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xx PONTADDULAIS V PENLAN SAT 13 SEPTEMBER 2014
September 14, 2014, 11:32:31 AM by HonSec | Views: 104 | Comments: 0

A FINE AWAY WIN FOR THE LAN AT PONTARDDULAIS IN A CLOSE GAME

A close exciting game  > picture from Colin Rush

First an apology to Second-row Kurt Velardo for not crediting him with Penlan’s second try last week – I have corrected the match report so you can please stop punching me now !

Time moved on and our second game this week was away to Pontarddulais on a great day for rugby.  Pontarddulais have a long reputation for good rugby so Penlan knew they would be in for a close game.  Ponty had also suffered a one point loss away to Llanybydder the week before so would be determined to get back on form.

Referee Mr. Mark Johns from Bridgend got the game underway with Penlan taking the kick-off and ably administered what turned out to be an exciting game between two closely matched sides.

Initial scores went Penlan’s way at 6 minutes and 11 minutes from two penalties safely landed by full-back Jack Harris to provide a useful 6 points.

Full-back Jack Harris was kicking well  > picture from Colin Rush

Pontarddulais were a fast and able side and at 20 minutes were on the attack at the wing when a failure in defence was seized upon by their scrum-half Martin Rees who dodged through and across to land a safe try midway between the post and the corner flag.  Centre Gwyn Davies made the conversion to edge the home side in front by 7 to 6.

In the second quarter Penlan constantly showed that they were up for the challenge, especially up front and won a Pontarddulais lineout on their 5 metre to immediately set up the ruck for the line.  The home side were pushed clear back over their line until No. 8 Ian Scrine landed a try.  Jack Harris safely slotted the conversion to make it 7 – 13 to Penlan at half-time.

In the second half Pontarddulais came out with renewed effort and an exciting contest resulted until at 10 minutes they kicked long and high upfield which resulted in the ball going loose.  It was eventually secured by home second-row Rhys Samuel who sprinted over the Penlan line for a try to make the Penlan lead slender at 12 – 13.

The contest for edge continued with some substitutions on either side during which both teams looked like taking the lead.  Pontarddulais were no doubt reflecting that they had missed some 4 penalty kicks at goal by this point.  Admittedly they had been long distances but had been close and the points would have been vital.

Penlan were holding the opposition at bay and always looked dangerous but they knew that the slightest error would be seized upon.  Their play was determined though and in the final quarter they secured another scrum on the home 5 metre.  Prop Michael Rush secured the ball while the backs formed up.  Some fast passing got the ball across field and after some scrambling Penlan centre Dafydd Pritchard safely landed his try.  No. 10 Steven Williams made short work of the conversion to extend the Penlan lead to 12 – 20 and deprive Pontarddulais of even a losing bonus point.

In the little time left Penlan held their position to celebrate a fine win as the final whistle went.  It was a close game and lost points from their penalties proved crucial for Pontarddulais but that is the game of rugby.  The results this week put Penlan in fourth league positions with Hendy, Llanelli Wanderers and Llanybydder just in front.

Next week Penlan are away again to old adversaries Tycroes which should prove likely to be another exciting close game.

As ever grateful thanks to our resident photographers Colin Rush and Mike Evans.  Colin’s pictures have been added to our gallery and Mikes will be added to his website in due course www.mike322.com

Penlan’s seconds had a back to back fixture at home to Pontarddulais and it had been suggested that their competent and fit side might overwhelm Penlan.  True, Penlan were beaten but by a closer than expected 6 to 15 which was an encouraging result for the future.  Congratulations by the way to Bobby Honey-Jones who the players voted as their second team Captain for the season.

All West 2 Division results are currently reported as :-

Cardigan 23    Llanybydder 34
Gowerton 59    Haverfordwest 15
Hendy 34    Aberystwyth 29
Llanelli Wanderers 46    Llandeil 10
Penclawdd 9    Tycroes 8
Pontarddulais 12    Penlan 20

First Financial Solutions League Swansea B
Loughor 42    Cwmgors 5
Penlan 6    Pontarddulais 15
Vardre 0    Seven Sisters 42
Neath Athletic v Ystradgynlais and Swansea Uplands v Swansea University were both postponed.





xx PENLAN V PENCLAWDD SAT 6 SEPTEMBER 2014
September 07, 2014, 12:21:54 PM by HonSec | Views: 149 | Comments: 0

FINE SEASON START FOR PENLAN WITH A 3 TRY HOME WIN AGAINST PENCLAWDD

Penlan line up in their new kit with main sponsor and Team Manager Leighton Quinn, Managing Director of Advanced Heating (Wales) > picture from Colin Rush

Penlan in their training tops for 2014 – 2015 > picture from Colin Rush

Penlan were back in action again on Saturday, now in Division 2 West and facing Penclawdd at home.  A new Division with new teams to play is always a challenge but events were to show that Penlan had what it takes.  Having the home advantage was a bonus but facing Penclawdd who finished third in third in 3 West last season was to be a fine first test for the Mynydd Newydd side.

Before the game the players posed for their new kit photo with the line-up including new signings Liam Richards, Luke Brooks and Matthew Brooks, who we welcomed to the club for the new season.  This season we have a change of Captain with hooker Dean Davies assuming the reins from Bobby Scrine.

It was an excellent day for rugby at Mynydd Newydd, although maybe on the warm side, as referee Mr. Andrew Miles from Pembroke got the game under way with the visitors making the kick off.

Penclawdd looked a young and fit side and were to give Penlan a good game with both sides trying each other out in the early stages.  In the first half the majority of play was in the visitor’s half with Penlan camping on the Penclawdd line.  Good defence kept Penlan at bay until the 20 minute mark when they had another scrum on the 5 metre.  A great controlled shove pushes the visitors back over their line to enable No. 8 Ian Scrine to safely land a first try midway between the posts and the corner flag.  Full back Jack Harris made short work of the conversion to give the home side the 7 point lead.

At 30 minutes Penclawdd clawed back 3 points from a 22m penalty competently landed by their Outside-Half Dan Guarneri.

More efforts were again repelled by a competent Penclawdd side until at 35 minutes Penlan had a lineout mid way in opposition 22.  Second row Robbie Watkins won the ball at the front of the lineout which allowed Penlan to drive forward and push Penclawdd back over their line again until Second-row Kurt Velardo landed a try near the corner flag.  Jack Harris made a difficult kick look easy to extend Penlan’s lead to 14 – 3 at half time.

In the second half the visitors came out with renewed effort to put Penlan under pressure but in just 5 minutes another Penlan lineout  beyond the 22 was safely taken and passed out to be well advanced into opposition territory by outside-half Steven Williams.  After a determined and constant push for the line once again Penclawdd were back over their line for flanker Luke Brooks to land his debut try for Penlan for a 19 – 3 Penlan lead.

For the rest of the match the majority of play was in Penlan’s half with some fast and skilful passing by Penclawdd’s backs putting the home side under pressure.  At 10 minutes their fast work found a chink in the Penlan defence and allowed outside-half Dan Guarneri to land a safe try near the posts.

The Penlan defence stepped up a gear and ensured that there would be no way through again in what continued to be a determined attack by Penclawdd.

Although the remainder of the match continued to be exciting, there was no further score for either side with Penlan finishing the victors with a fine 19 – 8 start in their new season.

Penlan’s Man of the Match was justly awarded to No. 8 Ian Scrine but it had clearly been a great team effort by all the players.

Next week the challenge continues with an away game against Pontarddulais, another strong team who finished in fourth table place in 3 West last season and will be keen to make up for their first game this season which resulted in a  narrow loss 18 – 17 away to Llanybydder.

Thanks ever again to our resident photographers, Colin Rush (his photos have been added to our gallery) and Mike Evans whose pictures will be added to his website in due course www.mike322.com

Unfortunately our second side had no game, despite a good turnout.  Their intended away game against Cwmgors had been called off, sadly due to a funeral, and a referee could not be found at short notice for a re-arranged away friendly against Brynamman.

All Division 2 West results are currently reported as :-

Aberystwyth 78    Cardigan 12
Haverfordwest 15    Llanelli Wanderers 21
Llandeilo 18    Hendy 30
Llanybydder 18    Pontaddulais 17
Penlan 19    Penclawdd 8
Tycroes 22    Gowerton 19
 



xx PENLAN JUNIORS NEW KIT AND TAIBACH TOURNAMENT PLATE WINNERS 2014
September 01, 2014, 11:57:13 AM by HonSec | Views: 59 | Comments: 0

PENLAN JUNIORS KITTED OUT FOR NEW SEASON AND ALREADY WINNING SILVERWARE

Penlan's junior teams are soaring since their start last season.  At the initial WRU Joint the Beat recruiting day last year the nucleus of the sides were established and have gradually grown since to the present some 50 players and counting.  Great credit to the volunteers and coaches led by senior players Mike Rush and Dean Davies.  They have been able to gain sponsorship for new kits this season from Total Sound Solutions, Data Cabs, Slushalicious and Capgemini which is magnificent and greatly appreciated.  They sported their new kit when they played in the Taibach Junior Tournament on Sunday when they emerged the Plate winners for 2014, their first silverware.  The pictures show our proud players and more have been posted on our website gallery.

Some of Penlan's Junior players sporting their new sponsored kit

Data Cabs present their sponsored kit to the juniors

Penlan Juniors win their first silverware at Taibach



xx CLUB MEMBERSHIP DUE FOR 2014-2015 ON 1st SEPTEMBER
August 30, 2014, 02:43:26 PM by HonSec | Views: 63 | Comments: 0

MEMBERSHIPS 2014 - 2015 DUE ON SEPT 1st

Club Memberships are due for renewal from Monday 1st. September.  Gold Members who wish to maintain their bar discount concession must pay their £20 before the due date.  Full Members which include players, not wishing to take advantage of the discount pay £12.50.  Associate social memberships are £10.  Rates are the same for single or double memberships.  See Mike Thomas or you can pay at the bar.



xx MORRISTON AWAY TRIALS GAME SAT 23 AUGUST
August 24, 2014, 12:07:13 PM by HonSec | Views: 104 | Comments: 0

MORRISTON TRIALS GAME


A useful trials game for both clubs was held at Morriston on Saturday to help coaches and players plan for the coming season. It was encouraging to see some 'old' players back and some new additions having their first experience with the LAN.  Things are looking good for the new season with our first league game at home against Penclawdd on Saturday 6th. September.  First we have another trials game with Championship side TATA Steel on Sat 30th. August away at 2.30pm.  Pictures from Colin Rush have been added to our gallery page and more from Mike Evans will be up on his website in due course.




xx UP & COMING
September 15, 2008, 08:39:30 PM by HonSec | Views: 10910 | Comments: 0

LUCKY FOUR DRAW 14 SEP
Winning numbers 2, 6, 7, 14 £1246

No winner so rollover to next week

SEPT 20 TYCROES AWAY



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