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April 12, 2015, 12:02:08 PM by HonSec | Views: 92 | Comments: 0


A close game at Gowerton for Penlan > picture from Colin Rush

Gowerton, unbeaten in the league, had been doing their sums and as they formed up against Penlan at home yesterday knew that a win would clinch the Division 2 West Championship for them.  They also knew that they would have to work for their crucial win as referee Mr. Jonathan Hardy from Llanelli got the game underway dead on time.

To be honest in the first half it was not one of Penlan’s most exciting games, but that is often the case when two equal sides meet.  Gowerton had the bigger side and Penlan had to work to make any impression.  All the points went to Gowerton in the first 40 minutes from 3 penalties that were to prove crucial and came at 15 minutes, 17 minutes and 30 minutes to give them the slight but important 9 points lead at half time.

In the second half Penlan came out from the off with renewed determination which caught Gowerton napping.  From the kick off Penlan chased the ball until No. 8 Ian Scrine took possession and made good ground through the Gowerton defence until he made a fine off-load to hooker Dean Davies who headed diagonally for the corner post.  The try should have been his but a last minute Gowerton foul led to the referee awarding Penlan the penalty try which No. 10 Scott Davies easily converted for Penlan to claw back the score to 9 – 7.

Dean Davies sprints clear towards the line > picture from Colin Rush

The rest of the game was a nail biting experience for the supporters, especially those from Gowerton, who hoped that their team would at least hold on to their slender lead.  Their nerves were to be pushed to the limits when Penlan had distinct chances from a drop goal attempt and two penalty kicks by outside-half Scott Davies.  His usually safe boot let him and his team down on this occasion although the outcome was welcomed by Gowerton.

There could have been points for either side in the final stages but none came and as the final whistle sounded the Gowerton side and their supporters cheered with pride as they safely put the Championship to bed, with a game still in hand away to Penclawdd next week.  If my maths is right Llanelli Wanderers will also gain promotion as, even if they win no more points from their next 3 games, they cannot be overtaken.

The WRU Swalec Trophy that had been discreetly hidden until the final whistle was presented to the rightfully proud Gowerton side with plenty of champagne flowing.  Penlan sincerely congratulate the well drilled and determined side and wish them every success in Division 1 next season.

Man of the Match for Penlan was awarded to Centre Stephen Davey who worked hard throughout.

Thanks as ever to our resident photographers Colin Rush, whose photos have been uploaded to our gallery.

Our second’s team had their home game against Abercrave called off so travelled away to Seven Sisters instead where they went down to a stronger side by “something like 44 to 7”.

All Division 2 West results are presently reported as :-

Cardigan 18    Haverfordwest 28
Gowerton 9    Penlan 7
Hendy 17    Tycroes 24
Llanelli Wanderers 34    Penclawdd 19
Llanybydder 10    Aberystwyth 13
Pontarddulais 132    Llandeilo 0

April 05, 2015, 11:59:23 AM by HonSec | Views: 128 | Comments: 0


Penlan forwards were a match for Aberystwyth > picture from Colin Rush

Penlan and Aberystwyth had both left the Swalec Plate competition last week having been beaten by Penallta and Newcastle Emlyn respectively.  Back in league action, Aberystwyth travelled to Mynydd Newydd in their return fixture from 27th. December which had resulted in a 13 all draw.  Penlan were missing some players due to injuries from the hard game last week but hoped that their strength in depth would see them through on a day that was ideal for rugby.

With Referee Mr. Alun Emmanuel from Llanelli ably managing the game it was evident from early on that the visitors had a strong back line that liked to move the ball at pace.  Penlan’s forwards though looked dominant and were key to their strong play.  Within 3 minutes of Aberystwyth making the kick off Penlan secured a lineout on the visitor’s 5 metre.  Penlan won the ball and immediately pushed for the line, until flanker Adam Glover safely grounded the try for an early 5 point lead.

Within 10 minutes Adam Glover scored his second try for Penlan which came from another Penlan lineout, this time on the visitor’s 22.  Penlan won ball which resulted in a charge forward by No. 8 Ian Scrine.  Centre Stephen Davey secured the ball and made a timely pass to Adam Glover who stormed through the defence in an unstoppable sprint to land the try.  Outside-Half Steven Davies securely kicked the conversion to advance the Penlan lead to 12 – 0.

Adam sprints clear for his try > picture from Colin Rush

The Aberystwyth fast back row continually looked threatening and just before 20 minutes they took a quick penalty following their lineout on the Penlan 22.  Quick passing got the ball to the wing which saw Carwyn Evans sprint through the Penlan defence to land the try for Aberystwyth.  Jason Rees made a safe conversion to narrow the Penlan lead to 12 to 7.

The tussle for dominance continued with some exciting rugby until at the 30 minute mark Penlan had a scrum on the half-way.  Aberystwyth made the turnover and by more quick passing got the ball quickly to the wing for a duplicate of their first try which left the Penlan defence standing as Shaun Lewis sprinted free for the try. Jason Rees made a second safe conversion to put his side ahead for the first time by 12 to 14.

In the later stages of the first half Aberystwyth were dominant and just before the half time whistle a third try came their way with more of their fine fast passing as they charged forward, resulting in Luke Williams scoring their third try between the posts.  Jason Rees safely slotted the conversion again to give Aberystwyth a useful 12 – 21 on half time.

The Penlan coaches Lee Banfield and Mark Glover gave some timely guidance to their team during the half-time huddle and it was obvious to the Penlan supporters that their side would have a high hill to climb in the second half if they were to get back in the game.

The Penlan pride and teamwork was to be crucial and they were to demonstrate both in the remaining 40 minutes.  Their comeback came just 3 minutes into the half following a Penlan scrum and their own quick passing which lead to a forward sprint by Ian Scrine.  The ball reached centre Steven Williams who made an unstoppable sprint through the defence to cross the line, run around and make the touchdown between the posts.  Steven Davies safely converted to narrow the visitor’s lead to 19 – 21.

Steven Williams runs round for his try > picture from Colin Rush

At 10 minutes yet more fast passing by Aberystwyth almost got them a fourth try but Penlan held them and then conceded a penalty which Jason Rees landed to inch them further to 19 – 24.

Penlan got increasingly stronger in the final quarter with the powerhouse that is Robert Green coming on from the injury bench to bolster the efforts.  Some fast and timely passing by centre Stephen Davey following a Penlan lineout on the 22 got the ball to Rob Green who powered through and over the line, earning his team a bonus point for their fourth try and even the score at 24 all.

Robert Green storms ahead for his try > picture from Colin Rush

It was clearly game on for both teams and it was Penlan just 5 minutes later who went in front when they secured a lineout on the visitor’s 5 metre.  It was safely caught by second-row Robbie Watkins and the Penlan pack immediately set up the maul for the line.  The backwards push was unstoppable and allowed No. 8 Ian Scrine to safely land Penlan’s fifth try near the corner.

A safe touchdown by Ian Scrine for Penlan > picture from Colin Rush

It was a slender 29 – 24 lead which Aberystwyth still had time to snatch away but to their credit Penlan effectively closed them down for most of the remaining game.  At 32 minutes a great drop goal kick from the ever safe boot of centre Steven Williams pushed Penlan to the safer score of 32 – 24 and even deprived Aberystwyth of a consolation 7 point losing point.  Despite their efforts in the dying moments there were no more points for the visitor’s.  Penlan had really come back in the second half and an exciting game of rugby had resulted.

It had been a good display by the Penlan side with a great team effort that had proved vital.  Each player had pulled out the stops and it was even rumoured that prop Michael Rush had won the ball at the lineout (actually it was rumoured by Mike himself so it must be true !)  The win keeps Penlan in third league place with Gowerton and Llanelli Wanderers safely ahead.   Gowerton is unstoppable for Penlan and while Llanelli Wanderers could be caught they realistically look safe as they would have to lose all their remaining 4 games with Penlan winning all theirs to be caught.  Newly in Division 2 Penlan can be proud of their third league position in this stage of the season but still have 4 hard games to go.  Their first and biggest challenge will be away to Gowerton next Saturday which will hopefully prove be an exciting game.

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 Division 2 West results are presently reported as :-

Gowerton 39  Llanelli Wanderers 30
Haverfordwest 12  Pontarddulais 40
Llandeilo 7  Llanybydder 19
Penclawdd 58  Hendy 10
Penlan 32  Aberystwyth 24
Tycroes 38  Cardigan 33

March 30, 2015, 01:42:08 PM by HonSec | Views: 58 | 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: 716 | 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: 254 | 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

September 15, 2008, 08:39:30 PM by HonSec | Views: 12509 | Comments: 0

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