Juniors and Mini
Llanharan U16’s vs Old Illtydian’s U16’s 22/1/17
Last Sunday, LLanharan U16’s ventured into the depths of Splott, Cardiff to play that traditional old inner-city club Old Illtydian’s. On a chilly morning (but thankfully no frozen pitch unlike the day before), the boys were on a mission to recover from a tough 34-17 defeat to a big, powerful Ynysybwl side the previous week. Hopefully they could get back to winning ways after two previous victories against Machen and Pentyrch.
Only 13 players were available but these boys were fully committed and ready to play, and conditions were near perfect. Not a breath of wind and a much flatter pitch than usual, due to the fact that we were down near the sea rather than on the side of a mountain (the down side being the avoidance of a flock of seagulls that had landed in the opposition 22).
After a high-intensity, non-stop warm-up with coaches Alan and Lee, the boys were ready for kick-off and scored the first try after 2 minutes with some lovely flowing rugby, letting the ball do the work and putting Rhys Newman in at the corner. Leon Burton, who was already controlling the game from 10, couldn’t convert from out wide. Straight from the kick-off Llanharan were off with their passing game again, putting Callum Evans in. Then the boys started to give away silly penalties and let Old Illts back into the game. Over-confidence starting to creep in also, resulting in some careless knock-on’s. Llanharan couldn’t seem to get out of their own half and the latest penalty came right in front of their posts. Old Illt’s went for the three points but the kicker unfortunately slipped and was unsuccessful.
Llanharan eventually got out of their half thanks to a knock-on from the kick-off but started to get a little obsessed with kicks when the strength of their game, as they had shown already, was passing. At last the boys played some rugby. Lovely pass from Callum Evans to Rhys again who comes infield. Dylan John makes the hard yards and quick ball leaves Leon Burton to run it in under the sticks. Callum attempts a dropped conversion and threatens the corner flag rather than the posts, Thankfully his passing is better than his kicking!
Llanharan continued to make some silly errors but then scored a lovely try from a tapped penalty in their own 22, culminating in a great off-load from Tom Whittaker to Kieren Thomas who uses his speed to go outside the full back to score. Surprise, surprise the conversion is wide but who needs kicks when you’re scoring tries. Then from the next scrum, the ball is moved wide once again. This time Brandon turns on the gas, is brought down just short and Chris Osbourne in great support, picks up to score. The last try of the half came from a lovely chip ahead from Leon collected by Elliot. Quick ball from much-improved rucking today resulted in Tom Whittaker scything through the midfield to score. Hooker Mitchell Hall’s turn to try to convert – a miss but a lot closer than some of the earlier attempts.
From the restart, Llanharan give away a silly penalty and 10m for backchat and this was a sign of things to come, but at half-time, the boys were in front 30-0.
The second half started fantastically for Llanharan, Jack Jefferies running in a try from his own 22, beating virtually the whole Old Illt’s team by himself. He then became the latest in a long line of kickers who embarrassed themselves by missing the conversion from right in front and it became obvious that the final score was going to be a multiple of 5!
From this point on, the game descended into farce as the referee lost complete control of what was a pretty disciplined game. Llanhran lost their heads a little bit, or rather their mouths and kept giving the man with the whistle reasons to ping them and then march them back 10m time after time. After 10 minutes of the second half, confusion reigned as the ref seemed to abandon the game, apparently due to too much backchat!
A little disappointing in the end – Llanharan could and should have won by much more but didn’t give themselves the chance because of too many things said to the ref on the pitch. Having said that, the boys scored some lovely tries, and if they can cut out the silly mistakes (and the backchat), will always give themselves a chance of winning.
Final score – Llanharan U16’s 35 Old Illtydian’s U16’s 0
The under 8s attended the latest "Supporting Sunday" event hosted by Llantwit Fardre RFC in conjunction with the WRU.
Supporting Sunday is an initiative for rugby clubs that encourages good behaviour by Players, Coaches and Supporters in mini and junior rugby, and also encourages participation by gauranteeing all players at least half a game. Despite a few players not being available, we took 2 teams to play on the Astro Turf pitch. Depite the cold, each team still managed to play 5 games and treat the fans to a feast of running, passing and tagging rugby. Following a warm up game between the Llanharan Blacks and Llanharan Blues, the kids took on teams from Caerphilly, Pontyclun, Sengenedd and the hosts, and were more than a match for all of them. After the game Llantwit hosted all the players and familes back in the club for Hot Dogs!
Special thanks to Llantwit for hosting the event - No mean feat with best part of 100 kids to manage, and thanks as always to Parents, families and volunteers for your continuing support"
Match report: Mark Anderson
The weather still on our side so the U7's headed to Maesteg for a fixture with Nantyfyllon. A few late withdrawals from the team, however, we managed to field 9 with both boys and girls. Mason Halse making his debut. Some great running, tagging and passing by all. Finished off with all the team singing our club song 'Black and Blue' as loud as they could! Another good morning of Tag with the team enjoying and improving each week. Well done boys & girls!
The under 8 continue their impressive development taking a squad of 20 Children up to Maesteg to play a good Nanty side for our first fixture of 2017. Due to the numbers, it was agreed between the coaches to play 4 x 10 minute games, with the Llanharan squad splitting up into "Blacks" and "Blues"
Game one was a close affair, with the Llanharran squad displaying a bit of "Ring Rust" and the the result being a well-fought draw. Tagging was at a bit of a premium as the players all got back into the groove of Tag Rugby after the Christmas break, and Will Taylor was only denied a length of the field try by a foot in touch. The remaining 3 games were comfortable wins for the young Dairymen, with some excellent interplay between Devon, Ben and Evan resulting in some cracking scores. Also worth mentioning was some good direct running by Louie and Rylan, and great tagging by Scott, Harry and Gabe. It was great also to see all the players contributing, and the offloading and passing that they have been working so hard on be put into action on the field.
A big thanks as always to the parents and families of the children for your ongoing support.
Match report: Mark Anderson
Jan 8 2017
Pentyrch U16 17 Llanharan U16 29
Well done U16s – here are Sunday’s scorers:
Tries: Reece Newman 2, Thomas Whittaker, Chris Osborne, Leon Burton.
Cons - Leon Burton, Kieran Thomas
The new season started with us taking a big squad to Taffs Well, with the youngsters keen to get on the field after a good summer of training. Unfortunately when we arrived Taffs Well informed us that they only had 4 players, so the coaches decided to do some "mix and matching" with several of the Llanharan players turning out for Taffs Well over the course of the 4 games. Lots of good running, passing and tagging, with an even split of 2 wins apiece.
Game 1: Taffs Well 4 Llanharran 2
Game 2: Taffs Well 2 Llanharran 4
Game 3: Taffs Well 5 Llanharran 4
Game 4: Taffs Well 1 Llanharran 5
Tries: Scott 5, Harrison 3, Aston 2, Evan 2, Lewis 2, Cody 1,
Special congratulations to Louis Purchase, William Jones, Ieuan Griffiths and Charlie Gwillim on making their debuts for the young Dairymen. William was especially unlucky not to score a try on his debut, only denied by a foot in touch.
Also worth a mention was our own Tomos who set up a try for Taffs Well. After making a sharp break, he hurled a pass fully 20 yards straight to an on running Taffs Well player who strolled into the corner! Not bad for a 7 year old!
Match report: Mark Anderson
On Sunday our under 8's travelled to Cardiff Arms Park for their first festival and competitive games of the season. The small squad had a big day on their hands with six games to play.
With the young Dairymen looking a little rusty and possibly a little nervous in front of such a big crowd on the hallowed Astro turf of the Arms Park, we had a tricky start.
We lost our two opening games in close fought matches to Porth and Fairwater. Both games being fast and furious. Our tries came from Scott, Ashton, Evan and Cody. Also there was some good open play along with some heroic diving tags.
Following our opening defeats, our performances became more steady and the young Dairymen, soon got into their groove with four wins to finish the day off in style. Moreover with some great running rugby and inter play. We beat local rivals Beddau 4-3 in a thriller, tries coming from Ashton, Harry, Tomos and Gabe. We managed a clean sheet against Whitchurch, winning 2-0. Tries from Gabe and Cody.
In game 5, we put Rhiwbina to the sword, with a 3-1 win. Tries from Scott, Harry and finally Sam with his length of the field, Nigel Walker style try. Great effort.
Finally, in our last match against Barry, we ran out 5-4 winners. Tries from Scott, Evan, Harrison, and Sam.
The boys played with great commitment and enthusiasm, and should be very proud of themselves. Great work team!
Also, huge thanks to coaches, parents and supporters for your continued help and support.
Try scores- Scott Anderson 5 Ashton Gill 2, Evan Benjamin 2, Gabe McCallum 2, Harrison Richards 4, Cody Edwards 2, Sam Cole 2, and Tomos Beddis 1.
Report by David McCallum.