Croeso cynnes iawn i pawb o Clwb Rygbi y Quins i Banc Yr Eglwys heddi! It is with great pleasure that we welcome our near neighbour Carmarthen Quins RFC to Church Bank for our final game of the 2016/17 season.
The Drovers come to today’s game on the back of a well deserved victory over Ebbw Vale and perhaps feeling a little frustrated that, had injuries not disrupted the second half of the season, we might today have been playing for more than pride and “bragging rights”. Thankfully we can’t overestimate the local rivalry that still exists between our two great clubs and I am sure that we will have a great game with no favours given or taken. The Quins will also surely be determined to ensure that they don’t end the season without a victory in Tier one!
Whilst our 1st XV season ends today our second and Youth XV have some important games to come and of course we defend, for the third consecutive occasion, the Heineken National 7s (formerly the Fosters 7s) on Sat 27th May at Parc y Scarlets when we will face Neath in the first round.
Unfortunately last week the Second XV and Youth XV were both, yet again, frustrated by the last minute cancellations of their home fixtures. As a result the Scarlet League Trophy will now be presented to the Second XV on the occasion of their Cup final match against Ferryside on 20th May and meanwhile the Youth XV face Felinfoel today in the semi final of their cup competition.
Our sponsors today are Nigel Short of Penderyn Whisky, Bridger & Co Solicitors, Paul Adams of Adams Autos, Llandovery and Aled Lewis A'i Fab whilst our match ball has been sponsored by Ceri Evans of Dulias Motors & David Boorer. Thank you all, we are very grateful for your continued support.
Following last week’s brilliantly successful Ladies Day I have to thank Helen, Sandra and Gina for their hard work. A number of the ladies that enjoyed their afternoon at Church Bank, despite the weather, have already asked that we repeat the event on an annual basis!
This week we again welcome our ever growing “Hen Borthmyn” association and our Club Patrons and so we look forward to another enjoyable afternoon amongst old friends, former players and loyal supporters!
As announced last week we will be presenting the first team awards this evening so please don’t rush off after the game but join us in the clubhouse.
Finally on a more domestic issue, the development of the Caravan Park at Llandovery RFC was an inspirational decision which has made, over more than 20 years, a massive contribution to the financial sustainability of the rugby club as a whole. Without the caravan park the Drovers would not be able to sustain our unique and immensely successful rugby development at all levels from the juniors to the premiership team. Over the last decade Dai (Manchester) Evans has largely led the operation of the park and he has certainly been instrumental in building the park to the scale and standard it represents today. It is therefore with appreciation of his significant contribution over the years that we advise our members and supporters that Dai has decided that, over the next 6 months or so, he will take a step back from the day to day operation of the park. Over this transition period the club will consider what alternative arrangements need to be implemented but we are delighted that Dai's able assistant, Idris, intends continuing to help maintain the standards that they have established.
I am sure that all of the Club members, supporters, players and caravanners will join me in thanking Dai for his contribution and to wish him all the best in his "second retirement ". I am sure we will continue to see Dai at Church Bank so there will be opportunities for you all to pass on your personal thanks, and I hope and trust that you will do so.
Er Gwaethaf Pawb a Phopeth Ni Yma o Hyd! Ymlaen Y Porthmyn!
Peter Rees Cadeirydd/Chairman