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Dan Deardon and Jonathan Reid - stars of the future!Dan Deardon and Jonathan Reid - stars of the future!
Dan Deardon and Jonathan Reid - stars of the future!

The conveyor belt starts to turn again at Pontypridd as Youth Players are invited to train with Senior Squad.  Congratulations to Pontypridd Youth's Centre Dan Dearden and Blindside Flanker Jonathan Reid on being invited to train with the senior squad for the remainder of the season.


Both are two of the older players in our youth squad and it is hoped that more youth players will join them as they too get older (Most the current Youth squad still aged at under 17). Both players impressed the Ponty players and coaches, with Deardon looking a real contender for early promotion to the senior squad.

It has been ten years since the reformation of the Pontypridd Mini & Junior Section and this is the first season that Pontypridd has had a Youth team in that time. Many of the current youth squad were among the first players to join up at Under 8s and their involvment in the senior squad is a huge accolade for those involved in junior rugby at the club.     

Junior Manager and Coaches Wanted at Under 16's 

Would you like to be involved with the development of young players and future possible regional or international players at the Valleys Premier Club? Pontypridd RFC are seeking a Junior Rugby Team Manager and Coaches (2) to take over the reins of their Under 16's side for the 2007/8 season. You will be taking over an established and successful side with fixtures already in hand for next season. The prime role will be to enhance the skills of the players and to develop or increase the squad ready for the Youth League the following year.


The positions are immediately available to assist with the team at Under 15's. This would allow the opportunity to become familiar with the players and vice versa; whilst easing the burden on the current coach who is seeking to reduce his role due to family and work commitments. Pontypridd Mini & Junior Rugby Section prides itself on its close family atmosphere that welcomes everyone to play, socialise and even help out at the club. The section has its own training and playing fields at Taff Vale Park, along with the use of the playing fields at Coed-y-Lan Comprehensive School; matches are also occasionally played at Sardis Road.


We have established teams at every age grade, with a newly established, but successful youth side who take sessions with the senior squad. The prime role will be to develop the players for the intensity of Youth rugby. This is a voluntary position for experienced coaches qualified to RFU/WRU Level 2 standard (or experienced Level 1 coaches willing to attend Level 2 training). Applicants will be required to complete an Enhanced CRB Disclosure and adhere to the WRU Guidelines on Good Practice.


The Manager's position does not require any coaching experience but will require good organisational and communication skills to ensure the smooth running of the whole team. Anyone interested should contact:


Martyn Lewis on 07798 683057 or Tony Williams on 07813 880143.E-mail: or     

Match report - U13s - Pontypridd District 33 - 5 Caerphilly District 

Sunday 25th.February 2007 at the Dog Track, Rhydyfelin


The result of 33-5 was a reflection of all 23 squad players' attitude and solid performance. The good team ethos and camaraderie was evident from the start, and the hard work and effort that has been consistent in training sessions this year is now paying dividends.


The start of the match saw the forwards gaining ground and setting good platforms from which the backs showed some good passing and runs that frustrated the Caerphilly team at times. With Caerphilly conceding penalties in the Ponty half, Rhys Hughes was able to relieve the pressure with some good touch line kicking that gave the Ponty pack the opportunity to trial their 4-man lines out. Number 8 and captain, Max Watkins added power and strength at the 4-man line out by acting scrum half. Hooker, Daniel Watts' accurate throwing and second rows, Jason Franklin and Ricky Bedgood, clean winning of the ball proved difficult for the Caerphilly pack to cope with. From such a line out the ball was secured, the backs began their run with good passes and when the ball reached the hands of Luc Williams, he changed his angle of run and ran in the first of his 4 tries, Rhys Hughes converting.


This proved to be the kick-start of gaining ground, securing possession and running back lines that was to be prominent throughout the game. Caerphilly put several phases of play together only to be confronted by a fine display of defence work by the entire Ponty team. With a tackle and jackal from the Ponty openside flanker, Rory Troake, the ball was again spread across the back line for Luc Williams to slip a Caerphilly tackle and score his second try, Rhys Hughes converting.


The second half saw some changes in the Ponty team, but it was Caerphilly that started the better, starting where they had left off in the first half with forward pressure that caused the Ponty pack to be penalised for offside at the ruck area, and from a quick tap penalty, broke through the home side defence to score their only try.


With substitutions at half time, Ponty took time to settle and after a try saving tackle by second row Michael Connor, the team fought themselves out of a strong Caerphilly attack and returned to their first half style. With resolute defences and platform setting forwards, it was Ponty that picked up the pace that resulted in Luc Williams, now on the left wing, running in his third try that was converted by the replacement outside half Lewys Montague.


The home side, with their tails up, were putting constant pressure on the Caerphilly team and it wasn't long before a charging Michael Connor ably hammered through by two supporting forwards, crossed the try line for a fourth Ponty try that went unconverted. The last try of the match came from a fine display of passing, teamwork and unselfishness, linking backs and forwards and finally the wing, Luc Williams, crossing for his fourth try, which Lewys Montague converted.


This result completed a very successful season for the hard working and dedicated District Under 13s, with a record of 5 games played and 5 wins (2 home - 3 away). The squad can be pleased with this season's results and displays that they have provided.


The coaches, Ben Rose, Dave Watkins and Dan McTaggart are pleased with the performances the team have turned in this season and they are also appreciative of the improvement and development of a good bunch of hard working boys. We would like to thank the players for their season's commitment and dedication and also for the support from parents, families and friends throughout the seasons training and game days.


TRY scorers for Pontypridd: Luc Williams (4) and Michael Connor. Rhys Hughes and Lewys Montague kicked two conversions each.




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