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xx JUNIOR TEAMS RECRUITMENT
Yesterday at 01:16:27 PM by HonSec | Views: 6 | Comments: 0

JUNIOR TEAMS RECRUITMENT

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




xx HENDYV PENLAN SATURDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2015
March 01, 2015, 11:35:24 AM by HonSec | Views: 7 | Comments: 0

PENLAN MOVE UP TO THIRD PLACE WITH AN AWAY WIN AGAINST HENDY

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






xx PENLAN V HAVERFORDWEST SATURDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2015
February 22, 2015, 12:22:50 PM by HonSec | Views: 90 | Comments: 0

THIRD BONUS WIN IN A ROW FOR PENLAN IN THEIR HOME GAME AGAINST HAVERFORDWEST

Penlan well on form again > picture from Colin Rush

In their first season meeting when Penlan had been away against Haverfordwest the result was a 13 point draw and was a game that Penlan could and should have won.  They were determined to put matters right on Saturday when they entertained the West Wales side a home.  Conditions were ideal on Saturday for the game, although it could have been warmer as the teams formed up with referee Mr. Brian Powell from Merthyr Tydfil taking control and doing a good job of managing a flowing and exciting game.

Haverfordwest took the kick off and from the start Penlan looked well in control of proceedings.  The visitors were under pressure from the off and opened the score after just 10 minutes.  Securing a lineout in the Haverfordwest 22, Penlan won their ball and flanker Robert Green advanced well towards the goal line.  Penlan set up a push for the line which forced the visitors back and allow Rob Green to land a safe try which was ably converted by No. 10 Scott Davies.

Rob Green gets buried after landing his try > picture from Colin Rush

The pressure continued and at just 15 minutes Haverfordwest won their lineout in their 22 but Penlan turned them over with quick passing across field getting the ball to centre James Jenkins as he charged through the defence.  He left defenders behind as he sprinted across the goal line for a great try.  Scott Davies landed a second safe conversion to put Penlan ahead by 14 – 0 within the first quarter of the game.

Centre James Jenkins sprinted clear over the line > picture from Colin Rush

Just 3 minutes later Haverfordwest clawed back 3 points from a penalty kick by their No 10 Steven Williams, in front of the posts.

For most of the rest of the first half Haverfordwest kept Penlan at bay despite a series of relentless attacks for their line.  Penlan were playing at their best and it was only a matter of time before they were to get through.  Their efforts paid dividends at 35 minutes when centre Steven Williams made a superb long kick to find touch at their corner flag.  The visitors made a long throw in which was safely won by Penlan and some quick passing by No 8 Ian Scrine safely got the ball to Adam Glover.  He set up an attack for the line which proved unstoppable as he powered over the line.

Adam Glover on way for his try > picture from Colin Rush

With the score at 19 – 3 at half way Penlan knew that they were having one of their classic team games with them all  playing their well rehearsed parts.  As the second half started the rain came down for a while to add to the visitor’s discomfort.  Penlan came out with more of the same determined play and just after 5 minutes added more points to their tally.  They secured a scrum in the visitor’s 22 which they won and set up the push for the line.  Centre Steven Williams and Scrum half Bobby Scrine both made determined charges for the line, making valuable ground until a push for the line resulted in Adam Glover crossing and landing his second try, earning Penlan their third four try bonus point in three successive games.

Adam Glover firmly lands his second try > picture from Colin Rush

His determined play throughout the game deservedly earned Adam Glover the man of the match award but it was encouraging that all the Penlan team gave their very best.

More constant work followed by Penlan putting Haverfordwest under pressure in their 22 until some quick passing led to another push for the line to allow flanker Rob Green to land his second safe and unstoppable try.

Rob Green lands his second safe try > picture from Colin Rush

At 35 minutes Rob Green scored his hat trick safely maintaining his top try scorer place as he displayed that he had speed as well as strength.  The score came from a visitor’s lineout near their 5 metre which Haverfordwest initially won.  They could not keep possession though and some quick Penlan passing got the ball to Rob Green as he sprinted through the defence and was unstoppable as he landed his try.

Rob Green secures his hat trick > picture from Colin Rush

Full back Steven Davies made quick work of the conversion to allow Penlan to end on an impressive 36 – 3 win.  The score did not fairly reflect Haverfordwest’s ability who played well and had their chances but they had come up against the Mynydd Newydd side at their best which proved to be a formidable challenge.

On the second pitch alongside, Penlan were home to Neath Athletic in the Swansea First Financial Solutions league and, with a good turn out of players, secured their first win of the season by 17 – 7 and provided another exciting game for supporters in the process.

Thanks as ever to our resident photographer Colin Rush, whose photos have been uploaded to our gallery, and our best wishes to Mike Evans who we were missing  due to illness.

Next week the Penlan first team is away to Hendy.  It was a 32 – 9 win when they met at Penlan who will be hoping to secure the double but with Hendy now being in third place, one point ahead of Penlan, they will be keen to advance their lead.
All Division 2 West results are presently reported as :-
Gowerton 45    Llanybydder 25
Hendy 25    Cardigan 16
Llanelli Wanderers 22    Pontarddulais 9
Penclawdd 32    Aberystwyth 15
Penlan 36    Haverfordwest 3
Tycroes 32    Llandeilo 11






xx CARDIGAN V PENLAN SATURDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2015
February 08, 2015, 11:37:18 AM by HonSec | Views: 65 | Comments: 0

AWAY WIN AT CARDIGAN WITH A 4 TRY BONUS POINT FOR PENLAN

It was an excellent day for rugby on Saturday when Penlan travelled down to Cardigan for their second meeting of the season.  In their home game with Cardigan back in early October Penlan had secured a 35 to 3 win which earned them a bonus point for 5 tries so the West Wales side would be out to even the score.

Referee Mr. Jason Ludgate from Llandysul ably managed the game throughout with the home side taking the kick off.

The visitors were well on form again and just after 5 minutes were putting Cardigan under strong pressure which led to their early first points when the pack pushed clear back over the goal line to enable flanker Ian Scrine to land a try.

Cardigan rallied for a time to hold Penlan at bay before clawing back 3 points from a penalty at the 20 minute mark.  Just 3 minutes later outside-half Scott Davies returned the favour with 3 points for Penlan’s penalty.  The battle of wills continued until just 5 minutes later when Penlan conceded a second penalty which the home side made short work of to close the score to 6 – 8.

Cardigan gave Penlan a run for their money and made them work for advantages despite being under constant pressure.  Finally at about 35 minutes Penlan won their lineout on the Cardigan 22 to allow centre Steven Williams to gain ground with a long pass out towards the wing where it found winger Luke Davies who sprinted clear to score a second Penlan try at the corner.  Penlan were leading at 6 – 13 at half time as the teams took a break and reviewed their game so far.

In the second half Cardigan came out no doubt to “do an England” and turn the game in their favour but it was not to be.  Penlan’s fitness and game play proved to be up for the challenge and after constantly being put under pressure on their goal line Cardigan eventually had a penalty try awarded against them after a series of penalties.  Scott Davies safely converted which extended the Penlan lead to 6 – 20.

Penlan were keen to gain a fourth bonus point scoring try and it looked well on the cards but they were made to earn it.  With incredible determination and great defence Cardigan kept the Penlan pack at bay for long period despite a prolonged series of efforts to cross their line.  It was a great defence that kept the visitors at bay until the bulldozer Robert Green finally got through following a determined pack push.  The fourth try and bonus point was well deserved and Cardigan had made them work for it.  Despite keeping up the pressure until the final whistle the score remained at 6 – 25 at the final whistle.

Penlan Man of the Match was awarded to left wing Luke Davies who worked hard and took some knocks for his efforts.   

After the match it was cowboys and Indians for Penlan as they enjoyed the hospitality in the Cardigan clubhouse as, for some reason that I have yet to discover, they team and supporters were in fancy dress.  Apparently a good time was had by all but who won the boat race is debateable.
The valuable win saw Penlan move back up the table to fourth place with 40 points, just one behind Hendy although they have a game in hand.  A break now follows in the fixture list until Penlan entertain Haverfordwest at home on 21st February.  This should be an interesting encounter as the result was a 13 all draw after the first game.

Our second’s team played valiantly in the home game on Saturday against Loughor in the Vaughan Sound Cup but just could not get a score on the board, finally retiring by 0 – 27.  Colin Rush was on hand to get some pictures which have been uploaded to our gallery.

All Division 2 West results are presently reported as :-

Aberystwyth 15    Gowerton 22
Cardigan 6    Penlan 25
Haverfordwest 22    Tycroes 17
Llandeilo 27    Penclawdd 10



xx PENLAN V TYCROES SATURDAY 31 JANUARY 2015
February 01, 2015, 12:40:33 PM by HonSec | Views: 116 | Comments: 0

5 TRY WIN FOR PENLAN AT HOME AGAINST TYCROES

Penlan in dominating form > picture from Colin Rush

After Penlan’s below par performance last week that saw them concede a narrow win to Pontarddulais, the Mynydd Newydd side was back on form with a vengeance for their home fixture with Tycroes on Saturday.

They took to the field with an air of determination against the Tycroes side that had achieved a narrow 9 – 5 win in their previous meeting back in September.  It was an ideal but very cold day for rugby as referee Mr. David Cambourne from Treharris got the game underway.  His authorative and competent management of proceedings enabled a flowing game that progressed without incident.  Tycroes kicked off and were under difficulties from the beginning as Penlan put them under pressure.  The majority of the Penlan key players were back in action for the game although temporarily without second row Kurt Velardo. All our very best Kurt.

Back in action again was centre James Jenkins who made a welcome contribution to the Penlan team pressure.  At just after 10 minutes James advanced well into Tycroes territory up centre field with a strong sprint until safely offloading.  Some quick passing led to outside-half Scott Davies making a timely pass to Inside Centre Steven Williams who sprinted clear of the defence to cross at the posts for a fine try.  Scott Davies then converted to give Penlan an early and welcome 7 – 0 lead.

Steven Williams leaves defenders behind > picture from Colin Rush

Penlan were playing at their best and constantly putting the strong Tycroes side under pressure.  The forwards looked sharper in lineout and scrum with the backs well in support.  At about 17 minutes an excellent long kick into Tycroes territory by centre Steven Williams advanced Penlan to a 5 metre lineout.  Winning the ball Penlan put the pressure on and with a constant push made sufficient ground for No. 8 Adam Glover to bulldoze over the line near the corner.

Adam Glover powers over the line > picture from Colin Rush

Penlan were in front by 12 – 0 spurring Tycroes to lift their game and try to find some way through but the home side held them at bay.  Just after 25 minutes Penlan were back on the attack,with great advance into Tycroes territory being gained from charges by flanker Rob Green and No 8 Adam Glover.  Some fast cross field passing got the ball to centre Steven Williams who sprinted clear off defenders and leave them in his wake as he scored a second fine try.

Defenders can only watch as Steven Williams sprints clear > picture from Colin Rush

A clear touchdown by Steven Williams > picture from Colin Rush

A safe conversion kick by outside-half Scott Davies gave Penlan a promising 19 – 0 lead at half time.

Scott Davies safely slots the ball  > picture from Colin Rush

After the half time break Tycroes notably raised their game and never looked like being a fully beaten side. The third quarter saw an even struggle between the sides but the Penlan strong team game never looked like being breached.  Finally, at just after the 20 minute mark, Penlan efforts paid off again when they won their lineout from a high leap by second row Robbie Watkins. Quick passing got the ball out to mid field where James Jenkins made another charge up field to gain significant territory.  Then a quick feed by Scott Davies reached flanker Ian Scrine as he sprinted forward and with the team in close support, powered through and over the line for Penlan’s fourth try that secured a bonus point at 24 – 0.

Ian Scrine powers over the line > picture from Colin Rush

In the very final stages of the game Penlan were still in control and continuing the pressure, much to the frustration of the visitors.  A last minute penalty awarded against Tycroes was instantly seized on by scrum-half Bobby Scrine who sprinted through the dumb-struck defence and managed to out power the only defender who could get near him.

Bobby Scrine scores Penlan’s crushing fifth try. > picture from Colin Rush

The final score was a win at 29 – 0 for Penlan which was the first time Tycroes had come away from a game without any points this season.  It was understandably a disappointment for them but they had never looked like giving up and had been unfortunate to encounter Penlan when they were on game form.  Some Penlan games had recently lucked lustre as the team would be the first to admit but when they get their act together they present a formidable team machine.  One of the players who distinguished himself as a vital cog in that machine was No 8 Adam Glover who was awarded Man of the Match.  All players though can be proud of their efforts in a truly well executed team performance.  The win puts Penlan firmly in 7th. League position with 35 points, ahead of us by just one progressive point each is Tycroes 36, Aberystwyth 37 and Pontarddulais with 38.

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

Our second’s team, also played at home and were giving a good account of themselves against Swansea Uplands until the visitors took the game with a narrow 7 – 10 win.  
Next week both teams are back in action with the firsts on the road again, this time to Cardigan.  In their home encounter Penlan had secured an impressive 35 – 3 win against them and will hope to continue their form and make it a double.  Clearly Cardigan will have their own plans !  Our second team are in home action against Loughor in round 2 of the Vaughan Sound Cup.

Good Luck to our newly formed Women’s team who travel away to Wattstown this Sunday for their second game.  We know it will be a big challenge but they will be learning from every game and their enthusiasm is high.

All Division 2 West results are presently reported as :-

Cardigan 15    Pontardulais 17
Gowerton 58  Llandeilo 12
Hendy 12    Llandybydder 6
Llanelli Wanderers 30    Aberystwyth 6
Penclawdd 25    Haverfordwest 8
Penlan 29    Tycroes 0







xx UP & COMING
September 15, 2008, 07:39:30 PM by HonSec | Views: 12243 | Comments: 0

LUCKY FOUR DRAW 01 MAR
Winning numbers 2, 9, 10, 23. £3149

No winner so rollover to next week

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