Thursday, 15 August 2013

South Wales RL Finals Day

Wales Rugby League hold their South Wales’ Grand Finals day this Sunday at Taff’s Well RFC.

It’s the longest club finals day they’ve ever held, with five matches culminating in the senior final between Valley Cougars of Nelson and Torfaen Tigers (kick-off 5pm).

The Cougars, who finished top of the table in the regular season, are looking to take their third title, having last won the crown in 2010, while the Tigers, appearing in the first Final in eight years, are aiming to lift the trophy for the first time.

The day is being made extra special as, at around 1.25pm, there is a presentation by Cardiff Spartans who have been collecting rugby kit for the Sierra Leone Kit Fund. This is a follow up to an appeal made by Wales Rugby League’s Mark Jones back in April when he visited the West African country alongside the Rugby League European Federation to investigate opportunities to introduce Rugby League into their country.

The first game is at 11.30am when Spartans’ under 13s side take on favourites Neath and District Scorpions in the under 13s final.

Senghenydd’s Aber Valley Wolves then feature in both the under 14s and under 15s finals.

They are looking to go one better than last year at under 14 level when they take on Penallta Storm in that Final at 12.30pm and an hour later the older group take on Bridgend Blue Bulls.

And in the under 16s final at 2.45pm, the Storm, last year’s under 15 champions, look to win another title as they face South Gower Rebels.

Admission for adults is £3 and children and concessions just £1. The WRL have asked that if anyone has any old playing kit or equipment for the Sierra Leone Fund then please bring it to Taff’s Well RFC on the day.

Mark Jones, WRL National Development Manager, said: “Rugby league in Wales is still growing at a rapid rate.  The demand this year has seen new community clubs being established throughout  Wales. These include Whitehead Warriors (Newport), Borderer Boars (Monmouth), Western Warriors (Tenby) and Gwendraeth Raiders (Mynydd). This season WRL have added one new age grade in under 16s and a Senior Merit Table for developing teams.

“We’re delighted that we have five finals this Sunday representing many of these groups and I would like to thank Taff’s Well RFC and their staff for hosting the day and supporting the development of Rugby League in Wales.

10.30 – Gates Opening
11.30 – U13s Final – Cardiff Spartans v Neath and District Scorpions
12.30 – U14s Final – Aber Valley Wolves v Penallta Storm
13.30 – U15s Final – Aber Valley Wolves v Bridgend Blue Bulls
14.45 – U16s Final – South Gower Rebels v Penallta Storm
17.00 – Conference Premier Final – Valley Cougars v Torfaen Tigers


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