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 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3