Match Report – Carmarthen Quins RFC 21-40 Merthyr RFC

The final match of this season produced some of the most exciting moments of this long programme.

There were four changes from the Llandovery match and the Spring weather gave both players and supporters every hope of an entertaining encounter and the men on the pitch certainly did their best to oblige.  From the kick off, the pace of the match was  lively and accurate and play was from end to end with the Quins looking particularly dangerous, and their efforts were rewarded early when quick passing and clever running saw Nick Reynolds slice through a gap shaking off two tackles to cross near the posts. Jac Wilson added the points.

Mid way through the half and after several attacking periods by both sides a series of power phases took the Iron men  up ton the Quins line and Ben Murphy was credited with the touch down. Matthew Jarvis converted to level matters.Both sets of supporters were kept on their toes with skilful attacking, solid defending and accurate kicking and it was on the half hour mark that Merthyr took advantage of a lucky bounce and a quick counter attack that gave wing Terry Gee the chance to race through for the second try. Jarvis converted.

It was  followed by another series of Merthyr power play that led to try number three from skipper Craig Locke for Jarvis to convert. It was a full 36 minutes before the first set piece which was controlled by the Quins eight and this skill was to be repeated for the whole of the match and was a credit to their young pack and augers well for the seasons to come. With the interval looming the visitors again took advantage of a fortunate bounce which led to wing  Teri Gee crossing for his second try and the bonus point score.

The interval team talk, not for the first time this season, saw the Quins mount a dangerous attack and the ever alert Nick Reynolds darted through a mesmerised defence for his second try which Jac Wilson converted. More enterprising play by both sided thrilled the crowd and the expert handling of prop Javan Sebastian was of a very high standard and many of his charges gained valuable ground for the Quins. The experience of the Iron Men once again paid off and they were awarded a penalty try after a set of mauls near the Quins line.

The Quins refused to lie down and their set piece and line out control often had the Methyr side at full stretch for long periods and  their hard work was capitalised on when the reliable strong running of Dylan Morgans gave him the chance to shake off several defenders and cross for the Quins third try Wilson slotted the conversion but Merthyr rounded off a a fine afternoons work with an Adam Hoskins try.

This Quins performance was  given full credit from the Chief, Merthyr’s Coach, The experience gained this season will see the squad in good spirits for next seasons new plans devised by the WRU.

Last Team Selection of 2018/2019 Season

So we come to the final game of a roller coaster season with top of the table Merthyr RFC our visitors to Carmarthen Park. We have secured our place in the Premiership for next season so hope we can finish this year with another victory at home.

We would like to thank everyone for all the support you have given throughout this season.

Carmarthen Quins RFC v Merthyr RFC

Saturday 4th May 2019 – Kick Off 2.30pm

15 Dale Ford

14 Dylan Morgans

13 Nick Reynolds

12 Josh Batcup

11 Dean James

10 Jac Wilson

9 Ifan Beynon Thomas

1 Steff Phillips

2 Thomas Ball

3 Javan Sebastian

4 Lee Taylor

5 Hayden Pugh ( c )

6 Ed Siggery

7 Gethin Davies

8 Lewys Millin

Replacements

16 Carwyn Harries

17 Shaun Evans

18 Connor Allen

19 Shaun Jones

20 Richard Bloomfield

21 Aron Hemmings

22 Aled Thomas

23 Scott Lloyd

Final Youth Fixture – League Plate Winners 2018/2019

As the season comes to an end for our Youth team, as they take on Tumble Youth on Saturday, win, lose or draw this has been a successful season. With one league game left they have already been crowned winners of the Carmarthenshire League Plate and will be presented with this award following the completion of the game on Saturday.

These players are the next generation of Quins players and hopefully we will see a few of them turning out for the Senior squad in the near future.

Kick off on Saturday @ 2:30pm at Tumble RFC if you want to join the players in celebrating this last game and their success.

Q150 Winners April 2019

The Winners of the Q150 Club draw are:

April 2019

£150 – No 60 – Mr E Jenkins
£100 – No 75 – Mr RH Thomas
£75 – No 1 – Mr DR Lloyd
£50 – No 68 – Mr W Thomas
£25 – No 55 – Mr GR Vaughan

Team Selection – Llandovery RFC v Carmarthen Quins RFC

With an outstanding performance  last week at the house of pain and getting a bonus point win against Pontypridd RFC a number of changes have been made to the squad to face Llandovery RFC on Saturday

Llandovery RFC v Carmarthen Quins RFC

Saturday 20th April 2019 – Kick Off 2.30pm

15 Dale Ford

14 Dylan Morgans

13 Nick Reynolds

12 Josh Batcup

11 Osian Knott

10 Jac Wilson

9 Ifan Beynon Thomas

1 Kemsley Mathias

2 Dominic Booth

3 Javan Sebastian

4 Jac Price

5 Hayden Pugh ( c )

6 Richard Bloomfield

7 Gethin Davies

8 Lewys Millin

Replacements

16 Steff Phillips

17 Thomas Ball

18 Connor Allen

19 Lee Taylor

20 Shaun Jones

21 Ed Siggery

22 Aron Hemmings

23 Aled Thomas

Match Report – Pontypridd RFC v Carmarthen Quins RFC

Pontypridd RFC 12-32 Carmarthen Quin RFC

The Quins strengthened their league placing and survival in the Premier Division, with a fine deserved victory at the House of Pain, Sardis Road. History has shown that the Quins save their best performances against better Clubs and they don’t come any better than Ponty. Their 20 point margin is the biggest inflicted on them so far this season. The Quins have recorded two other victories over Ponty with totals of 32 points, November 19th 2016, and 4th March 2006. This performance is up there with the Cup Semi final in April 2010 at Bridgend with the score 41 – 12, and the Premier League win at Sardis Road by 23-0 in Sept 2004.

The Quins made 5 changes   from the Ebbw Vale win last week. Both sides wanted to entertain and started well, with both sets of backs having early touches. Jac Wilson punished a home scrum infringement after just 5 minutes, with a penalty. It was from another scrum that the Quins set up an attack and went up the left for Morgan Griffiths to power through and find Dale Ford in support to round the cover defence and touch down under he posts. Jac Wilson added the extras.

The home support were silenced further when Dylan Morgans  tore away up the right and his neat chip over the full back to see him gather and race over for the Quins second Try which went unconverted. The Quins  destructive tackling gave the Ponty backs little chance to make any ground  and play was kept in their half for long periods. They managed to penetrate the Quins defence after 30 minutes when Lewis Williams found a gap to cross for a well taken try which converted himself to narrow the gap.

The sides changed ends with the Quins ahead and looking confident in all departments. Shortly after the restart a powerful surge up field gave the Quins a set piece that they again controlled and from 5 yards out Lewys Millen picked up and his strength did the rest to go over for try number three. On the hour mark Ponty did manage an attack and wing Alex Webber was on hand to score. This was short lived as the Quins were now in control  at both line out and scrum. They were able to use the rolling maul tactic, which the home side had little answer, and keep the ball for long periods to frustrate the home pack.

Any home flare was cancelled out by the deadly tackling of the whole Quins team, keeping the usual home support strangely silent and none of the Ponty Ponty chanting was heard. Another Quins drive up to the home line was capitalised on when Dom Booth was on hands to crash over. Jac Wilson converted this bonus point score. The home side were demoralised, so much so that even their score board was out of action. With the game well and truly won, the Quins continued their rampant approach and Dylan Morgans was able to cross for his second and the Quins fifth try. Jac Wilsons conversion hit the upright and stayed out but the points were well and truly won to the delight of all Quins support.

Again it would be difficult to select a Man of the Match as all players had a major influence on the result

Next Saturday the team travel to Llandovery RFC for a the last away League encounter  of the 2018/2019 season and the players are really up for this one.

Team Selection – Pontypridd RFC v Carmarthen Quins RFC

Following a great victory last week against a tough Ebbw Vale RFC and securing Premiership rugby next year, there have had to be a number of changes to the squad this week as we face Pontypridd RFC.

Pontypridd RFC v Carmarthen Quins RFC

Saturday 13th April 2019 – Kick Off 2.30pm

15 Dale Ford

14 Dylan Morgans

13 Nick Reynolds

12 Josh Batcup

11 Morgan Griffiths

10 Jac Wilson

9 Ifan Beynon Thomas

1 Kemsley Mathias

2 Thomas Ball

3 Javan Sebastian

4 Lee Taylor

5 Hayden Pugh ( c )

6 Ed Siggery

7 Shaun Evans

8 Lewys Millin

Replacements

16 Steff Phillips

17 Dominic Booth

18 Connor Allen

19 Jac Price

20 Richard Bloomfield

21 Gethin Davies

22 Aron Hemmings

23 Aled Thomas

Derwent Norton – Club’s First Captain

Derwent Norton – the club’s first captain in our first full season 1875/76

 

I received an unexpected email from Mr David Connelly on the 13th December 2018. He lives with his family in New South Wales, Australia.

David explained that he was the great/great grandson of Derwent Norton. Having seen our captain’s board on our web site, he was keen to alert me to his link with such a special person in our club’s 145 years of rugby history.

David has researched his family history both in Australia and Wales. I am pleased that he has already shared a great deal of that information with me. I intend to include in our “History” section on our web site a detailed account of my own and David’s knowledge of the Nortons who, in the middle and late 1800’s, were a very influential family in Carmarthen. Derwent also had other brothers who both played and took part in the organisation of the then Carmarthen Wanderers Football Club.

Just one of the facts I will mention here is that I was told by David that Derwent Norton emigrated to Australia in 1878. The reasons for his move to Australia is intriguing and I will mention more of that in the feature I hope to complete soon.

The fact that Derwent emigrated to Australia in 1879 confirmed my suspicions that not all the entries on our Captains Board completed in 1974/75 were in fact very accurate. In the list compiled then, Derwent was included as the team’s captain in the 1881/82 season (he did captain the team in the 1875/76; 1876/77 & 1877/78 seasons and it looks as if he left for Australia in his final season as captain). He therefore, could not have been the captain for the 1881/82 season.

Derwent’s brother Talbot had by the 1881/82 season become a key member of the team and I intend to change the Captain’s Board to show that it was Talbot who was the captain for 1881/82 and not Derwent. (I have yet to come across a newspaper report that can verify any of this as very few reports can be found for that season).

The photograph shown here sent to me by David shows from left to right:- his father Gordon; brother Lawrie; nephew James and David himself.

The tie James is displaying in the photograph is one of the club’s 100 + appearances ties which I sent to David as a mark of appreciation for getting in touch with us and as a small gesture in regards to his relationship with Derwent Norton.

Many thanks David and I am sure we will keep in touch.

Percy Jones

Club Historian

Team Selection – Carmarthen Quins RFC v Ebbw Vale RFC

With a disappointing last minute loss to Swansea RFC last Saturday we turn our attentions to the arrival of The Steelmen, Ebbw Vale RFC for the second time at the Park this season. We played them at home in the first round of the Cup with them running out victors that day. The coaching team have made 3 changes to the starting line up as Curtis Ford replaces Dylan Morgans on the wing, Ifan Beynon Thomas replaces Aron Hemming at scrum half and Shaun Evans replaces Elis Lloyd at openside flanker. Gethin Davies and Connor Allen make the bench and replace Shaun Jones and Steff Phillips.

Carmarthen Quins RFC v Ebbw Vale RFC

Saturday 6th April 2019 – Kick Off 2.30pm

15 Aled Thomas

14 Dale Ford

13 Nick Reynolds

12 Josh Batcup

11 Curtis Ford

10 Jac Wilson

9 Ifan Beynon Thomas

1 Dylan Evans

2 Torin Myhill

3 Javan Sebastian

4 Jac Price

5 Hayden Pugh ( c )

6 Ed Siggery

7 Shaun Evans

8 Lewys Millin

Replacements

16 Kemsley Mathias

17 Thomas Ball

18 Connor Allen

19 Lee Taylor

20 Richard Bloomfield

21 Gethin Davies

22 Aron Hemmings

23 Steff Marshall

WALES SUMMER AWAY INTERNATIONALS

CLUB MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE

WALES AWAY SUMMER INTERNATIONALS 2019

This year as it is a RWC year there will be summer Internationals rather than then normal Autumn fixtures. The AWAY Summer Internationals are :-

Sunday 11th August v England -Kick Off – 2.00pm
Saturday 7th September v Ireland – Kick Off – 2.00pm

The Club have been offered a small number of tickets for the away Internationals and if any member requiring tickets for these Internationals then please contact Dorian Taylor on 01267 231865 or 07789 051510 before 30th APRIL 2019.

Please kindly note that once tickets are ordered they have to be paid for and taken.

Thank You.