Chairman Peter Rees previews the Swansea game

Croeso cynnes iawn i bawb o Glwb Rygbi Abertawe yn ol i Fanc Yr Eglwys heno! And a particularly warm welcome to former Drovers now representing the “all whites” after making their mark at Llandovery over recent seasons.
It can never be said that Welsh rugby is boring! Following a fantastic result against the old enemy and as we look forward to two great Celtic fixtures to take the grand slam, the off field developments, or should I say by now ditched developments, have given us all plenty to talk about and entertainment in the meantime! Unfortunately the Premiership clubs and supporters are all to familiar with the WRU’s capacity to instigate dramatic change based on the most tenuous of evidence but this time it would appear that some of the responsibility lies with the regions as well. What is clear is that “Project Reset” is going to bring some significant changes over the next couple of years and given the opportunity the WRU will continue with their North Wales “mission”. Time will tell what the implications will be for the Premiership and the Drovers.
Meanwhile the Premiership season continues to be very interesting throwing up some remarkable results and a variety of permutations around the relegation zone and the top three or four positions. Not least amongst the stand out results of last week end was Swansea’s victory against the Ironmen at St Helens, their tenth win from eleven fixtures, an excellent run of form by anyone’s standards. The Drovers, perhaps less remarkably, also had a good weekend returning to winning ways with a clean sheet and a bonus point win against lowly Neath which all helps to set the scene for the first of two fixtures which could very well define the season for both clubs. Both sides will be particularly focussed on the following cup fixture but neither will be underestimating the importance of this week end’s result. A home win will not only provide a psychological advantage in advance of the all important cup tie but will also keep our hopes for at least a top four league finish alive. Lets hope the return to more seasonal weather does not prevent both sides from expressing their preferred mode of play and in so doing providing a greater opener to a weekend when we celebrate the best that rugby can offer on the field rather than the off field nonsense!
I can’t miss the opportunity to also comment on the second XV fixture played last Friday evening against Nantgaredig. It was good to have a home fixture and a great game of rugby enjoyed by the players, of both sides, and the supporters alike. I am sure that all the locals who were present went away hoping that we will see more 2ndXV fixtures when surely they are allowed to join the national league.
Our Match Ball Sponsors tonight are Ceredigion Plumbing Supplies of Lampeter, I think sponsoring Llandovery for the first time so all the more welcome and appreciated!
Er Gwaethaf Pawb a Phopeth Ni Yma o Hyd! Ymlaen Y Porthmyn!
Peter Rees Cadeirydd/Chairman

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
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