Croeso cynnes iawn i bawb o Glwb Rygbi Y Quins i Fanc Yr Eglwys heddi! It is with pleasure that we welcome Carmarthen back to Church Bank for their second visit of the year.
As the season reaches its climax it is great to see both of the Towy valley sides still in the running for a top four place and competing with the money boys at Merthyr and the ever powerful Pontypridd. The Quins will be coming up the valley in relatively buoyant mood siting in second place with points in the bank as a result of a very successful run of form since the league reunited into a single competition. However following a good win against Merthyr a fortnight ago Carmarthen were tripped up last week at Pontypridd and they will surely be looking forward to this local derby with some trepidation as the more challenging of their remaining two games. Meanwhile the Drovers still have 2 fixtures in hand to make up ground and they will be very pleased with last week’s performance and result against RGC. If the powers that be in the WRU have any doubts about the quality of rugby in the Premiership then it is a shame that they couldn’t find the time to watch the game last week. It was full of open rugby and exciting right to the very end.
Congratulations to Drovers’ back row forward Lewis Ellis Jones who has been rested today as he has been selected for the Wales U20s squad to play South Africa next week. Looking forward, please put a note in your diary for Sunday 20th May as our Youth XV are returning, as 2017 winners, to Parc y Scarlets to play in the Final of the East Carmarthenshire Youth Cup. It will be great if we can repeat the support (and noise!) that we gave the youngsters last year. Meanwhile our 1st XV next play Bargoed away on Tuesday 8th May and travel to Swansea on the 12th . Our last game of the season will be against Llanelli on 19th and (another note for your diary) we will be holding our first team presentations after the game so please make sure you pick up your voting slips for Supporters Player of the season and drop them off in the ballot box on the bar in the clubhouse. Don’t forget!
Over recent weeks we have been consulting with members as to how we can build our resources to take the club forward into a few potentially challenging seasons and therefore it is with much pleasure that we announce today that a couple of member led ideas will be launched . We have established the Drovers Community Rugby Fund and an associated Bonus Ball competition based on the Saturday Lottery which will have a weekly prize of £25 and a special Christmas draw of £100. Please see the poster for the details and the rules and sign up as soon as possible . We are also launching today our new “Clwb 23 Club” membership package in readiness for the 18/19” season. With a number of fantastic membership benefits we are sure that Clwb 23 will be a great success and if you are wondering what is the significance of the “23” make a point of picking up one of the flyers that will be in circulation around the ground!
Our Match Sponsors today are TRJ Builders of Ammanford, Anthony Rees of Cyfle Building Skills, Nigel Short, Penderyn Whiskey, Paul Adams of Adams Autos and Neil Morris of Touchdown Design whilst our Match Ball Sponsor is Dave Gilbert. I know you will all have a great day but thank you for your continued support!
Er Gwaethaf Pawb a Phopeth Ni Yma o Hyd! Ymlaen Y Porthmyn!
Peter Rees Cadeirydd/Chairman