Tomorrow our Youth head to the home of Welsh Rugby and the Principality Stadium for the final of the WRU Welsh Youth Cup. The season has gone well for the young Quins and they find themselves in the final following an away win in the first round against local rivals Newcastle Emlyn where they took the spoils 22pts to 21pts. They then headed East and took on Rhiwbina where only try count could sort the teams and the Quins progressed following a 29 all draw. Next up in the Quarter final was Machen who pushed the Quins all the way but we managed to dig in and come out with a 22-20 victory.
On to the Semi Final and Barry RFC on neutral territory in Cefn Cribwr. A large travelling contingent followed the boys form Carmarthen and the journey wasn’t to be in vain. Leading 9-nil at half time courtesy of three penalties there was some worry amongst the Quins fans that the lead wouldn’t be big enough given Barry would have the wind in the second half. Barry clawed back three points before pushing the Quins and score a converted try to take it to 10-9 and playing the territory game it looked to be swinging Barry’s way but the young Guns stood fast and took their one opportunity and crashed over wide out for what was to be a decisive score that took us back in the lead 14-10. The game was far from over and it was heroic defence that carried them home with standing wave after wave of the Barry Bombers attack but stand firm it did and amongst a big roar the Quins triumphed and booked their place in the final.
This squad really is a special squad and there have been no problems with last years Under 16’s integrating with the current youth side in fact it has complemented it. The majority of the players who have represented the youth this season have come through the ranks many from minis and others from juniors so it is testament to the club that the pathway is there. Not withstanding that fact the coaches have also come through the ranks, Gary Wah Evans a former Quins player himself took over coaching from the end of the Under 7’s age group right through to now winning Carmarthenshire and Regional Cups along the way and on that journey with him has been Cenydd and Meurig/ Deiniol Jones a former Quins youth player has been involved in coaching since under 11’s and was last years Under 16’s coach and is now in part of the setup along with Wayne Proctor who has sharpened the fitness of the squad. Finally the gel that keeps them all together is Keith as team manager who quite rightly so is already a proud man but will be even prouder come 5.30pm tomorrow night when the boys take the field.
Every one at the club is backing the boys and extremely proud of their efforts so far this season and a sizeable crowd will be following them up to Cardiff to spur them on. Good luck boys, give it your all and enjoy the experience.