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.