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WRU REFUSAL SEES QUINS 2ND XV DISBAND

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Celebrating cup success: The Quins’ 2nd team.

Celebrating cup success: The Quins’ 2nd team.

CARMARTHEN QUINS have been forced to withdraw their second team from the league for the 2015/16 season after the WRU refused their request to allow the second fifteen’s of Premiership sides to play in the SWALEC National Leagues.
Welsh rugby has seen the disbanding of a number of second teams over the last couple of seasons and now the Quins have too, had to succumb, as the knock on effect has meant a reduction in the number of available opponents and the remaining clubs having great difficulty in fielding sides, which has meant fixtures have been cancelled at short notice.
With so many players now unable to progress through the ranks of their junior clubs to second XV’s, the WRU faces a crisis. More and more people are turning their back on the sport in favour of other activities such as cycling and swimming. These sports are gaining in popularity as potential players find themselves unwilling to make the journey to their nearest first fifteen that may match their ability or ambitions, but still harbour the desire to keep fit and compete.
A statement from the Quins read:
‘The management have been acutely aware of the potential consequences and took steps to engage with the WRU with a view to allowing the 2nd XV sides of Premiership clubs into the SWALEC National leagues. This obviously would have resulted in regular and guaranteed rugby for those grassroots players who progress through the clubs Junior and Youth sections for a number of years but who are unable to progress to the 1st XV of Premiership clubs such as our own.
Sadly this request was not to be and for the time being at least 2nd XV squads will not be allowed to compete against independent clubs (even though in many cases the standard of rugby is significantly higher). The WRU clearly have a responsibility to look at the issue of 2nd XV rugby before a generation of players are lost to other spor ts’.
In the last five years the Quins side has won three league titles and reached two cup finals, but as the opportunities to play regular rugby decreased, the loyal player base was forced to turn to other clubs to fuel their desire to play. On this subject the statement went on to say: “It is fair to say that the players did not want to see the demise of the 2nd XV and did not take their decision lightly. They met with the management of the 2nds to discuss every option available however such options were unfortunately limited in the current climate.”
The Quins 2nds have been led admirably by their captain Ricky Davies, who has been supported by key players such as veterans Simon Rogers, Steve Beynon, Rob Thomas, Jason Styles and Steve Summers, who have all played a crucial part in the success of the team during this time.
It is also worth mentioning, that as second teams continue to disband, there will be less social activity in rugby clubs across the country, which will result in decreased revenue. This in turn will negatively impact on how a club can run not only its first team, but also their junior sec tions.
This is without doubt a sad day for Carmarthen Quins and it is hoped that in the not too distant future the club will be in a position to welcome back the players in question as the WRU supplies an answer to the second team conundrum.

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds

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AMMANFORD seconds suffered a heavy 125 run defeat at the hands of Mumbles at Marespool.

Winning the toss, Ammanford invited Mumbles to bat first, and a terrific 188 run partnership for the second wicket, featuring Ben Jones (94) and Stuart Seaton (77), helped the home team to a healthy 221 for 4 in 45 overs.

Several Ammanford batsmen got into double figures but none were able to stay long enough to make any impression on the run chase. Eirian Morgan top-scored with 25, but the Ammanford innings finished disappointingly on 96 all out.

Gethin Morgan and Phil Roche each took three wickets for Mumbles.

Thirds beaten by Landore

Ammanford thirds travelled to Landore only to lose their match by 50 runs.

Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
skipper Terry Summerfield top-scored with 33.

Ammanford’s Tom Davies was chief wicket-taker with 4 for 38.

Despite a solid 30 from opener and man-of-the-match Tom Davies, Ammanford failed to get anywhere near the required target and folded their innings on 98 inside 34 overs.

The defeat dropped them out of the top half of division six on the SWCA.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event

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CWMAMMAN United juniors held their end of season event at Clwb Godre’r Mynydd Ddu Glanamman.

As they celebrated throughout the day with their different age groups from Under 6 to Under 14 it looked as if almost every child in the Cwm had attended at some point.

The Juniors section at the club has grown to around 150 children over the last couple of years and with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of committee, coaches and volunteers behind them the club is excitedly anticipating further growth.

A fantastic time was had by all with all age groups proudly having their moment in the sun.

Robert Griffiths the Clubs Junior Chairman said: “I have to thank all our fantastic people at the club that get the kids out playing whether sorting games, coaching, fund raising or organising events such as our club parties and awards such as these.

“We continiue to grow and if your child would like to be part of a safe, healthy and fun environment they are most welcome here.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets

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A DEPLETED Ammanford lost by seven wickets to Bridgend Town in a rain affected match at windswept Newbridge Fields on Satuday (Jun 25).

With the start delayed by over an hour because of rain, the match was reduced to 39 overs before a ball was bowled, and the toss immediately became the crucial factor in deciding the game’s outcome.

Bridgend won it and, predictably enough, put Ammanford in to bat.

The writing was on the wall as the visitors lost two wickets for 9 runs on an unpredictable wicket which was one of the first bowler-friendly tracks encountered this season.

Only four batters reached double figures as wickets fell at regular intervals. Top scorer was 14 year old wicket-keeper Gruffudd Owen (19no) who took the game to the visitors and looked capable of scoring many more had he not run out of partners.

Ammanford were all out for 90 inside 30 overs.

Tea was taken early as more heavy rain swept across Newbridge Fields, but unfortunately for Ammanford the sun made a reappearance and play eventually resumed.

The Bridgend batters did not have it all their own way, quickly losing both openers to opening bowler Owen Davies.

Davies removed a further wicket in a good spell of 3 for 15, but Thomas Cogbill (43no) and Luke Humphries (18) saw Bridgend safely home without further trouble inside 24 overs.

Next week, Ammanford welcome second placed Swansea to the Park, the memory of their 700+ run clash at St Helen’s still fresh in their minds.

Thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run

Ammanford thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run in a rain adjusted match at the Rec.

Batting first, Ammanford reached 132 all out, thanks mainly to their captain Carl Griffiths (41) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (21).

Rain meant that Pontardawe’s reply was restricted to just 16 overs, during which they had to score 53 runs.

They came very close, but two wickets each from Oliver Pallot and Iwan Matthews interrupted their progress and they fell short by a single run, finishing on 51 for 5.

The victory moved Ammanford into the top half of SWCA’s Division 6.

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