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October 28, 2014, 06:34:00 PM by HonSec | Views: 10 | Comments: 0


The WRU have announced the draw for round 3 of the Swalec Plate to be played on 13th. December as follows :-

Gowerton have been rewarded with their gutsy 18-16 victory over Ammanford in the last round with another home fixture in the third round of the SWALEC Plate.

Gowerton will host Penlan who will once again be on their travels after winning away at Gorseinon 15-7 in the second round.

Newcastle Emlyn had to pull out all the stops to make it through before brushing aside Llangennech 16-21 and will now face Crymych in the third round.

SWALEC PLATE 2014-2015
To be played the weekend of 13th December 2014
 Bethesda v Pwllheli
 Dolgellau v Nant Conwy
 Aberystwyth v Kidwelly
 Crymych v Newcastle Emlyn
 Loughor v Dunvant
 Gowerton v Penlan
 Skewen v Maesteg Quins
 Ystalyfera v Kenfig Hill
 Pencoed v Maesteg
 Heol y Cyw v Pentyrch
 Brecon v Ystrad Rhondda
 Mountain Ash v Glamorgan Wanderers
 Penallta v Rhiwbina
 Ynysybwl v Nelson
 Talywain v Risca
 Abertysswg v Blaenavon

October 27, 2014, 03:44:23 PM by HonSec | Views: 26 | Comments: 0


The Secretary of Swansea District advises that the results of the prelim round of the Vaughan Sound Cup on Saturday are as follows :-

Abercrave 0    Penclawdd 38
Bonymaen 28    Gorseinon 0
Neath Athletic -    Morriston w/o
Seven Sisters 22    Mumbles 0
Swansea Uplands 8    Pontarddulais 39

The draw for the first round was made this afternoon as below, being played on Saturday 10th. January 2015 with a 2pm kick off.

Bonymaen  v  Vardre
Bryncoch v Dunvant
Loughor v Pontarddulais
Penclawdd v Seven Sisters
Penlan v Gowerton
Skewen v Morriston
Swansea University v Cwmgors
Ystradgynlais v Waunarlwydd

October 26, 2014, 12:26:19 PM by HonSec | Views: 48 | Comments: 0


A good Penlan team game overcame Gorseinon > picture from Colin Rush

There was misty rain about at Gorseinon as Penlan prepared for their round 2 meeting in the Swalec Plate Competition.  Penlan were the underdogs being away to first division Gorseinon although that has never proved a problem but  they knew they faced a big challenge.

The teams faced up with referee Mr. Gareth Newman from Cardiff ably managing the game as Gorseinon took the kick off.

It was the expected trial of two able teams in the early stages as they both sought to get the measure of the other.  It became evident early on that the Penlan forwards were not to be found wanting.  At 3 minutes Penlan narrowly missed a penalty and then at about 15 minutes lost a player for the rest of the game due to a red card from Mr. Newman.

Just 5 minutes later Penlan workhorse Ian Scrine at No. 8 was forced to leave the game with a leg injury to be replaced by Robert Green.  It was obviously going to be a harder task for Penlan but they never looked weak as each player stepped up their game in true Lan form.

The struggle for dominance continued until the 30 minute mark when second row Kurt Velardo won the ball from a Penlan lineout in the home 22 area.  Penlan set up an attack for the line with a fine rolling maul that pushed the home pack back across their line until a quick pass out got the ball to flanker Adam Glover who powered across the line to land a great try.  Outside-half Scott Davies slotted the conversion for an important 7 point lead.

Just 5 minutes later, despite the gusting wind, Scott Davies extended the lead to 10 with a superbly kicked penalty.

Just on half-time Gorseinon missed their own penalty so the score held as a 0 – 10 for Penlan.

The second half was going to another uphill battle for Penlan and still at 14 men the toll was telling as at 6 minutes Adam Glover had to be replaced by Paul Owen as flanker.  With determination, skill and strength in depth though Penlan proved that they were up for the challenge. 

Just after the 15 minutes mark the Penlan side were charging after the ball following a long kick forward that found touch near the home corner flag.  Penlan won the ball from the lineout and immediately set up a push for the line.  Gorseinon scrambled to keep the attack at bay but the Penlan resolve held until the No. 8 dynamo that is Rob Green powered across the line for a safe second Penlan try and extend the Penlan score to 0 - 15.  Top try scorer from last season this was Robert’s third Penlan try in just two games back with the team.

Gorseinon’s frustration was showing after the try and Penlan were constantly under pressure from the division 1 side who sought to get back on game but, for the most part Penlan’s strong defence held tight.  At just after 20 minutes Penlan suffered another blow when a second player left the field after his second yellow card.  Spectators felt that the second yellow may have been  a bit harsh but had to be resigned to watch their team hold out with now only 13 players for another 20 minutes.

Just before 30 minutes into the half Gorseinon were camping on the Penlan line and their work finally managed to breach the depleted defence as they landed their only try that was well converted to prevent a whitewash and make the score 7 – 15.

Penlan continued their efforts for more points for the rest of the game, although many would have expected them to have just tried to close Gorseinon down.  When the final whistle sounded the Penlan supporters were jubilant to have seen their side come away with a sound win, against all the odds.  Gorseinon were no doubt relieved that their defeat could have been greater if Penlan had not suffered their losses.

It was a magnificent display by Penlan and essentially a team effort.  Second row Robbie Watkins was singled out as Penlan’s Man of the Match.  His constant safe work and presence was a crucial factor in the game and a quiet inspiration to the team.

Onwards and Upwards, next week Penlan return to the league and will be away to Llandeilo which will present a new challenge.

Other Division 2 west teams were also in Swlalec Plate action this Saturday and Aberystwyth won through 21 to 3 home against Tenby United, Gowerton were also at home and secured a close win 18 – 16 against Ammanford.  Hendy also at home went down 5 – 25 against Crymych.  Now Aberystwyth, Hendy and Penlan as the remaining 2 west teams await news of the third round draw for the games to be played on 13th. December.

In Division 2 West, Tycroes were at home to Haverfordwest in a catch up league game with Tycroes taking a narrowest of wins 18 to 17.

Thanks as always to our resident photographers, Colin Rush, whose pictures have been uploaded to our gallery, and Mike Evans who will post his on his website in due course.

October 19, 2014, 08:41:24 AM by HonSec | Views: 157 | Comments: 0


An excellent performance by Penlan > picture from Colin Rush

It was a big game for Penlan on Saturday as they were at home to unbeaten league leaders Hendy.  The teams had last met in November 2011 when Penlan had been away in round 2 of the Swalec Bowl and had come away with a 19 – 29 win.  That was the first occasion when the Davies brothers, Dean, Scott and Luke had first played for Penlan in the same game and they were in the line up against Hendy again.

It was a great day for rugby at Mynydd Newydd as the teams lined up for the game under the eminently able management of referee Mr. Lee Roberts from Carmarthen.  Penlan kicked off against the fit and fast Hendy side who went out to put Penlan under pressure.  Within 3 minutes Penlan conceded a try which Hendy’s centre Josh Batcup made short work of for an early 3 point lead.

Keeping calm, Penlan got their act together and just 5 minutes later scrum-half Bobby Scrine lead a ground winning sprint upfield before getting the ball to full-back Scott Davies who dodged through defenders before making a fast pass to centre Stephen Davey on the wing.  Stephen was well in support and with some juggling skilfully managed to control the ball and take it safely across the line for a fine try and a 5 – 3 lead.

Scott advances the ball with Stephen Davey in support > picture from Colin Rush

Stephen Davey safely lands a first Penlan try > picture from Colin Rush

At 10 minutes Penlan handed the visitors a second 3 points for a penalty well slotted by centre Josh Batcup again to inch them in the lead by 5 – 6.

Penlan knew that they had work to do and kept Hendy continually under pressure and at the 15 minute mark were on the attack again.  Bobby Scrine was once more leading the charge upfield to enable the forwards to set up a well formed rolling maul for the Hendy goal line.  The visitors were gradually pushed back over their line until Penlan flanker Luke Brooks powered down for the try.

The high winds were making kicking difficult and full-back Scott Davies made a good effort for a conversion but the ball was blown against the posts to leave Penlan with the 10 – 6 lead.

A struggle between the teams ensued with the majority of the play in the Hendy half until at 25 minutes Scott Davies mastered the wind to extend Penlan’s lead to 13 – 6 with a fine penalty kick.

Just 3 minutes later Josh Batcup clawed back 3 with an able penalty kick of his own to draw back to 13 – 9.

Workhorse scrum-half Bobby Scrine was ever in action and at 38 minutes landed a third try for Penlan following a Penlan scrum on the Hendy 5 metre that pushed them back towards their line.  Bobby made a rolling dive over the line to safely ground the ball.

Bobby Scrine safely ground a safe try > picture from Colin Rush

Scott Davies got the better of the high winds to land a safe conversion to leave the Penlan lead at 20 – 9 at half time.

Penlan coaches Lee Banfield and Mark Glover gave some advice to their team at half time but all they really needed to do was to continue playing their steady constant team game.

In the second half it was noticeable that Hendy were stepping up their pressure to test the Penlan fitness and ability.  In the early stages of the half the play concentrated in the Penlan half but the home side stayed firm to keep Hendy at bay.  The first half had been an exciting game of rugby but there was little to excite supporters for most of the second half.  At about 15 minutes flanker Rob Green returned to the field for his first game of the season following his sabbatical and added his weight to keep Hendy at bay.

In the final quarter of the game Hendy started to look jaded although they never let up their determination.  Penlan though were steadily dominating and at 35 minutes crossed the goal line but had their try held-up.  The Penlan pressure continued and they were camping on the Hendy line.  At their second scrum on the 5 metre they were pushing for the line again until flanker Rob Green made one of his classic unstoppable moves across the line to land a bonus point winning try that gave Penlan the 25 – 9 lead.

Rob Green back in the side with a vengence > picture from Colin

Hendy had to resign themselves to their first loss of the season but there was more to come when, just before the final whistle, Penlan were on the attack again.  Another inspiring sprint from Bobby Scrine advanced the ball well into Hendy territory again.  At the crucial moment he made a great offload pass to Rob Green who stormed through the remaining defence to literally fly across the goal line for his second great try.

Rob Green storms towards the goal line > picture from Colin Rush

Rob Green flying high for his second try > picture from Mike Evans

Scott Davies made a second safe conversion to finally give Penlan an impressive home 32 – 9 home win with 5 tries.

Scott Davies adding the icing for Penlan > picture from Colin Rush

Rob Green’s return to the field in his first game of the season had been eventful to say the least but for his continual inspirational play throughout the game the Penlan Man of the Match accolade was justly awarded to Bobby Scrine.

Hendy had been impressive but Penlan proved to be the dominant team on this outing.  To their credit Hendy never let their heads drop and were sporting and gracious in defeat.   Penlan know that Hendy will be looking forward to the return match which, in any event, promises to be a good game of rugby.

Another challenging game next week when Penlan are away to Gorseinon in the second round of the Swalec Plate.  Penlan had a bye in the first round whereas Gorseinon beat Ponarddulais at home by 25 to 3.

Thanks as ever to our resident photographers, Colin Rush and Mike Evans.  Colin’s photos have been uploaded to our gallery and Mike’s will be posted in due course on his website

All results in Division 2 west are currently reported as –
Gowerton 40    Pontarddulais 27
Haverfordwest 49    Llandeilo 0
Llanelli Wanderers 31    Cardigan 23
Penclawdd 27    Llanybydder 0
Penlan 32    Hendy 9
Tycroes 15    Aberystwyth 18

October 12, 2014, 11:08:47 AM by HonSec | Views: 74 | Comments: 0


Penlan had some availability problems on Saturday and as they travelled to their away game at Haverfordwest they encountered continuous heavy rain that was worrying.  As the team bus reached the outskirts of the venue the rain turned off and the sun was out and the pitch proved to be in good condition for the game.

To be honest the Penlan side performed below par and whether it was the bus journey with the heating stuck on, or the shorter than usual warm up time was open to speculation.  Nevertheless the first points went to Penlan just 12 minutes after referee Mr. Peter Evans from Brynamman got the game underway.

Penlan won their lineout just outside the home 22 by the safe hands of second row Robbie Watkins.  Then some fast work between second row Kurt Velardo and centre Stephen Davey advanced well towards the goal line.  A penalty was then awarded to Penlan which was quickly taken by scrum-half Bobby Scrine and the Penlan pack set up a rolling maul which pushed Haverfordwest clear back across the line to allow prop Liam Richards to safely land a try.  A safe conversion by No. 10 Steven Davies gave Penlan an early 7 point lead.  Despite the majority of play remaining in the home half, the Haverfordwest defence managed to hold the visitors at bay until half time.

Things started to go wrong for Penlan early in the second half when, after just 2 minutes, some mishandling in their half was seized upon by Haverfordwest who secured the ball and scored near the corner flag.  Their safe conversion moved the score to 7 all.

The rest of the game saw Haverfordwest chasing the Penlan scoring but never going in front.  At 10 minutes Penlan drew ahead to 7 – 10 with a penalty kicked by Steven Davies, only for Haverfordwest to even the score again just 5 minutes later with their penalty.

Just 5 minutes later Penlan drew ahead again with another penalty kick from Steven Davies making it 10 – 13, only for Haverfordwest to even things yet again within 10 minutes with their own penalty.

The score stood at an unlucky 13 points each and, though for the rest of the game Penlan looked the stronger side putting the home side under pressure, the points just did not come.  The home side were content to end their losing run and gain at least 2 points for a draw.

MAn of the match was awarded to Bobby Scrine.

Unfortunately Penlan’s seconds home against Bryncoch had been called off as the visitors had difficulties raising sufficient players.

All Division 2 West results are presently reported as :-
Aberystwyth 29    Penclawdd 22
Cardigan 20    Hendy 40
Haverfordwest 13    Penlan 13
Llandeilo 5    Tycroes 26
Llandybydder 19    Gowerton 36
Pontarddulais 23    Llanelli Wanderers 31


September 15, 2008, 07:39:30 PM by HonSec | Views: 11137 | Comments: 0

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