Monday, June 14, 2010

Llanelli Ambulance Service 24 Llanelli Warriors 41 (Match 165)

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.

Tumble 34 Llanelli Warriors 43 (Match 164)

No weddings to worry about this week and the re scheduled Tumble match was a big success for the Warriors.

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.

The Warriors managed an impressive victory at Tumble with a great display of positive rugby.

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

Cefneithin 10 Llanelli Warriors 30 (Match 163)

Cefneithin had a massive bachelors this weekend so with 50 boys missing there was some worry that this fixture wouldn't match previous occasions - HA!

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:-

MATCH REPORT (official version)

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
Ref: Charlie
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 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

Llanelli Warriors 34 Carmarthenshire County Council 22 (Match 162)

after match presentations - Chris Edmunds: Seren y Gem

(most of) the surviours

hanner amser

Nathan turncoat Lawson

Will - 1st (Warrior) off

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 Llanelli Warriors managed to triumph in this hugely exciting encounter at New Dock Stars, just seeing off the challenge of the Carmarthenshire County Council XV with the final move of the game.
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

Ref: Chris Spriggs

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

Gwlad 27 Llanelli Warriors 10 (Match 161)

What a day!

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 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.
Despite the result it was a great experience for the Warriors to travel to Cardiff and help raise funds for such a worthy cause.

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: Mike Thomas (Rob Eirwg*), Leon Clunk (Padraig O'Gazelle), Chris BTR Humphreys, Rory Jones, Kevin Robbins, JPR Morgan, Neil Harris, Chris Ofprop, Steve Postie, Dafydd Oliver (Gethin Pearson), Kelvin Dill (Stuart Beard), Osian Bigman, Tim Thomond, Nick Mate, Sean Quaterly (Cpt)

Warriors tries: Richard Pegler, Mathew Jones
Gwlad scorers: Neil Harris, Kevin Robbins, Donnelly (tries) Donnelly (conversion)
Warriors Man of the Match: Rob Hughes
* not 'Dai' as the press might have you beleive.

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?

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Betws 27 Llanelli Warriors 33 (Match 160)

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:

Depleted Warriors hang on for victory

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

New Dock Stars 29 Llanelli Warriors 43 (Match 159)

The Warriors defended the Dai Spriggs memorial Cup against New Dock Stars on boxing day in a fine advert for the game of rugby.

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.

Hendy 35 Llanelli Warriors 50 (Match 158)

A late start to the season and a poor memory from the Warriors present.

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
calvin 3
billo 1
parker 1
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
(starting 15)
curtis ramcke
anthony randall
mathew billo jones
darren pollitt
richard evans
nathan lawson
neil parker
big alan stevens
jason bloc bennett
jonathan killer kerr
robert hughes
simon jenkins
luke messeggero
will brownmini
gav? dno his name i remember his jumper lol
(subs)liam carpenter
david carpenter
colin talcon
(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.
12,andrew dowd.
11,rob james.
10, marc tiplady.
9, scott cullen(try).
1, dai davies(try).
2, sam parkhouse(try)
3,chris antoniazzi.
4, jason hodges.
5,aled fowler.
6,chris williams.
7,anthony gwenter (capt, try).
8, tomos fowler (jnr, try).

so make of that what you will, anyway a good win for the Warriors