Chairman Peter Rees previews the Carmarthen Quins game

Croeso cynnes iawn i bawb o Glwb Rygbi Y Quins i Fanc Yr Eglwys heddi! It is with pleasure that we welcome Carmarthen to Church Bank for this Indigo Premiership League fixture. We also welcome our 25 club members for their first club event of the season.
At last we have two consecutive Saturday fixtures!
For the Drovers the 19/20 season has been a stop start affair with too many free Saturdays (for a variety of reasons). Whilst there have been a few wins and some creditable performances (notably against Merthyr and Pontypridd) last week’s disappointing outcome against league leaders Cardiff was characterised by missed opportunities and silly mistakes which would probably have not occurred with a more regular fixture list. The Quins on the other hand, until last Saturday, were able to boast six consecutive wins and despite going down to Merthyr 18 -22 they will surely travel up the Towy valley with some confidence. It certainly appears as if (our) Emyr Phillips has began to make an impact on our local neighbours and it will be an interesting battle of the coaches (both former hookers) as to whether they can outthink the opposition to take the local bragging rights. The recent record goes in favour of the Drovers but this season’s form with the Quins so we are set up for an intriguing afternoon of rugby.
Whatever the outcome we have to thank Phil and his band of volunteer “forkers” for ensuring the pitch has been turned around within a busy week of festivities, I know they were all on the pitch immediately after last Saturday’s game and again on Monday just to make sure we have the best possible surface for this key fixture. Diolch yn fawr bois!
Llandovery RFC is the only club in Wales that can legitimately claim to have a home bred Rugby World Cup winner and we are delighted that Aled Walters, Head of Athletic Performance with the South Africa Rugby Union, has agreed to join us for a Q&A on Monday 30th December evening (7 for 7.30) hosted by Gareth Salt. Please support this great opportunity to listen to the views of rugby coach at the top of his trade and maybe a few insights as to what Wales need to do to take that last step to the top?
Our Mascots today are all sons and daughters of 1st team players Caio & Celt – Richard Brooks; Carwyn Jac – Shaun Miles; Lili & Oli – Ricky Guest, Harri – Rhys Jones and Ioan – Gavin Thomas, a great idea and thanks to Kate & Gareth for organising it! If you have someone special who would like to be a mascot one Saturday, please let kate know and I am sure she will fix it for you.
Hopefully you will all have purchased a ticket for our Christmas Raffle which has been reinstated this year thanks to a number of generous donations and the hard work of Dylan “Rusty” Jones and Celfyn Davies. The draw will be made after the game so please stay on as you might have an extra Christmas present to take home.
As this is our last game of the year can I take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Er Gwaethaf Pawb a Phopeth Ni Yma o Hyd! Ymlaen Y Porthmyn!
Peter Rees Cadeirydd/Chairman

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
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