Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Monday, 13 December 2010
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
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
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.
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
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
Thursday, 25 November 2010
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!
Great training session last night lads - keep up the good work.
Sunday, 21 November 2010
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.
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.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Sunday, 14 November 2010
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.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
- 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
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Sunday, 7 November 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
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
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
Sunday, 31 October 2010
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
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
Monday, 25 October 2010
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
- Display courtesy, friendliness and sportsmanship to the opposing team and the referee at all times
- Do not question publicly the referee's decision
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
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
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.
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
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
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!
Monday, 11 October 2010
Price is £30 for top of range gumshield (usual price £65).
Sunday, 10 October 2010
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!
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.
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
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
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
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
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
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
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
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: email@example.com.
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.
Sunday, 5 September 2010
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
Monday, 23 August 2010
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
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
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Enjoy the break everyone. Keep practicing the off-side Law.
Monday, 17 May 2010
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
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
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text (07846 334962).
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.
Friday, 23 April 2010
Monday, 19 April 2010
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.
Sunday, 11 April 2010
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.
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
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.
Sunday, 28 March 2010
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.
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
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
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Monday, 8 March 2010
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
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.
Sunday, 28 February 2010
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, 24 February 2010
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
Sunday, 14 February 2010
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
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
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Friday, 29 January 2010
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Thursday, 21 January 2010
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.
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
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
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
Friday, 8 January 2010
Friday, 1 January 2010
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.