100 up for "Goon"

By Dave Dow | 09/04/2017

His team mates knew he was going to do it. His father knew he was going to do it. Gavin knew he was going to do it. So he did it! On Saturday 1st April against Llanelli, our long serving second row Gavin Ronan, "Goon" to his team mates, reached a milestone in his career as he achieved 100 appearances for Swansea RFC.

But that's not all. According to legend, Gavin has a wish to have played 100 games for all three of his major clubs. He achieve this with Maesteg before coming to Swansea in 2007-08. During two seasons with The Whites under the coaching of Richard Webster, Gavin played 43 games at lock and yet only scored three tries, and those in the first season.

Despite this low strike rate he was willingly taken on by near neighbours Aberavon, where he amassed 125 appearances between 2009-10 and 2014-15 and put six tries to his credit.

This change in form and Aberavon's sudden realisation that this was actually a lower strike rate than his earlier term at Swansea, led to his return to St Helen's at the start of 2015 with the proviso that he lead by example, showing other forwards the way to the whitewash. Since coming back Gavin has applied himself conscientiously and scored against Newbridge last campaign and Llandovery this season.

The Bridgend born Ronan, who has also played for Maesteg Harlequins, has vowed not to hang up his boots until he has passed Nicky J Thomas' Premiership record of 79 tries. He may then have a tilt at the all time club record of Arthur Emyr (153).

Everyone at Swansea Rugby Club would like to congratulate Gavin on achieving this milestone of 100 games for the club. An unassuming man who's phenomenal work rate (he puts this down to his hobby of pie and chips) and honesty have made him respected on and off pitch at St Helen's, will receive his Swansea cap in the near future. Well earned too.

All the best Goon.

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