Monday, 19 August 2013

Hope Everyone has had a great Summer ! We getting together at Underhill Park for the family 7's 10.30am Bank Holiday Monday 26th August..


The event will benefit from all of the facilities provided for the Cracker Sevens on the Sunday , however will have a more of a family fun, community feel.

Round robin games , 7’s touch style will begin at circa 11 am ( registration at 10.30 am ). Teams will be made up of 7 players ( maximum of 2 adults ) and can be made up of all ages from year 3 to adults.. So it’s a great chance to play with Mums, Dads, brothers and sisters or just get a team together with your mates ( Minimum of 1 adult ).....

Mumbles teams are also encourage to use the opportunity to raise money for their normal sides and you are welcome to set up a stall fete style !! In previous years we have had :

Rugby Ball through the Mumbles Castle Gate ( Brian More Style )
Cake Stall
Longest Kick Event
Massage Tent
Face Painting
Welly throwing comp.
Tug of War..

Please consider a fun name for your team and try and wear the same coloured t shirts or kit !! If you would like to register your interest for a team ( Entry is free ) or would like the opportunity to raise some money on a stall please facebook me.

PS; I any one would like a time slot on the main pitch for any other activity then please contact me..

See you all on the day , All welcome, you do not have to be registed with MRFC to enter a family tream!!

Jon Price
Mumbles Predators U10’s ...

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Thursday, 23 May 2013


Welcome to Mumbles Rugby Club monthly newsletter ‘Between the Posts’.

There is news of what is going on in and around the club and of course I would welcome any contributions from you, the members and supporters of the club!
Martin Rodwell                                             e.mail:

We did it! Where else could I start but with the news that the 1st XV have been crowned Champions of SWALEC Div 3 South West after a quite amazing run of matches! If I take you back to the middle of April when it transpired that Mumbles needed to win their 6 remaining matches + scoring at least 4 tries in each of those 6 matches to pip Trebanos for the title. It was one match at a time but it meant playing Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Wednesday for a few weeks to get the games played by the middle of May. We had to play Pencoed who were third, both home and away and our final game was away to Ystalyfera, who were also going for promotion! Mission impossible was how our task was described by many but as each victory was claimed the tension became apparent! So two busses and a stream of cars made their way up the Swansea Valley to Ystalyfera seeking a seventh consecutive bonus point win to secure the title. Two tries up at the break gave us a chance. A third try was claimed but suddenly the tension set in as the boys realised they were almost there. With minutes to go try number 4 was scored the title belonged to Mumbles. Just to make sure a 5th try was scored and the celebrations could begin. Coaches Simon Evans and Keith Colclough were interviewed on Scrum V as were club captain Paul Gooding and captain on the day Andrew Littlehales. A quick pint and it was back to the Mumbles Clubhouse for a night of well-deserved celebrations! I understand that went on until 1.30 a.m. and some are still there!
The good news doesn’t stop there, the Youth have secured second place in their division, which is a tremendous performance. At this point I must also mention the Development XV who have also had a tremendous season in the Swansea & District League.
The success keeps coming with two of our highly promising Junior Teams U11’s and U12’s both winning the Plate Competition in the Lucton Junior Rugby Tournament.
So a hugely successful season for all sections of the club! An interesting comment was said to me by an official of Ystalyfera. He had told his players’ Mumbles are what we should aspire to, a well run club who play a brand of rugby that is the envy of many, many teams’ Kind words indeed but very true words and something to live up to and take on again next season.
I mentioned last month that Chris Founds from the Junior Section had organised a special dinner to support the LATCH charity, who in turn are supporting Dylan Gunner who plays for Mumbles U14’s and has been diagnosed with cancer. I’m delighted to report the evening was a huge success and raised almost £4,000 for a very worthy cause. Congratulations Chris on a superbly organised evening.
We are holding the Presentation Evening on Friday 24th May in the clubhouse starting 7.30 p.m.ish but the bar will be open from 6.00 p.m.! After the dramatic events described above this is sure to be a great evening so I do hope you will be able to attend and join in the celebrations. Everyone is welcome including wives, girlfriends and all supporters! There will be a buffet and entry is free
A reminder we are celebrating our 125th Year Anniversary this year and events have been organised to recognise and celebrate this great achievement.
We held a very successful 125 Year Anniversary Golf Day at Langland Bay Golf Club last Friday. Our resident cycling Linesman Paul Hill and his team won the main prize, a trophy and a new Golf Bag each! Runners Up were the Dawson Team and 3rd were the Alan Sutherland Team. As always, an excellent meal and some good banter in the evening, you could tell Doug Baker was in with record red wine sales! 
The next event is the Grand Dinner Dance on Saturday 1st June, with Phil Steel of Scrum V fame the guest speaker. I’m delighted to say this event has sold out (320) and with the success of the teams to celebrate I have a feeling we are in for a good night!

Further meetings have been held with Swansea City Council and Mumbles Community Council have received a final report on the work required to be done to try and halt the problems of the pitch flooding which we have incurred all too often this season. I believe we are really making progress with this project, a formal bid for Lottery funding has been submitted and I am hopeful both the pitch area and the proposed new building will soon become a real possibility not just a dream!.

As you probably know Kate Hopkins runs the club website which I’m pleased to say gets many hits (I think that is the jargon) Now Kate is due to get married later this year and reluctantly will have to give up the post of Web – Master (more jargon). So are there any computer loving folk out there who could take on the task of managing the club website? Please contact me if you think you can help 01792 360080. 

100 CLUB
We had a great response to the new revamped scheme and held the first draw at the management meeting on 13th May. The winner of the £50 monthly prize was Chris Thomas. Many congratulations to Chris £50 richer for just a £5 monthly stake and of course a chance to win next month or the £500 prize in the August draw! It’s not too late to join the scheme; there will be a monthly cash prize of £50 and then every quarter there will be a super prize of £500!  Subscription is just £5 per month and payment is by direct debit so there is no need to worry about remembering to pay every month and of course you will be automatically entered in the monthly draw. The monthly draw will be made on the first Monday of each month under the scrutiny of the management committee. Results will be e.mailed and posted on the noticeboard each month. Those of you already in the scheme have been allocated two shares in this revised format.  Just to confirm Justin Price will be managing the ‘100 Club’ to ensure the funds generated will be put to good causes  and 100% ploughed back into the club. Identifying the need for new equipment and new kit required by any of the teams are some examples of how Justin will manage the funds. So don’t delay complete the membership form attached or send a cheque for £60 to Gareth Bennett, c/o the clubhouse, if you are not in it, you can’t win it!  
LIONS 2013
As you are aware the British & Irish Lions are in Australia this year playing 3 tests on consecutive Saturdays starting on 22nd June Brisbane, then 29th June Melbourne and finishing on 6th July in Sydney. We are planning to have a Lions Breakfast Club in the clubhouse on each of these Saturdays. What could be better than a Bacon Roll and a Pint watching the Lions .v. the Aussies. Check the noticeboard for timings but I think coverage will probably start about 10.30 a.m. There are of course other games as the Tour starts on Saturday June 1st and we will be showing all the games Live in the club. Again check the posters displayed in the club for details.

Well that’s about it for this month. As I said earlier it has been a fantastic season both on and off the pitch and how fitting the success is in our 125th Year. I hope to see you at the events that are coming up it would be great to see you and I know the players will appreciate your continued support. Of course feel free to pop in for a pint or two in the clubhouse, you will be most welcome. It would be great to hear from you on any matter, good or bad; my e.mail address is indicated below.

Martin Rodwell                                             e.mail:

Monday, 22 April 2013

Houdi Partners ! Narberth Cowboys, Indians & moustache Tour ! MAY BANK HOLS !

Hope you are all ready for the Narberth Cowboys, Indians & Moustache Tour! In general please plan for a family weekend away, take items that you would normally take camping or on a short break.

On Saturday & Sunday night we will be organising a group BBQ & Curry (bring a bottle or two) also group breakfast each morning in the outdoor kitchen, however food will not be provided at other times. You can stock up on your treats and drinks etc from the PREDATOR bargain tuck shop... Alternatively there is pub grub on site and a shop selling all basics. ( PLEASE SEE LIZ  FOR THE GRUB SUB COLLECTION  ON WEDNESDAY AT TRAINING ).

The itinerary will be as below, I have tried to enclose as much information as I can, however nothing is compulsory (apart from the tour rules) , the main goal is to enjoy the weekend and have as much fun as possible for all.

Tour Rules will begin from 6pm on Friday night and end at 9pm on Sunday, after the kangaroo court. Gents & Ladies you need to be dressed in Bonanza style gear like Cowboys & Indians. ALL including players will need a moustache including the lady Indians, so if you do not have a real one, you need to find one or paint one..

All Players to bring your 2012 tour hoodies for the weekend ( Or hopefully the new T shirts with good weather) plus collar and club tie on Sunday after the Narberth Game, T shirts will be presented Friday Evening. So Predators please remember a white shirt to wear after the Narberth game an enough rugby kit for the fixture on Sunday.


FRIDAY  3rd - Check in the park after 4pm ( please let the park know if you plan to arrive after 5pm, we hope to arrive for 6pm) Grondre Holiday Park , Clunderwen, SA66 7HD , tel 01437 563111.

7..30pm ---- Meet in Bar for player presentation & tour check in.

SATURDAY 4th -  Enjoy free time at Gondre.

5.00pm ---- Predator & Parent Training (1 hr)

7.00pm ---- Coaches BBQ ( Hosted by Liz & Spencer on the camping field )

8.00pm ---- "PREDATORS GOT TALENT" Mums, Dads & Kids "lets see your talents" Some prizes for best & worst acts.

9.00pm---- Sing along around the fire with Tim, Rhys & family, bring your warm clothes !!

SUNDAY 5th - Narberth Rugby Club, Lewis-Lloyd Ground, Spring Gardens, Narberth, Pembrokeshire SA67 7BT. Tel: 01834 860462.

10.30am -- Meet at Narbeth Rugby Club ( allow 15 mins drive from Gondre ). 11.00am -- Mumbles Predators v Narbeth.

12.noon --- Enjoy Narbeth Rugby club ( Predators in Collar & Tie ). Free Time to enjoy Narbeth !!

7.00pm --- Spencer's Curry Night ( Polish off the rest of the BBQ and sample Spencers curry!!!) & The Famous Kangaroo Court.!! Where the judges and jury with be sentencing all rule breakers..


11.00am - Depart Gondre Park.

12 noon - Predator Swim & Parent Pampering at Bluestone Water Park.

2.30 pm - Tour finishes !!  ...............Hope we have a great time , Jon, Tracy, Owen, James & Cliffy !!

Last home game of the Season at Bish ...Broad Plain RFC (Bristol) tour to south wales!!

Hi All, we are meeting at 10.30 am at Bish on SUNDAY this week for our last home game, then back to the Rugby club with Broad Plain RFC (Bristol)who are touring South Wales.. Hope to see you all for the last home game of the season before our tour!!

Latch Dinner ( NOT BLACK TIE) , this Friday..6.30 pm meet at Langland Bras.

Hi Lads , thought it would be nice to meet up for a pint at 6.30pm at the Langland Bras,for those that can make it..The table is as follows : 1 Chris House 2 David Evans 3 Jon Price 4 David Morgan 5 Tony Faulkner 6 Spencer Parker 7 Roger Hall 8 Mark Rowlands 9 Tim Taylor 10 Rob McKay . If you have not paid up £25 to date, please can you see me on Wednesday night at training on Underhill ( 6.30 pm ).. Thanks Jon

Saturday, 20 April 2013

No rugby tomorrow

We have no match or training tomorrow. See you Wednesday for training at Underhill Park 6.30pm.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Under 10s next season rules & pathway

We are now into junior rugby and very soon we will be splitting into forwards and backs and some positions. With player safety top of the list and increased levels of contact we will only be selecting players for competitive games that we believe are rugby ready each time we meet!! Mums and Dads here is a copy of the new rules and also a reminders to all of the WRU Pathway, so please can you pass on this blog to the players. .


.Tackle must be below the waist, more than one tackler allowed
• No ripping the ball
• 1 player from each side allowed to contest for the ball at the breakdown,this includes people involved in the tackle
• Non contested scrums, side putting in wins ball, no pushing or wheeling • Scrum half not allowed to pass centre line of scrum
• Scrum half must pass ball from base of scrum • No lineout or mauls • Re starts free pass from halfway
• No handoff allowed
• Kicking of ball only allowed in own 22


• Help children cope with the demands of the tackle area
• Effective contest for ball after tackle including support for ball carrier and tackler AIMS

Introduce the contest for possession after the tackle Introduce decision-making at the “breakdown”

AGE: Under 10 as on the first of September at the start of the season.
TEAM SIZE: 10 a side with unlimited substitutions. Five forwards five backs.
The WRU requires that both teams shall field the same number of players throughout the game.
PERIODS OF PLAY: 15 mins each way, maximum 30 minutes of play.
PLAYING AREA: Half pitch.
BALL SIZE: Size three.
COACH QUALIFICATION: UKCC Level one recommended Level two.
REFEREE QUALIFICATION: WRU Level one Award. GAMES, No Inter Club / Inter School Leagues. Where teams have MATCHES, entered Festivals (which start and finish on the COMPETITIONS, same day) it is recommended that each game should not at FESTIVALS: exceed 10 minutes (maximum) each half. Aim 1:To present Welsh Rugby as: EXCITING,ENJOYABLE Aim 2:To Promote: SKILL,SPORTSMANSHIP,TEAMWORK,CONFIDENCE,SELF DISCIPLINE,SAFETY,RESPECT Aim 3:To provide a series of modified games for specified age groups that will progressively develop the individual skills, fitness and team work of all players in accordance with their physical maturity and understanding of the game, in their progress to play the 15-a-side game under the laws of the International Rugby Board.