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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.