Premiership club Llandovery will be trying to regain their title at the ever popular Bank Holiday Sunday Aberaeron 7’s writes Huw S Thomas
In winning the 2017 title for the first ever time, they denied sevens kings Carmarthen Warriors a remarkable ninth title in eleven years but last year the Warriors gained revenge at the semi final stage when they beat a young Llandovery side 17-10
The Warriors then surprisingly lost the final 19-10 to newcomers Gogerddan Raiders, a medley of players from London, Bristol and Cheltenham who were deserved winners of the £1000 prize money.
The Warriors – directed and inspired by a former Llandovery captain in Arwel Davies – will be thirsting for revenge after last year’s upset and will bring a wealth of sevens experience into the invariably well attended tournament on Cardigan Bay.
The vastly experienced Tomi Jones (Crymych) and his band of Warriors will be the chief dangers to the Raiders and Llandovery.
They will not be the only challengers for honours.
Bargoed have always enjoyed and been highly competitive at Aberaeron as have Penallta and dark horses could be the Lion Club from Surrey whilst host club Aberaeron will be – as ever – all out to create a few shocks.
Llandovery would be overwhelming favourites if they were to field their best seven but coach Euros Evans will be mindful of a very tough Premiership, Cup and Scotland cross border programme to come.
He cannot afford to have injuries to key players such as scrum half Lee Rees, fly half Jack Maynard, centre Rhodri Jones and wing Aaron Warren but the club has a number of hungry, young and ambitious players eager to lay down a marker early in the season.
Ex-Llandovery College star players in Tomi Lewis and Corey Baldwin, exciting Wales U19 wing Harri Doel and talented teenager fly half Ryan Williams are possible starters on Sunday.
Sevens secretary Alun Rees was warm in praise of Llandovery support.
“The Drovers are – sadly – the only Premiership club to help us out and we much appreciate their ongoing support.”
Play on Sunday is continuous from 11:00 am onwards at the picturesque Parc Drefach ground with the final of the Open scheduled for 5 30 pm.
With good weather forecast it promises to be another entertaining day for sevens fans on the Cardiganshire coast
The Youth competition on Saturday has attracted a strong field with teams from Cwmgors, Morriston,Penallta, Bargoed, Crymych, Newcastle Emlyn, Aberystwyth, Lampeter, Pembroke Dock Quins and Aberaeron.