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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Winter Training, match at Gowerton

Training today is OFF. Mud Bath.

Now that the winter rains have come we will have a new training schedule. When the weather is reasonable, and the pitches in good condition, we will keep to our Friday 17:00 slot which will allow us contact training under the lights. We will supplement this with a WEDNESDAY 17:30 slot at astroturf (only slot available sorry). Unlike previous years, we will not use the astroturf every week, as we will be sharing it with other junior sides. Don't worry if you can't make it on Wed, it is more of a supplement to get us through the really bad weather. I will let everyone know when astroturf starts and the exact dates we are using it in Nov/Dec/Jan when we have sorted it out with the other junior teams.

On Sunday we have a match away at Gowerton. Given the mini break we have had due to weather, this will be for the whole squad. We will continue the current round of matrix selections the following week. Bit of a late start at Gowerton due to pitch availability. Meet at 11:30 for a 12:15 KO.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Parents Social

Training as usual on Friday. But no match next Sunday (27th Oct). Start planning a relaxing Sunday morning now. Back in action the week after, away at Gowerton (3 Nov).

We are having an informal parents drinks night on Friday 15th November. Put it in the diary and meet at 8:00 in the White Rose.

Monday, 14 October 2013

New Dock Stars

Game on unless you get a teamer cancellation

New opponents again next Sunday as we venture into Scarlet-land (Duncan will be happy) to play New Dock Stars. Meeting time will be 10:15. Matrix team to follow by teamer. Directions to follow here.

New Dock Stars is on the Swansea side of Llanelli, so not too far on a Sunday morning. Set SATNAV for SA15 1JY. Drive to Llanelli, and take the Trostre Road turning on the left at the second big roundabout just after Stradey Park. The ground is just off Trostre Road, on the right.

Club website link here.
Google Map here.

Training on Friday at 17:00. Attendance and effort at training so far has been fantastic. Keep up the good work. Will keep an eye on the heavy rain forecast for today though.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Kenfig Hill Visit

Training as usual at 5:00 on Fridays.

This Sunday we are welcoming Kenfig Hill to Underhill Park. We have not played before so it will be a good new experience for the boys and I am sure a tough challenge as is always the case when we venture outside the district to the Bridgend area.

We will be playing on the Junior Pitch, with a 10:15 meet and an 11:00 kick off. Team to be announced asap.

We have run through a full rotation of the Matrix. It has been reasonably successful. On the plus side, the boys on the day get lots of game time. On the negative side we have on occasion been left a little short on certain positions. We are going to try and remedy this in two ways: first by expanding the match day squad a bit. Probably to 21 or 22 players. This means we can deal with unexpected drop outs at the last minute, which is inevitable now we head into the coughs and colds season. This also means that boys will only miss a few Sundays across the season. The other way we can make sure we cover all positions is by getting the boys used to playing in more than one. This is not just to help the matrix, but also important for their long term development as players. We don't want to label players in fixed positions at such a young age, and even if players are clearly best suited to one role, they can gain a better understanding of rugby from the experience.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Bont Weekend

First up, all our best wishes to Cam for a full recovery of his broken finger. He picked up the injury giving everything he has for the team on Sunday, as he does every single week for Mumbles. Knowing what rugby means to Cam we know he will not enjoy the rest very much, so we hope for a speedy return.

Training on Friday at 17:00 Underhill Park.

Matrix team for visit to Pontarddulais this Sunday. Meet at Pontarddulais Comprehensive School Playing Fields at 10:15.

Cai, Connor, Harry, Owen, Jack, Nathan, Ethan, Josh R, Arthur, Fin, Duncan, Luca, Jacob, Ike, Lloyd, Luke, Tom H, TTS, Dylan, Oli