May 12 2019 23 Club Newsletter No 15 of 15

1) TWO WINNERS OF THE FIRST/LAST TRY COMPETITION

The last round of the competition – Llandovery v Aberavon – saw two winners. The first try from Jack Maynard (10) earned Eirian Davies £50 and the second from Harri Doel (15) got £50 for David Boorer.
Eirian Davies generously donated his £50 to Latch, the charity that supports the children and their families of those being treated by the Oncology Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Wales, whose catchment area stretches from Chepstow in the South to Aberystwyth in the North

2) END OF SEASON 23 CLUB GALA DINNER

The all inclusive 23 Club black tie dinner on Friday May 10, 2019 proved a great success.
A Six Nations Menu, designed for the evening by John and Jackie Cook, was followed by a Question and Answer session with the club coaches and a 23 Club Quiz.
The choice of Cock A Leekie with Irish Soda Bread, Welsh Sirloin of beef with boulangère potatoes, Amaretto and Chocolate Torte with Cornish clotted cream followed by coffee and Scottish shortbread reflected the international tone of the menu.
Excellent red and white wines from Chile were also freely available throughout the evening.
In a highly informative and entertaining Q and A, the three club coaches – Euros Evans, Simon Davies and Gareth Potter who were guests at the dinner alongside respective wives Emma, Karen and Clare – adroitly handled a range of questions from the 23 Club audience.
Questions on the future of the Premiership, the standard of refereeing, policy on Drover recruitment, reflections on the past season and other areas of rugby interest were answered honestly and clearly.
After a warm round of applause from the 40 strong audience, the 23 Club presented the trio with hand-made local pottery as an appreciation of their efforts on and off the pitch throughout the season.
To cap a good night for the coaching trio, their table won the rugby and general knowledge prize quiz but only after an objection by Dai Thomas for electronic misuse had been dismissed by Quiz Master Huw S Thomas after a lengthy stewards enquiry.

3) LIST OF WINNING MEMBERS (and their numbers) WITH MONEY WON OVER THE SEASON

2 ROB SALT (£100) 3 DOUG DAVIES (£50) 5 ROBIN BARLOW (£150) 7 HOWARD POTTER (£50) 8 TONY WILLIAMS (£100) 9 MICKY GOUGH (£50) 10 EIRIAN DAVIES (£50) 11 PAUL ADAMS (£300) 12 NIGEL CLARKE (£50) 13 PHIL RATCLIFFE (£50) 14 DEREK JONES (£100) 15 DAVID BOORER (£150) 16 DAI THOMAS (£50) 22 MARTIN REES (£50) 23 ANTHONY MAYNARD (£100)

Total distributed was £1,400. There were no winners at the Bridgend game.

4) APPLICATIONS FOR THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW 25 CLUB ARE NOW OPEN
23 Club members 2018-2019 will have priority for the next 10 days after which date (May 22) the club will be thrown open to all comers.
A number of members have already enrolled and sent in cheques. A reminder that cheques will only be cashed once the target of 25 members will have been reached.
If there are not 25, then all cheques will be returned, uncashed, by Sep 1 2109

Any enquiries to Huw S Thomas on 01550 720028 or email huwiest@gmail.com and Gina Deering on 01550 721110 in office hours or email droversrfc@gmail.com

In the meantime, we would like to acknowledge our debt to Gina for helping to run the affairs of the club with such efficiency, patience and good humour

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 3 3 0 0 74 43 13
Aberavon 3 3 0 0 67 52 12
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 3 2 0 1 69 54 9
Merthyr 3 1 0 2 71 61 7
Ebbw Vale 3 1 0 2 81 92 6
Swansea 3 1 0 2 57 46 6
Newport 2 1 0 1 41 39 6
Llandovery 2 1 0 1 50 57 5
Carmarthen Quins 2 1 0 1 45 38 5
Pontypridd 3 1 0 2 51 67 5
Bridgend Ravens 2 1 0 1 43 39 5
Llanelli 3 0 0 3 33 94 0