Friday, March 18, 2011
The build up to the Warriors 170th fixture saw unprecedented interest on opponent’s web site with posts on the subject of the game well up. That was superseded by 1st a mention on Scrum V (red button fan zone, Rick O’Shea) and then thanks to Tace Shambles on scum V website a visit from Phil Steele for Radio Scrum V’s Club call. A Tuesday night interview in the Cambrian was broadcast on the Thursday and later went worldwide as part of the podcast.
As ever the more complicated the fixture the more stressed the management and the computers and phones of Neil, Lee and Gwilym fairly buzzed as supporters joined and players dropped out. In the end the only hitch was a rushed pick up of red rather than blue kit and fears it might clash with Gwla@d’s pink strip.
And so the Warriors biggest trip to date (outside of tour) saw a 50+ seater heading up the motorway, A very quiet stag do and some very loud Warriorettes all aboard saftley. Unfortunatley they were also encouraging Big Al and Neil to indulge in Stella. Lee’s on bus entertainment of 1st to score and raffle which took up to Pencoed to sort. Big Rhydian was the 1st winner, claiming an Easter egg.
At the ground only slightly late the 1st thing to do is make sure Gareth ‘Scottish Trip’ Cocoran is there for his 3rd game for the Warriors and his 1st match for anyone for 18 months. Having secured his services, handed the Captaincy reigns to Rich Hapus as Simon isn’t available.
The match itself is easily told. Gwl@d dominated possession and hammered away at the Warriors line. The Warriors work on defence was paying off and the reds defence helped by some poor passing held firm for about 20 minutes before Bender went over.
Just as the Warriors re-gathered themselves for the kick off half the Gw@ld team was replaced and banks of pink shirted players swopped throughout the game. Never the less the Warriors did well and only conceded another try before the break. Unfortunately the had little chance to attack although prop Paul Davies made an impressive break up the wing.
The game continued in much the same vein with Kevin Khuana again Gwl@d’s most potent threat, sweeping in for 3 tries in the last quarter as the Warriors ran out of steam. To be fair t the Llanelli side it was a draining efforts and injuries meant that they had to borrow Gareth Bambsy from the home ranks. The defensive effort was huge though with Rhydian having his best game indefence and Darren Pollitt being named Man of the Match for his efforts. A mention for Eric Horridge, the hooker filled in well as wing/full back despite having played for Betws against French tourists XV De Erdre the night before. Big Al had bit of the day with a massive bounce as the Warriors went close and Jon Kerr sort of made a tackle - even if it was 5 meters behind his try line. Rich Evans did well as Captain in difficult circumstances and the team emerged with plenty of credit.
Warriors XV: Kerr, Fitzsimmons, Parker, Stephens, Porridge, Cocoran, Edmunds, Evans (Cpt), Jenkins, Hancock (Talcon), Williams (Horwood), Pollitt, Lewis, Rowlands (Davies), Lawson
After the match it was a traipse (possibly via the halfway pub, some Gwl@d nibbles in the car park and some French oysters and wine) to the Bowls Club, home of Clwb Rygbi Caerdydd and more food; pies, pasties, welsh cakes and chocolate brownies. Suitably refuelled it was another jaunt, back towards town this time with a top sing song on a rather bemused service bus.
Into the Philly for drinking, dancing and Wales winning over Ireland – the victory possibly all the sweeter as the try was controversial. Some top dancing them ensured with Sharon, Colin and even Big Al deserving mentions but all trailing the awesome Jason Jenkins who having dominated the pole then proceeded to hassle every hen party he could find.
Amazingly everyone found the bus home (I think), some more singing (yellow submarine – natch) and back to the Cambrian where there was a ….. Karaoke on!
The hardcore made the crawl up to the Met bar in town to round off some 16 hours of rugby & drinking although there was little sign of the competing Parker and Al.
Just in case you think this was all for fun several hundred pounds was raised for the running of the Gwlad website and the Reuben & Friends charity.
Some impressive attacking but poor defense from both sides but the Warriors hold on.
The Warriors managed to triumph in an exciting match at Gwendraeth overcoming a talented but wasteful Tumble Development side.
Tumble fielded a young side giving youth an opportunity whilst the Warriors, although missing some key players welcomed back veteran hooker Jason Jenkins.
Right from the off Tumble demonstrated both their desire to spread the ball but also a lack of discipline, a loose pass was picked up by sharp Warriors 9 Mathew Jones and he strode away to score.
The Warriors built on this fortuitous start; the dangerous running of Smith and Jamie Evans complimented by some hard graft from Darren Pollitt and Rhydian Williams. Evans first set up namesake Richard and then stepped through himself to help the Warriors to a substantial lead before Tumble got off the mark with a long range effort.
Simon Jenkins drove over from close range for the Warriors but the try of the half though came through their wing Jon Kerr who stepped through a gap on half way and streaked home.
29 - 5 up at half time the Warriors were guilty of relaxing in the 2nd period. Tumble began to spin the ball but a too casual attitude saw too many forward and dropped passes. The did begin to score though and three unanswered tries ate into the Warriors lead. The visitors last ditch tackling helped them keep their noses in front but it got tighter and tighter as the minutes ticked away.
The Warriors were able to up their game and the closing minutes saw a ding dong battle with play sweeping from end to end. Tumble weren't quite able to get the score they needed to put the game back in the melting pot and with the last action of the game Mike Seignot wriggled over in the corner for the Warriors to secure victory.
After last weeks bruising encounter with the Bumble Barbarians this was a totally different experience for the Warriors.
Two relaxed teams looking to spin the ball produced a try fest of free flowing rugby with all players looking to express themselves. The Warriors did kick an early penalty but after that foot was rarely put to ball which was thrown about like a hot coal.
Not surprisingly in such a game it was the wings who benefited most. Jonney Corner (Warriors) and Aled Arnold (Penybanc) monopolised the early scores getting two tries a piece. Hot stepping center Jordan Smith extended the Warriors lead but strong running Cellan Harris hit back for the Tigers. Penybanc were left to rue missed kicks whilst the Warriors through Simon jenkins (2) and Richard Evans improved every score.
If sharing 6 tries in the first half was impressive there were 9 in the second. The pace of the game resulted in plenty of tired legs which didn't help defenses and so the tries came at regular intervals.
Arnold completed an impressive hatrick for the home team and Mario D’Angelo scorched in on the other flank. However Smith got his second and then Hancock got two for the Warriors. John James finished off a sweeping move for Penybanc and a second Lindsy Stamp conversion kept their hopes alive.
The Warriors swept back up field though, Simon Jenkins managed to score from an ambitious chip and chase before Gwilym Lewis got their 8th try to seal the game. Remarkably despite using several kickers the Warriors 100% conversion record held with Jon Kerr (2), Jenkins, Rhydian Williams and Smith all landing kicks.
Penybanc had the final word when veteran Steve Bear seized on a loose ball to sprint over from long range, his conversion bringing the final whistle.
An entertaining game of rugby, despite all the try scorers Warriors hooker Richard Evans was named Man of the Match for a non stop performance edging out the impressive Jon Kerr and strong running of Rhydian Williams whilst Penybanc were lucky to have players with the intelligence of Mike Howells on the field.
To round off a great day for the Warriors Penybanc made a donation to the club to support players with learning difficulties.
Llanelli Warriors: Jon Kerr, Joshua Crowther, Neil Parker, Jordan Smith, Jonney Corner, Jamie Evans, Gwilym Lewis, Chris Hancock, Richard Evans, Mike Fitzsimmons, John Horwood, Rhydian Williams, Simon Jenkins (Cpt), Alun Stephens, Lee Rowlands
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The Warriors FINALLY got the season underway with what is now their oldest running fixture - Betws RFC. It was already time for the November internationals but on a bright sunny winters day and after several cancelled fixtures the Warriors headed for Betws. It was quite a convoy with the bus followed at intervals by Killers Kar of supporters, an always late gwilym and Kwan Kar with his supporters. Just when it seemed the club had a team together (which was better than Betws were managing at that point) the Edmunds car turned up with 3 more players.So after a long wait there was a decent crowd and plenty of players all ready to see the Warriors rock out. The Match report:
Good turn out helps Warriors open with a win
The Warriors were boosted by a strong turn out for their 1st match with Smith, Bradbourne and Cornermaking debuts. Betws though took the opportunity to experiment with their line up with Rewston returning to scrum half and Ian Davies moving to second row a quick example of this. A good attitude and conditions also helped facilitate an open game with enjoyment obviously as important as winning.
There were plenty of notable performers for both sides; Alex Kwan’ s strong running from full back was a feature of the Warriors play whilst Captain Trevor Morris spearheaded much of Betws efforts from centre.
The open nature of the match was illustrated by the fact that most of the scores came from out wide. Chris Morton and Gareth Lewis got one apiece on the Betws flank but were outdone by Warriors’ man of the match John Corner who scorched away for a brace and although Darren Pollitt on the other Warriors wing didn’t get on the score sheet he was heavily involved with some impressive running.
Not that there wasn’t plenty of effort up front as well with Mathew Rees dominating the line out for Betws whilst Nathan Lawson and Will Brown got around the field effectively for the Warriors. In such a even game opportunities needed to be taken and Betws bombed several certain chances with Mark Thomas and Trevor Morris especially gulity. Added to this only Cellan Davies was successful with a touch line conversion leaving at least 18 points unclaimed.
A Jamie Evans try for the Warriors matched a third Betws effort as the game entered the final quarter and then Alun Stephens exploded off a scrum to give the Warriors the lead with just minutes to go. Betws launched some desperate attacks from deep in their own half and this allowed Kwan to intercept and stroll over to safeguard the result. Simon Jenkins added his 4th conversion to go along with an earlier try and captain his side to this opening win.
Betws: John Fish, Gareth Lewis, Emyr timothy, Trevor Morris (Cpt), Chris Morton, Paul Rees (Owen Williams), Cellan Davies, Eric Horridge (Richard Evans), Steffan France, Mathew Rees, Ian Davies, Nathan Jones, Gareth Underwood, Mark Thomas
Warriors: Alex Kwan (Jordan Smith), Ryan Morgan (Joshua Crowther), Jamie Evans (Chris Edmunds) Alun Stephens (Rhys Bradbourne). Darren Pollit (John Corner), Anthony Randall (Mathew Jones), Dean Gilasbey, Colin Talcon (Will Brown), Richard Evans (Eric Horridge), Mike Seigont, John Horwood, Jonathan Kerr, Simon Jenkins (Cpt), Rob Hughes (Nathan Lawson), Gwilym Lewis
No mention in the official match of Gwilym being given a clear run to the line by Kwan only for Cellan to hit the afterburners and make sure Gwil didn't score against his 'regular' side. Whether this was mainly to stop Gwil himself or because Betws players had agreed a £5 fine for players who let Gwilym score is unclear. The Warriors played pretty well with Darren Pollitt doing well on his wing and Simon throwing well at line outs. Will showed he was still getting used to the difference between rugby and American football with some of his passing whilst Hapus and Porridge showed their loyalty by playing for both sides. Clever Trevster led the Betws challenge Captaining from center and seemed to overcome the trauma of his last match against the Warriors some 10 years ago when playing opposite Chris Bonar he broke his foot at Stradey park and had to walk to A&E.
After the game a very packed clubhouse enjoyed Wales giving the impression they would smash South Africa before not enjoying wales reminding us that they are currently very good at blowing games. Gwilym had already got some chopsing in to Deano but he had the last laugh as Wales let it slide. Chris Edmunds almost got some compensation with his bet that george Gog would score three tries on his debut but again it wasn't quite to be.
Anyway the lovely Tracey turned up to whisk the Warriors off into the night with a fine win under their belts.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Another good day back at New Dock as the Warriors notch a 40 point win
Despite the long season the Llanelli Warriors proved they still had plenty of running in them as they beat Llanelli Ambulance in a high paced encounter at New Dock Stars.
As ever the firm ground helped the Warriors cause although the heat played a big part especially in the latter stages. In the rather cautious early stages both sides looked a bit reluctant to show their hand but the game did slowly come to life. The ambulance edged the early encounters and demonstrated some good skills whilst launching several attacks.
They looked odds on to score when Richard Evans broke clear only to be denied by an excellent Ryan Morgan tackle. The Ambulance side continued to press and eventually took the lead with a well taken try through Jones. The Warriors began to come more into the game after this, Rhydian Williams providing a big presence and Jason Jenkins going well. As in several recent matches the Warriors’ Achilles heel was their rucking with forwards not getting over the ball effectively. The Warriors where helped enormously when Robert Davies was forced to leave the field as he had benefited from their poor rucking the most.
If that was their weakness then their strength was full tilt attack. Quick offloads, fast hands and pace out wide meant that if they did win ball they were inevitably dangerous. Wing Curtis Ramcke again showed he needed only half a chance as he crossed to get the Warriors of the mark and flanker Nathan Lawson ensured they led going into the break with a strong run.
The second half saw the teams start off going try for try, scores for the Warriors through Pollitt and Randall quickly being cancelled out. Randall scored again to re-establish a 10 point lead at 29-19 but as the heat took it’s toll the Warriors finally pulled away. Effective centre Jamie Evans won a long race before replacement centre Neil parker stormed through the middle. Simon Jenkins 3rd conversion saw the Warriors past 40 points but the Ambulance team had the last word. Father and son duo Luke and Cam Messaggiero ran hard throughout whilst scrum half Scipee was often a handful. They saw some reward for their hard work as the Ambulance team crossed at the death for a well deserved consolation score.
Warriors full back Andrew John was later named Man of the Match ahead of several candidates to round off a very enjoyable day of rugby.
Llanelli Warriors: Andrew John, Curtis Ramcke (Darren Pollitt), Jamie Evans (Neil Parker), Alun Stephens, Ryan Morgan (Tony Whittaker), Anthony Randall, Chris Edmunds (Lee Barber), Colin Talcon (Richard Evans), Jason Jenkins, Jason Bennett (Ben Phillips), John Horwood, Rhydian Williams (Jon Kerr), Luke Messaggiero (Nathan Lawson), Gwilym Lewis.
MORE hot sunshine. MORE debuts and another win. A good day at New Dock again for the Warriors.
Despite some almost non existent running the Warriors managed to pull off a win here, helped by a strong local turn out and the Ambulance needing a couple of loans. This almost back fired on the Warriors when Rich Hapus broke clear in the 22 but young Ryan Morgan, playing only his 2nd ever game of rugby managed to pull off the cover tackle. More comic moments were to be had, especially in the 2nd half with father and som Message-aeros Cam and Luke back chatting and falling into each other, Cam also geting a Simon special from behind just when he thought he was in the clear. Big Rhyd added to jis 1st cap with his 1st injury (baddy finger) Apart from that he spent half the game going the wrong way and the other half apologising to Gwilym for going the wrong way.
Neil Parker was able to move away from ref and in his 2nd game and with his 1st touch he split the defence for a crucial try. Good to see Gary Shed back as ref - keeping an eye on young nephew Jamie.
There was the disapointing spectacle of Wales v South Africa in New Dock Clubhouse afterwards although some Warriorettes did finally arrive (Hi Haley, Leslie, Carol Bach & Tracey). Thanks to New Dock for (just in time) getting the field ready.
A fine day and (eventually) a good turn out was topped off with a good win. There were some impressive debuts with Ryan Morgan and the 2 for 1 Ashleys: HellYeah and Hughes.
Excellent conditions at Parc Mawr were conducive to running rugby and both sides were happy to oblige.
It was high tempo rugby from start to finish and the scores came thick and fast. The inital score looked unlikely when the Warriors chipped ahead but a series of handling errors allowed Jonathan Kerr to pounce for a poachers try. The score gave the Warriors confidence though and the dominated most of the opening quarter. Nathan Lawson got the 1st of a brace of tries as the Warriors support running and offloading began to find some gaps. Chris Edmunds crossed for his 1st Warriors try but Tumble proved they could be dangerous and hit back from long range and shortly added a second. This set the pattern for the game with tit for tat scoring, but Tumble couldn’t quite pull back that early Warriors lead.
The Warriors ended the half strongly and should have scored again but drastic Tumble defence held firm.
This seemed to inspire the Magpies who came out strongly after the break and probably had the best of the second half. They couldn't catch the Warriors though. Ryan Morgan capped a fine debut with a try and joining him on the score sheet were Curtis Ramcke and Simon Jenkins.
Adam Benikaritis led the way for the home side with two tries and a conversion with Shaun farmer, James Owen and Emyr Davies all crossing. The latter was a sweeping length of field movement which emphasised the high skill level that had been on shoe. It was difficult to single out individuals from such consummate team performances and the Warriors much have been please with how all three of their debutants went. Jamie Evans was the most dangerous back on the field but Warriors No8 Rob Hughes was eventually chosen as Man of the Match.
Warriors : Joshua Crowther (Anthony Randall), Darren Pollitt (Tony Whittaker), Jamie Evans (Ashley Hellyr), Alun Stephens, Ryan Morgan (Curtis Ramcke), Dean Gilasbey, Chris Edmunds, Colin Talcon (Richard Evans), Nathan Lawson (Ashley Hughes), Mike Seigont, Jon Kerr, John Horwood, Simon Jenkins (Cpt), Rob Hughes, Gwilym Lewis
Read an edited version of the report HERE on the Evening Post/Llanelli Star website and of course ALL the ffotos are on the Warriors main site
It wasn't all good mind, how Killer scored from Tarw's awful kick and chase is anyones guess...
Back at the clubhouse Tumble donated a very useful £50 to the Warriors and Simon gave 'that' speech again.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
The Warriors had probaly their best turn out this season player wise with the big news that cult hero Gareth McKibbon was back on the team.
It was credit o the Cefneithin grounds staff that Cae carwyn was in playable conditions and so it was ON with the game:-
The Warriors maintained their excellent record in their annual fixture at Cefneithin, retaining the anniversary cup but it was a more terse and combatitive encounter than usual, not aided by the poor conditions.
Usually a feast of running rugby this was a more dour affair with half the points total this fixture usually produces. That’s not to say it was poor quality rugby, just that both teams sensibly reigned in their ambitions to better deal with the wet weather. In fact with the Warriors only having lost once this term and both Cefneithin’s teams heading their leagues it was no surprise that the rugby was often scintillating.
Both packs got stuck into each other with relish, Warriors flanker Kwan standing out whilst the gnarly home pack made sure it wasn’t a contest for the faint hearted. It was no surprise then that the deadlock was broken after the referee caught and carded Cefn’s Dai Lewis for a punch. In such a tight game there was no way that a weakness like that could be held and Warriors wingers Pollitt and Ramcke showed excellent finishing skills to set the Warriors on their way. The only people to rival their running over the sodden grounds were Warriors props Bennett (until a hamstring went) and Mckibbon whose entertaining running saw him named Man of the Match.
Bennett made a try for Simon Jenkins and the Warriors first half scoring was completed by Gilasbey at fly half. It was scant reward for Cefneithin who found themselves well behind in what seemed a tight contest although the Davies twins Scott and Sion impressed with the latter scoring a well taken try.
The second half was a an even more even affair, not least in the discipline stacks where Dafydd Bonar (Cefneithin) and Gwilym Lewis (Warriors) both received yellows. At least Dafydd, the latest of the Bonar dynasty, had the satisfaction of scoring a try on his return. Unfortunately for both him and the home team it wasn’t enough. With an irrepressible Jon Kerr having a stand out game for the Warriors and frustrating the Cefneithin several times, scores from Josh Crowther and Mathew Jones (on the final whistle) were enough to see the Warriors home (if not dry).
Afterwards Cefneithin again demonstrated their ongoing support of the Warriors team with £500 raised. Both clubs would like to thank all concerned for their magnificent support.
Llanelli Warriors: Anthony Randall (Mathew Jones), Darren Pollitt (Lee Rowlands), Andrew John, Alun Stephens, Curtis Ramcke (Joshua Crowther), Dean Gilasbey, Chris Edmunds, Jason Bennett (Mike Seigont), Huw Jenkins (Nathan Lawson), Colin Talcon (Richard Evans, Gareth Mckibbon), John Horwood, Jonathan Kerr, Gwilym Lewis, Simon Jenkins (Cpt), Alex Kwan
Warriors Tries: Ramcke, S.Jenkins, Pollitt, Gilasbey, Crowther, Jones
Cefneithin Tries: Sion Davies, Dafydd Bonar
Seren y Gem: Gareth McKibbon
EXTRA INFO: a real wet weather match with big puddles of ICE cold water made this a real fun game to play in. Gareth Pies McKibbon started off as he contiuned by being 20 yards behind the pre match photo. Bloc did his rampaging buffalo impression with two awesome runs, the 1st should have resulted in a try, it featured a magnificent side step (from an opponent - out of the way) and if he hadn't managed to find the ONLY dry spot on Cae Carwyn he would have scored and ploughed a huge farrow in one go, never mind poacher Jenkins went over for him - before fluffing the conversion. Bloc's 2nd run was even better, ending in a comedy full stop when his hamstring went ("it happens to runners like me and Paula Ratcliff all the time"). Gareth McK also had a great prop run which saw him all the way to the try line until the ball inexplicably squirted out of his hands.
Pollitt's try was the best effort - a real sprinters effort hugging the touchline all the way, Gilasbey's was the worst, going over from a distance Gwilym would have been ashamed of.
Kicking was no better, following Tarw's dismal effort were Killer, Charlie (the ref), Pretty Pollitt and Joshua 'Ness' Crowther.
Dai Juniors card for 'punching' Simon (nice one Lewi) was fair enough but Gwilym's seemed to be for doing his laces up and no one knows what Daf Bonar's was for. Lee Rowlands was also lucky not to go for tripping - Huw Flash.
Billo has the last word, not only scoring a late try but also having his birthday celebrated. In two NON gay incidents he suffered 'deep heat' burns on his 'cheeks' but had revenge on gwilym in the showers!!!
Finally off to the clubhouse and for once watch Wales playing for a full 80 minutes with Warriors favorite fly half named Seren y Gem. Then it was the usual crazy Cefneithin afternoon with (in no particular order) Raffle (Rowlands won), toliet breaks, Gareth McKibbon's thank you speech, Scotland spoiling Irelands triple crown, video highlights from last year, karoke (featuring amongst others; Jumpin' John on yellow submarine, Evie Rowlands (age 3 1/2), Tony Whittaker, Jon Killer and LEWI!!!), Huw Flashing, Pretty Pollitt getting lost and Simon jenkins disapearing 'outside' (again) with his chick.
Strop of the day was ....er....er....er....Billo when he almost lost his shorts in his birthday drag through the mud (well done Jonny Kerr, Lewi etc)
so all saftley home with a quick bus sing song, now has anyone seen Gareth's Scarlets hat.
To all those elsewhere or with better things to do - you missed a cracker.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Nathan turncoat Lawson
One of the best matches the Warriors have been involved in with plenty of end to end rugby, so before any further details here's the match report:
The match was set up to raise funds in the name of former Council employee Phil ‘Oggy’ Holding who passed away just over a year ago and as a sports fan He would surely have enjoyed the rugby on display. The game was end to end throughout with some quality interaction as both sides looked to move the ball.
The County side suffered an early blow when scrum half Neil Haddock limped off just before the 1st scrum and the Warriors capitalised as their opponents took a while to settle.
The Warriors mixed up their, attacks nicely with number 1 to 12 bludgeoning away and the utside backs providing the rapier. Curtis Ramcke on the wing constantly made huge ground and his run broke the deadlock when he made a try for Captain Simon Jenkins. Jamie Evans scored one himself and made another for Jon Kerr and a 4th try was scored, when again Ramcke made a break and nice interaction with flanker Gwilym Lewis saw Alex Kwan split the defence and race in for a try.
The Council team also attacked every time they could with Gilasbey sparking many moves. As the Council side settled with Darren King and Mike Jones to the fore they came more into the game and a try just before half time gave them a boost going into the interval even though they trailed 24-7.
The 2nd half was a more even affair with both sides sustaining long attacks. John Horwood set a new Warriors’ appearance record of 150 matches when he came on and helped shore up the set piece but the early momentum was with the Council. Warriors’ full back Delaney was kept busy with Council back rowers Edwards and Thomas initiating a lot of line breaks and rewards came when Will Brown strode over for a neat try. This was quickly followed by a scorching long range effort form Rob Hughes to really put the game back in the balance. Simon Jenkins got an important score for the Warriors after some good work from Messaggiero but the Council confirmed their come back when John Lewis drove over for a score. It was the Wales scenario of would there be enough time for the Carmarthenshire team to snatch it but with Talcon and Pollitt tackling hard the Warriors held firm and eventually got back up field, Pollitt went down just short but Luke Rees managed to wrestle his way over and make the game safe for the Warriors.
Both players and spectators enjoyed what had been an enthralling end to end contest and to cap an excellent day £180 was raised for the Oggy Trust Fund.
Llanelli Warriors: Alex Kwan, Curtis Ramcke (Nathan Lawson), Jamie Evans (Luke Rees), Alun Stephens, Joshua Crowther (Darren Pollitt), Andrew John, Chris Edmunds (Dean Gilasbey), Simon Delaney (Jason Bennett), Jason Jenkins, Richard Evans (Colin Talcon, Huw Jenkins), Jon Kerr (John Horwood), Mike Mineeme, Will Brown (Luke Messaggerio), Simon Jenkins (Cpt), Gwilym Lewis
Carmarthenshire County Council XV: Gareth Curtis, Darren King, Kevin Marks, Mike Jones, Terry, Neil Haddock, Wayne Jones, Kevin, John Owens, John Lewis, Dai, Mark Thomas, Mark Cotterl, Carl Edwards. Subs (all played) Dean Gilasbey, Huw Jenkins, Darren Pollitt, Rob Hughes, Nathan Lawson, Richard Evans, Chris Edmunds, Emyr Morgan, Allen Davies, Lez Rees
Warriors tries: Alex Kwan, Jamie Evans, Luke Rees, Simon Jenkins (2), Jon Kerr.
Conversions: Simon Jenkins, Jon Kerr
CCC tries: Will Brown, Rob Hughes, either John Lewis or Dai (sori), AN Other
Conversion: Richard Evans
Seren y Gem: Chris Edmunds
With it being a local game (New Dock Stars) there were plenty of Warriors available (where were you all for Cardiff!) even with the usual bibbers (Parker, Lee the Mole and Lee BaaBaa) just watching. Lucky as the Council needed a couple of players.
Neil Haddock's much hyped rugby debut lasted from kick off to 1st scrum (20 seconds) leaving the way clear for Deano Gilasbey to try and talk the arse of the Warriors team. A very enjoyable game both to play in and watch, the Warriors extra pace on the right wing paid dividens as Kwan, J Evans, Killer and Tarw all scored there in the 1st half. The second half with young pups Kwan and Ramcke having to rest hamstrings (whatever they are) was a more even affair notable for William Brown scroing his 1st try. Tackle of the day was certainly Simon Delaney's effort on Mark Thomas whilst nathan Lawson almost got skill of the day with an audatious chip n chase. No suprises that Killer won baby of the day with another strop/pwdi.
John Horwood made his 150th apperance for the Warriors as he continues to push the club record ever upwards. Some class lineout takes and even a bit of rucking proved he is still an assesst to the team.
After the match it was inside to a rammed New Dock to watch Wales 'play'. Followed by a very longgggg raffle with prizes ranging from lovley bottle of whiskey to a tin of red kidney beans. Thanks to Sue and Pauline for the raffle work. The £180 raised will go the the Phil 'Oggy' Trust fund who have previously donated to the Warriors and Help for Heroes.
Friday, February 19, 2010
With a 10:30pm kick off it was an early start and so our long day began at 8:00am at Town Hall.
A difficult time to start the whole; whose playing, whose paid, where's thingy, what time we back, wheres the bus picking us up from, etc
Warriorettes were out in force with Tracey Shambles, Sharon, Sue Pegs, Tori Pegs & Carol Bach being joined by Kirsty, Lauren and Gemma - the latter two not wearing enough clothes to cover Dai Newson's Belly. They along with various wimps/injured players/committee: Lewi, Nusiance, Lee Mole, Dean Chappers, Parker, Killer - meant we almost had more supporters than players (in fact when we met Michelle up in cardiff it was a 50/50 split)
Once the driver had finally been directed to the fields (think we might have actually left the city limits again at one point) we met up with the Bloc n Juice shuttle.
The chilly morning meant a good warm up was nessacary and once some very colourful team photos had been taken it was on with the game. the match report pretty much says it all really:
Funds were raised, beer was drunk, dances were danced, fun was had - but brfore all that rugby was played, here is the report...
The Warriors travelled to Cardiff to play Gwladrugby.com. The top Welsh rugby forum, staged the game as a fundraiser for Marie Currie Cancer Research but were especially pleased to take the Warriors unbeaten record in the process.
The Warriors suffered a number of late withdrawals but after a good warm up they looked ready for business. The 1st half was a fairly brutal affair as the packs battled for supremacy. Captain Darren Pollitt led the Warriors with enthusiasm but it was Gwlad who got the edge and ground down their opponents. The Warriors rucking was again found wanting and they suffered a number of turnovers at the breakdown.
Dominating possession they camped in the Warriors half and the score seemed inevitable. Fittingly it was their outstanding play and ex schools cap Harris who made the breakthrough, the scrum half powering over from close range.
The dominance continued for most of the half and it was only desperate tackling with the Warriors back row of Lawson, Hughes and Lewis outstanding, that thwarted several attacks. This kept the Warriors in the game as Gwlad scored just once more before the break.
The 2nd half was a more open affair which consequently suited the Warriors backs. Despite often having poor ball they always looked dangerous. Fly half Jon Jones pulled the strings and centres Pegler and Jones consistently made inroads.
Although Gwlad scored next Pegler scored a long range effort to put the game back in the balance.
With Oliver prominent, two more Gwlad tries ended Warriors’ resistance as the game’s pace continued to be fast and furious. Quarterly and Thomond enjoyed their contest up front, Robbins scored with a trade mark burst whilst Donnelly not only scored a jinking solo effort but also slotted the only Gwlad conversion. The Warriors relied on the tackling of Ramcke and Talcon to stem the tide and the team got just reward when Jones streaked away for a try in the corner as the clock expired.
Llanelli Warriors: Curtis Ramcke, Joshua Crowther, Mathew Jones, Richard Pegler (Rob Eirwg*), Richard Evans, Jonathan Jones, Wayne Evans, Jason Bennett, Jason Jenkins, Colin Talcon, John Horwood, Darren Pollitt (Cpt), Nathan Lawson, Robert Hughes, Gwilym Lewis
Gwlad scorers: Neil Harris, Kevin Robbins, Donnelly (tries) Donnelly (conversion)
The Warriors defensive effort was pretty outstanding and really Gwlad should have scored some more points, there was even a Dean's moment of controversy when Robbins claimed he had been pulled back after scoring. Having said that, in Billo, Pegs and Ramcke the Warriors probaly had the most dangerous runners on the pitch.
The days Lewi strop then occured after the game when he thought he had lost his coat but it was soon over to the Halfway (via a sarnie with Gwlad and an oyster with XV De Lerdre) to join the more scantily clad supporters (who hardly lasted 5 minutes on the side of the field despite their 'blanky') for the 1st of the days beers.
A 'quick' trek accross town ('Come on Lewi, Come on Colin') to city hall (very very posh) and some more beers, food, complaints about paying for food, more beer and then one of the worst Welsh performances and one of the greatest Welsh wins in recent memory.
Despite Boycezone and Cor Meibion Dyffryn Aman it was far to libary like for the Warriors so it was on to the Phillamonic where Sharon led the dancing (and falling) in front of the big screen while the rest of the pub tried to watch France smash Ireland. Inevitably the Warriors took over the dance floor but the stripping was too much and when Wayne wasn't quick enough to get his clothes back on out went the Warriors.
Never mind on to the next bar - Sue limping along after her fall - where Lewi had to vouch that Neil parker wasn't as drunk as he looked for him to be allowed in. Then it was back to the bus, via the Welsh team bus, finally got that lookalikie ffoto of Killer and Jonathan thomas, hassled Stevo and watched Lee get caught in the bus door whilst he shouted at Jamie Roberts. Billo then tried to jump on the 2nd team bus where Robin McBryde was hurling abuse at the Warriors because he thought it MUST be going to Tumble - how close we were to the Warriors joining Andy Powell on a drunken golf buggy drive to the services we will never know!!!
Finally we got to our own bus for a sing song and a sleep before droppng everyone saftley home in Llanelli. Time for committee hard lads Gwil & Lee to catch a quick one before food. Despite almost crying when he left a sarnie in the city hall Lee also left his kebab untouched and spent most of the night/morning being ill.
so, same time next year folks?
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The day started well when Lewi kicked off with quote of the day
Lee – so you’ve already had a pint then Lew
Lew – No! I’ve only had 2 halves
Went down from there tho. A petrol crisis saw the bus having to free wheel the hills of the Amman Valley (sorry Tim). Got to Betws and we just scrapped a XV thanks to Mike Minimi from Gwlad/Newport going back to get his kit but then Betws only managed 9 players so Rich hapus was despatched to Betws duty – somehow gaining the captaincy in the process.
Seth Jones was eventually prized away from the bar and looked resplendent in willies as he reffed the game with the same skill and knowledge as he plays it with.
As ever for Betws games Gwilym was given a hard time by Richie Griff & Cell in the Betws back row and Lee Rowlands played at 10 meaning he has now played 12 of the 13 positions in the team.
Big Al got injured 1st minute, Bloc followed although he did at least have the decency to score before hurting his toe, Lee also hurt his knee and so it was left to a small handful to carry on the good work. Jon Kerr edged Simon out for on field strop of the day, Rob Hughes led the playing and set a new record for all but missing a conversion. Darren Pretty Polly put in some excellent tackling and Nathan, Tony and Josh all did well in the backs. Jon Kerr developed a ‘if we’re defending I’m injured/if we might score I’m ok’ policy (due to a blister!!!), Will ‘Big Dadi’ Brown did well at hooker and even rucked sometimes while John Horwood ruled the line out.
Anyway the match report (official) is here:
Despite both sides being ravaged by injuries and withdrawals both before and during the game Betws and the Llanelli Warriors served up a great appetiser for the game at Twickenham that followed.
Defying the boggy conditions underfoot both sides endeavoured to move the ball at every opportunity resulting in a fast game that left pulses racing.
The home side’s strength was its quick backline and they drew first blood when Mathew Rees went over but the Warriors forwards were in uncompromising mood and they came back when Jason Bennett went over for a score. Unfortunately Bennett injured his toe in the process and couldn’t continue. Betws hit back when good hands from Roberts and Underwood that saw veteran Mark Rewston score as the action moved from end to end. With Horwood and Talcon busy for the Warriors and Will Brown leading some effective rucking they made good yards up the field. Eventually Warriors outstanding No 8 Rob Hughes broke clear to score under the posts and quickly converted to give the Warriors a lead that held to the break.
Both sides had plenty of opportunity in the second half, Pollitt and Lawson put in some big hits for the Warriors and whilst Gwilym Lewis probably edged his scrum half battle with Owen Williams it was despite great pressure for Betws back row tear-aways; Cellan Davies and Richard Griffiths.
Losing the effective running of Alun Stephens and Lee Rowlands didn’t help the Warriors cause and Rhys Williams rammed home the Betws dominance of this period with a classy effort. Mathew Rees got a second try but let himself down with some poor options that should have resulted in team scores. Let off the hook the Warriors hit back, Mike Minimi made the hard yards before Tony Whittaker capped some strong running with a deserved try. A Jon Kerr conversion left the Warriors 7 points clear but a rash decision to go for a penalty when time was up turned disastrous when Betws stormed up field and Rees touched down under the posts.
Rees stepped up to take the conversion but in a personal performance which despite a hatrick could only best be described as mixed he fluffed the conversion leaving the Warriors to claim victory by the slightest of margins.
Betws: Gareth Underwood, Mathew Rees, Rhys Williams, Richard Evans, Colin Talcon, Owen Williams, Cellan Davies, Paul Roberts, Mark Rewston, Gareth Lewis,
Llanelli Warriors: Joshua Crowther, Tony Whittaker, Alun Stephens, Nathan Lawson, Darren Pollitt, Lee Rowlands, Gwilym Lewis, Jason Bennett, Colin Talcon, Richard Evans, John Horwood, Mike Minimi , Simon Jenkins (Cpt), Robert Hughes, Jonathan kerr
Ref: Seth Jones
Warriors tries: Jason Bennett, Rob Hughes, Tony Whittaker, Simon Jenkins, Joshua Crowther
Conversions: Rob Hughes, Tony Whittaker, Jonathan Kerr, Simon Jenkins
Betws tries: Mathew Rees (3), Rhys Williams, Mark Rewston
Conversion: Mathew Rees
Man of the Match: Joshua Crowther
After the game there was some debate over the score. Betws & Seth had Warriors 29, Betws 27, Warriors claimed 33 points and Lewi had Warriors 33 Betws 12! Anyway we’re writing the history so we’ll go for OUR score. Joshua Crowther also scored a try and was named Man of the Match.
After match as well as the national disaster of Wales losing to e**land (who’d have thought it was illegal to kick e**lish people) The Warriors descended into a bit of Jeremy Kyle, just for the record I don’t care who is calling who names over which girlfriend and its not my job to tell you when food is on. Lewis put in for top strop but it was close with Kerr, Will and Simon all having a shot. Dion bach won kiss catch (LEWI!!!! called him a 'dirty old man') and eventually we all got through the wilds of Llanedi home safe to Llanelli!
Photos are HERE on the main site
Well touch rugby actually but what with one side of the field water logged and the other frozen there wasn't much choice. Even then the pitch had to be anrrowed but at least the game went ahead.
There were plenty of mistakes on both sides but also some good handling for the crowd to admire.
Joshau Crowther, Nathan Lawson (Darren Pollitt), Curtis Ramcke, Jamie Evans, Jonathan Jones, Gwilym Lewis, Jason Bloc Bennett, Jason Jenkins, Adrian Williams (Colin Talcon), John Horwood, Will Brown, Simon Jenkins, Rob Hughes, Jonathan Kerr,
Tries: Simon Jenkins (2), Richard Evans (2), Tony Whittaker, Jonathan Kerr, Curtis Ramcke
Conversions: Kerr (2) Jenkins
Jamie Shed made a third apperance some 10 years after his debut in Betws and poor Juice suffered at the hands of his usual team mates, everyone felt the cold but it was a lot of fun if not too serious.
After the match it was the big build up to the Scarlets Ospreys game over the road. Rich Evans was named Seren y Gem but was crap at the 1/2 yard of ale! By this time some Warriorettes had even turned up. There are a few photos here on the main site.
Curtis had an awesome debut, Jon Kerr retained the Captaincy and the Warriors won, not being there that is about as much as I can gather. Block tells me the boys played well and Parker reckons they took it quite seriously. he also told me they went into a big lead, no, wait a minute, they scored 1st then we scored and ... then we kind of....pulled ahead of them a bit...I think (Cheers Neil)
New boy Curtis at least had some info for me:
anthony randall 2
robert hughes 1
jonny 1nathan lawson 1
great performances all round, all the boys played well hendy gave a great game. (tbh i dont know how many they scored and if u wait for neil to tell u the match review u will wait along time lol) maybe you could put all this crap into your own words
mathew billo jones
big alan stevens
jason bloc bennett
jonathan killer kerr
gav? dno his name i remember his jumper lol
(unknown surname ginger hair shaved plays prop)
Thats what I have to work with!!!!
Block mananged to get the Hendy details:
15, iwan thomas (80 yard solo try)
14, josh batcup (jnr, try)
13, c evans.
10, marc tiplady.
9, scott cullen(try).
1, dai davies(try).
2, sam parkhouse(try)
4, jason hodges.
7,anthony gwenter (capt, try).
8, tomos fowler (jnr, try).
so make of that what you will, anyway a good win for the Warriors