Playing against Llanelli RFC can be likened to the proverbial red buses. You don’t see them for ages and then bump into them FOUR TIMES in one season!
We met Llanelli at the Morriston ground in the August pre-season round of games. That of course, was a match full of possibles and probables on both team lists. Since then we have played them at the training pitch next to the Parc y Scarlets stadium and here at St Helen’s in December. The former was the away leg in the Fosters’ Cup and the latter was the welcome resumption of our traditional Boxing Day fixture in the league. While Llanelli have come out on top in all three competitive matches, the Boxing Day match was certainly the full blooded affair we expected it to be and could have gone either way at the end.
Tomorrow evening's match in the Fosters' Cup at St Helen's is tremendous value, the club having slashed the entrance fee for the game to just £5. Season Ticket Holders will enjoy this game as part of that season ticket commitment to the club. UNDER 16s can watch FREE. A full match programme is available to cover the game and groundsman John McKnight has worked wonders with more success than King Canute to get the pitch prepared for the teams. Come and cheer the boys on at St Helen's. Kick off is at 7:15pm.
The cup match against Llanelli is an opportunity for Swansea to bounce back from a loss to another old rival at The Gnoll on a wet Saturday afternoon in a match that was error strewn by both sides. It was a low scoring game with Swansea a nose ahead until the 68th minute when two converted tries sealed it for the home side, a late Swansea try from Ryan Evans notwithstanding. The pity of it was that we dominated for long periods and Jac Wilson’s conversion of Evans’ effort brought us back to just our points adrift. But it was too late and another possible win eluded us. No doubt the boys will be thinking about the closeness of the Boxing Day match when they run out tomorrow evening. Effort and commitment is not wanting in the squad, if the errors can be cut out. Of course we will probably be seeing Llanelli YET AGAIN in this topsy-turvy split league to make a fifth encounter of the season. This was not that strange a schedule back in the 1880s. During 1884-85 Swansea and Llanelli met five times, Swansea winning one (home) and Llanelli two (at Stradey Park) with two draws and no – I wasn’t there!
Swansea Women’s RFC are currently awaiting rescheduled fixtures, two opponents having failed to get sides together to oppose them. But we are really pleased to see many of the girls coming along on match day to support the boys. Keep a look out for the Swansea Women player profiles on the website and in the match day programmes.
More pleasing news is that our own former prolific points scorer and international full back ROGER BLYTH has been awarded an Honorary Master of Science (MSc) Degree by Swansea University in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the university, region and Wales. Our congratulations to Roger who is still our second highest ever points scorer with 2374pts and fourth highest appearances with 393. His well-known commitment at Liberty Stadium speaks for itself. But Roger has been one of the great servants to Swansea Rugby Club on and off-field and we’re always glad to see him back here. Well done.
Now then – The first memorabilia question of 2017... You'll have to buy the match programme to find out!
TERRY MORGAN (Chairman: AWFPA)
The All Whites Former Players' Association was founded in 1981 to encourage former players who have played for the club at senior level to promote and foster the game of rugby at Swansea Rugby Club and to renew their friendships and memories with other former players of the club.
Our badge is the Swansea Osprey and the emblems of Australian, South African and New Zealand Rugby to signify Swansea RFC becoming the first Club side in the world to defeat touring sides from all three of these rugby Nations.
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.