Croeso cynnes iawn i bawb o Glwb Rygbi Llanelli i Fanc Yr Eglwys heddi! We welcome our friends from Llanelli to the Church Bank for our last game of the 17/18 season! The fact that we are still playing rugby on 19th May and have already played Llanelli three times this season sums up the challenges of Premiership rugby this year! It is a testament to our coaches and their medical support team that after such a long season we have been competitive right up to the very end and we are today challenging for second place in the league, our best ever position. Drovers’ supporters will of course point out that we have previously finished the league element of the season in second place but on that occasion we slipped to third place after the play offs so this year we can go one step further!
Llanelli travel to Church Bank following a good run in to the end of the season with three straight wins and earlier in the season they had a convincing win against RGC and only lost by one point against league champions Merthyr at The Wern. It is certain that if Llandovery are to get the bonus point win that is needed to secure second place they will have to reproduce the form that has brought five consecutive victories over a congested end of season schedule. With the sun shining and the pitch in perfect condition I am sure we can look forward to a great game of rugby. Whatever the outcome I would like to thank all of our players, coaches and support team for their hard work over the last ten months. Under the combined leadership of Euros Evans and Richard Brooks we have enjoyed some fantastic rugby throughout the season and the entire squad have been a credit to the club on and off the pitch.
Of course success in the Drovers “family” is not limited to the first XV as our Youth team are once again playing in the East Carmarthenshire Cup Final at Parc Y Scarlets on Sunday (at 1.15 pm and against Pontyberem). Lets hope we can reproduce last year’s atmosphere (and result) so please come along and watch the future of our club. It has been great to see youth players progress into the first team squad again this year and I am sure Sunday will be an opportunity to see more players that will progress onwards and upwards! On that theme congratulations to Lewis Ellis Jones and Corey Baldwin (former Llandovery College, of course) in both being selected for the Wales U20s squad for the World Rugby U20 championships to be held in France this summer.
We will be holding our first XV presentation evening in the clubhouse immediately following the Llanelli fixture so please stay on to find out who have taken the awards for 17/18 and to enjoy some light refreshments.
Our Match Ball is today sponsored by Aled Lewis A’i Fab and by Derek (Jones), Doug (Davies), Mickey (Gough) & Dan (Jones). You are all regular sponsors so thanks again! We are also delighted to be entertaining our team of Junior Drovers’ coaches in the Red Room today, thank you all for your time and commitment throughout the year.
Finally it is inevitable that some players will be playing there last game for Llandovery this weekend so on behalf of all the Drovers supporters I would like to pass on our thanks for your commitment to the club and wish you the very best of luck whether it be with another club or in retirement.
Er Gwaethaf Pawb a Phopeth Ni Yma o Hyd! Ymlaen Y Porthmyn!
Peter Rees Cadeirydd/Chairman