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xx PENLAN WOMEN'S DEBUT GAME SUNDAY 25 JANUARY 2015
Today at 01:10:16 PM by HonSec | Views: 3 | Comments: 0

DEBUT GAME FOR PENLAN WOMEN'S TEAM

Penlan Women's team before their debut game > picture from Sasha Gazzi

Penlan's new Women's team earned the respect from the great turnout of supporters on Sunday in their first game which is also the first in the WRU Women's Super Cup 2015 Pool C.  Although they went down heavily against Ynysybwl it was a great effort from the ladies, none of whom had played before, and were learning on the job. Many thanks to referee Keith Thomas for his assistance during the game.  the team unanimously agreed that they had enjoyed the game and are looking forward to the next game which will be away to Wattstown on Sunday 1st. February.  It is earlier days and player numbers are the bare minimum at the moment so any ladies who are interested in joining, or getting more information about training, please contact Women's Captain Karen Andrew on 07592 020195.

Some pictures have been uploaded to our Gallery, courtesy of Colin Rush and others will be posted on Mike Evans website in due course www.mike322.com



xx PENLAN V PONTARDDULAIS SAT 24 JANUARY 2015
Yesterday at 11:38:14 AM by HonSec | Views: 13 | Comments: 0

REVENGE FOR PONTARDDULAIS IN CLOSE GAME

A close game at Mynydd Newydd > picture from Colin Rush

In their away fixture against Pontarddulais in the second game of the season Penlan were the winners by 12 to 20.  In the Penlan home meeting on Saturday it was to be another close game but with Pontarddulais emerging the winners by 11 to 17.

Conditions were ideal but cold as referee Mr. Haydn Edwards from Cardiff got the game underway on time, despite having been delayed in tailbacks on the M4.  He ably managed the game throughout with the visitors making the initial kick off.

The first quarter of the game was uneventful as both sides worked to gain the upper hand.  Just before 30 minutes the visitors went ahead by three points when their full-back landed a penalty.   Within 5 minutes Penlan full back Steven Davies evened the score with his own penalty kick.

It was not until the closing stages of the first half that Pontarddulais made their impression after they won their scrum on the Penlan 10 metre line.  Some fast passing without effective challenge got the ball through the Penlan defence with a long sprint for a fine try which, when converted, gave the visitors a 3 – 10 lead at half time.

It was a stronger Pontarddulais side than had confronted Penlan earlier in the season and their lack of a kicker had been resolved.  Penlan were suffering some problems due to injury but in the main were holding the visitors but knew they would need to up their game for the second half.

The third game quarter proved to be another to and fro affair until Penlan’s efforts made their mark at just before 30 minutes.  Penlan had a scrum some 10 metres from the visitor’s goaline from which they were awarded a penalty.  Scrum-half Bobby Scrine was quick off the mark and sprinted through the defence.  Now it was Pontarddulais that were caught napping as all they could do was chase after him as he powered over to land a valuable Penlan try near the corner to pull back the score to 8 -10.

No stopping Bobby Scrine as he scores Penlan’s try > picture from Colin Rush

Just 5 minutes later Penlan went ahead by 11 – 10 from a second safe penalty kick by Steven Davies.  The game stepped up gear as the game went in injury time with the visitors putting Penlan under pressure.  Eventually their efforts paid dividends with a determined sprint seemingly went unchallenged by the defence to let them land a second good try near the posts.  A straightforward conversion left Penlan with a consolation losing point and Pontarddulais the winners by 11 to 17.  Either team could have won but Pontarddulais deserved their win which they obviously celebrated as the final whistle sounded.

Some Penlan players were struggling, especially those carrying injury, but others worked well throughout the game with Centre Stephen Davey singled out as the Penlan Man of the Match.

Penlan are home again next week, this time to Tycroes and on their previous away counter another close game saw them as the winners by 9 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 websire www.mike322.com

Good Luck to the Penlan Women’s team who play their first real game this Sun 25th. Jan, 2.30ko at home to Ynysybwl.  Their numbers are growing but new players are welcome – if interested or for more information contact Karen Andrew on 07592 020195.

All Division 2 West results are presently reported as :-

Aberystwyth 37   Hendy 22
Haverfordwest 5    Gowerton 34
Llandeilo 17   Llanelli Wanderes 24
Llanybydder 20   Cardigan 7
Penlan 11   Pontarddulais 17
Tycroes 28   Penclawdd 20






xx SWANSEA DISTRICT VAUGHAN SOUND CUP
January 22, 2015, 01:27:27 PM by HonSec | Views: 31 | Comments: 0

VAUGHAN SOUND CUP COMPETITION QUARTER-FINAL


The draw for the Vaughan Sound Challenge Cup 1/4 Final to be played 7th Feb:

 Penlan vs Loughor
 Seven Sisters vs Bonymaen
 Skewen vs Cwmgors
 Dunvant vs Waunarlwydd,


xx SWALEC PLATE QUARTER-FINAL DRAW
January 21, 2015, 09:34:00 AM by HonSec | Views: 160 | Comments: 0

GREAT GAME IN STORE FOR PENLAN IN SWALEC PLATE QUARTER FINAL


The whole point of our great game of Rugby Union Football is to play sporting and challenging games that provide enjoyment to players and spectators.  Our Quarter-final game promises to be just such a game as we have drawn Penallta RFC at HOME.

Penallta are presently unbeaten at the top of Division 1 East and got through to the quarter-finals by beating Heol-y-Cyw at home, (who are in Division 1 East Central 10th place) by 46 to 5.

WRU TV were at Penallta to record their fourth round “Roads to Finals Day” game and you can see their report by following this link to the WRU website –

http://www.wru.co.uk/eng/news/latest_news.php

For Penlan it is a welcome draw, especially as it will be home, as our previous games in the competition have all been away.  Penlan relish a challenge which is certainly what their quarter final game promises to be but they have already beaten two Division 1 teams in away games.

The full draw, due to be played on Saturday 28th. March is as follows :-

Skewen  v  Nant Conwy
Penlan  v  Penallta
Ystrad Rhondda  v  Loughor
Newcastle Emlyn  v  Aberystwyth



xx YNYSYBWL v PENLAN SWALEC PLATE R4 SAT 17 JANUARY 2015
January 18, 2015, 12:45:55 PM by HonSec | Views: 83 | Comments: 0

EXCELLENT WIN FOR PENLAN AWAY TO FIRST DIVISION YNYSYBWL IN SWALEC PLATE ROUND 4

In some ways it was hard that one team had to win the Ynysybwl v Penlan Swalec Plate round 4 game on Saturday.  Both teams demonstrated excellent rugby in the best sporting manner and a great rugby match resulted.  Either team could have won but it was to Penlan’s credit as underdogs against a Division 1 club that despite the home advantage, Ynysybwl just could not secure the win.

The very cold weather had left the Ynysybwl pitch with some surface frost and mud under the shade of the stand but, for the most part the pitch was in good condition for the game with fine weather but still very cold.  Referee Mr. Gareth Newman from Cardiff was in charge of the game and competently managed play throughout.  

Ynysybwl made the kick off and in the early stages the teams worked to get the measure of the opposition as they settled down.  Unfortunately after 10 minutes Penlan lost the safe boot of their No. 10, Scott Davies, who had to retire from the game as a concussion precaution following an accidental knock to the head.

As the game progressed it was apparent that the teams were well matched, despite the Division 1 and 2 combination, and Penlan supporters became increasing assured that they could make a good game of it.  First points, however, went to the home side at 20 minutes from a penalty kick for 3 points.

Penlan were playing well as a team and at 30 minutes were putting the opposition under pressure.  A long accurate kick by centre Steven Williams found touch near the corner flag much to the dismay of Ynysybwl.  A fine Penlan win at the lineout followed with a determined push for the goal line.  The home side just could not hold the pressure and were pushed back until flanker Rob Green landed a fine try.  Rob had travelled to the game after finishing work in Milford Haven, arriving minutes before the game kicked off.  He had missed the pre-game warm up but his usual prominent play showed no ill effects as a result.  It was a difficult conversion kick that just missed so Penlan settled for a slim 3 – 5 lead.

Ynysybwl continued to look dangerous with the exciting game keeping spectators engrossed and just 2 minutes later they had their revenge.  They secured a scrum on the half way line and after some fine fast passing after winning the ball a determined and dodging sprint up centre field found a way through the defence for a clear try near the posts.  A straightforward conversion gave Ynysybwl the 10 – 5 lead at half time.

Penlan coaches, Lee Banfield and Mark Glover, gave some timely guidance to the team at half time but surely the teams just needed to maintain their team efforts.

In the early part of the second half, although the play was constantly exciting, it was to and fro with no points.  At just before 30 minutes though there was a great pass made by Rob Green to Steven Williams that caught the home side napping and led to Steven making a sprint deep into their territory and almost scoring.  The territory gain put Penlan in position for a determined push for the line that Ynysybwl could not hold until flanker Adam Glover landed a well deserved and powerful try.  The conversion missed closely so the score evened at 10 points.

A lineside debate ensued as to what would happen if the draw stood at half-time with at least 5 possible scenarios suggested.  To clarify the position, in the event of a draw at final time the winners would be decided on greater number of tries, if equal then conversions, if equal extra time of 10 minutes each way is played – if still equal the away team will be declared the winners.   In the case of semi-finals though a replay would take place and if equal then a toss of the coin will decide.  In the final the result is declared a draw and the trophy held by each club for 6 months.

The debate though because academic when, within 5 minutes Penlan secured a third try from a jaw dropping interception by full back Dafydd Pritchard.  He had skilfully read the opposition play well in advance and was already sprinting through as the pass was made.  The defence was stunned and could only follow Dafydd as he sprinted clear through the posts to land the ball.  Replacement No. 10 Steven Davies made short work of the conversion kick to give Penlan the 10 – 17 lead.

In the closing stages of the game Ynysybwl desperately tried to get back in front but apart from a late penalty kick, could make no further headway to leave the Penlan win 13 – 17 as the final whistle sounded.

It had been a great win for Penlan and a big disappointment to the Ynysybwl side that were sportingly magnanimous in their loss with their congratulations to the winners.

Good hospitality was enjoyed after the match when the Penlan side turned out in some highly dubious fancy dress for the occasion, partly to celebrate the 24th. Birthday of prop Callum Llewellyn who, incidently, earned special praise from supporters for his contribution to the win.  


Penlan usually name a Man of the Match which proved to be a particularly difficult task on this occasion which was why, unusually, two were named – Scrum-half Bobby Scrine and prop Liam Richards.  To be honest just about any of the players could have been elected, or even the whole team but dividing 5 pints between 20 players seemed a bit daft.  

Next Tuesday we should learn who we will face in the next round, the quarter-finals, which surely will not be another away fixture, but who knows.  The draw will be made following the presently reported results –

Aberystwyth 28    Talywain 8
Loughor 33  Ystalyfera 21
Newcastle Emlyn 13  Pencoed 8
Penalta 46  Heol-y-Cyw 5
Pontypool 12  Nant Conwy 47
Skewen 22  Pwllheli 13
Ynysybwl 13  Penlan 17
Ystrad Rhondda 38  Glamorgan Wanders 0

With Penlan and Aberystwyth in Plate action just four Div 2 West league fixtures were played, results reported as –

Gowerton 16  Tycroes 13
Hendy 42  Llandeilo 0
Llanelli Wanderers 42  Haverfordwest 5
Pontarddulais 36  Llandybydder 10

Next week Penlan is back in the League race and will be home to Pontarddulais. who in 6th. Place, are just one table point ahead of us.





xx UP & COMING
September 15, 2008, 07:39:30 PM by HonSec | Views: 12001 | Comments: 0

LUCKY FOUR DRAW 25 JAN
Winning numbers 2 8 9 24  £2660

No winner so rollover to next week

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