There is plenty of action for our Clubs this weekend with big tests in store for several of our teams.
The 1st XV will face their biggest test of the season as they travel to the famous Pontypool Park ground to take on unbeaten Championship leaders Pontypool (2.30pm).
Pooler have swept everyone aside this year particularly on their own patch where only Bedlinog have come close to upsetting the title favourites. There have been some big scores hit by Pontypool and Beddau know that any mistakes on Saturday will be punished.
The men from Gwent have recorded twelve wins from twelve and sit twelve points clear of their nearest rivals Narberth who they beat away from home last weekend by 18-13.
The teams met at Mount Pleasant Park on the second weekend of the season and despite an excellent start from the Green and Golds where they raced into a 13-0 lead they were defeated 26-16. Lewis Egal got Beddau’s sole try that afternoon with Hywel Chatham kicking the extra points via a conversion and three penalties.
In the corresponding fixture at Pontypool Park last season it was the opposite story where Beddau started slowly and got better but were again beaten by 29-20. Simon Grainger, Morgan Williams and Jordon Odgers all crossed for tries that afternoon with Sam Withers kicking a penalty and conversion. Pooler scored four tries that afternoon through Jordon Williams, Matthew Thomas, Sam Williams and Marc Thornley with the prolific Clayton Gullis kicking the extras.
Beddau will want to put to bed last week’s disappointing home loss to Tata Steel where the performance may not have been great but the effort certainly was there to be seen. They now lie eight points off third spot with Bedlinog equal on points now in fifth place.
Match referee is Mr Elfyn Morris-Roberts.
The 2nd XV will be hoping to reach the last eight of the REGDRU Ivor Williams Cup when Brecon make the trip to Mount Pleasant Park.
The mid-Wales Club haven’t had the greatest of starts to their REGDRU Division B campaign winning one of their first four games but having picked up the Division Two title last season the young Green and Gold squad will certainly be aware of the quality they can put together on their day.
Beddau have had a break in fixtures over the last few weeks but will look to build on their good league form where they have just lost once in their first four games.
Kick-off is 2.30pm and match referee is Mr Peter Young.
The Youth XV are another team who face a tricky test as Blues BA league leaders Rumney visit Yorkdale.
The Cardiff outfit have an immaculate record this season with six wins from six in the league with impressive wins over Cardiff Met (18-7), St Peters (44-16), Pontypridd (19-16), Cowbridge (24-5), Merthyr (43-7) and Aberdare (20-5). They also beat St Peters 30-12 in the National Cup last weekend.
The young Green and Golds have not played for a fortnight since their excellent Taff Rhondda YDRU Cup win at Gilfach Goch. That win will boost their confidence as they go into one of their biggest challenges of the season.
Kick-off is also 2.30pm and match referee is Mr Mike Powell.
MINI AND JUNIOR BULLDOGS
Our mini and junior “Bulldogs” will be again in action this weekend weather permitting. They once again impressed at all levels last weekend and are well worth getting out and watching. So please make every effort to support our future green and golds this weekend, you will not be disappointed.
On Friday evening our darts team will face another big clash in the Pontyclun & District Darts winter league as they travel to third place Coed Ely.
Beddau are currently unbeaten this season and lead their third place hosts by ten points but know one bad loss can really let teams in around them in the table.
Coed Ely have lost twice this term and have always proved to be tough opposition. The game starts at the Con Club at 8.15pm and any support is welcome.
Cwm Welfare 1st XI have a break in their Welsh league Division Three programme this weekend but there is a massive fixture for the reserves XI as they make the shortest of all journeys to Llantwit Fardre in the TERV (Taff Ely / Rhymney Valley) league.
Cwm’s local rivals currently top the table having won five of their first six games and are three points clear of Cwm who too have just lost once from their first five encounters. A win on Saturday would see Cwm go joint top but Llantwit do have a far bigger goal difference.
Kick-off is 2pm and match referee is Mr Paul Greenway.
This weekend you can see all the top Premiership football and European rugby live in HD on the many big screens and large TV’s around the Clubhouse.
There is also the regular Sunday artiste in the bar form 5.30pm with more fun and frolics expected.
Don’t forget to pick up your lucky lotto tickets at the bar this weekend for Monday night’s Club draw. A big prize could be yours if you pick four lucky numbers. It could be the perfect prize to help you with that little bit of Christmas shopping.
Have a great weekend.