Under 16’s End the Season on a High

With a lot of rugby played in the last season, our Under 16’s had one last hurrah in Junior rugby by heading to London on Bank Holiday weekend for an end of season tour.

Heading East travelling in style with Coracle Coaches the squad was fed and watered en-route by a kind donation from Carmarthen’s Morrison’s store who provided sandwiches, fruit and water for the  journey to the big Smoke.

On Saturday prior to their own Sunday games the squad headed off to Twickenham to take in the Annual Army v Navy game that always sees a boisterous and loud crowd. As it was end of season tour we all know that fancy dress is mandatory at some point so with Saturday a day of down time this was the day selected for fancy dress and you can see below that no one opted out and they all got involved much to the delight of all involved.

A great day was had by all.

On the Sunday the squad headed to Harlow to play their games where they played hosts Harlow and Bishops Stortford and in two keenly fought games the Quins came out on top. Below is photo of the players involved from the Quins plus the other teams there on the Sunday.

What is pleasing for the club and one we are only to happy to share with you all is a message we have received via Social Media from a parent of a team that the Quins didn’t play against and it is this:

“Evening all

My Son played in the under 16s tournament in Harlow today, although we did not get to play against your lads we just wanted to say how well your lads represented your club both on and off the pitch and showed great sportsmanship to all the other teams.

We wish the club all the very best for the future and next time we are in Wales we will try to make it to one of their games.

Congratulations on a great tournament lads, hopefully meet you all again in the future

Graham (Brentwood rugby club)”

It is testament to the Coaches, Parents and the Players themselves that they receive this recognition and as a Club we are extremely proud to receive this message.

Picture: Gruff Williams, Quins Captain presenting shields to his fellow captains

On Monday the team then headed off to take on Rosslyn Park which may have been a game too far but the boys gave their all before facing a 39 points to 21 points defeat.

A huge thank you to Coracle Coaches for transferring everyone safely, Morrison’s Carmarthen for the refreshments, Tegfan Garage and A & M Generators for sponsoring the tour hoodies. Diolch yn fawr iawn.

After an outstanding weekend some of the squad had their attentions turned to Regional Age Grade Rugby where the Scarlets East and West Teams played against each other. The East ran out winners 27 points to 7 points in an entertaining game.

Pictured below are the Quins contingent from both teams: Oli Hawke, Dylan Rowe, Carwyn Thomas, Dylan Davies, Roan Smith, Gruff Williams, Elis Thomas, Steffan Evans, Owain Hari-Davies and Elis Price.

All at the club congratulate all involved with this years Under 16’s and we can’t wait to see you remain in the famous Cardinal Amber and Black colours of Carmarthen Quins and wish you well on furthering your rugby journey.

Carmarthenshire Cup Finals Round Up

Sunday April 10th 2022 is a day  that will live long in the memories of many of the Quins Junior Teams. It was of course finals day of the Carmarthenshire Cup and four teams of the Quins had made the their respective Cup Finals.

First up were the Under 12’s who had battled their way to the final courtesy of victories over Llandovery 12pts to nil, Penybanc 53pts to nil and Felinfoel 22pts to 5pts. They took on a much bigger Newcastle Emlyn team who had beaten the Quins earlier in the season. In a tight contest the Quins took the Lead but their opponents soon exerted their physicality and scored four tries of their own and with the Quins team down 22pts to 12pts with 8 minutes to go many were forgiven for thinking it was game over for the Quins. This however, was not the case and through some slick hands and fancy footwork  the Quins pulled off the great escape and with a last minute converted try they won the game 26pts to 22pts. The scorers for the Quins were Tries: Ioan James, Louie Thomas, Jac Johnson x2 Conversions Macs Hastings x3.

It really was a team effort and the squad can be justly proud of their exploits and endeavours that have brought this success. The squad will now move on to the Regional Finals at Parc y Scarlets on 15th May.

The team are extremely grateful to

Coracle Coaches https://www.coraclecoaches.co.uk/

Well Drilling  http://www.welldrilling-uk.co.uk/

Wayne Morgan Plastering and William Hunter for the kind sponsorship of Cup Final Warm Up T shirts and post match Shirt and Ties. The items were turned around in quick time by

Conquer Teamwear https://www.facebook.com/ConquerTeamwear/ for the ties and

RCS Teamwear  https://rcs-teamwear.com/ for the warm up t-shirts.

Other sponsors for the season are

Autoguard Warranties Limited https://www.autoguardwarranties.com/

Calon Mam https://www.calonmam.co.uk/

Mike Evans

 

Next Up were the Under 13’s who took on Amman United. The Under 13’s have had a terrific season and getting to the final was just rewards for their endeavours. The got to the final courtesy of victories over Carmarthen Athletic 10pts to 5pts at home then travelled to Llandeilo and really put their marker down as title contenders with a 59pts to 12pts victory. In the semi final they travelled to Burry Port and despatched the home side 35pts to 7pts.

In another free flowing game that was end to end and a great advert for rugby the Under 13’s scored tries from Gruff Collier, Harry Wrigglesworth, Rhodri Rees, Gwion Evans and Elis Jones with Gruff Collier chipping in with 3 conversions to secure another Cup for the Quins with a 31pts to 22 victory.

The team are extremely grateful for their sponsors for Cup finals day and throughout the season

3 A’s Leisure https://www.3asleisure.co.uk/

Castell Howell https://www.castellhowellfoods.co.uk/cash-carry/

Amroth Bay Holidays https://www.thebayamroth.co.uk/

Llystyn Construction, Shufflebottom and Co-Op

Whilst the Under 14’s did not make the Finals day in Llandeilo the squad can be extremely proud of their efforts in what has been a horrendous season with several players sustaining nasty injuries that have hampered preparations for the big games.

The Under 14s started their cup journey with a 52pts to nil victory against Bynea before bowing out to eventual cup winners Newcastle Emlyn in the Quarter Finals. They then took their place in the Plate Competition where they got to the semi final of the plate beating Tumble 21pts to 15pts in the preliminary round and beating Pontyberem 36pts to 5pts in the Quarter Final before losing to the eventual plate winners Amman Utd.

The Squad can be rightly proud of their endeavours in a tough season and we know that the payers will regroup and recharge over the summer they will come back better for the experience.

The group are extremely grateful to their sponsors this season for their welcome support:

Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors https://www.hcrlaw.com/

Celtic Food Laboratories http://celticfoodlab.com/

Cardiau Cwlwm Cariad https://www.facebook.com/CardiauCwlwmCariad/

Trade Centre Wales https://www.thetradecentrewales.co.uk/

Under Pressure Cleaning Services, SDMC Law LTD and Co-Op.

 

Next up on finals day was the Under 15’s who were aiming to add to their cups having won the Under 12’s cup before Covid stopped any other competitions. In another game that showed the true spirit of rugby with both teams coming to play there were tries galore on the field from some outstanding play brought about by great team work combined with individual flair.

The Quins scored tries from Jac Thomas x3, Jake Bowen and Josh Wrigglesworth and Carywn Leggat-Jones chipping in with 3 conversions and a penalty leaving the Final Score Quins 34pts Lampeter/Aberaeron 25pts

The team are extremely grateful to the following sponsors

Happy Dogs R Us https://www.happydogsrus.co.uk/

Morgan Construction https://www.morganconstruction.wales/

The final game of the day was our Under 16’s who took on Llandeilo in front of a loud crowd with many Quins Supporters staying to lend their support in a game that was in effect a home game for Llandeilo.

In a season where there have not been many Under 16s teams the Quins found themselves in the final following a 17pts to 14pts victory away to Tumble in the first round and then a pulsating semi final against Carmarthen Athletic where the Quins squad dug deep and with literally the last play of the match they drove over for a try to take a 17pts to 15pts victory against the old rivals.

In a pulsating final where the Quins gave their all it really could have gone either way but the home sides luck held out and they squeezed the young Quins team out 29pts to 17pts but the Quins team can hold their heads up high on the performance they gave in the final. Tries were scored by Gruff Williams x 2 and Finn Gough with Elis Price kicking one conversion.

The Under 16’s are grateful to a raft of sponsors who have supported them throughout their last year in Junior rugby:

John and Meryl Dunn of Tegfan Garage https://www.constructionmachinery.co.uk/

Morgan Elis Solicitors https://www.morganelis.co.uk/

GEA

BCD Building Craftsmen

Christeyns

Ffanweld

PDV Consultants

Power Rapid Technology

Tamaki Control.

 

The work that has gone in to preparing the 5 sides for cup rugby has been immense but all coaches are rightly proud of the endeavours of each team and as a club we are proud of the coaches and players for the work they have done contributing to the club  that is continually developing.

With a healthy mini section following behind and hopefully the resurrection of the girls hub over the next few weeks and months there are plenty of playing opportunities for the young people of Carmarthen and there is always a welcome for new players or in fact returning players

Under 16s aim for some Sign off Silverware

In their last season classed as Juniors the Under 16s also head to Llandeilo Sunday where they will face Llandeilo in the Under 16s Carmarthenshire Cup Final.

In a season where there have not been many Under 16s teams the Quins find themselves in the final following a 17pts to 14pts victory away to Tumble in the first round and then a pulsating semi final against Carmarthen Athletic where the Quins squad dug deep and with literally the last play of the match they drove over for a try to take a 17pts to 15pts victory against the old rivals.

Like our Under 15s the squad will be looking to add to their silverware having won the Under 13s Cup and Regional Cup the last time they were able to compete pre Covid.

With many of the squad also gaining representative honours this season with the Scarlets and Boys Club of Wales winning the cup will be the icing on the cake. The coaching staff will be taking nothing for granted particularly with a likely large partizan home crowd.

We wish the Under 16s all the very best for their Cup Final.

Under 15s Aim to Maintain Cup Winning Ways

Our Under 15s head to Llandeilo on Sunday to play their Carmarthenshire Cup Final against Lampeter.

The Quins young guns got to the final courtesy of a home 38 nil win against Kidwelly in the preliminary round the played a combined Llandovery/Llandeilo side and emerged victorious by  the narrowest of margins 17pts to 15pts this was then followed by a 28pts to  3pts home win against Tumble in the semi final.

The players are no strangers to finals having won the Carmarthenshire Cup at under 12s and also the Regional Cup later that season. Then as we know that Covid hit and this resulted in no competitions when  they were Under 13s and Under 14s.

We are sure that the squad will be raring to go and get more silverware.

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Under 13s Head to Finals day in Llandeilo

Our Under 13s head to Llandeilo for their first taste of Cup Final action. Having been robbed of the opportunity at Under 12s due to Covid they will be keen to make a mark on the trophy that was last won by the Quins current Under 16s.

In the three games prior to the final the Quins team saw off local rivals Carmarthen Athletic 10pts to 5pts at home then travelled to Llandeilo and really put their marker down as title contenders with a 59pts to 12pts victory. In the semi final they travelled to Burry Port and despatched the home side 35pts to 7pts.

The coaches have prepared the squad well and have instilled its knockout cup rugby and past results will count for nothing and its how they perform on the day that will dictate the outcome. It is sure to be an entertaining game against Amman United.

We wish the Under 13s the very best in their final.

Under 12s Ready for Cup Final Debut

On Sunday the Under 12s will be the first Quins team to take the field in the Carmarthenshire Cup Finals day. In their first season of competitive, fifteen a side rugby the young Quins team have done extremely well throughout the season and a visit to the final is well deserved for their efforts.

The Quins side have been on the road for the previous three rounds. They visited Llandovery in the preliminary round and played the game as a curtain raiser for the senior sides. Previous games against Llandovery have always been closely contested and this was no different but some cool and calm thinking by the Quins saw them run out winner 12 points to nil to set them on their cup journey,

Next up was an away trip to Penybanc where the Quins showed some class and mature thinking with their play to emerge victorious 53pts to nil.

The Semi Final saw a trip to Felinfoel where a keen game was expected but the Quins side exerted the upper hand early on and controlled all areas of the game and booked their deserved place in the final with a 33pts to 5 victory much to the delight of players, parents and the additional travelling support.

The Quins will face Newcastle Emlyn in the final which will be a fantastic game to watch we are sure with some players from both sides in the same school so all will be keen to get the bragging rights after the Easter Holidays.

Of course it is not only the cup at stake there is also the opportunity to play at Parc y Scarlets for the winners at the Regional Finals day.

Whatever the result all at the club are extremely proud of the achievements of this group of players.

Your Match Day Future Mighty Quins are:

Big Weekend of Rugby

This week and weekend is as big an event that the club has seen for a while. Rugby across the whole club features between yesterday evening (Wednesday 6th April) through to Sunday when all our players are in some sort of action.

Last night the return of the Jesters Hub continued with many girls from under 7’s through to under 18’s taking part in fun sessions focussing on the core rugby skills and there were smiles all round. There is still plenty of space for you to join and for more details follow our Social Media channels or email d4ddo@hotmail.co.uk

Tonight the competitive rugby kicks off with our Under 11’s playing against Carmarthen Athletic in what is always an entertaining game full of skills from both sets of players.

On Friday (8th April) the local rivalries continue with our Youth Team hosting Carmarthen Athletic in a double header that serves as a cup game and a league game. The teams have met once this season with the Quins running out the victors. As always with local derbies this could go either way as both sides fight for the Town Bragging Rights. Kick off in the park is at 7pm and the more support there the merrier.

Saturday our 1st XV continue their road to the end of the season with their last away game of the campaign. They head East to Ebbw Vale looking to build on their last outing which saw them secure a bonus point victory in Merthyr. Its been a long stop start season but the Seniors will be looking to end the season on a high and as high up the table as they possibly can.

With the starters finished on Saturday the club moves on to the main course with the Carmarthenshire Cup Finals day in Llandeilo RFC where four of our Junior sides are in action in Cup Finals. It is an unprecedented success for the section having so many teams in the finals. Only the 14’s missed out and that was probably due to a bad run of luck on the injury front but they will look to bounce back next season.

The first game to kick off is the Under 12’s who will take on Newcastle Emlyn at 10am, followed by the Under 13s who take on Amman United at 11.30am, then the Under 15’s take on Lampeter at 2.30pm and last but not least the Under 16’s take on Llandeilo kicking off at 4pm.

In what is going to be a great day for rugby all round any additional support would be welcomed by all teams.

There will be team news brought to you from some of the sides prior to the games which after a harsh two years of Covid will be a memory in the making for the young Quins.

Also on Sunday our Under 7’s and Under 9’s take on the Athletic and Athletic Park both kicking off at 9.30am.

With the club’s 150th Anniversary on the horizon it is great to see so many players involved with club and it is continuing to grow. If you like what you see or hear then why not become part of it there are opportunities for many so please get in touch.

Call for more players and volunteers for the resurrected Girls Hub.

Last Wednesday 23rd March 2022 saw the Girls Hub start to resurrect itself with a registration event held in Abergwili for the newly named Carmarthen Jesters.

The event is aimed at girls from the age of 7 to 18 to take up the great game. Covid hit all sports hard but none more so than girls specific rugby here in Carmarthen. With work ongoing prior to the pandemic to restart the hub it was more or less wiped out over the next two years due to Covid.

Officials from the Quins mini and junior section have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to get this back up and running and give the girls of Carmarthen and surrounding areas a chance to try rugby.

A good number of girls turned out last Wednesday but the hub needs more and this coming Wednesday 30th March they were will be another opportunity to register your interest yourself or for your female relatives.

Registration for all will be available from 5.30pm to 6.30pm with a training session for those younger girls between ages 7 and 11. Training for the older age groups will commence the following week on 6th April.

In addition to players we would also like to call on volunteers for the positions of coaches and team managers. Officials of the mini and junior section will provide as much support as possible and there is the opportunity for interested individuals to undertake rugby specific coaching courses to allow the sport to grow.

The location is the Club’s training facility in Abergwili where you will all receive a warm welcome and we look forward to seeing you. If you would like to have more details then please email Neil on d4ddo@hotmail.co.uk

We hope the resurgence of the Senior Wales Women’s team with their victory last weekend will be a catalyst for more to join.

 

Under 16’s Shine for Scarlets Under 16’s

On Wednesday 16th March, 11 of our current under 16s team were selected to play for the Scarlets Under 16’s team against their Ospreys counterparts.

In the Scarlets East team we had Roan Smith, Steffan Evans, Carwyn Thomas and Dylan Rowe. In the Scarlets East team we had Elis Thomas Oli Hawke, Dylan Davies, Owain Hari Davies, Efan Parry, Gruff Rhys Williams and Elis Price.

In a fantastic night of rugby both Scarlets sides won their games with the Quins contingent playing their part in the victories which is another stepping stone on their rugby journey.

All at the club are extremely proud of the success of the Under 16s players along with the rest of the Mini and Junior Section.

Scarlets East

Scarlets West

Two More Carmarthenshire Cup Finalists.

On Sunday 6 March two more of our Junior teams played in a semi final of the Carmarthenshire Cup.

The Under 12s headed to Felinfoel for their semi final in what was anticipated to be a tough game. The young Quins headed with a squad of 22 and were in good spirits following the previous weeks win away to Porthcawl.

Felinfoel won the toss and gave the Quins the kick off. A nervy start by both sides saw a couple of errors by both sides but they soon settled in to their respective game plans.

The Quins were fired up from the first minute and were soon taking the game to the hosts and some excellent work at the contact area by the forwards allowed the back line to run amok and it wasn’t too long before the Quins were on the scoreboard. It was a galvanising moment and you could see the team grow in confidence and play with style.

After a hard week of preparation the Quins side were not be denied and ran out worthy winners 33pts to 5. The points coming from 2 tries for Rhys James, 3 tries for Jac Johnson and four conversions for Macs Hastings. It would be unfair to single out any individual as it was truly a team performance from 1 to 22 with the pack securing good ball against a bigger side to allow the backs to do what they did.

They now go on to face Newcastle Emlyn in the final who beat Llandeilo in the other Semi Final 48-14. Its all set to be another cracker on 10th April when the two teams face each other ironically at Llandeilo. With Newcastle Emlyn beating the Quins earlier this season revenge will be very much on the minds of the Quins.

Below are the victorious Under 12s and the smiles say it all. Well done to all involved.

In the other Semi Final the Under 16s hosted Tumble at Abergwili and in another tough game the Quins exerted the pressure and were able to control the game for long periods of time and ran out winners 28pts to 3.

They now head to finals day where they will face Llandeilo in the final in what again is bound to be a cracker.

This now sees four Quins teams heading to the Cup Finals with the 13s and 16s already through, it is hoped that the 14s can join them on the day in the Plate final should they beat Amman Utd this coming Sunday. When we have details of finals day we will share this with you but we know that each team would welcome any support and time that our supporters have to give.

It is unprecedented success for the Mini and Junior Section who are going from strength to strength from Under 7’s right through to the Under 16s. The development of children as players and individuals is important to the club and with nearly 200 involved we must give our thanks to all those that volunteer to allow these children to play the game that is rugby.