Thursday, February 10, 2011

2010/2011 off field

Here is a record of some of the off field stuff that went on during the Warriors 16th season:

The season started not with a game but with a training session: The Warriors training session which was part of Carmarthenshire's day provision had fallen victim to politics and so the season started with a training session down at People's Park. old territory for the Warriors who had used it between the demise of Stradey Park and the sessions at Parc Y Scarlets. They also played their 1st match against Asda here (14-10 victory) the ground was also the 1st home of Llanelli RFC.

The training session was a good run out and reasonably attended.

Friends Theater Donation:
The Friendship theater group held a presentation evening to present cheques to the various community groups they wished to support for the year.

Star community Awards Night:
Gwilym Lewis was nominated as Coach of the Year in the Llanelli Star Community Awards. When Lee and Billo couldn't go Gwil asked Neil to accompany him - this was poetic justice as it was Neil who had nominated Gwilym in the 1st place.

Brin Issac Awards:
Another nomination from Neil but this time not even Gwilym was able to attend, therefore it was Lee, accompanied by Billo who got the free beer, fre pen, free whiskey, listened to peter Jackson and Derek Quinell and collected the trophy on Gwilym's behalf.

Warriors (through Lee the giant) - part of the lead sports story

Star report on Brin Issac Awards

Carmathenshire Sports Awards:
Gwilym's turn to make nominations and the club was short listed in the Team of the Year category. A small delegation - Killer, Tarw, Parker, Chapman, Pretty Polly, Lee and Jumpin' John went along to the Carmarthen Lyric theartre and put up with Nigel Owens crap jokes only to (deservedly) miss out to bowls pair who claimed Commonwealth Bronze for Wales

Sports Awards Programme - Warriors shortlisted for Team of the Year

Cover of programme for Sports Awards

Certificate of runners up (another one, the only time the Warriors have won anything at these awards Lewi got registered as a golf player :( )

Training Sessions, Back in Barn:
The Warriors finally got a training session back off the ground but in some style with a return to the Parc Y Scarlets Barn.
An intensive hour session saw coach Gwilym Lewis actually do some coaching and by the team's next match (Bumble Barbarians) a team was selected based primarily on those who had trained.

Hosting en***sh - Bradford & Bingley Bumble Bees Barbarians Tour of Llanelli
After the demise of the Saracens Brave Herts the Warriros were only too happy to encourage a new en**ish team and for just their 4th match the Bumble team came to Llanelli to meet the Warriors at Parc Y Scarlets.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Season Review 2009/2010

With the web site now up and running there is less need for this blog site to feature every off field photo. Therefore from now on it will feature an end of season review with an emphasis on off field bits n bobs. Remember that every match is reviewed on the match report blog and on the web site both season by season and in the history section. As ever all comments and additions are welcome.

Played 8 matches losing only away to Gwlad. Retained the Dai Spriggs Cup and Cefenithin Cup. 1st season didn't play the Swansea Gladiators. New kit provided by Tinopolis tv company.
Captain Simon Jenkins

The season began slowly and disappointingly. Fixtures were cancelled at Betws and Bynea. In November Gwilym was due to go on social work placement and with a subsequent change of job likely photos were taken of his last training session in charge. With staffing issues and changes of policy it eventually transpired that this would be the last training session held at Parc y Scarlets (to date anyway).

Luckily it was a well attended session and so the team finished on a high.

It was decided to arrange a Halloween party but with a series of cock ups the intended decoration of the Cambrian didn’t come about. Rob rescued the situation somewhat thank goodness and those who attended seemed to enjoy. Thanks to Bloc and Neil for their efforts and to Natalie for trying.

Surley a murder is on the cards here

John Horwood looking well

Parker looking pale

Luke looking pimp

Hapus looking ...

Yes I think you probaly should eat something Darren

Will Brown & chick

Perhaps the highlight of the whole season was the trip to Cardiff to play Gwlad and watch the Wales v Scotland match. Gemma and Lauren set the party going and everyone joined in – classic.

During the 6 nations the Warriors held a fantasy rugby competition with a wide range of participants.

And the winners were:

The winner was Phil Williams whose Seasider team where only just outside the top 100, good effort Phil, but how come young Jonny Kerr knows so little about the game then?
Not toTo far behind was Ricky Harrises' Yid Army and proving lucky guesses can work was former Betws scrum half Rob Holmes.
We then fall over 1000 places to Betws Secretary Jeff Thomas' outside half factory.

The highest of the players was Mike 'Minime' Seignot with his inbred of heaven.
Nearer the bottom (discounting those who can't work a computer properly) worst of this season's players was Randy Curtis Ramcke, just beaten by Nathan Lawson.


121 Seasider Phillip Williams 415
287 Yid Army Ricky Harries 383
451 High Hopes 15 Robert Holmes 362
1534 OUTSIDE HALF FACTORY Jeff Thomas 284
1811 Inbred of Heaven Michael Seignot 269
2423 Billos bashers Mathew Jones 245
2476 The Waffia Paul Richards 243
2623 Radio Rentals Tim Reilly 237
2764 ME2 XV Colin Downey 232
3227 Ridiculous RFC Rob Hughes 217
3698 Red Rowlands Lee Rowlands 201
3965 Social workings XV Gwilym Lewis 192
4060 Bynea Bulls-Hiters anthony randall 189
4123 Dark (ins) Destroyers Claire Darkins 187
4133 Wooden Spooners XV Jeff Pies 187
4198 Celts XV Jeffrey Thomas 185
5788 dock stars RFC nathan lawson 129
6030 Calvins Army curtis ramcke 116
6069 Colegsirgar RFC James Butcher 113
6082 D G J Josie Darkins 112
99999 Evs Pete Evans 0
99999 Muff n Stuff Wayne Howell 0
99999 rockapes

A quick mention to Big Rhydian who held his 18th birthday, debuted for the Warriors and actually turned 18 all within 4 days. Croeso i’r clwb Rhyd.
Rhydian gets a cwtch from 1 time (and I mean 1, time) player Michael Charles

Finally there was the presentation evening.

Playing records for 2009/10:
The Warriors won 7 out of 8 fixtures retaining both the Cefneithin and Dai Spriggs Memorial Cups.
45 players represented the club. Ben Phillips making a debut as a replacement in the final match against Llanelli Ambulance Service whilst John Horwood moved the appearance record on to igdi apperances.
Simon Jenkins regained the Top Point Scorers Award from Jon Kerr. He was joint top try scorer with Curtis Ramcke (7) and also kicked 8 conversions.
60 tries were scored in total (7 and half per game) helping make up a total of 282 with 16 conversions.

So anyway presentation night was a good one:

Who won what at the 2010 Bolas

The Llanelli Warriors celebrated their 15th season with their annual presentation night at the weekend. The integrated side who include players with learning difficulties were celebrating a very successful season where they lost just once. Accordingly the presentation night was a well attended high spirited affair with plenty of contenders for the various awards.Team Captain Simon Jenkins picked up two awards; Top Points Scorer demonstrated that he had led from the front and Players’ Player indicated a massive vote of confidence from his team mates.Most Improved Player was Nathan Lawson who proved an effective member of a competitive back row whilst Jason Bennett was rewarded for all the advice and support he had given throughout the season with the Sportsman trophy.After presentations to the Warriors ever popular linesman Lewis Jones and the Cambrian pub, No 8 Robert Hughes was named Warriors Player of the Year 2009-10. An effective loose player who also did well at line outs Robert picked up the most Man of the Match awards across the season and the team sometimes struggled without his presence and so he was a deserving recipient of the club’s prestigious Golden Bola award.Looking forward to next season the club was invigorated by a number of new players coming through that have boosted resources both on and off the field. The club have already announced a number of exciting fixtures including hosting a similar team from Bradford, England whilst ambitious plans to establish their own ground are now underway.Having now achieved 15 years worth of experience the team look ready to move up a level for the next 15.A very successful and enjoyable presentation evening held back at the Cambrian. Arse backwards for much of it, plenty of mistakes but still good fun and everybody seemed happy – a typical Warriors event then.A very successful sell off of the reappearing kit was 1st which at least seemed to stop Big Rhyd moaning, special thanks to Mike who chucked in extra money and Gary James who took it on himself to buy one for Burry Ports cabinet.Then whilst we waited for the daytrippers (Killer, Pretty Polly & Jumpin’) to get back from the beach everyone tucked into food, some last minute rediscovering and borrowing of trophies we finally got the awards under way…With club chairman Dai Newson having had to go to bingo Captain Simon Jenkins presented medals to all who had played 3 games, except Richard Hapus who somehow got missed and wasn’t hapus about it. (to be fair Richard played every game, scored twice and picked up a Man of the Match award so he shouldn’t have been forgotten) (who said wishful thinking). Deano got the first chant of the night and Killer had a mini pwdi just to prove he could still do them.The Warriors resident superstar Lewi Jones gave out the next few awards, Bloc shedding a tear as he picked up Sportsman, Nathan obviously very pleased to pick up Most Improved and Simon a very popular Players’ Player.Councillor Winston Lemon came up to present Player of the Year and Rhydain Williams was a VERY happy stand in to collect on behalf of Rob Hughes who was unfortunately working – whether Rob would have been as pleased is actually doubtful and it took a fair effort to get the Golden Bola back off him later.And that was it for another seasonOops – present Lewi with a medal for the 4 games he turned up for (there’s a trophy for if he only turns up for 3 next year)

Oops – didn’t mention the 2-4-1 Ashleys when mentioning new players in the season review,

Oops – forgot to give out Top Points Scorer to Simon Jenkins

WAIT – Simon DOES now want to give a speech even though he had turned down the chance earlier

WAIT – Jason won’t do ‘the roof is on fire’ but will give a song (He ain’t heavy)

WAIT – to huge encouragement not to retire Jason WILL do the roof is on fireAnd that………….was that!
Just remained to have a few pints and lots of talk of the next season, Scotland, e**lish teams, new grounds, fund raising, committees, bands etc etc.There was a Williams family led move to the bucket and spade and talk of going into town but at this point your correspondent headed for home to reflect on another cracking Warriors event.

Nathan Lawson - Most Improved Player
Simon Jenkins - Players' Player
All together now

Report in the ever supportive Llanelli Star

Friday, March 27, 2009

Jonathan Bonar R.I.P.

In the evening of March 19th Jonathan Bonar passed away aged just 31.

Jonathan was a keen rugby player who was capped for Wales U18s and went on to play for Pontyberem, Bynea and Cefneithin. He also played 30 times for the Warriors, accross tha back row, as prop and centre. Jon apperances all came alongside his brother Chris and often with elder brother Anthony.

His funeral was held on March 23rd in Swansea and the Warriors were proud to be represented amongst his many family and friends.

he will be sorley missed by all who knew him.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Scotland tour additional: all the photos, censored videos!

OK, here are ALL the photos from the trip to Scotland and some videos that weren't allowed on the main site.

Friday fotos: Bus trip to Scotland

Saturday fotos: Match v Northern Edinburgh

Sunday fotos: Scotland v Wales

Monday fotos: The lonnnggggg trip home

These videos below were not allowed on Pitchero who in conjunction with the Unions and sponsors, do not want to encourage binge drinking/swearing/nudity/dancing etc. Anyway, whatever the rights/wrongs of that argument here are the videos of the Warriors tour of Edinburgh that include a bit of drinking. they are all from the Saturday, after the match aginst Edinburgh Northern.

Warriors v Northern boat race also featuring nurses, naked men and various guests

Gwil gains a win in the boot challenge, winning time 33 secs

Big Al on the funnel

Alternative camera angle on the boat race.

It was a tiring match...

...and all that singing can take it out of you

Dansio: Saturday night fever

Huw 'Hefner' Jenkins in trouble with the law

Sunday - day of rest - Rutland Hotel

The other videos from the tour are in the media section of the Warriors main web site: whilst the match report and relevant photos are HERE.

The Edinburgh Northern RFC web site is HERE and the Betws web site HERE

Expo 08

A rugby Trade Fair and an invite blagged for a Warriors delegation. Short notice meant there wasn't much chance to choose fairly so Gwilym Lewis (Sec/player/coach), Lee Rowlands (Team Manager), Jon Kerr (Captain), John Horwood (Most capped player), Dai Newson (Chairman) and Lewis Jones (Rugby personality) were selected for the job of going to London and spreading the word. Nusiance pulled out due to SHOPPING commitments!!!

it was an early start as we picked the boys up, nothing like seeing Lewi leering up at you on a cold dark morning. We drove up to llundain without too much issue although the sat nav let us down at the crucial moments (ie in London). John spotted where we were supposed to be an in very little time we had signed in and blagged our 1st freebies of the day.

We went on the 2nd day which was a bit of a shame as most of the big events had obviously taken place the day before and there were much fewer reps about generally. We did get to meet/spot Graham price, Martin bayfield, Dan Lyle, Gareth Rees and some other types, play some rugby skill games, check out the latest in kit n stuff and bag a few freebies. We spoke to some nice kit people and the
folks at wooden spoon but I don't know of anything will come of it.

We also got to see a bit of London inc Houses of Parliment, the london Eye and a very cold looking Scottish piper. Most important we tried to get the concept of people with learning difficulties playing rugby over to some more people - blydi long day tho!
review HERE

Sunday, June 15, 2008

5th Annual Golden Bola Awards (2008)

The 5th Annual Golden Bola awards night was held at the Cambrian in Seaside on June 7th 2008. A long day - the Warriors played Cambrian 1st (review here), Wales played South Africa (review here) and finally the awards were held. Unfortunatley quite a few players were unable to attend (special mention for John Horwood who travelled up from the Isle of White) but those who did (the hardcore) made up for the others.

Anyway the winners....

1st up Lewis Jones presented Captain Tony Whittaker with the Dai Spriggs Memorial Shield which the team claimed with their win over the Swansea Gladiators.

There was then a medal for all players who had made 3 or more apperances for the team during the season (and of course linesman Lewis Jones whose help and experience is always much appreciated).




so to the individual awards: 1st up, the greedy bastards award, better known as top points scorer: Jonathan Kerr re claimed the title he had previously won in 2005/06 with a total of 54 points made up of 8 tries and 7 conversions.

Sportsman of the Year was next: for attitude and conduct on and off the field: This season it went to new boy Darren 'Petticoat' Pollitt.

The next award was for Most Improved Player and went to another debutant; Joshua Crowther.

So it was on to the big awards, firstly - Players' Player of the Year. All players who had played 3 or more matches were invited to vote. It was a very open field with over 11 players nominated but the winner was....

Richard 'Hapus' Evans (and to be fair he looks happy, in this photo)

And so finally to the Golden Bola award for Player of the Year 2007/08. As this was the Warriors most successful season there were plenty of candidates but fittingly it went to the only player who had played in all 12 matches:

Jonathan 'Killer' Kerr

Jumpin' John Horwood finally arrives from the Isle of White to claim his medal!

Finally - as a mark of appreciation to the Cmbrian for hosting the Warriors for another season, a bouquet of flowers was presented to Landlady Val by Lewi, what more could a girl wish for ??

Lewis gives his lips a quick wipe - the old smoothie


after that it was just left to an ever decreasing number of drinkers to celebrate the night with a move along the traditional Warriors pub crawl - along station road and into town.

Huw trying to join the netball team

Guiness time

how low can you go

The brains behind the Warriors !!??!

taxi for Parker