Aberaeron 7s 2018
Premiership club Llandovery will defend their title at the Bank Holiday Sunday Aberaeron 7s writes Huw S Thomas
In winning the 2017 title for the first ever time, they denied seven kings Carmarthen Warriors a remarkable ninth title in eleven years, winning the final 28-14 more clearly than the score suggests.
In front of the usual bumper Bank Holiday crowd, they clinched a purse of £1200 thanks to a tremendous start which brought them three tries in as many minutes through Jack Parkinson, Rhodri Wall and Player of the Tournament and Llandovery captain Kristian Jones.
Wall added another after the break but he is unavailable this year because of university commitments.
The Warriors – directed by a former Llandovery captain in Arwel Davies -will be thirsting for revenge after last year’s upset and will bring a wealth of sevens experience into the ever popular tournament on Cardigan Bay.
The vastly experienced Tomi Jones (Crymych) and his men will be the chief dangers to Llandovery after confirming their strength in winning the Plate at the internationally popular Kinsale Sevens and competing hard in tournaments up and down England
But they will not be the only challengers for honours.
Premiership side Bargoed have always enjoyed and been very competitive at Aberaeron as have Penallta and dark horses could be Blue Bell Warriors , a Bristol based side that make their debut .
Other newcomers to picturesque Parc Drefach will be Llantrisant, Gogerddan Raiders and Cogerthan Vikings whilst host club Aberaeron will be – as ever – all out to create a few shocks.
Llandovery would be overwhelming favourites if they were to field their best seven but coach Evans will be mindful of a very tough opening Premiership challenge away to Bargoed six days later.
He cannot afford to have injuries to key players such as scrum half Lee Rees, fly half Jack Maynard, centre Rhodri Jones and wing Aaron Warren but the club has a number of hungry young and ambitious players eager to lay down a marker early in the season.
This year’s tournament will feature the junior competition as usual on Friday, the Youth and U15s competitions on Saturday and the Men’s Open competition on Sunday.
Play on Sunday is continuous from 10:30 am onwards with the final of the Open scheduled for 5:30 pm.
With good weather forecast it promises to be another entertaining day for sevens fans on the Cardiganshire coast