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Pen-Y-Bont Crusader

Member Since 31 Dec 2008
Offline Last Active Nov 22 2015 07:12 AM

#3230211 The game still has enormous potential in Wales

Posted by Pen-Y-Bont Crusader on 08 November 2015 - 12:18 PM

You make a big mistake in saying the problem was Wales failed due to mismanagement then in the same post saying the way to growth is revenue. It's ambiguous and it comes from the many mean minded northerners and some southerners who were always popping up condemning Samuels so hard and nastily people started to believe the bad publicity.

What Janners sets out on here is superb management of the post Crusaders game in Wales on limited funds. That the WRL retains a foothold is also down to the free gangway in which the game is allowed to exist without the pressures of sporting apartheid.
But the key to it blossoming again is money, whether that is a private sponsor(s) or a government grant is neither here nor there, it's money that is needed to take this excellent set up onwards.  
I've no doubt it needs "great people" too, and rugby league people wherever they are are always that, but let's get away from this idea of a magical manager who takes the game to the top on a shoestring budget.
Where the truth is at it's barest is when the amateur clubs turn semi pro. The biggest thing by a mile they crave in spades is money. Money to rent good grounds, to pay good players, to pay to travel to play other rising clubs. It's how it is.........

The management from the WRL board over the last two years has been excellent. Brian Juliff and Chris Thair have had some really tough decisions to make and as unpopular as they may have been, the game is on a level footing in Wales now, whereas in 2013 it really was potentially about to disappear at any meaningful level due to previous administrations, certainly in South Wales.

The appointment of John Kear was a master stroke as well. The difference in the team's body language between the World Cup and this Euro campaign is amazing,

#2942417 Gloucester & Hemel reach for the Stars!

Posted by Pen-Y-Bont Crusader on 10 June 2014 - 12:27 PM

Was at Enfield Saturday. Scorpions were worthy winners and really up for the contest scoring some excellent tries. Skolars not at there best with a number of lapses on our left side defence.
We bombed three tries I think it was through knocking on whilst in the act of grounding the ball.
Still will be there Sunday at Iffley Road .

Fair assessment Spicer. First time this year we have played the full 80 mins. Our kicking game was much improved and movement in offence was far better. Defence was strong and it was visible the confidence that grew in our lads as the game went one.

The bombing of tries by Skolars made the points on the board wider, but speaking to Assistant Coach Marcus Tobin at the end he said we were worthy winners.

Its probably taken us until now to get back to speed - none of realised how tough the season would be after literally being a few hours away from oblivion, but onwards and upwards. !

#2932183 Little stars

Posted by Pen-Y-Bont Crusader on 19 May 2014 - 04:53 PM


#2922383 South Wales Scorpions

Posted by Pen-Y-Bont Crusader on 28 April 2014 - 07:23 PM

The legendary Mr Golden designed this poster attached.

One of our pupils at the Academy Lloyd Lewis, produced the video. It's the first of a series of six posters and videos promoting the games.

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#2921734 South Wales Scorpions

Posted by Pen-Y-Bont Crusader on 27 April 2014 - 09:30 AM


#2908030 Wigan Investing in Welsh Rugby League

Posted by Pen-Y-Bont Crusader on 30 March 2014 - 08:30 AM

It's a good idea but there has to be a structure
The structure in Wales is hinted at as "Academy, Scholarship and National Junior programmes" from which  "a professional feeder system which identifies and develops playing talent in club and school environments as a pathway to the Wales RL Junior National Teams".
I wonder just what the set up is in terms of numbers and competitions especially those outside schools. Anybody able to comment?

Academy at Maesteg has 20 lads at present, next year there will be a further cohort from September so approx 40.

Below that is the 16s Academy which at present has approx 35 lads involved as part of the squad.

The National Junior programme is from U14, but as I'm not involved in that I can't give you numbers on that.

Below that is the Champion School competition and the Welsh junior conference set ups. There's about 20 clubs in that off the top of my head.

#2892433 Game Abandoned due to Hypothermic Conditions

Posted by Pen-Y-Bont Crusader on 03 March 2014 - 07:55 PM

Crazy change in weather in Maesteg today. Started off cold with a little wind, by lunchtime, the sun was shining brightly and all the windows were open it was so hot.

The club are addressing the full town council meeting tomorrow night to work on ways to promote the town and the club.

Onwards and upwards -oh and a mention on Rhod Gilbert's Radio Wales show on Saturday morning - all positive stuff around the town today regarding yesterday.

#2891631 Game Abandoned due to Hypothermic Conditions

Posted by Pen-Y-Bont Crusader on 02 March 2014 - 07:08 PM

The result should stand. Both sets of players worked tirelessly to produce a spectacle which to be fair was pretty good taking into account the conditions.

Massive respect to all at Whitebank for coming down.

Maesteg translated means 'fair field' -today it was anything but.

Correct decision by ref and the score should stand -no need for Oldham to add the expense of what is their longest trip once more.

#2870370 South Wales Scorpions

Posted by Pen-Y-Bont Crusader on 27 January 2014 - 12:07 AM

Joined up thinking? Host a world cup match in Neath and then leave the town without playing another game there? Hope it works out!

Neath got the game in the RLWC not by bidding for it. The interest has never been there. The joined up thinkings in moving them to Maesteg.

#2779210 England Youth name squad to face Wales Under-16s

Posted by Pen-Y-Bont Crusader on 31 August 2013 - 07:27 PM

Just had some excellent news regarding the futures of two Welsh players from last night. If its true then WRL has a really brighter future than 24 hours ago!