Chairman Peter Rees previews the Bridgend game

Croeso cynnes iawn i bawb o Glwb Rygbi Penybont yn ôl i Fanc Yr Eglwys heddi!
We welcome Bridgend back to the Church Bank for the first time in the 2019/2020 season and, as this is their first visit since the sad passing of their former chairman Derrick King, we must of course pass on our sincerest condolences to Derrick’s family and colleagues at Bridgend. Derrick had been chairman at the Ravens for some 25 years and during this period he had also chaired the Premiership Clubs’ “association” to great effect. He was a great clubman and a truly influential rugby administrator and supporter; he will be sadly missed by all those who recognise the role of the Premiership within Welsh rugby. Despite a long battle against cancer Derrick found the strength to attend some of the Ravens’ crucial matches at the end of last season when they were potentially facing relegation and I am sure he will be observing their recent success against Merthyr with a wry smile and great pride!
As already implied Bridgend will surely be travelling to the Church Bank with great confidence and a spring in their step after a great 17-12 win over Merthyr last weekend and indeed only a single point separated them from high flying Aberavon in their opening match of the season. It is interesting to note that there continues to be a variety of relationship models in existence between the Premiership teams and their respective regions. This year the Bridgend club has “delegated” responsibility of their on-field activities to the Ospreys region so the professional team at the Liberty Stadium (or perhaps more likely the Llandarcy Training Centre) will be in charge of coaching, squad and team selection! Clearly the Swansea based region must feel there is merit in supporting Premiership rugby. Meanwhile some clubs e.g. Merthyr seem to plough their own furrow whilst others like most in the Scarlets’ region operate as independent clubs but with close but less formal relationship with the regional set ups and academies.
Following a tough but successful game against RGC the Drovers failed to reach the mark against Ebbw Vale last week and fell to 37-21 defeat despite leading at one stage in the second half. This week’s fixture will therefore be a stern test as they will be determined to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible. As ever it looks as though winning our home games will be absolutely vital this season as there doesn’t appear to be any easy fixtures and every side will be competitive on their own patch. It does appear however, all be it after just a few games, that those teams like Merthyr and Pontypridd that have tended to head up the league over recent years are not quite the force they were which could make for an exciting season all round.
With Wales into the knock out stages the clubhouse will be open for their remaining games in the World Cup so why don’t you come along to enjoy the atmosphere (and some breakfast) especially as we have improved TV projection in the main bar and a new sound system in the Red Room! As we go to press, we don’t know whether Wyn starts but he will surely be in the match squad again. He has been a great ambassador or Llandovery and the Premiership both on and off the field and long may it continue!
Our match sponsor today is Teilo Vets, thank you and I hope you enjoy your day. Please give our mascots a loud cheer – Maisy and Heli play for our Under 9s!
Er Gwaethaf Pawb a Phopeth Ni Yma o Hyd! Ymlaen Y Porthmyn!
Peter Rees Cadeirydd/Chairman

Cardiff 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19