Chairman Peter Rees’ preview of the Beddau game

Croeso cynnes iawn a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i bawb o Glwb Rygbi Beddau i Fanc Yr Eglwys heddiw! It is with great pleasure and with the warmest New Year greetings that we welcome Beddau to Church Bank for our first WRU Cup fixture of the 2018/19 season.
Beddau currently lie in eighth place in the Championship and will travel to Church Bank on the back of a vital 22-0 victory against Maesteg Harlequins which propelled them up from the bottom of the league. Whilst, by their own admission, they are having a tough season, Beddau, currently coached by former Merthyr guru, Lee Jarvis, will be tough opposition having only lost by one point at Narberth.
Meanwhile the Drovers have had a very positive Christmas with a fantastic drawn game and an additional bonus point away at Cardiff they also went on to put the lights out at Carmarthen Park! In what might have been the longest ever televised fixture a remarkable second half performance ensured that the bragging rights came back up the Towy valley again last Friday. Whilst the result was pleasing and the extended half time break quite memorable we are all relieved that, thanks to the great care provided by the medical teams from both sides, we are not recalling the game with concerns for the wellbeing of centre Ryan Evans. Late in the game Ryan took a nasty knock and was seemingly concussed for some moments but the news is extremely positive and Ryan, whilst embarrassed about how he entered the tackle in question, reported for training this week and should be back on the field in a few weeks. We might occasionally wonder why they need to take so long to get injured players off the field we must applaud the professionalism and care provided by all the physios, doctors and support staff in the Premiership!
Whilst he does not start against Beddau Jack Maynard will surely make an appearance at some stage and in so doing he will be celebrating, after just 4 years at the club, his 100th appearance. A great favourite with our supporters, Jack’s contribution has not been limited to his 900+ points scored but also in the flowing style of rugby that we all love and admire! Well done Jack and long may it continue!
Drovers’ supporters will have been saddened to hear of the recent passing of Dai Giles, a great former player with 148 appearances for the club over 16 years commencing in 1987. Whist known as a second or back row forward Dai was a fantastic athlete who scored some great tries and was certainly not out of place in the back line where he started his rugby career having moved over after playing in goal at soccer. Our sincerest sympathies go to Dai’s family and those supporters that are attending the funeral celebration next week are asked by the family to wear club jerseys, club colours &/or club ties/blazers in recognition of his love of the game and the Drovers.
Our match sponsors are members of Llandovery Golf Club and other supporters – thanks one and all!
Er Gwaethaf Pawb a Phopeth Ni Yma o Hyd! Ymlaen Y Porthmyn!
Peter Rees Cadeirydd/Chairman

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Cardiff 19 14 1 4 591 395 72
Pontypridd 18 14 0 4 638 338 68
Ebbw Vale 19 14 1 4 411 302 66
Llandovery 19 12 1 6 531 338 61
Newport 19 12 1 6 488 448 59
Aberavon 18 12 1 5 418 362 57
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 17 9 0 8 444 354 50
Carmarthen Quins 19 9 0 10 410 380 47
Swansea 18 9 0 9 419 370 46
Cross Keys 18 5 1 12 397 579 32
Bridgend Ravens 17 5 0 12 326 438 28
Llanelli 19 4 1 14 354 524 25
Bedwas 18 4 1 13 359 545 25
Bargoed 18 3 0 15 344 592 18
Neath 17 1 0 16 282 670 3