Weekend Preview

Weekend Preview

By Mal Davies
14 December 2016
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This weekend will see the final sporting action of 2016 for teams within the Club.

The 1st XV will welcome fellow Mid District outfit Bedlinog to Mount Pleasant Park in another Championship fixture.

The Foxes overtook Beddau in fourth place last weekend after they took a losing bonus point in the 12-9 reverse at home to Narberth. The Division One East Champions have impressed in their first season in the Championship recording seven wins and a draw from their opening twelve games. One of those league wins was against the Green and Golds back in September where they took the spoils by 22-17. Beddau had raced into a 10-0 half time lead thanks to a try from David Francis and a conversion and penalty by Hywel Chatham, but a huge second half effort down the slope by Bedlinog gave them a 22-10 lead before Beddau were awarded a late penalty try which was converted by Chatham to take a losing bonus point.

It was a very similar story when a young Beddau team travelled to the Recreation ground in a Mid District Cup tie in November. Incredibly leading 21-5 at the interval Beddau were beaten 28-24. Carl Lewis scored a try that evening to go with a penalty try with Callum Wheeler kicking the extras.

Bedlinog’s other six wins have come against Glamorgan Wanderers (20-16), Cardiff Met (36-12), Skewen (15-12), Tata Steel (22-10), Dunvant (40-29) and Glynneath (20-10). They also drew with Glamorgan Wanderers (6-6) on the opening day of the season. They stand in fourth spot a place and a point above the Green and Golds.

Beddau coaches Ross Johnson and Ben Daniels have had a mini injury crisis of late but will be hoping to call on a few of those who have missed recent games for this big game. They will be aware of a Bedlinog outfit who have a big and well drilled pack which gives their organised and skilled back line plenty of the ball.

Kick-off is 2.30pm and match referee is Mr. Gareth John.

Both the 2nd XV and Youth XV are looking for fixtures this weekend. The 2nds have a break in their league schedule whilst the Youth team fixture at Mountain Ash has been put back until some point next year at the request of the home team.

MINI AND JUNIOR RUGBY

Our mini and junior “Bulldogs” finish their games for 2016 on Sunday. All our teams have been fantastic on and off the field during 2016 and deserve your support this Sunday and throughout the New Year. Good luck to them this weekend and we wish all players, coaches and volunteers a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.

DARTS

Our table topping Darts team are now on a Christmas break and will return to action on January 13th when they make the trip to Ogmore Meerkats. The scheduled fixture top of the table clash with Ogmore A this weekend was postponed as the officials of the Pontyclun & District Darts league decided to postpone all games for the Christmas period. Beddau lead Ogmore A by just the one point in the table after suffering their first loss of the season at Coed Ely last Friday.

FOOTBALL

Cwm Welfare return to Welsh league Division Thee action this weekend as they entertain Bridgend Street (2pm).

Cwm will be looking for their third win of the season against a Bridgend Street outfit who currently lie in tenth spot in the table which is five places higher than Cwm with nine more points.

The teams met back in August when it was Bridgend Street that took the three points with a 3-1 home win. Cwm will be hoping that home advantage will help them this weekend as they look to end the year on a high.

The Reserve XI will continue their push for top spot in the TERV (Taff Ely / Rhymney Valley league) Division One this weekend with a fixture against Pontypridd Town. Cwm are currently third in the table but tied on fifteen points with the leaders Pontyclun. Llantwit Fardre and Cascade YC have also got fifteen points. Cwm will want to make it win number six from seven games against a Pontypridd outfit who currently lie one place off the bottom with two wins from their first nine games.

Kick-off is 2pm and referee is Mr David Humphrey.

ENTERTAINMENT

The sold out Gethin Jenkins testimonial dinner takes place at the Clubhouse on Friday and there is plenty of sporting action to be seen on the many large screens and TV’s around the Clubhouse all weekend. There is non-stop European rugby and Premiership football and much more.

Don’t forget the top live entertainment in the bar on Sunday from 5.30pm when a top local vocalist will appear.

LOTTERY

Don’t forget to pick up your lucky Club lottery tickets over the weekend. Just pay £1 and choose four numbers for a jackpot that could change your Christmas.

Have a great weekend.

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