On Tuesday evening we play host to our great rivals Cardiff RFC for this our final match of the season. We hope to close the season here at St Helens with a win. Nothing less will do as we draw to a close a disappointing season by the standards of this great club. I qualify this by adding that Mefin Davies and our own former great, Kevin Hopkins expect nothing less themselves, which stems from the high bar they always set themselves at club and international level. Let all Whites supporters throw their weight behind the boys tomorrow and put behind them the disappointment of Saturday’s loss at Aberavon (excepting perhaps Rob Dudley Jones’ great race for the line). Cheer the boys on one last time in 2012-13; they’ve worked hard for you all season and PLAYED FOR THE JERSEY. It's important that we hold faith with the youngsters who've striven so hard, often against much more experienced opposition. I've heard it expressed often this season, that our squad has too little experience within to hold out against the cannier sides who, in some cases have a more balanced squad in this respect. There is much to be said for the view and I'm sure there is work being done to give us a better start than we had this term. But every Whites supporter should unstintingly back the boys on Tuesday, especially given the efforts put in by themselves and our coaches despite our "imbalance" in some respects. C'mon The whites.
In my previous piece I asked you to identify the badge on a jersey in the Swansea RFC Archives – for the price of a pint – on me! I’m pleased to say that I didn’t have to fork out as no one guessed it, at least not on Saturday. The answer is that the badge was that of a Waratah’s jersey The emblem was a Waratah flower, the motif of the NSW rugby Union. It was under this union that the first Australian team toured to Britain (1908), hence they wore the light blue jersey with that red flower sewn on. This specific jersey is from 1909 and probably brought back here from the British Isles touring team trip to Australia & NZ.
Now, if you can tell me who’s memento the clock above is and correctly place the date (within 5 years), come up and do so to me in person and I’ll buy you a pint! A clue it was presented to a very successful captain, last century.
I’ve been asked and gladly wish to remind all supporters that the Annual Dinner & Awards Night is at St Helens on 10th May and the guest speaker is to be Dai Vaughan of Dunvant RFC. Any of you who’ve heard him on song before will beat a path to book now! Tickets are £25 a head and well worth it.
Being a member of the association, now numbering in excess of 250, entitles one to free entry to home league and friendly games played by Swansea RFC at St Helens, thereby enabling us to meet and pass on to current and past players, memories and experiences. Every year in the autumn, a dinner is held at Swansea Rugby Club by us. This provides the opportunity to renew past friendships. Guest speakers at the Annual Dinner have recently included Tony O'Reilly (Ireland, Lions & Barbarians), Nigel Redman (England, Lions & Barbarians), Phil Bennett (Wales, Lions & Barbarians) and Doddie Weir (Scotland, Lions & Barbarians).
Should you be a former Swansea Rugby Club player or know of a former player who wishes to become a member of the Association, please contact either the Chairman Terry Morgan, Secretary Brian Jones or Swansea Rugby Club. For former Swansea players who are not yet members of this great club's Association: Remember what the club did for you.
Terry Morgan – (Chairman AWFPA)