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March 30, 2015, 01:42:08 PM by HonSec | Views: 9 | Comments: 0

The older players and members at Penlan RFC will be sad to hear of the recent death of Robert (Bob) Thomas who lived in Prescelli Road and was the first Coach and Chairman when the club was first formed and ran from the Penlan Community Centre back in 1967.  Without the time and dedication of people like Bob the club would never have got going and all who followed after owe him deep gratitude, and our sympathy and thoughts are with his family.  His funeral will be held at Swansea Crematorium on Wednesday 1st. April at 12.30pm.

March 29, 2015, 06:12:43 PM by HonSec | Views: 642 | Comments: 1


An exciting close encounter at Penlan > picture from Colin Rush

The Swalec Plate Quarter-final clash between Penlan and top Division 1 team Penallta promised to be a special occasion and when it was played at Mynydd Newydd yesterday the spectators were not disappointed.  Under the first class management of referee Mr. Justin Williams from Llanelli two fine teams were intent on playing a good game of rugby.

Before the big game there was a game held between Junior teams from both clubs. In the line up for Penlan were –

Christian Brooks
Jake Brophy
Jakob Ford-Davies
Connor Duguid
Morgan Dymond
Jake Foley
Connor Glover
Lewis Hill
Sam Murphy
Andrew Smith (captain)
Evan Webber
Damian Hurford
Mackenzie Williams
Kellan Wood

In the game Penlan emerged the winners by 7 to 2 with Evan Webber securing three tries, Jakob Ford-Davies getting two and one each from Connor Duguid and Connor Glover.  Man of the Match for his non-stop tackling and great off-loading was awarded to Lewis Hill.

After the match the proud players from both sides formed a guard of honour as their senior players took to the field for the main attraction with Penlan sporting their new kit for the day.

Proud Penlan and Penallta Juniors form their guard of honour > picture from Mike Evans

The main encounter proved to be the proverbial game of two halves as far as Penlan were concerned as they demonstrated in the first 40 minutes that they were well up to the challenge.  First points went to Penallta though after just 10 minutes as the visitors put Penlan under pressure leading to some skilful passing getting the ball to the open wing.  Penallta right-wing Elliott Keep made short work of sprinting over the line to land his try which was safely converted by outside-half Joseph Scrivens.

It was a bad start for Penlan but they responded with determination from the re-start kick.  Flanker Robert Green chased after the kick and secured possession leading to a Penlan push towards the line from the 22.  The move propelled the Penallta pack clear back across their line until Robert Green powered over for a valuable 5 point try.  Although the rain had stopped before the game there was a constant wind which helped to deprive Penlan of the crucial two points and make the score 5 – 7.

In the last stages of the first half Penlan looked strong and for a while camped on the Penallta line.  One exciting move got the ball over the line but the try was held up.  A lead for Penlan at half time would have been the ideal scenario but their attacks were to be held by the visitors and secure them the narrow lead as the half time whistle sounded.

In their passage to the Quarter-final Penlan had already beaten two first division clubs, Gorseinon and Ynysybwl both away and also seen off top division 2 club Gowerton also away.  They knew they had the potential to rise to the challenge and hoped in the second half to find their way through the defence again.  In the second half though Penallta showed the strength and determination that had seen them win the Plate final twice in recent years and give them an unbeaten record in all their league and cup competitions this season.  

Despite Penlan’s determination and their impressive work at the end of the first half it was Penallta that had the upper hand in the second half.  Putting Penlan under pressure from the whistle, at the 10 minute mark they were attacking down the wing in front of the main body of their supporters who urged them on.  Penlan defended well and kicked the ball free only to find themselves back under pressure again.  After only 10 minutes the Penallta attack got through and prop Matthew Angel landed a try in the corner.  The angle and wind deprived them of the conversion to make the score 5 – 12.

Although there were plenty of chances for both sides through the rest of the game there were no more scores for either side.  The potential for points were there and in honesty Penallta always looked like having the game secured which eventually proved to be the case.  It was a great effort on the day and a credit to Penlan which resulted in just a narrow two tries to one.  Penlan supporters were justly proud of their team who had put up a great performance against a well drilled and impressive side.  It was a magnificent team performance with flanker Ian Scrine being singled out as the Penlan Man of the Match with second-row Kurt Velardo coming a close second.  A great time was had by all after the match as Penallta enjoyed some Penlan hospitality with Penlan wishing the victors every success in the semi-final, the draw for which will be made on Tuesday afternoon.   Next week Penlan return to league action with a home game against Aberystwyth who also went out of the Plate competition on Saturday by losing away to Newcastle Emlyn by 18 to 5.

Thanks as ever to our resident photographers Colin Rush, whose photos have been uploaded to our gallery, and Mike Evans who will be adding his to his website www.mike322.com

All Swalec Plate and Division 2 West results are presently reported as :-
Newcastle Emlyn 18  Aberystwyth 5
Penlan 5  Penallta 12
Skewen 24  Nant Conwy 0
Ystradd Rhondda 34  Loughor 0
Division 2 West
Cardigan 12  Penclawdd 5
Hendy 12  Gowerton 24
Llandybydder 16  Haverfordwest 6
Pontarddulais 25  Tycroes 13

March 08, 2015, 12:11:13 PM by HonSec | Views: 145 | Comments: 0


Penlan too strong for Llandeilo on the day > picture from Colin Rush

It was a difficult game for Llandeilo on Saturday in their away game against Penlan. Lying in bottom place in the league and facing a side well on form, the West Wales side bravely faced up to the challenge in the best traditions of their club, despite their loss of players this season.  They were desperately short of forward cover which saw them having to play with uncontested scrums from the start of the second half.

It was a fine and ideal day for rugby as referee Mr. Robert Mota from Cardiff got the game underway with his management of the match proving to be excellent throughout the game.  Penlan made the kick off as the teams settled down to test each other out.

Penlan were looking strong from the off and at just after 10 minutes they secured a scrum on the visitors 5 metre.  A quick feed from scrum-half Bobby Scrine was taken forward by centre Stephen Davey then picked up by flanker Robert Green who powered through the defence to land a try.  Outside-half Scott Davies safely made the conversion to put Penlan 7 points ahead.

Rob Green bursts through towards his try > picture from Colin Rush

Rob Green safely lands his try > picture from Mike Evans

At 20 minutes Owen Roberts, Llandeilo scrum-half, clawed back 3 points for his side with a competent penalty kick.

The contest continued until at 30 minutes Penlan had another scrum on the Llandeilo 5 metre line.  Some quick work by Bobby Scrine led to centre Steven Williams advancing the ball and pass to fellow centre Stephen Davey who weaved through the defence to land Penlan try number 2, with Scott Davies making his second safe conversion to make the score 14 – 3.

Stephen Davey weaves through for the line > picture from Colin Rush

Stephen safely grounds the ball > picture from Mike Evans

In the dying minutes of the first half centre Steven Williams was to secure his own try which came from a Penlan scrum in the Llandeilo 22.  A struggle back and for was held on by Bobby Scrine until a long pass reached Adam Glover.  Adam powered through until he made a quick off-load to Steven Williams who was in close support.  A final fast sprint and Steven was over in the corner to land Penlan’s third try and leave the score at 19 – 3 at half time.

Centre Steven Williams flying for the line > picture from Colin Rush

Steven lands Penlan try number 3 > picture from Mike Evans

Llandeilo had to take to the field in the second half with a depleted front row which obliged them to go for uncontested scrums.  This obviously put the Penlan pack at a disadvantage but it was the only option for Llandeilo.

The Penlan dominance continued and just 7 minutes into the half some quick passing got the ball to second-row Kurt Velardo who made a determined sprint up the wing, leaving chasers behind as he scored at the corner post and earn his side a bonus point for 4 tries.  Scott Davies safely converted to put Penlan ahead 26 – 3.

Kurt Velardo lands his try > picture from Mike Evans

For a time Llandeilo kept Penlan at bay despite play being in their half for most of the time.  Then at 20 minutes Penlan won their lineout on the visitor’s 5 metre and with a determined attack pushed for the line until hooker Liam Richards safely landed Penlan try number 5 making the score 31 – 3

Hooker Liam Richards lands his try > picture from Mike Evans

Despite their difficulties Llandeilo never had their heads down and continued to seek to put Penlan under pressure.  Shortly after Penlan’s fifth try the visitors were on the attack and a determined sprint down the wing led to their scrum-half Owen Roberts landing a great corner try to pull back the score slightly to 31 – 8

Penlan Flanker Adam Glover had been putting in one of his classic strong performances and in the dying moments of the game he landed Penlan try number 6 after a series of determined work for the line and fast passing.  His try gave Penlan a final win with 36 to 8 to keep them safely in third league place.

Adam Glover scores his try in the final minute > picture from Mike Evans

Man of the Match for Penlan was deservedly awarded to Centre Stephen Davey for his maintained efforts throughout.

Thanks as ever to our resident photographers Colin Rush, whose photos have been uploaded to our gallery, and Mike Evans who will be adding his to his website www.mike322.com

Alongside on the second pitch Penlan Second’s team were at home to Swansea University in a Swansea District, First Financial Solutions league game.  Up against a strong and fit University side Penlan went down by 7 to 35 but all credit to forward Steven “Spud” Slade who scored Penlan’s only try which he also converted.  Even more credit to Second Team Manager and Coach Colin Hill who gave up his boots to a player who had turned up without any.  Colin spent the rest of the game, also acting as Physio, in his stocking feet – now that’s dedication.

Twinkle toes Colin Hill getting foot rot > picture from Colin Rush

A fortnights pause for reflection and extra training during the remaining 6 nations games before Penlan face top League 1 leaders Penallta in the semi-final of the Swalec Plate Competition on 28th. March.  A great challenge for Penlan which they are looking forward to and should provide a great day for rugby.

All Division 2 West results are presently reported as :-

Gowerton 80    Cardigan 12
Haverfordwest 13    Aberystwyth 20
Llanelli Wanderers 44    Hendy 8
Penclawdd 17    Pontarddulais 25
Penlan 36    Llandeilo 8
Tycroes 28    Llandybydder 7

March 02, 2015, 01:16:27 PM by HonSec | Views: 99 | Comments: 0


New Junior players are always welcome at Penlan to join our ever increasing numbers.  For more information contact Dean Davies on 07779 243550.   The Coach of our Under 9's, Matthew Brooks, is particularly interested to hear from you if you know anyone who is in year 4/ J2 in school and would be interested in making new friends and having fun - you can contact him direct on 07581 193719

March 01, 2015, 11:35:24 AM by HonSec | Views: 92 | Comments: 0


In their first meeting of the season in mid October, when Penlan were at home, they notched up an impressive 32 – 9 win with 5 tries against Hendy.  In their away meeting on Saturday things were no quite so easy.  Penlan were missing some regular players, with others carrying injuries on the bench and they were to encounter a well drilled Hendy side that were playing with determination.

As referee Mr. Gareth Butler from llanharan got the game underway with Penlan making the kick off, they were under pressure from the off.  In the first quarter the action was to and fro with both sides trying to gain the upper hand.  At 20 minutes Hendy missed a penalty kick but just 3 minutes later put the first points of the match on the board.  Penlan were making a good challenge into the Hendy half when they were charged down and Hendy promptly seized the chance with a determined sprint down the wing to land a fine try near the corner post.

Penlan rallied and an exciting game followed as two closely matched and able sides contested for an advantage.  At 30 minutes there was a Hendy lineout on their 22 which was turned over by Penlan.  The ball was advanced well up the centre of the field by Inside Centre Steven Williams.  His fine well timed pass at pace reached Left Winger Luke Davies who sprinted clear to cross the line and score a spirit-lifting try for Penlan and even the score at 5 all.

As the second half started the even score added to the exciting rugby with most of the action in the early stages in Penlan’s half with Hendy putting them under continual pressure.  At 10 minutes though Hendy conceded a penalty which Outside-Half Scott Davies ably kicked to give Penlan  narrow 5 – 8 lead.  They were valuable points but the game could easily have gone either way with both sides having their chances as the exciting contest continued.

Then at 20 minutes into the second half with Penlan camping on the Hendy goal line they conceded a second penalty which Scott Davies competently kicked to extend Penlan’s slim advantage to 5 – 11.  The game still held in the balance with just a converted try by Hendy being capable of giving them a win.  More points looked possible for both sides for the rest of the game but the Penlan play proved strong enough not to leave the home side back into game.

As the final whistle sounded Penlan were glad of the win which moved them up into third league place with 49 points, just two ahead of Hendy but who have a game in hand.  Hendy had to settle for just one 7 point losing bonus point but it is still early days for both teams.

Penlan man of the match was well earned by scrum-half Bobby Scrine who, as ever, gave 100% throughout the game.

Next week both Penlan teams are at home, the first team to Llandeilo and the seconds against Swansea University.

Strangely all wins in Division 2 West went to the visitors on Saturday with results presently reported as :-

Aberystwyth v Tycroes  postponed
Cardigan 3    Llanelli Wanders 41
Hendy 5    Hendy 11
Llandeilo 19    Haverfordwest 41
Llanybydder 18    Penclawdd 27
Pontarddulais 19    Gowerton 22

September 15, 2008, 08:39:30 PM by HonSec | Views: 12412 | Comments: 0

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