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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Wednesday Fun Session - INDOORS!

Fed up with being snowed in?

We are giving it one more go before Xmas.

Bishopston Leisure Centre is booked for tomorrow - Wednesday 22nd Decemeber - for the Wildcats between 6 and 7. Please arrive at 5:45 to make the most of the booking.

Parents invited to join in. Bring your trainers and be careful on the road over the common!

Monday, 13 December 2010

Parents Match Sunday 19th: OFF

Beaten by the weather again. Clearly the park is not an option and with freezing temperatures tonight we don't think it is a good idea to all meet at the bottom of the some of steepest roads in Mumbles. It also looks like it will feel about -6 on the beach tomorrow morning, so not surprisingly the Parents match is CANCELLED tomorrow.

With the boys off school all next week, if the weather improves and there is any chance for a run about we will organise something and send round a teamer txt.

Clearly we are paying for the nice run of weather we had in October.

If we don't see you - Happy Christmas - lets hope for some more action in the new year.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Neath CANCELLED

Unfortunately the Neath match tomorrow is cancelled. Although the pitches have thawed a bit, the conditions are still unplayable in Neath, and we appreciate the early decision from them.

First up, thanks for the turnout at Bishopston. It made the booking really worthwhile and we had a great session which we will do again after Xmas. In fact, thanks to everyone for the attendance at training all through the season so far. There are always times when players can't make it, but we have been impressed with the efforts everyone makes to come on a Wednesday.

With end of term school events coming up next week, this was the last training session of the year. We still have a couple of events though.

Sunday 12th Match against Neath Away. If the weather stays cold Neath will be the first place to freeze so keep an eye on the blog. However the forecast is a little better so this match is ON unless you hear otherwise.

Sunday 19th. Match vs Parents. Underhill Park. 11:00. Our traditional run out on a frosty Christmas morn. Mulled wine and mincepies will be served. Despite requests for full contact, this will be played under touch rugby rules.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Wednesday Training ON - At Bishopston

With all the bad weather lately we think the boys need a run out, and so have booked an INDOOR session at Bishopston Gym. We have booked the main sports hall and will do a range of games and fitness.

Training will be Wednesday at the usual time of 4:30 - 5:30.

Please attend if you can, as we have to pay for the whole Hall.

Also Please make sure you arrive at 4:20 so we can make a prompt start at 4:30. We will have to stop at 5:30 on the dot.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Sunday 5th - Swansea Uplands On at the moment

Latest news is that pitches are OK, and game is on. But there will be another inspection of the pitches first thing in the morning.

Game ON unless you hear otherwise.

Meet at Swansea Uplands RFC 10:30.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Wednesday Training - OFF

With the ground still very hard, and it being so cold after dark, we are calling off this week's training.

With a bit of luck things will warm up and we will all meet on Sunday for a match at Swansea Uplands. Keep an eye on the blog for updates.

If the bad weather continues we will look at booking some time in the gym for indoor training next week.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Clifton - OFF

Sorry everyone. No chance of a game at Bristol tomorrow, so the trip is off. Big shame after lots of organisation. We will definitely organise another trip there after christmas.

No training or anything at Bishopston tomorrow, so see you Wednesday.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Travel Plans for Clifton

First up - we are keeping an eye on the weather. Obviously it will be cold, but we are in touch with the Clifton club to ensure matches are playable. So far all the reports from Clifton are that pitches are fine.

Please wrap up the boys warm. Bring the warm up tops - but boys must play the matches in their jerseys - so plenty of T-shirts / skins underneath are ideal.

Thanks for the teamer replies, they are almost all in. We have a nice mix of players wanting to drive up or take the small bus (driven by Ian). Minibus will be about £7 per seat. Please note that if there are last minute changes of mind there is unlikely to space left on the minibus (we can only book a small one).

So far we have confirmed:
Minibus: Sam (+Ian), Arthur (+Mike+Tom), Ike (+Greg), Dylan (+Helen), Cam (+Mike+Mike), Owen (+Jon).
Car: Luca (spaces available), Ethan (travelling Saturday), Josh R (travelling Saturday), Kieran, Duncan, Tom R

Please ensure you arrive at Clifton RFC by 10:30 at the latest. The minibus will be leaving at 08:45. Please meet the minibus at 8:40 latest at Moorside Road, outside Mike's house!
Directions to the club can be found here. Address: Station Road, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol BS10 7TT

Great training session last night lads - keep up the good work.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Training Wednesday, Bristol Sunday

Training Wednesday, Underhill Park, 4:30-5:30

Aberavon Match Report
14 WildCats made the long trip from Mumbles to Aberavon this morning. We arrived to find quite a narrow pitch, which seemed to stiffle our open fast runners. Aberavon set their stall out, they had some big lads and tactically they enjoyed the "pick and drive" game, with little ball going out wide. This proved to once more test out tackling and defending skills and for long periods of the game, we were magnificent in these areas. When attacking, we created some great tries with some lovely build up play.

Try scores for the WildCats were Josh R (2), Ethan, Tom H and Dylan (2). The Green Stars scored 8, to make the final score 8-6 to the Green Stars.

We look forward to a return fixture later in the season.

CLIFTON
Exciting news for the team. We have an invite to Bristol next Sunday to play Clifton RFC. It's a bit of a trek, but a chance to get out of the usual routine for the Wildcats. A mini tour, against English opposition, and with English rules - which means rucking and mauling for the boys!

Clifton RFC is right on Crib's Causeway. It will take about 90 mins to drive to on a Sunday morning. Obviously there is a chance of shopping at Cribs's Causeway / Bristol centre / Zoo etc if anyone wants to make a full day of it. We will aim to assemble at about 10:30. And to kick off at about 11:30. We'll go back to clubhouse afterwards and be done by about 1:00. We are looking forward to a warm welcome.

Teamer invites have been sent out. Once we know numbers we will plan transport. We can't have a big coach, but we will look into minibus options if possible. We expect some people will prefer to drive, but hope that any cars going up will offer car share if they can. Have a think and if you accept the teamer invite then please e-mail me with preferred transport option:

I would like to drive, and have xxx spaces in the car / I would like to go on mini bus if possible and there will be xxx of us travelling.
(m.b.gravenor@swan.ac.uk).

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

This Sunday - Aberavon Game On

Tonna have canceled our 9s (and 8s) fixture this weekend, so a trip for all the boys this Sunday to Aberavon Green Stars. Meet at 10:30. The ground is "The Little Warren". And a little difficult to find first time. Take the old bridge and A48 out of Swansea (not M4). Take the right turn at the roundabout into Port Talbot (signposted hospital) then follow the road round towards the Hospital on Afan Way. At the big Hospital roundabout take the right hand exit to Dalton Road. Turn first left into Vivian Park Drive, and follow this straight all the way down (it becomes Heol yr Ysbyty and then Newbridge Road). At the end of Newbridge Road turn right into Darwin Road. At the bottom of Darwin Road you should see playing fields and Sitwel Way at the bottom. Address is: Sitwell Way, Little Warren, Port Talbot, SA12 6BP.

Two matches, so plenty of rugby all round

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Morriston Report

Both sides keeping a respectful minutes silence before kick off on Remembrance Sunday

The boys put up a very strong performance this morning. Morriston tried to keep the ball alive with some fine passing, but Mumbles defence was excellent, not allowing the opposition any time or space on the ball. Some strong running led to lots of tries this morning, all our lads proving a handful. A special mention goes to Owen's lovely pass out to Luca on the wing, an unselfish and skillful move when Owen could probably have gone all the way himself. And to Josh B, showing strength to crash over for a lovely solo try from an attacking scrum. Thanks to Chris and his team for visiting and playing the game in such excellent spirit.

Training on Wednesday under the lights at 4:30.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

New Coach. Bishopston this Sunday.

We are really pleased to have Mike Peach on board as another coach for the Wildcats. Aside from being Cam's brother, Mike has recently come through the Mumbles junior and youth sides and now plays prop for the 1st XV. Apart from an extra pair of hands, we are especially pleased to have a current young rugby player as part of the team. Mike is a qualified ref, and will be helping out when he can in between studies. He'll be a great source of expertise as the boys go up through the age groups.
  • Match vs Morriston at home this Sunday. All players invited. Meet Bishopston at 10:15.
  • Early warning for Sunday 21st: split squad and 2 away matches - Tonna and Aberavon - so please try and make that day so we can field two teams.
  • Don't forget to sponsor Matt's ridiculous facial hair. Details below.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Please sponsor me?!

Hi All,

This Movember, the month formally known as November I've decided to donate my face to raising awareness about prostate cancer. My donation and commitment is the growth of a moustache for the entire month of Movember, which I know will generate conversation, controversy and laughter.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. One man dies every hour from the disease in the UK. I am asking you to support my efforts by making a donation to the Prostate Cancer Charity.

Click this link SPONSOR ME HERE! and donate online using your credit card or paypal account.

The Prostate Cancer Charity will use money raised by Movember for the development of programs related to awareness, public education, advocacy, support of those affected, and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer.

Thank you.

Matthew

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Bont Report

Some lessons from Bont this morning in keeping the ball in attack, and not crowding around the scrum half. Remember that the ball cannot be stolen on the floor, so the team always retains the ball at the tackle. This gives the patient teams the chance to gradually move up the field. Also, if everyone is crowded around the tackle area we have no chance of moving the ball into space where our runners are strongest. Still, another big tackling practice session and the boys cannot be faulted here, committed as always. Without a few uncharacteristic turnovers the match could have gone either way, but Bont deserved the final score of 6-3. Tries coming from Josh, Luca and Owen. Again the reaction of the boys is showing some real maturity. I didn't hear any complaints. The boys took it in their stride and will be hungry for more next week.

The match will be at home at Bishopston next Sunday, with Morriston the visitors, and with their big squad we plan for 2 matches. Training under lights on Wednesday. 4:30 - 5:30.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Sunday at Bont

WEATHER UPDATE: Most of the football was on today, so as long as there is no heavy rain over night, the match should be on tomorrow. Please keep an eye on the blog / teamer texts for any change of plan.

Another away trip for the Wildcats this week, with a tough game against Pontarddulais. Teamer invites will be sent out in the morning, please let us know your availability.

Since we only have one fixture, and because quite a few of the boys have been out of action a couple of weeks, everyone is invited. We'll push for a long game so everyone can get a decent half. The fixture will be played at the playing field of Pontarddulais Comprehensive School. Meet 10:30 Sunday morning. Directions here.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Fundraiser

Great session under the lights at Underhill tonight. Here's a message from the under 7s, who are coached by our very own Owen's Dad. Anyone interested contact Jon, Tracey or me asap.

The Mumbles Predators (U7's) are holding a fundraising "parent's night" on the Friday 12th November. The venue is Charlie's Bar & Dinning (www.charliesdining.co.uk), near Morgans Hotel in Swansea. Charlies has had some close sponsorship links with the minis at the club. Rachel at Charlies has kindly agree to give us the basement restaurant for the night, offering a quality three course hot buffet meal and music for £25 per head. Each £25 ticket sold will generate £5 for the Predators. Please text Tracy on 0777 303 5414 for ticket requests.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Wednesday Training Under The Lights

Training this Wednesday as usual. 4:30 at Underhill. We'll be using the lights so will either train outside the clubhouse or by the swings.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Ponty Match Report

Well done to all the boys who travelled to Ponty this morning. After our customary detour to the wrong playing fields, the Mumbles Wildcats took to the field represented by Arthur, Cam, Luca, Lloyd, Sam, Luke, Ethan, Tom H, Myles, Owen and Dylan. It turned into a great contest, with both sides playing hard rugby in the right spirit. Thanks go to Ian at Ponty for putting up a side to play both the Mumbles 9s and 10s, and to the Ponty boys for coping with switching between the different rules. Thanks also to Matt for reffing very sympathetically and keeping the game flowing. In the end it made for a much better spectacle than usual, with more ebb and flow, and more competitive turnovers. Perhaps the Pathway Law makers should have been watching!

Ponty looked strong at the start at took a deserved lead with the opening try. But after some classical winger finishing from Dylan and Lloyd, and then a typical strong run from close quarters from Ethan, Mumbles were surprisingly 3-1 ahead. Ponty scored at the stroke of half time from a scrum and a lovely long pass and soon after the restart it was all square and game on. Ponty looked to have the edge as several try saving tackles went in from Cam and Luke. The game remained tight with the Ponty defence up quickly to smother attacks from Luca and Sam and on our side a huge defensive effort was put in, led by Owen, Myles, Arthur and Tom H. The deadlock was broken by Dylan seeing the tiniest of gaps and scorching down the touchline. And finally the game was won when Owen and Myles forced the ball loose, and Lloyd showed great skill in picking up and diving over in one movement. The reaction from the team was a picture. Not simply because they managed to win, but because it was such a hard fought match that could have gone either way. Certainly a re-match to look forward to in the second half of the season.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Sunday 31st Oct: Pontardawe

The Wildcats will be travelling to Pontardawe this Sunday. Teamer invites have been sent out, please respond with your availability.

Change of plan...Due to several boys being away for the half term we have opened the Pontardawe game up to EVERYONE IN THE SQUAD. Please let us know on teamer.

Confirmed: Sam, Eddie, Ike, Myles, Ethan,
Also invited: Tom H, Kieran, Josh R, Luke, Owen, Cam, Luca, Dylan, Fin

Meeting time is 10:30 (please check for any changes in kick off time) at Pontardawe RFC. Directions are a little tricky (players often end up in the nearby Pontardawe Leisure Centre playing fields by accident). Take the A4067 out of Swansea, straight to Pontardawe. On the first roundabout at Ponty, take the second exit (still on A4067) then at the next roundabout (A474) take the exit on the right. This is a straight road, and a dead end, that takes you directly to the playing fields. Map here, see green arrow for pitches.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Half term break from training

NO training this Wednesday.

We then have two fairly long road trips on the next 2 Sundays, to Pontardawe and Pontarddulais. So to maximise playing time per mile, we will split the teams. Teamer invites will go out later this week.

Match Report - South Gower

Hopefully the type of weather we experienced yesterday morning will stay with us for most of the Autumn and Winter months, so much better when the sun is shining!

Once more our numbers were large today, meaning we had enough players for roughly two teams, and we took to the pitch against a determined South Gower side. I was impressed with the type of game South Gower played, continual "pick and drive". This tested out defensive skills once again! I am pleased to say generally our tackling was excellent. However the times when SG did score, we made it easier for them by not putting pressure on their players by MOVING UP THE PITCH IN A LINE! This stops the attacking player picking up speed and being able to run out wide and around our players!

Our try scoring was again excellent and some lovely tries were scored, including a great run and pass to set up a try. Outstanding!

The final score was 5-3 to the Wildcats I believe.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Parent Responsibility

Match report from a great game this morning to follow.

After a couple of unpleasant incidents over the last few weeks, I'd just like to remind everyone of their responsibilities on a Sunday morning.

These points come directly from the new WRU Rugby Pathway
  • Display courtesy, friendliness and sportsmanship to the opposing team and the referee at all times
  • Do not question publicly the referee's decision
I stress we have not had anything involving our parents, and have never had during all the time I have been involved. But it is very important we keep it that way. If, in the heat of the moment, something is said, then a quick, un-qualified apology to the ref should be made. Lastly, if there are any incidents involving opposition parents/players/coaches, please keep well away and leave it for the coaches to deal with. The fewer people involved the better.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

South Gower Sunday

Local derby this Sunday (24th Oct) meet 10:15 at Bishopston. It is the start of half term, so Teamer texts have gone out, please reply and let us know your availability.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Gorseinon Match Report


What a great evening! Good atmosphere and with the game being played under the floodlights the boys were up for the match!

We took to the field with Sam, Luke, Lloyd, Ethan, Tom, Jack, Harry, Fin, Duncan, Eddie, Myles, Owen and Cam. As is now becoming a feature, we played 3, 10 minute thirds to give the players maximum game time.

During the first third Gors showed us how to keep possession and recycle the ball, the did this with some magnificent "going to ground", and then passing the ball on to the next available player. However our tackling was extremely good, not allowing them to break through. In fact, I think there were maybe 20 phases of play at one point, something that a professional team would be proud of!

The game was played in great spirit and there were some lovely plays from both teams. It was a close encounter until the last third of the match, in which we scored 4 tries.

Try scores this evening were Owen (2), Cam, Ethan (2) and one "team try " scored by Lloyd and Tom. However, the team play tonight was excellent, everybody got stuck in, and contributed. Well done boys. Final score was Gors 2 Wildcats 6.

Thanks this evening to Matthew (Gors coach) for the warm welcome, Harry and Jacks Mum for the delicious third time oranges, and to Mike Peach for running behind the team so well.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Wednesday 20th Oct

Plans for Wednesday. Team to travel to Gorseinon for match under the floodlights. Meet at Gorseinon RFC at 6:00. Tom R, Sam, Luke, Lloyd, Ethan, Jack, Harry, Fin, Duncan, Eddie, Myles, Owen, Cam..........( No training before hand, just meet up for the match).

Directions to Gorseinon RFC here. It is pretty much in the middle of Gorseinon. If you head along the A484 turn right at the Roundabout (te Gowerton one) to Gorseinon, along Victoria road, continue towards the village centre on West Street, and you need to turn right before you get to the main traffic lights on Gorseinon High Street.

Everyone else - training at underhill as normal with Mike 4:30.

Bony Report

13 Wildcats made the journey to the mountainous peaks of Bonymaen this morning. Once again the commitment throughout the team was outstanding and the defence held strong throughout the whole match, with the flyers keeping the scoreboard ticking over at the other end.

Good points: attitude, defence, behaviour
Points to work on: keeping the tackling at the legs or waist, GIVING THE SCRUM HALF ROOM TO PASS!

Mike would like to express thanks to all for the support this morning, parents and players, especially at end of the match. Also to Pete and Andrew for helping with the lads, Kath and Helen with the oranges.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Up Coming matches

We're pleased to say that Gorseinon are keen on a quick rematch and have offered us a game under their floodlights NEXT WEDNESDAY (20th Oct). Will our normal Sunday fixture against Bonymaen, this gives us a great opportunity to split the squad and offer full matches again this week for all the boys. Here are the teams.

THIS SUNDAY. Meet 10:30 (confirmed) at Bonymaen RFC
Arthur, Jack, Harry, Fin, Kieran, Connor, Dylan, Luca, Ike, Josh B, Josh R, Cam, Tom H

NEXT WEDNESDAY (20th October). Meet 6:00pm at Gorseinon RFC
Tom R, Sam, Luke, Lloyd, Ethan, Jack, Harry, Fin, Duncan, Eddie, Myles, Owen

Note that next Wednesday there will be training at Underhill as usual (4:30) for those not going to Gorseinon.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Coaches Comment...

A gentle reminder to all parents/guardians that we would really appreciate your full cooperation with ensuring good behaviour from all the boys at training.

According to Club rules, all players must at all times:
  • Listen to the coach and recognise the coaches authority
  • Understand the spirit of sportsmanship

With regard to the second point it is important that players do not criticise each other and complain during training. We appreciate that at this age the attention span is waning after a day in school, and this is one of the reasons we make an effort to have training at an early time. However, tonight it appeared they had found a case of blue smarties on the way to the park!

Wednesday

Training as usual today.

Teamer invites have been sent out for this Sunday match against Bonymaen. If you have not received one, then you will be invited to play in an extra match NEXT WEDNESDAY (20th OCT) at Gorseinon. Details later.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Gumshield Fitting

Last chance for the gumshield offer...We will be fitting this THURSDAY, at 6:00 Eastside Dental Surgery in Port Tennant (on the right on the main road in the middle of the shops). If you would like one please confirm with me asap by txt (07846 334962) or email (m.b.gravenor@swan.ac.uk).

Price is £30 for top of range gumshield (usual price £65).

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Thank you to all!

Once again the splitting of the teams worked well, all players gaining valuable experience and game time. This undoubtedly builds confidence in everyones ability. Well done boys!

Also thank you to Kath and Helen for sorting out the Hot dogs for the players back at the club, and for introducing the oranges at half time - they went down really well with the boys. Thanks and also to Mariska for sorting the lottery this week. It certainly helps if people share the responsibilty for these roles each week and share the "burden"! Mariska, Kath and Helen have agreed to act as coordinators for these jobs - but that doesn't mean they should actually do it themselves every week. Please can everyone offer to have a go, and take turns with either hot dogs or lottery. See the girls about it - not me!

Gorseinon Match Report

Great display by reports I am hearing! The team stepped up their performance today, the defensive line worked well and those who were in that line made sure that the tackles counted - well done boys!

The boys responded well to the team talk after the second third and pulled away from a tenacious Gors side.

Final score WildCats 7 Gors 6.

Swansea Uplands Report

We took to the pitch with 10 players; Ike, Myles, Cam, Josh, Lloyd, Luca, Connor, Owen, Ethan and Luke. Swansea Uplands were once again very well drillled and organised, credit to their coaches for this, and as always made us feel very welcome!

We had another variation on the rules this morning, it's difficult for all the coaches/refs in the various clubs with the interpretation of the new pathway, hopefully this will settle as the season progresses so we gain some consistency in approach for all involved!

Our downfall today was our "set up" at the tackle area, we are still too congested there, and also very panicky and over enthusiastic. However our commitment remains superb. We never stop trying and are able to piece together some great rugby to create tries. Today the players who scored were Ethan, Lloyd and Josh. The final score was 6 to Ups and 3 to us. We look forward to the return fixture later in the season.

As usual, lots to work on in training, same place and time this Wednesday!

Monday, 4 October 2010

Sunday Plans - Two Matches, Split Squad

***Date for Gumshield Fitting. Thursday next week. 6:00. Eastside Dental Surgery. Port Tennant***

We hope to take advantage of the decent weather forecast this weekend. We have a home match against Gorseinon and have been invited to a match away at Swansea Ups. Teamer invites have been sent - please respond with your availability in case we are left with unbalanced numbers.

Boys for Gorseinon. Meet at Bishopston at 10:15.
Dylan, Tom H, Tom Ch, Arthur, Sam, Duncan, Jack, Harry, Finley, Kieran, Eddie, Josh B.

Team for Swansea Ups. This will KO slightly later. Meet there at 11:15. Directions to Swansea Ups RFC here. It is just off Gower Road, close to the common.
Tom R, Ike, Josh R, Myles, Ethan, Luke, Luca, Lloyd, Connor, Owen, Cam

Monday, 27 September 2010

Dunvant Match

Training Wednesday, 4:30 Underhill.


Wednesday, 22 September 2010

News

Great session in the rain today lads. Keep up the good work this Sunday in the match against Dunvant. Meet at Bishopston 10:15.

Some important information for the parents:

1. Last Sunday was a great success in terms of player participation. When we are away from home we aim to arrange 2 matches as often as possible. Any feedback on this would be appreciated.

2. Gumshield fitting is likely to take place at the Dentist surgery at Port Tennant in the next couple of weeks. Details to follow, but if you are interested let me know.

3. We need some volunteers. A Hotdog Captain and a Lottery Chief. We need someone to organise this side of the team. This doesn't mean you have to actually DO the hotdogs or Lottery every week - just make sure that someone does! We'd hope that everyone would take turns to buy hotdogs and sell tickets, but it would work alot better if one person coordinated. Duties required of these posts are given below. Applications for these prestigious positions will be gratefully received by Mike (m.b.gravenor@swan.ac.uk).

Hotdogs: For every home game we go back to the rugby club. Hotdogs are always there, but someone needs to buy rolls for our team (plus a few extra for visitors) and bring them back. About 30 rolls is right, and this can even be done on the Sunday on the way past the Coop. At the club someone needs to heat them up, distribute, and collect 50p from parents who want them - or boys who want more than one. We are open to any other catering suggestions that involve something a tad healthier than hotdogs, though we all accept how much easier they are.

Lottery: At every home game we have the opportunity to sell lottery tickets. Half of the cost goes directly to the Wildcats. This should be a nice fund raising exercise for us, but needs to be promoted. It is dead easy - just get someone to go round the crowd on a match day, chose 4 numbers, leave a phone number, and that is it. Tickets can be returned to me or Skinny behind the bar. Draws take place every couple of weeks, and tickets are valid for 'the next draw'. We have had a winner in the lottery already - I think trousering £250, but if we get this off the ground across the junior section we will be able to offer a MUCH bigger jackpot, and more for the team.

Note nothing is required of either of these jobs on an away match day, just the home ones. It's not much, and would really help the smooth running of the team.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Match Report - Skewen

Training on Wednesday 4:30 as usual.

A team of Luca, Arthur, Lloyd, Myles, Eddie, Ethan, Finley, Sam and Duncan took the field against our old friends at Skewen. The scoreline didn't really reflect the competitive nature of the match, with Skewen tackling fiercely throughout, and the real difference between the sides being the Mumbles pace out wide. It was great to see everyone contributing, with some notable tackles from Fin, and the team managed to keep its shape and not crowd the scrum half. Highlights were some excellent efforts to look for the pass after making an initial run. Duncan being the grateful receiver of some lovely passing from Luca. Thanks go to Chris and his team for the welcome and we'll hopefully be back at Skewen sooner rather than later.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Match Report - Gowerton

The Wildcats lined up as follows for this match; Josh R, Josh B, Connor, Tom R, Dylan, Cam, Keiran, Ike and Owen. Gowerton kindly leant us a player so we were able to play 10 a side, which is the correct number of players for us this year.

Gowerton, as usual, gave us a really good game, with them being very organised and well drilled. I felt we benefitted by having all our players on the pitch for the full amount of time, and they all were able to get into the game because of this.

I was delighted with the commitment of our team. We are beginning to follow the patterns of play we are trying to develop. I was especially pleased with the tackling that was going in from our players, (remember we need to keep the tackles low!) I must mention Cam here as an example of how we should all be tackling. Cam was alert and ready when we were defending. He was moving up on the attacking players and closing them down as soon as their player had passed. He didn't allow them to begin their runs. A great example to us all! Well done Cam, let's see if you can do this for every game!

Our running was also good, with some hard yards being made by most of the team. We need to remember to run straight though, and not across the pitch and eventually into touch.

Rugby is a team sport. Not everyone will score the tries. However all can play a part in the build up to a try. By running straight and hard towards the try line you will be setting up a try. Remember to place the ball ready for the scrum half to pass if you get tackled, and then offer yourself as a runner in the next phase of play.

The final score was 2-2. Our tries coming from Dylan and Keiran. Well done boys!

All in all another improvement, still plenty to work on, but the signs are good!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Sunday Matches

Final arrangements for Sunday.
Gowerton team meet at 11:15:
Owen, Cam, Ike, Josh R, Dylan, Tom H, Connor, Tom R, Josh B, Keiran. Coach: Matt.
Skewen team meet at 10:30: Ethan, Luca, Arthur, Myles, Sam, Lloyd, Eddie, Finley, Duncan. Coach: Ian and Mike.

Thanks for the effort everyone. It shows a lot of commitment that we can field two teams, especially with a few boys out of Swansea this weekend. Hopefully the players will really benefit.

We have had two invitations for matches this weekend, so will aim to send one team to Gowerton and another to Skewen. With the numbers in our squad so high this is the ideal opportunity for the boys to have a full game. We know from the last couple of weeks how frustrating it is to have continuous substitutions, and to travel for just a few minutes rugby. I know from older age groups that this can work really well for the boys, they learn more, develop quicker, and enjoy the game more. But it can only work if we have a committed squad. Teamer invites and instructions will be sent this evening. If people are away, that obviously can't be helped, but if you can make it WE WILL NEED ALL AVAILABLE PLAYERS.

If this works well, we'll try and do it more often, aiming to keep the full squad together for home games, and split for away games. More rugby. Less standing round.


Sunday, 12 September 2010

Match report - Penclawdd


With Penclawdd seemingly struggling for numbers, we got straight into a warm up practice match amongst ourselves. This got the team focussed and eventually we were able to play three thirds against our visitors, Penclawdd.

There were some excellent tries run in from our players today, tries from Dylan (2), Luca (2), Josh R, Myles and Connor. The final score was 7-7, and it was a really good exciting game to watch. All players contributed and played their part. As the season progresses we will make sure that all players get more game time to develop their rugby skills.

Last week we decided to focus on some areas to improve for this match. Those were highlighted in last weeks report. All coaches were delighted that the boys responded so well this week. Of particular improvement was the tackle area when we are attacking. We have learned to leave the area free so the scrum half has time to pass out and away from the built up areas. This means we can get tries being run in which we all witnessed today.

During the first third today we scored 4 tries, Penclawdd didnt score one. This was because the Wildcats team who were on the pitch were pushing up fast in defence. They lined up and as soon as the opposition had passed, they were running up to tackle. This was great rugby, there were some great tackles from all players. The oppostion did not have time to get running at full speed and therefore couldn't score. The following thirds this did not happen as well. We all need to work on our defensive line and pressurising the attacking runners. If we are able to master this, I am sure we will have another successful season.

All in all, a massive improvement on our first match. Well done everybody! Let's keep this momentum going!

Training Wednesday, usual time and place!

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Gum Shields

(match this Sunday at home, against Penclawdd. Meet Bish at 10:00).

We mentioned last season that Luke's dad is offering to provide fitted gum shields for the Wildcats. We are aiming to do the fitting after the home match against Dunvant on Sunday 26th September. So we can proceed with the organisation, can you please send an e-mail or text to Mike letting me know if you want one. No need to reply if you don't need one. Contact numbers are: txt 07846 334962, email: m.b.gravenor@swan.ac.uk.

The gum shields on offer are of very high quality. The price has been confirmed as £30 (making it a very good deal as this price only covers the lab fees, the full price being about 60). More details to follow when I know the numbers required.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Sunday, 5 September 2010

First Game of the Season!

New rules, new opposition.....

As keen as ever the Wildcats managed to have a last minute match against Neath Athletic this morning, on a damp and fairly miserable early season Sunday morning. Many thanks to their coaches and team who gave us our biggest ever test.

We split the teams up into two even sides as our squad numbers are now beginning to swell to its allowable maximum. Quarters were decided upon and we were soon back into the swing of things.

From the sidelines, the new rules seem to allow for a faster game. Obviously with it being only our second run out of the new season we were rusty. However the boys stuck at the task in hand and we did manage to score 3 tries. Luca, Lloyd and Ethan being the try scorers for this first game. However it's plain for all to see, we will no longer be able to perform like we have for the last two seasons without putting in hard work in training, and then transferring that to the match on Sunday.

There are many things we did well, some of our running was strong and direct. There were some good passes in open play, and some extremely good tackles coming in, all great to see!

However there are many things for us to work on.

  • Our defensive line needs to get in position and put pressure on the attacking team quicker. If we hang back to try to think of where their runner is going, by the time he is near us, he will be running at full speed and difficult to stop.
  • We need to get in position when we are attacking. We need to leave the tackle area alone and line up across the pitch. This will mean that within one pass, the ball will be out in open spaces where our fast strong runners will be able to have a go at scoring.
  • As we did last season, we need to run hard onto the ball and not take it standing still. This will mean by the time the player is approaching tacklers, they will be at full speed and difficult to stop.

See you Wednesday at 4.30 to begin to get these areas sorted!

Saturday, 4 September 2010

First Sunday of the Season

Rugby returns this Sunday (5th September). It often happens at u9s that teams take September off just to adapt to the new game, so Loughor have postponed their match with us. I have invited Skewen to come instead, and hopefully they will be able to bring a side. If they can't we will have a full training match instead, which will be very useful for the boys, especially after the long summer break.

Either way, meet 10:00 at Bishopston.

Training next Wednesday at 4:30, Underhill, as usual.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Start of Season Details

Most of the coaching team are making a late escape to the sun, so here is all the info for the upcoming start of the season (with correct dates this time I hope). We haven't had many training sessions, but we wanted to give the boys a proper break over the summer. There is a long season ahead, and plenty of time for the boys to come to terms with tackling and the new rules.

Saturday 28th August. Family fun day at Underhill Park
. This Saturday, the club has organised an event for the junior section on the eve of the Cracker 7s tournament. Unfortunately we could not organise a match for the Wildcats, but everyone is welcome to come along for the fun of it. There will be BBQ, games, and you can support some of the other age-groups who will be playing matches. The event will take place from 2-5 in the afternoon. Just to be clear, because all the coaches will be away, there is no formal event for the Wildcats, but everyone is welcome to go along and enjoy. Members of the first XV will run the BBQ and offer coaching clinics, kicking competition, tug of war. The Vikings will be playing Gowerton in a tag match at about 3:00. And there will be star guests from the Ospreys.

Wednesday 1st September: NO training. (Coaches soaking up the sun).

Sunday 5th September: Match vs Loughor. At home, Bishopston sports field. Meet at 10:00 on the dot for a little practice before the match.

Remember the new rules: tackling (below the waist), 5 man scrums, No rucks, No mauls, No ripping. Defences can only tackle, and must not contest the ball directly.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Autumn Internationals

Tickets for the Autumn internationals can be ordered through the club. There will be a list up near the downstairs bar at the club. All you need to do is add your name and team for which you have (automatic) family membership: the under 9s.

Matches are:

6th Nov Australia ko 2.30
13th Nov South Africa ko 2.30
19th Nov Fiji ko7.30
27th Nov New Zealand ko 5.15

Note that the Fiji game is the traditional Friday night family affair, and tickets will be pretty cheap (around £5-£10 for kids). All other tickets will be the usual ~ £50.

All ticket requests need to be received by the club by 28th August.

Monday, 9 August 2010

New Season Dawning

We will be back in action soon, with rugby training starting next week.
New season, New rules, Same time, Same place.
See you Wednesday 18th August, 4:30, Underhill Park.

Many apologies for all those who turned up last week on the 11th Aug - I am afraid I put the wrong date on my post. There was not supposed to be any training - and it WILL start on the 18th. Very daft I know. Not a good start to my admin season.


Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Wednesday 23rd June - TRAINING CANCELLED

Sorry everyone. I have been told that apparently there is some kind of Association Football match on tomorrow afternoon. And there's me thinking the football season was over. Nevermind, it might be worth watching, so there will be no underhill sports tomorrow.

We'll now take a break throughout July, and start getting together again towards the end of August, on Wednesdays first. We won't start Sundays until September.

Enjoy the break everyone. Keep practicing the off-side Law.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Wednesday Training

Back on. This week 4:30. Underhill Park. A bit of touch rugby, some tackling and a scrum or two.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Echoing Mikes Comments....

Can I just add to Mikes comments and say a big thank you for the gifts, they really mean a great deal and are appreciated. Thank you all.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Thanks from the coaches

...to everyone for their support this year and for tonight's gift, a great momento of the season for us. The movie can be found on youtube, here. Unfortunately the soundtrack is disabled. I'll try and find some licensed music to put on, or post a small version of it here later. We'll be making some DVDs out of the slideshow, and also from the tournaments. £1 a throw, going to the team.


Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Charlie's Bar Promo Night

If anyone fancies a night out after the presentation at the club (details below) this Wednesday then here's an option...

As you know, one of our generous sponsors this season has been Charlie's Bar Restaurant. Charlie’s is running a special promotion night this Wednesday (12th May). It is a “Pay what you think" and it is does what it says on the tin! If you are interested please call / mail Rachel@hp-a.com or call Charlie’s direct 01792 413290. Each table will be for two or more, however if you just prefer a drink then Jon will be in the bar from 7pm.

If you can't make it, please help our sponsors by publicising the event with your friends / at school / at work.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Presentation Night

This Wednesday (12th May). Meet at Rugby Club by 5:30. We'll have a review of the season, some presentations, and some hot dogs for the boys.

Training resumes on Wednesdays next week.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Coming up...

Details for Liberty Stadium Below...Meet 6:00 at Ticket Office
No training today....
Presentation evening at Rugby Club next Wednesday (12th May). Meet 5:30 at Clubhouse....

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Liberty Stadium - tag rugby CONFIRMED

We have a team for Friday, and have organised the supporters tickets. If anyone else is coming please let me know now. We have a few spare supporter tickets left, £10 for adults. When they are taken you can still buy on the day - but probably at full price. All the boys should bring kit, just in case, but priority will go to those who haven't played at Liberty before.

Half time Tag Rugby at Liberty Stadium. Friday 7th May.

I have sent a teamer txt to everyone. If you can come, and you accept the teamer invite, I will assume you want 1 adult and 1 child ticket (£10 + £1). If you want different numbers of tickets, please let me know, before Tuesday, by email (m.b.gravenor@swan.ac.uk) or text (07846 334962).

Please note that the team will be picked initially from those who did not play last time. These are: Cam, Duncan, Jamie, Connor, Luke, Josh B, Josh R.

As it is such a short game, we can't promise game time for the rest. But everyone else is welcome to come as a supporter and cheer the boys along. Those who have been before will know that this game is much more about the atmosphere, the hotdogs and the shouting, rather than the tag-game, which seems to be over as soon as it starts! But it is all a great experience and something that only happens in the tag years.

Plan is to all meet at 6:00 outside the Liberty Stadium (by the Ticket Office). We will then pick up the tickets for the group and have some photos. The Ospreys vs Dragons match kicks off at 7.05. We will run on for the tag match as soon as the whistle goes for half time, about 7:45. For anyone organising tickets separately, our boys will play in front of the North East Corner (same as last time).

Friday, 23 April 2010

Penclawdd Tournament

We are very proud of all the boys today for their behaviour, teamwork and shear effort over a long day. Thanks also to all our supporters for getting right behind them at all times. The boys played great rugby and we could not have asked for more.

Coming up....
Wednesday. 4:30 at Underhill Team Photo followed by training. Please try and make it if you at all can, just for the photo.
End of season presentation night. On a Wednesday in May at the club house instead of training. Date TBC
Liberty stadium half time rugby. Still awaiting confirmation. Weekend of 7/8/9 May.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Lucton Tour


Congratulations to the Wildcats on their first Tour. A narrow semi-final loss and unbeaten against the English! It was a long day for our young team, but we were all impressed by the way they handled themselves, on the journey, on the pitch and off the pitch. This is the whole point of end of season tours and we look forward to taking the boys on many more adventures in the future.

For the record, the Captain's Cabin Tour Awards went to...Top Try Scorers: Dylan and Luca. Top Taggers: Arthur and Ike. Sportsmanship Award: Sam. Best Traveller: Cam. Fittest player: Ethan. Best passers: Duncan and Josh. Team Player Award: Eddie. Play of the day: Tom R.

If anyone missed out on the photos they can be bought online, HERE.

Coming up...
1. Wednesday training as usual 4:30 Underhill
2. Penclawdd Tournament next Sunday. All day. Last major event of the season
3. Ospreys half time rugby at Liberty Stadium on second weekend in May (day to be confirmed)
4. Presentation night will be at the rugby club on a Wednesday mid May (TBC)
5. Wednesday training (and skills / multi-sports) will continue in May / June.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Gowerton Report


Always a great welcome at Gowerton from Lyn and his lads and today they even laid on the sunshine. In front of a big crowd, Gowerton had their continuity interrupted by the many substitutions that we usually have to cope with, but the Wildcats had the luxury of fielding the same 9 boys throughout. That's not to take anything away from their very strong performance which drew some very complimentary remarks from our hosts. Well done everyone, you all contributed both in attack and in a very mean defence.

Training on Wednesday as usual. 4:30 with some more contact work. Details of Lucton to follow.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Warm Up Tops

...have arrived. And look fantastic. Special thanks to Greg and the Swansea Punk Rock and Roll Society for sponsorship. Find The Groundnuts and Independents HERE. The Boneless Ones HERE.

Keep on rocking in the free world.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Easter Plans: Week 1

Training as usual, 4:30 on Wednesday.

Next Sunday, match at Gowerton. Meet 10:30 at Gowerton. Directions Here. Note that this will NOT be a contact match. With all the rain recently we have not had enough practice sessions to take the boys into a match situation and we will be sticking to tag (apart from at training). I am sure the lads will be disappointed but there will be plenty of that action next season!

Don't forget the Lucton arrangements (details below). I have had some replies to the invitations - but not from all. Please respond by Wednesday.







Lucton

We are finalising our plans for the Lucton Tournament. This will be our first venture out of our country! I need to register the players, so if you have previously said you were coming, but have changed your mind please let me know asap. We also have limited places, so please let me know for definite as you might be taking up someone else's spot.

The following 12 players are currently on my list and have expressed the wish to go: Tom R, Arthur, Sam, Dylan, Luca, Ike, Eddie, Duncan, Ethan, Cam, Owen, Josh B.

The cost is £25 per player. This covers most of our costs for travel and registration. Spectators travel "free" but adults have to pay an entrance fee at the ground (I think £4).

The Tour Itinerary is as follows:
Sunday 18th April
07:45 Meet outside Mumbles Rugby Club
08:00 Depart by Coach to Luctonians RFC (near Leominster) (Nice coach with DVD and toilets!)
09:00 Short break on route
09:45 Arrive Lucton
11:00 Tournament Starts
16:00 Tournament Finishes
17:00 Depart Lucton
19:00 Approx. Arrive back Mumbles RFC

During the day we will play about 5 matches, against some very strong English teams. Please bring plenty to eat, picnic lunch etc. Although the facilities at the Tournament are excellent. There is a play area, a BBQ all day, and a bar. If someone brings a gazebo we can set up camp for the day, hopefully in the sun. Any questions, ask Mike 07846 334962.

Refereeing

Next season all matches will require a qualified referee. The coaches will be registered. But if anyone else has a burning desire to take up the whistle please let us know. It is very useful having a few reffing options, because we will sometimes split the squad into two matches, and also because at the younger age groups many other teams haven't yet got organised, putting an extra burden on us to ref if the game is to go ahead. There are several nearby courses coming up in June and August. The course takes a full day (a Saturday or Sunday) and is paid for by the club.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Gorseinon Report

First up - thanks very much to all the parents for getting into the swing of teamer so quickly. I hope everyone saw the benefits this morning, with full matches for everyone (and less travelling). We probably won't split the squad again this year. But it will be a fixture next season.

Matthew's Bont report is below. I can echo his sentiments. With no subs, everyone had to put in the effort and we are very pleased that the whole squad is developing so well. While Matt's team took to the road, the rest of the Wildcats welcomed Gorseinon at Bishopston. A relatively new team, Gorseinon were nevertheless a very good side, with some exceptionally quick lads. Mumbles responded through some excellent teamwork. The gameplan was to run straight and look for quick passes to the wingers in space. This was executed perfectly by scrum halves Jamie and Myles, and by Connor and Eddie as first receiver. The chief beneficiary was Sam who tormented the red defence and ran in 8 tries! Owen chipped in with a couple and organised the tagging for the day. Viking Mats made a welcome return to Wildcats for the morning. It was no surprise to his old teammates that he was outstanding in the tag and ran in two tries. The match was entertaining at both ends, and we thank Rob and Matthew for bringing the team at short notice. Definitely a fixture to look forward to next season.

On a final note, it was great to see Arthur make a return to action. After a very nasty month of post-viral illness he looks like he needs some big hot dinners, but managed to last the game and even nipped over for a couple of tries. Thanks to everyone for asking after him over the last few weeks.

Bont Match Report

Luca, Dylan, Duncan, Ike, Luke, Lloyd, Ethan and Cam led the Wildcats this morning in an eagerly anticipated encounter at Bont Comp. The boys agreed to play 3, 10 minutes thirds as the Bont squad was large.

With all the team given targets, and told that discipline was key to a good game, they all responded superbly. With the strictest, "to the letter of the law" reffing we have encountered in our tag rugby stage, the boys had to quickly adjust. This was something that we can all be proud of, the response was great.

With tries coming from Dylan (4), Duncan (1), Ike (1), Lloyd (2), Ethan (1) and Cam (1), the running, support play and passing from all was magnificent.

Special mention today goes to Lloyd who captained the side superbly and was always keen to get the ball and restart. Also Cam who did everything asked of him and more. He kept focussed and concentrated throughout the match.

Well done boys, I am proud of you all!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Sunday 28th

Don't forget the clocks go forward tonight! 1 hour less in bed.

Please try the teamer site and accept / decline depending on your availability. Go to www.teamer.net and log on with your e-mail address as your username. Or just reply to the text that was sent.


Plans for Sunday - you should have had a teamer txt with times and venues. Please log on or txt back with your availability - you can also change this at a later date if your plans change. Well done for those who have logged on already! We appreciate your help with this, it will make our organisation much, much easier in the future.

Half the boys are at home against Gorseinon. Meet at Bishopston at 10:30. Team is: Connor, Arthur, Sam, Josh B, Josh R, Jamie, Myles, Eddie, Owen, Tom H, Tom Ch.

Team for Pontarddulais. Meet at Pontarddulais Comprehensive School playing fields at 10:30. Address: Caecerrig Road SA4 8PD. Directions HERE. Team is Lloyd, Tom R, Dylan, Luca, Ethan, Luke, Duncan, Ike, Cam.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Teamer

You should shortly be receiving an invite to join the Wildcats "Teamer" site. This is a team organisation website that is very useful for notifications, last minute cancellations and for organising the squad next year when we might split into 2 teams more often. For each event, you can either 'accept' or 'decline' depending on your availability (via text, or by logging on). So that we, as coaches, know the number of players to expect. Replying to teamer by txt costs the usual txt amount. Replying by logging on to the site is free.

Please log on when you receive your invitation, and make sure your contact details are correct. The site is also useful for contacting each other to arrange lifts etc. as all our numbers / emails will be displayed (to Wildcats members only). The Blog will continue as usual and should be the first stop for updates and match reports. Teamer is useful as txts can automatically be sent to the relevant players, and is totally free.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Wednesday Training CANCELLED

Underhill is Underwater. So no training today sorry.

Some relatively complicated plans underway for Sunday. Half going to Bont, half staying at Bishopston. Please keep an eye on the blog for details. If anyone is NOT available on Sunday, please let me know now by text: 07846 334962

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Sunday Rest

The fantastic turn out yesterday shows the boys are keen for tackling. Well done to Connor and Josh for quickly getting into the swing of it all.

Coaching tip of the day (in fact we'll be banging on about this for years!) Stay on your feet at the ruck.

This Sunday - Loughor do not have an 8s team, and a couple of the coaches are absent so we will have a break from rugby. Lie-ins all round for a change!

Sunday, 14 March 2010

South Gower Match Report

On this particular weekend Mum's might not agree, but there aren't many better places to spend a Sunny spring Sunday morning than South Gower. A fine welcome as always, and the spice of the local derby. Well done to the boys for the patience waiting to play. It was great to see them relax and debate the finer points of the under 9s clash from behind the try line. I think several of them wanted to dive into the action. When our turn came, the traveling supporters were treated to an outstanding defensive display. Luke, Cam, Ethan and Tom Ch forcing the All Blacks backwards time and time again. There were strong straight runs from Myles and Eddie. Josh got himself in the thick of the action with great link work, and trademark finishing from Sam, Dylan, Luca and Ike. A great all round team effort.

Some more contact training on Wednesday. It seems the boys have a taste for it. See you at Underhill at 4:30.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

South Gower Away on Sunday

A mother's day match at South Gower this Sunday. Meet there at 10:00 for a 10:30 KO. Directions to the ground at Pwll Ddu Lane here.

Just a quick thanks to all those who took part in an excellent tackling session on Wednesday. All the boys got stuck in and were very well behaved. Special thanks to Jon and Mike for stepping in help coach and allow us to focus on small groups.

Tackling has arrived...


Monday, 8 March 2010

First Contact Session. Wednesday 4:30 Underhill

NEWS! Several tickets have become available from the club for the Wales Italy match at the Millenium Stadium on Saturday 20th March. £65 each. Text me if you are interested.



Sunday, 7 March 2010

Penlan and Bony report

Another great morning of rugby today. First up Penlan, with the clash of the cousins. Followed by Bonymaen. They turned into games of contrast with Penlan's passing skills and Bonymaen's runners. All the boys should be very proud of their efforts again, as they grew stronger as the morning progressed. In both games they adapted to the opposition, finishing ahead after close early exchanges. Second half performances were outstanding as they rose to the challenge, and listened to the coaches!










Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Contact Meeting

Main messages from last night's meeting:
1. Tackling training starts this Wednesday
2. Gum shields are very important. Please bring one to training sessions so the boys can get used to them. For the rest of the season, we will be introducing tackling and aiming for light contact, so a gum shield for this can be bought at any sports shop (e.g. H Sports in Uplands) for about £5. When the team moves up to u9s, and plays competitive matches, a custom gum shield is recommended. We have an offer from Luke's (dentist) dad to fit gum shields for the boys as a group. This will take place in August, in time for the start of next season.

Match on Sunday. Bonymaen and Penlan both coming to Bishopston. Be there at 10:15 for an early KO. Hot dogs at the cricket club afterwards.

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Ponty Report


The Wildcats took on Pontardawe for the first time this morning. It turned out to be one of the most entertaining matches of the year. Ponty's passing game against the Mumbles runners. The experiment with 'scrum half' and 'first receiver' was a success. No players got in each others way for a change! Well done to all the boys who took their roles so seriously this week. Scrummies Lloyd, Cam, Ike and Sam and especially the boys who did all the hard work taking the ball up the middle: Josh, Myles, Eddie and Owen. We'll try and give everyone a go in these positions in the final weeks of the season. Everyone got their hands on the ball. There was some great passing from Luke and Luca that lead to scores for the likes of Ike (3), Dylan (5), Owen, Lloyd (2), TR, Duncan (2) and Sam (3). Lastly, not to forget the tagging with several tries saved with the 6th tag just short of the try line. Thanks to Ian and his Ponty team for playing two games, both in great spirit. A fixture to look forward to next season.

Wednesday training 4:30.

Tackling Meeting and Parents Drinks: next Friday 5th March. Meet rugby club at 8:00.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Sunday 28th Feb

Home match at Bishopston against Pontardawe. Meet 10:15. Hot dogs at the cricket club afterwards.

Another great session at the park this week. Gradually moving the boys towards contact and they all seem up for it!

Note that Parents Drinks - and pre-tackling meeting has been moved to Friday 5th March. Meet at the Clubhouse 8:00. (Due to the Wales France match next Friday).

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Fall Bay Match Report

A lovely morning at Fall Bay today. A good half-term turn out for the Wildcats, with Tom R, Dylan, Luca, Sam, Luke, Ethan, Josh, Lloyd, Ike, Jamie and Duncan taking the field. FB ran just ran out winners in a very close game. With no room on the pitch, Mumbles played an excellent passing game and dominated possession, and were unlucky not to add to their 4 tries. Luca, Ike and Dylan forced their way over with Duncan scoring the try of the morning. Two hands on the ball at all times (someone's been watching James Hook) and a lovely sidestep before riding the 'tackle' and crashing over the line. Thanks to our hosts for a warm welcome, and the boys enjoyed donning the yellow jersey for a mixed run around with the 7s at the end. Fall Bay gets the award for best after-match cakes of the season.

Training at Underhill on Wednesday 4:30.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Match Report - Vardre

WildCats 16 Vardre 18

Walking out onto the Bishopston pitches was a real treat this morning, with some warmth in the early spring sunshine - lets hope for many more Sunday mornings like this!

Our visitors today were Vardre, a team we had yet to encounter. We played four quarters to enable players from both teams to have as much game time as possible.

Both teams were equally matched, with a ding dong score line finally finishing with Vardre coming out winners by two scores. The difference today was the Wildcats not getting into postions in defence quickly enough and then ball watching. We are all also guilty of squabbling over who is going to have a run after the oppostion score. If we got into position and concentrated on getting 6 tags every time we are defending, then we would all have more opportunities to run and attack them. Our ability to score tries as always remains consistent. Scores today came from Dylan, Ethan, Josh R, Luke, Arthur, Jamie, Owen and Tom R.

Thanks to Dave Charles for successfully rotating the subs on and off smoothly, not an easy job!

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Vardre Match

At Bishopston, this Sunday (14th).

Meet at 10:15.

Hotdogs at the Cricket Club afterwards

Date for the diary: Wildcats Parents night out. Friday 26th Feb. Full plans to be confirmed. Starting at rugby club with a meeting about introducing tackling to training sessions.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Last Astroturf

Wednesday 4:30. Last Astroturf at Ashleigh Road. Back to Underhill next week.

Next Sunday. Home match vs Vardre at Bishopston. Hotdogs at the cricket club afterwards.

Coming soon. First Contact...

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Uplands Match Report

Another cracking fixture this morning, with the ever keen Uplands back in force. Paul's fine team clearly set the standard 2 weeks ago, and the boys knew what they were up against this time, responding with a committed display. Everyone should be proud of their performances, capped by a welcome return to action from Ike and a superb display on the wing from Dylan. Passing improved noticeably throughout the team, Myles getting on the end of a great move for a lovely try. But in such a physical encounter perhaps the highlight, and the last word in the game, went to Eddie, for finding the most direct route to the try line.

Coaching tip of the day: Do not be chopsy to the opposition.

Lottery - a Winner!
Thanks to everyone for helping with the lottery. As it is new, here are some details. This is very important for the junior section, as it is our only real fund-raising venture. Unlike many clubs, we don't have a bar next to the pitch where raffles etc usually take place. So if everyone can take a turn, on a home match, to go round the spectators, that would be very helpful for the team. We don't want it to be just the regulars chipping in, but rather make the most from the very large number of supporters that always come to Bishopston on a Sunday.

As an incentive, not only do we hope to build a very large jackpot, but the lottery was actually WON this afternoon! In only the second week, £125 went to a very happy member of the 1st XV. The prize next week should be bigger again.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Just to prove we have played some rugby recently, here are some tries from the Penlan match.

Don't forget to let Mike know about the Lucton tour, and to bring in any more 6N competition forms

See you Wednesday at Astroturf


Tuesday, 26 January 2010

End of Season Tournaments

We have the opportunity to enter 2 end of season tournaments. We would like your feedback on this and to know your availability asap so we can arrange.

On 18th April a tournament is held at Luctonians RFC, near Ludlow. This would be a day trip, with coaches picking up the Mumbles teams (9s, 10, 11 and 12s are going) at the rugby club at about 8:00 in the morning. It is then a 2 hour drive to Luctonians, with the tournament starting about 11:00. It is all over by about 16:00, with the coach aiming to pick us up at about 17:30 to return to the clubhouse at 19:30. So it is a long day (and not ideal for the car sick!). The cost of the tournament will be roughly £25 per player (which includes registration and travel for player and accompanying parent).

The following week (25th April) we have the Penclawdd tournament. This is an all day event starting at about 11:00, a round-robin tournament involving Gowerton, Fall Bay, South Gower, Penclawdd and Swansea Uplands. This tournament is free to enter for the players.

Please let us know your thoughts and availability for both dates, by sending Mike an e-mail at m.b.gravenor@swan.ac.uk or txt 07846 962334 or at training on Wednesday.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Match Reports

All a bit of a shambles this morning, with the late cancellation at Penclawdd. Well done everyone for making it back to Bishopston. Luckily Swansea Uplands were more than happy to play two games and all the boys got a full match at last! Thanks again to Paul and his team for playing the whole morning in the right spirit. Cracking games too, with Ups clearly being the best side we have played so far. All the boys stepped up to the challenge though, and all the 4 halves were closely fought. In the end, Uplands deservedly came up on top (3-6, 5-6). The boys need to learn from the match, that straight running and quick passing win matches. Along with not turning your back on the opposition! There were plenty of positives though. There was some fantastic tagging from Luca, Luke and Dylan, some great passing throughout the side, and good yards made going forward by Tom R, Eddie and Myles. Josh R's enthusiasm was rewarded by a great debut try. As the boys develop as players we want them to enjoy tough games like this whatever the result As one of the dad's commented at the end "that was a proper game of rugby".

See you Wednesday at Astroturf, 4:30.

Can everyone bring in their 6 Nations competition forms this week please (having sold them all of course!)

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Sunday 24th Jan: Match Plans

Slight change of plans - Penclawdd have asked us to come a bit earlier, so those going to Penclawdd please meet there at 10:00 (for 10:30 KO). Those going to Bish still meet at 10:30 (11:00 KO).

We have a fixture at Penclawdd this Sunday. But in light of the great turn out at training we have organised another match to be played at Bishopston and will split the squad. Our aim is to increase the game time for all the players, as we know it can be frustrating to travel on a Sunday morning and not play for very long.

As that this is an 'away' fixture weekend (even though some are going to Bishopston), there will NOT be hotdogs at the MCC.

Please let Mike know if you are not available this weekend 07846 334962.

Wildcats vs Penclawdd. Meet at Penclawdd 10:00 for 10:30 KO.
Coach: Ian
Team: Sam, Eddie, Lloyd, Myles, Cam, Ethan, Luke, Duncan, Tom Ch, Connor

For those going to Penclawdd, the match is played on Graig- Y -Coed playing fields. Head west along the Gowerton / Penclawdd road (B4295). Keep on the main road road and drive through the centre of Penclawdd. Just when you are coming out of Penclawdd (heading towards Llanrhidian), the playing fields are up on the bank on your left. There is a big tall fence all round the grounds. You can either drive up into the playing fields, or park on the grass bank if it is busy.

Wildcats vs Swansea Uplands. Meet at Bishopston at 10:30 for 11:00 KO.
Coach: Mike and Matt
Team: Joshua Rupasingh, Tom R, Arthur, Ike, Luca, Dylan, Jacob, Josh B, Owen, Jamie

Monday, 18 January 2010

Training and 6 Nations Ball

Training - Astroturf 4:30 Wednesday as usual

Something for the parents. The under 12s side run a very successful 6 Nations Ball every year. The format is tables of 10, at the Dragon Hotel, Saturday 6th March, £35 per ticket (with proceeds going to the under 12s), meal, guest speaker (of the rugby variety) and music from The Contenders, dress is black tie.

Although most of the tables are organised by the 12s, there are usually several tables representing other age groups. However, I've just heard from Huw that tickets are disappearing quickly, so if anyone is keen on snapping up a ticket and making up a table from the Wildcats, then please send me a text asap: 07846 334962.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Penlan 6 Mumbles Wildcats 14

The Wildcats found one of the few grounds in Swansea fit to play rugby on this morning, thanks to the mountain top conditions at Mynydd Newydd. We had a warm welcome as always from Penlan, who generously agreed to a long match, despite being short of a few regular players. This allowed all the boys to get some game time, with Matthew providing the quadratic rolling subs formula. The boys were sharp on their return to action despite the traditional winter Monsoon/Christmas/Arctic break. They were mean in defence, and Arthur, Tom R, Dylan, Ethan, Sam (a hat-trick performance!), Duncan, Owen and Luke went over for scores. Also mentioned in dispatches are Jamie and Tom Ch for passing before contact, Luke for an outstanding tagging effort and Cam for shouting out to organise the defence. Myles once again served notice to the opposition that Mumbles will be ready for contact next season. Well done everyone, see you on Wednesday for Astroturf.

Coaching comment of the week: develop team work. In defence by spreading out, and in attack by looking to make a good pass.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Wednesday Astroturf Training -CANCELLED

Sorry everyone. Astroturf training tonight is cancelled. It is far too cold for the poor parents to stand around for an hour.

There is some hope for the weekend, and if the weather warms up a bit we will be playing away at Penlan.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Sunday 10th - Match OFF

As expected there will be no rugby this weekend. We'll see how the weather goes next week.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Sunday 3rd MATCH OFF

A nice early decision from Waun, and tomorrow's match is now cancelled. Their pitch is frozen and will be unplayable.

No astroturf this week (it starts on Wednesday 13th). So a leisurely start to the new year with next week's away match on Sunday 10th against Morriston. Details will be posted during the week.