Bishopston at 10:15. First match will KO at 10:30, second match at 11:00. Hot dogs back at the cricket club afterwards.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Friday, 30 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
For the next 2 Sundays we have home matches against teams with quite small squads. So instead of splitting the squad into half for each of them we will pick two teams, each of which will play one whole match. We hope this will give the players more of a feel for a full match and for the boys to work on continuity in their play. The non-playing half of the squad will meet a little earlier on each Sunday for a concentrated training session, after which they can cheer on the team and then all head off for hotdogs together.
Teams are as follows. (The management reserve the right to make wild changes at a moments notice).
Training with Mike and Ian. Meet at Bishopston at 10. Training 10 – 10:45. Then support the team by watching the match before heading off for hotdogs. This team will play the full match against
Team to play against Penlan. Meet Matthew for psyching up at Bishopston at 10:30.
Ike, Jacob, Luke, Arthur, Connor
Ed, Jamie, Tom R, Myles, Tom Ch
EDIT: A nice photo from the St Helens match has been posted on the Swansea RFC website. Click Here.
Saturday, 17 October 2009
As we have been telling the boys all season, defences win matches. But todays highlights came from players of the week Josh and Jamie for their first Mumbles tries. Josh has been threatening the line for several Sundays and his support play was rewarded by a try in the top corner. Jamie's run-in from the half way line left the referee trailing, let alone the SG defence.
The never-ending rugby weekend continued with enthusiasm down the Cricket Club. Ethan appeared with a birthday cake which was rapidly devoured. Then the team got in some practice for tackling next year. I'm hoping that all the wildcats parents enjoyed a peaceful afternoon after the boys ran themselves into the ground. Thanks to Claire for organising the hotdogs. We need help with the rota, so if Claire hasn't collared you yet and you can help out please let her know.
Wednesday training to be confirmed...
Almost all the squad have had some great half time rugby now, after the Wildcats took on Skewen at St Helens. The boys behaviour as they waited in the stands was excellent, and they were all ready and pumped up to run on the big pitch after seeing Swansea rack up a big lead in the first half. When the tag started there was a little more space than at the Liberty and most of the boys enjoyed a good run. Luke and Cam grabbed a brace of tries each and Tom Charles sneaked in at the corner after good work from Owen. After the photos, while Neath got back into the game, there was hotdogs and coke, and the Wildcats ran off to the cricket pitch to practice their tackling. A great afternoon in the sunshine for everyone. We thank Chris for bringing his Skewen team. Their players are a credit to their club, and we look forward to playing them again after Christmas.
Sunday, 11 October 2009
There was rugby before the Ospreys. And at St Helens Swansea have defeated the Australians, the South Africans and even the mighty All Blacks. Now it is the Wildcats turn to grace the famous pitch. This Saturday is the big match of the Swansea season. Swansea and Neath might have formed the Ospreys together, but when they meet in the premiership old habits die hard. At half time we will run on and play a quick game of tag against our friends at Skewen. The pitch is known for its playing service which is ideal for the Wildcats style of running rugby!
The line up for the half time match is Luke, Jacob, Duncan, Jamie, Cam, Tom Ch, Connor and Josh. If any of these boys can't make it please let me know asap. Park at the rec car park, and meet outside the Mumbles End entrance to the ground at 1:30. Each player gets 2 free tickets for their supporters.
All other members of the squad and parents are very welcome to come along and support the team. Adult tickets are about £5/£10 for terrace/stand and childrens tickets about half that.
Weekend rugby is then completed by the South Gower Match on Sunday. They have a big squad so everyone should get a full game. Meet at Bishopston at 10:00. Then hotdogs (honestly) at the MCC.
Thanks to everyone for turning up in the rain. We are really lucky to have a large squad of such capable players. It bodes well for the future, when we will be playing 10, 12 then 15 a-side matches. For the moment we will keep the boys playing halves - but we will also start experimenting with keeping some players on for the full match to help with continuity. We'll keep everyone informed in advance, and keep an eye on the appearances so everyone in the squad has equal opportunities. We'll try more of this in the second half of the season.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
First up Penlan. 8 mad keen boys made the trip and benefited from a full game with no subs. Mynydd Newydd has never been less windy in October, so this was one to savour. We set the boys a tagging target, and they responded with concentration and teamwork to shut down almost all the Penlan attacks. All the boys contributed and it was especially pleasing to see Josh take scrum half duties with confidence, Connor to take tag after tag and to pop up in attack, and Luke to show great pace and balance in only his second game - tries inevitably followed - even more if we remember no handoffs! Many thanks to Keith for the invitation. Penlan fielded some new players who got better and better as the game progressed. We look forward to more tough encounters with them later in the season.
Thursday, 1 October 2009
For the Liberty in the afternoon. We will be meeting at 3:00 outside the ticket office by the South Stand. The team goes in free, but spectators need to pay for tickets. Adults are £18 and under 16s are £10. There is a cheaper children's option - but it will only be valid in the wrong corner of the pitch for where Mumbles will be playing. The boys have a block booking - and so that we can sit next to them I need to reserve the tickets in the next couple of days. Please contact me by e-mail: email@example.com or by text: 07846 334962 and let me know how many tickets you want (adult or u16). We will then pick up the tickets on the day. If a few extra people come at the last minute I expect they will be able to sit close enough.
Sunday, 27 September 2009
We have taken teams to both these venues before and they have been tremendous fun. Games are 7 - a side and only 7 minutes long so we can only take teams of around 9 players at a time. The coaches have split the squad in the same way as we always do every week, ie to keep everyone involved and to keep an even balance of players in both sides. To help matters, because we have got in early in the season we have been told by both the Ospreys and Swansea that we will be able to do it again this season and therefore reverse the teams at the two venues. Those who play at St Helens this time will play at the Liberty next time and vice versa. We will pin these dates down as soon as we can. For St Helens, free tickets will be provided for all players and 1 parent per player. For the Liberty, the boys go in free but parents will have to buy all their tickets (at £16).
These are great opportunities for the boys to show off their developing skills! We play Morriston at the Liberty, and who else but Skewen for the Neath-Swansea derby. Please don't be surprised by the late notice, it's all been organised this weekend, and it is more time to plan than we had last year!
Teams are as follows. If you are included in the first match, but are unable to play, please let us know asap. Further details will follow when we know the full arrangements. Any question we can deal with them at training on Wednesday.
SUNDAY 4th October
Mumbles vs Morriston
Meet outside Liberty Stadium at 3:00. Ospreys KO at 4:00, half time tag at 4:45.
SATURDAY 17th October
Mumbles vs Skewen
Park at the rec, meet at Mumbles end of the St Helens at 2:00. Swansea KO at 2:30, half time tag at 3:15.
We were lead by Jamie, who experienced his first time as "scrum half". Once more we proved a great team going forward with the ball in hand with tries coming from several players. It was noticeable when we were all concentrating and focused on the opposition how we were able to get 6 tags and cause a turnover. This has to be one of main areas for development, remaining "switched on" and eager to cause the ball to be turned over in our favour.
Although everyone had some great moments during the game, whether tagging, scoring, passing or running I would like to single out Ethan and Tom C for their contributions today. Ethan scored some great tries and general balanced running and Tom C for his tagging and some great runs.
Well done to all players today - good progress is being made!
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Meet there at 10:30 for 11:00 kick off.
Directions to Dunvant RFC. Click here. Drive up through Sketty and onto Gower Road towards Killay. At Killay, take the right turn (at roundabout) onto Goetre Fawr Road, towards Dunvant on the B4296. Take the second left onto Broadmead, and the Broadacre Ground is at the end of the road.
Thursday, 17 September 2009
We are going for an early start to get a spot, as it will be busy later. Be there for a 9:30 session. We hope we can keep building on the excellent performance from all the boys on Wednesday.
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
From recent experience, many Autumn International tickets are not highly subscribed so you would stand a very good chance of getting one. For the 6 nations of course there is much more demand.
Lists are up NOW for New Zealand (7th November), Australia (28th November) and Argentina (21st November, the cheaper option this Autumn).
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Thanks go first to our visitors for making the trip to Bishopston and providing a sunny morning of good rugby for everyone. Two teams we are more than happy to cross swords with again later in the season. All the coaches are very pleased with the boys' continued development and total commitment. Special praise to the defensive effort keeping Morriston out for so long, and to the all round performance against a very strong Aberavon Green Stars side. We want all the boys to get involved and contribute and it speaks for the effort across the whole squad that we can field two teams that are able to compete so well.
There was a Mumbles debut today for Josh, following in his Dad's formidable Mumbles Rugby footsteps, and we welcome back Connor after his moonlighting as the Wales football mascot! Lloyd and Tom R took scrum half duties today and again the tries were shared out between lots of players, with Tom R and Tom C crossing the line in some style. Play of the day goes to Jacob and Duncan for a lovely move that rewarded their support work and quick passing into space out of the tag.
Thanks to John for being dragged into action running behind the team. You may have seen that Matthew has been helping with the 7s on match days, so we will be calling on the parents for a little help during the matches when Mike and Ian are busy. Volunteers welcome.
Sunday, 6 September 2009
It's been quiet at pre-season over the summer but we found an almost full squad raring to go this morning. After a brief early defensive debacle the Wildcats organised themselves and gradually pulled away from our Skewen hosts, with pace out wide being the difference between the teams. We are experimenting with letting the boys make more decisions on the pitch with the aim of increasing their awareness of the game. Well done to Ike who ran the show from scrum half for the first time. Pass of the day goes to Cam for putting Dylan away. Also mentioned in dispatches is Ethan who scored twice on his debut and more importantly put in a great tagging effort. All the boys contributed and were eager to get their hands on the ball. Once again it is fantastic to see the tries shared among so many players, something that is quite rare in tag rugby (9 different scorers today!) and for everyone to put in a tag.
Wednesday training at Underhill 4:30. Next week Morriston and the mighty Aberavon. Meet Underhill 9:30.
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Meet at the ground at 10:30 for an 11:00 start.
It takes about 25 minutes to get there from Mumbles. Directions to Skewen rugby club can be found by clicking here. The ground is at Tennant Park (SA10 6HU) on the way to Neath. I think the best way to is all the way along Oystermouth Road and cross the river turning up towards Llansamlet (A217). Carry on to Llansamlet and turn right onto the A48 (towards the M4). When you get to the roundabout for the M4, take the exit to Skewen (4th exit A4230), after about a mile, take a right turn into Christopher Road, take the second right into Coombes road and then straightish on towards Charles Street. The club and playing fields will be in front of you. (Assuming you negotiate the one-way system successfully). The club website is here.
Monday, 31 August 2009
First match is next Sunday (6th September). Skewen Away. Meet at Skewen at 10:30 for an 11:00 Kick Off. Directions to Skewen RFC will follow.
Thursday, 27 August 2009
We'll go for a prompt start, and aim to finish about 10:45, because the park will be filling up with the senior teams arriving to organise the traditional August Bank Holiday Jimmy Cracker 7s tournament. This gets underway at 12:00 and usually finishes about 6. It's a lovely afternoon out, especially if the sun is shinning and it is also one of the major fundraisers for Mumbles rugby club. There'll be BBQ, drinks and bouncy castle.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
We will be back at the end of August, starting on Wednesday 26th August. Our first Sunday morning will be Sunday 31st August. Our first match as under 8s will be on Sunday 6th September, away against Skewen. The routine will be the same as last year. Training at 4:30 on Wednesdays (astroturf when it gets dark) and training / match on the Sunday morning. See you there. Enjoy the break.
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Well done to all the players. The Vikings performed splendidly and will have nothing to fear next season. Thanks for everyone's support this year. Special thanks to Helen for running the BBQ this morning. Underhill Park in the sunshine is a fine place. That's it for organised rugby until sometime in August. Keep an eye on the blog for Wednesday plans.
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Saturday, 25 April 2009
The big date for the diary is Sunday 10th May: Wildcat - Vikings Tournament, BBQ and presentations. DON’T MISS IT!
This is what we have planned:
10:00 Assemble at Underhill Park. We will split the Wildcats (under 7s) and Vikings (under 6s) into three even squads, have introductions and a little training.
10:30 Fun round robin tournament between the 3 sides.
11:15 BBQ starts. Hotdogs, burgers, soft drinks, lager etc. will be available to buy.
12:00 BBQ continues!
It would be great if everyone can make it and finish off a successful first season in style. Although we will carry on on Wednesdays, this will be the last big get together. We will take the opportunity of having everyone there to do our seasonal presentations. Fingers crossed for good weather!
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Sunday, 5 April 2009
Finally, the Wildcats, flagging a bit, took on a fired up Nantyfyllon unit. Full marks all round for the outstanding effort. Not only were Nant an older side, but they were also very good. The physical challenge was exceptional but none of the Wildcats took a backward step. Stopping Nant from scoring was difficult, though amidst the tries we did force a couple of turnovers and 6 tag sequences. In attack the boys were under huge pressure from the Nant defence, so the tries, with Dunc, Cam and Arthur squeezing in, we all the more sweet. A real learning experience for everyone. It shows have far the boys have come. Well done everyone. All the parents can be justifiably proud.
Some lovely pics below courtesy of Ceri. New player Jacob (captain in his first appearance), Ike stretches his legs, Dylan's balance, Cam and Luca discuss the finer points of their latest try and Sam evades the Skewen clutches. If you have any great shots e-mail me and I'll put them up.
No training this Wednesday. No rugby on Easter Sunday. Training returns at Underhill on Wednesday 15th. Time to be confirmed.
Coming up: Vikings BBQ, Wednesdays in May, Presentation night.
Saturday, 4 April 2009
This match has been arranged because the season is running out fast, and we don't have many, if any, matches left. Luckily, Skewen have stepped in and are happy to invite us to their ground to share their fixture with Nantyfyllon. So hopefully we will get 2 matches in. This fixture is for the u7s only.
Because of the late notice, I'll do some ringing around later. But it would help me greatly if, when you read this, you send me a quick e-mail ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or text ( 07846 334 962 ) to let me know whether you are (or are not) able to come to Skewen. Alternatively you can post a comment on the blog. If you click on the '0 Comments' link at the bottom of this message, you will be taken to a page where you can sign up for a google account and then post comments to the blog.
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Sponsorship: If possible, we'll be looking to get a new set of jerseys next year. This is our main expense for the team. Ideally we would aim to pay for the new set with the help from sponsorship. Sponsorship can be large (big logo on front or back) or small (logo on arm / shoulders). Every bit helps. And for the sponsors, the boys do get to show off the jerseys every week all over Swansea and beyond! If anyone has any ideas please discuss it with me before the end of the season, so the kit can be ordered over the summer.
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
A really tight match this morning as we welcomed Gowerton under 7s. Lloyd led the team out and there was little between the sides, both of which forced several 6-tag turnovers. It was good to see such a hard fought game, instead of just a procession of tries. Most pleasing was the defence. A great line was maintained by the likes of Duncan, Sam, Ed, Tom Rees, Arthur, Tom Charles and Cam. This kept the opposition bottled up while Luca and Matz were sent up front to cause havoc and make the tags. Tries were hard to come by but Cam, Lloyd, Ike and Luca forced their way through (Owen as well? Did we score 5?). Everyone is really contributing to the game, so the players of the week are: Team Wildcats! The Gowerton boys and supporters were a credit to their club and we'll see them again for more close encounters next season
The official season finishes at the end of April. Rugby will continue for the Wildcats through the whole of May on Wednesdays only. Weekends free! We'll then start up again in August (again on Wednesdays to start with).
Presentation night will be at the clubhouse in May. Dates will be circulated soon.
In May we will also be inviting next year's under 7s, the Vikings!, up to the park. They have been playing on the beach and are ready for a taste of tag rugby. We'll mix all the players into 3 sides and have a mini tournament, and, if we can arrange it, offer a BBQ for parents and players afterwards. Dates to be thought about. We'll probably wait for a stretch of good weather, and aim for a Saturday or Sunday morning.
Six Nations £250 tournament won by one entry! Turns out we have too much faith in the Welsh team - if Stephen Jones' penalty had gone over the posts then it would have been shared between several entries. Thanks to all those who bought and sold tickets. Better luck next year.
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Players of the week from Wednesday are: the whole of the Yellow Bib Team. Outstanding teamwork boys. And Ike for bravery in combat.
Even though it is only tag, we still pick up a few injuries with two sets of boys flying at each other. Parents are probably wondering what the first aid arrangements are. To start with all teams in the club must have nominated, and qualified, first aiders. Both Mike and Ian have up-to-date certificates. However we are well aware that a few courses are not necessarily great preparation for dealing with some situations. We therefore have a network of contacts throughout the age groups, including parents and coaches, who have medical backgrounds. So if there are more serious incidents on match days we should be able to contact them in addition to phoning for help. If any Wildcats parents are experienced first aiders, or have medical backgrounds it would be useful to let the coaching team know. We also have a first aid kit in the kit bag at all times, although most incidents are bumps and bruises rather than cuts.
Lastly, its expected that the boys will take a few knocks in the game, and they'll move into tackling practice in about 12 months. But they can minimise hurting themselves and other players by: keeping to the rules. Remember it is tag with no pushing, grabbing, barging, hand-offs. Listen for the whistle: stop playing as soon as the refereeing blows the whistle. No pile ups on the try line.
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Well done everyone. A great fixture, with loads of rugby for both sides and one which we'll really look forward to again next season.
Training next Wednesday 4:30 underhill.
Saturday, 7 March 2009
Worst case scenario this morning. 9:00 it was lovely. 20 mins later it is lashing down, to add to the rain of Friday and Sat. We didn't have time to warn on the blog so apologies to those who made it to the park in optimism. Although we could have played, we cancelled for two reasons. First - there were several games scheduled, including the older age groups who use a whole pitch. The senior pitch was completely out of action and these matches would have taken up all the drier areas, and we would have struggled to find a good spot. Second - there isn't much to be learnt playing tag rugby in a bog. The boys have a great introduction to rugby and there is no need to put them off in the wind and rain. So - weather permitting- training on Wednesday. At least we'll have the run of the park and should be able to find a firm surface.
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Hopefully the weather will pick up for a match or training at Underhill Park on Sunday.
Thursday, 26 February 2009
Sunday, 22 February 2009
At the windswept highlands of Mynydd Newydd we had a great welcome from Penlan. Thanks go to Keith for hosting us unexpectedly at the last minute and letting us join in their fixture with Loughor. Happily with only a little waiting around we managed plenty of rugby for the 50 boys and girls in the 3 teams. Jamie led us onto the field and we started with some trepidation against the big and well drilled Loughor team. The ref was excellent and kept tight control of the game (though he let us get away with a few hand-offs! No more next week please) and although Loughor had the pace, Mumbles controlled the ball for long periods and we patient enough to wait for the openings. Tries came from Luca and Dylan and Lloyd rounded off a great move for what turned out to be the winner in the corner. 7-6. A remarkable performance from the team who managed to concentrate throughout. They also fought for every ball, none more than Georgia who wrestled the ball over the line but was just held up.
After the break, it was back into action against Penlan. Everyone (ref included) was tiring and the game was more disjointed. Still Mumbles managed to just stay ahead in a full blooded encounter. I think Dylan was facing his cousin, and it showed with his determined tags and runs. Final Score 7-5. Well done everyone. Thanks to parents for excellent support for all the teams.
Wednesday Training 4:30 Underhill Park.
Coached comment for the week: NO HANDOFFS. If you carry the ball in two hands you will not be able to hand off and you will also be ready to make the pass if tagged. At the moment most referees are being lenient. But they will not for much longer. They will soon be keeping more of an eye on it and will give a penalty (not just a tag) against the hand off, so our team will lose possession of the ball.
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Sunday, 15 February 2009
An almost Springtime morning at Underhill and the the boys turned up for training to find Swansea Uplands warming up. The game was organised last minute by the 8s, but the ever keen Uplands brought their 7s with them and the Wildcats were more than happy to oblige. The boys seemed to thrive on the unexpected challenge and it brought out their best performance of the season. Uplands have just got the better of us in the two encounters so far this season, so it was a great effort to turn the tables this time. Any one of the boys could have been man of the match. Luca captained the side, on account of having a birthday 'quite soon', and led from the front as always with tries and tags. Tries came from Matz, Duncan, Ike, Tom Rees and Arthur as well. Players of the week are Tom Rees for his support play and try and Ike for his tagging and try. Owen picks up Champagne Moment for gallantly giving up a certain try opportunity by carefully avoiding a toddler who wandered out onto the pitch. What a gent. The coaches can confirm that he is not so forgiving with opposing players when they are in his way.
A half term training session will take place on Wednesday 10:00 at Underhill for those who are around.
Next Sunday Morriston Match OFF. Another fixture is being sought.
Thursday, 5 February 2009
For next week. We have finished with the Astroturf for this season, and training will move to Underhill Park. It will usually be the same time as astroturf (4:30), but as it is half term next week we will run a session on Wednesday morning at 10:00.
Friday night Rock. For those of you interested in live, unadulterated, high voltage Pub Rock with classics from the 70s and 80s and even some recent stuff, then get up to the Rock and Fountain pub in Newton tonight from 9:00 and witness local Mumbles RFC favourites The Contenders.
Monday, 2 February 2009
Also - any Green 6 Nations competition forms still out there please bring along to Astroturf on Wednesday (completed and with money if possible!)
Saturday, 31 January 2009
Things to work on - spread out in defence and attack, don't bunch up and get in each others way. When you are tagged make a quick pass to the first player in support.
Wednesday: training Astroturf, 4:30
Next Sunday: Penclawdd at home (Underhill Park) or training if they don't have a 7s. Time to be confirmed.
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Sunday, 25 January 2009
A welcome return for the boys to the beach this morning. Well done all for picking up the change of plans on the blog. In the end Underhill was playable - but it was still a bog. Unsuitable for the silky running skills possessed by our lads.
Some good news for next week. Our Gowerton neighbours have been building up their 7s team and are keen for a match. There is a good setup at Gowerton and this has been a great fixture for the juniors recently so we look forward to accepting their challenge.
Dates for the diary
Wednesday: Astroturf 4:30
Next Sunday: Gowerton Match. Away. Meet 10:00 at Gowerton RFC. Directions can be found on this Google Map. You can either go through Fforestfach and head towards Llanelli on the A484 and turn left at the Gowerton Roundabout onto Victoria Road (B4296) you will find the club on the right, near the Harvester and Golf Range, surrouded by a blue fence just before the bridge. OR head up through Sketty and Killay towards Gowerton, and you'll see the club on Victoria Road, on the left just after the railway bridge. As usual, parking is a pain, but we have an early kick off so should be OK.
Thursday, 22 January 2009
It's usually a good alternative and we used it alot last year. The tide will be out. Only trainers are needed, not togs. Matthew and Ian will go straight to the beach to get set up, and Mike will go via the park and pick up any stragglers who didn't get the message in time. Patience appreciated as always. See you later.
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Other news - Sky TV is back on in the Rugby Club. So you can go along and watch the Ospreys cling on to desperate Heineken Cup straws for another week (or so) .
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Rough and tumble. Another good turn out in the wind and rain at Astroturf last night, and all players are improving fast. The boys must remember not to be too over-enthusiastic when playing tag rugby. No handoffs or barging are allowed, you can only grab the tag and there is no diving on players allowed when they are on the floor. All these will result in penalties against them in matches. But we must also remember that contact will, before long, be a major part of the game and some knocks and falls are part and parcel of the game of rugby.
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Ian and Matthew will provide the full report, as I sneaked off to see Arthur's older brother in the under 9s clash. I'll quickly mention Myles' Man of the Match performance (for positioning, straight running, keeping the line, and tagging), and Sam's Champagne moment (for a show and go that Ian could only have dreamt of during his days on the wing).
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Meet at Uplands promptly by 10:30 we will hope to get the 7s underway asap after that.
If the match is on - these are the directions. Swansea Uplands RFC is on Fairwood Lane, Upper Killay. It takes about 10-15 mins from Mumbles. Go all the way up Sketty Lane and turn left onto Gower Road (A4118 signposted Gower). Drive along Gower Road for just over 1.5 miles. When you get into Upper Killay, Fairwood Lane is on the left, directly off Gower Road (it is the left turn after the Summerland Park left turn). The club and pitches are at the bottom of the lane. See Google Map for full details here.
Remember training is back on, every Wednesday, 4:30, Ashleigh Road Astroturf. Well done to all the boys who braved the cold last night!
Sunday, 4 January 2009
Friday, 2 January 2009
Wednesday rugby training also returns this week. We have 7 sessions booked at Ashleigh Road Astroturf, every Wednesday at 4:30.