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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Weekend Plans

No more training this week.

For Sunday we had our original fixture cancelled, but have been invited to bring a small squad to Gowerton. The team for the match will be taken mainly from the boys who have been able to train with the new rules a few times. Meet at Gowerton at 10:15. New players, and those returning from holidays will have a training session with Mike to get up to speed, meeting at Underhill Park at 10:00 on Sunday.

Teamer invites will be sent out in the morning for each event. Remember our aim is for equal game time for all with small squads to avoid too many substitutes on match day.

Saturday, 27 August 2011


Thanks to everyone who could take part this morning. The boys are adjusting nicely to the new laws. Special thanks to Kathy for the massage sessions, which were very much appreciated after the stress of refereeing.

After a quick survey regarding bank holiday availability we will have our next training session next Tuesday, at the park at 10:00. Don't worry if you have commitments and can't make it. There is a long season ahead. We will try and fit one more session in before the first match next Sunday.

Gowerton are the hosts next week, and we can only take one team (they have squeezed us in alongside their Loughor fixture). If we can't arrange a second match we will have training for half the squad on Sunday at Underhill. This is our plan to avoid too much standing round as a substitute. We will rotate players and try and ensure equal match time for everyone over the season.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Training tomorrow!

We are back in action Thursday at 10:00 at Underhill Park.

Sorry for the late notice. An introduction to the new Laws and some touch rugby.

Don't forget the fun day on Saturday. We meet at Underhill at 10:00 promptly. We will have a game amongst ourselves, and also with some of the under 11s, at 10:15 on the main pitch. Then we will carry on training on a side pitch for half an hour before joining in with the fun and games and watching the other matches. There is BBQ, beer tent, games, snacks etc... We are running Boules and Kathy will be offering massage to raise money for the Wildcats.

Here is the Saturday plan...

Main Pitch Rugby Programme :
9.45 - 10.15am -------- Mumbles U12's Training & Crossbar Challenge, Full Pitch
10.15 - 10.45am--------- Mumbles U11's & U10's Combined Training Session , Full pitch.
10.45 - 11.15am--------- U13's Training Session, Full Pitch.
11.15 - 11.30 am-------- Mumbles U8's v Gowerton & South Gower, Full Pitch ( 2 x 1/2 pitch fixtures ).
11.30 - 12.00pm -------- Mumbles U9's v Gowerton A & South Gower A, Full Pitch ( 2 x 1/2 pitch fixtures ).
12.00 - 12.30pm -------- Mumbles U9's v Gowerton B & South Gower B, Full Pitch ( 2 x 1/2 pitch fixtures )
12.30 - 1.00pm ---------- Mumbles U7's v Gowerton & South Gower, Full Pitch ( 2 x 1/2 pitch fixtures ).-- Numbers Dependant!!
1.00 - 1.45pm ------------ LUNCH / Raffle presentation/ Adults & Coaches, Tug Of War.
1.45 - 2.00pm ------------ Non-registered mini's fun session.
2.00 - 2.30pm ------------ Adult's & Coaches TAG Rugby Match, Full Pitch.
2.30 - 3.00pm ------------ free play

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Friday Plans: BBQ in Neath!

Post code for Trade Centre Wales = SA10 7DR

This Friday the team is invited to pick up their new sponsored kit at Trade Centre Wales. There will be BBQ for players and parents, with the event starting at 6:00 and finishing by 9:00. We will be the only Mumbles side there, but there will be several others from all over South Wales and from different age groups.

Meet 6:00 at Trade Centre Wales. Take the first Neath turn off the A465 and continue left onto the Neath Abbey Road roundabout. Turn left again onto New Road, and second left on Monastery Road down to Trade Centre Wales. Directions HERE.

Any questions drop a txt or email to Mike (07846 334962,

Hope to see you there. Training starts next week.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

New Season - New Kit! - New Players - New rules

Some news to wake you from your summer slumbers. We have a new kit launch, and are getting our plans together for training, and for new players. First up, the Kit...

Thanks go to Luca's mum's poetry skills! Kathy has won the team a whole new kit. Sponsored by Trade Centre Wales. They have been able to keep our old Wildcatz design, so we should be able to integrate the two and that should then last us hopefully for another two seasons. Given that kit is by far our major expense this is great news for the team. Not only that, but we are invited to the kit launch - at Neath - including a BBQ for players and parents on Friday 19th August (18:00 - 21:00). This will be a fun evening, as new kit will be presented to 20 teams from all over Wales. Teamer invite will be sent soon. And full details of the venue nearer the time.

Training Plans
We believe it is important the the boys have a proper break and play other sports than rugby over the summer. But we also realise they have to cope with new laws before the matches start. So this season we are trying something new. A nice long break - up until the end of August - then we will run at least 5 sessions in the run up to the start of the season on Sunday 4th September.

Here is a rough timetable. Please don't make plans around this as the exact details are likely to change. All session are at Underhill Park

25th August (Thursday): Training 10:00.
27th August (Saturday) Junior Fun Day at the Park (before Cracker 7s on Sunday). BBQ, fun and games, and some training. Starting about 10:00. (More details of this to follow - we need volunteers to run the wellie throwing and boules, or any other kind of stall).
29th (Monday): Training 10:00
31st (Wednesday): Training 10:00
2nd September (Friday): Training 10:00
4th September (Sunday): First Match

Please don't worry if you are away and can't make these sessions. We like to see the players develop over the course of the whole season rather than over coaching in the summer.

New Players
We have had several enquiries to join the team, and there should be a few places. Players will be invited to join in the order they contacted us. However any new players are welcome to join in the pre-season training (end of August) sessions to see if they enjoy the game. Although when the season starts we are restricted to a certain number we find that a 'taster' helps the waiting list move as quickly as possible.

If anyone is interested - or if you know of anyone - please ask them to drop a line to Mike so we know the order (

Last if not least...New Laws for u10s:
No kicking at all (not even drop outs to restart).
No lineouts
No ripping
No mauling
Rucks are introduced: after a tackle only 1 player on each team may contest the ball. This includes the tackler (if they remain on their feet or get back on their feet) or the tackled player (if he gets back on his feet). ie: if the tackler gets back on his feet and tries to jackal the ball - no one else can join the ruck. Or if someone joins the ruck before the tackler gets on his feet - he must roll away and can't join in.
Conversions from in front of the posts