Ponty Rugby Chief Executive Stephen Reardon published the following address in the club’s Gala Dinner brochure:-
Like other fanatics, supporters of Pontypridd RFC are eternal optimists. With the retention of one of the best coaching teams in rugby football, matched with a stable and talented squad of players, most of us contemplated the 2010/11 season with justifiable hope and expectation.
The Principality Building Society Premier League is the jewel in the crown of Welsh semi-professional rugby football and as such is a true measure of not just ability, but also, of the consistency of a team. Our record in this competition spoke for itself with only two defeats (both by a margin of just three points), one draw and twenty-three victories in a total of twenty-six matches. In the process, we accrued seven hundred and sixty-seven points for and only three hundred and eighty –two points against, or to put it another way, Pontypridd RFC outscored the opposition by an average of two points to one. Worthy league champions by almost every yardstick and certainly in spirit if not in name!
In the inaugural season of the British & Irish Cup, we were disappointed by the fact that we were unable to meet our own aspiration in the competition. Last season, we made amends by exceeding our expectations. Pontypridd RFC defeated three RFU Championship clubs in an undefeated pool stage and proved to be creditable semi-final opponents against the eventual winners, Bristol RFC.
Two years ago, the WRU reorganised its domestic cup competition so that most of the clubs comprising the community game vied with each other in a plate and bowl competition while the challenge cup was contested by the Principality Premier and the Swalec Division One Clubs. The rationale was to make fixtures more competitive, a factor with which Pontypridd RFC can concur as it strived to win last season’s Swalec Cup by seeing off Aberavon RFC, Swansea RFC, Neath RFC and Bridgend Athletic RFC. However, arguably the most formidable obstacle proved to be a quarter-final against dogged opponents, fellow Mid District Club, Merthyr RFC at the Wern.
Last season, Pontypridd RFC plied its trade with a style and professionalism that won acclamation from the media and those involved in the game inWales. The fact that Dale McIntosh and Dafydd Lockyer were voted ‘Coach of the Season’ and ‘Player of the Season’ respectively, by their peers at this year’s Principality Building Society Awards Dinner is testament to the team ethic on the pitch and the logistics off the pitch atSardis Road.
Ponty Rugby Limited wishes to convey it’s thanks to the players, coaches, medical practitioners and all other backroom staff for a very successful season. Furthermore, it expresses its grateful appreciation to our long-standing main sponsors, Messrs Danny, John, James and Martin Egan of Egan Waste Services for their unwavering support through thick and thin; our other sponsors, partners, employees, shareholders, season ticket holders and last but not least, all our dedicated and outstanding support.
Unfortunately for me I am not present to deliver this discourse in person as my vacation was determined before this dinner date was confirmed. Rather than pass up the opportunity to hold the event in the prestigious venue of sponsor, theUniversityofGlamorgan, I advised fellow director and organiser, Wayne Cullen, to confirm the date as I’m sure you will agree it is a most fitting stage for a most deserved celebration. Relax and Enjoy!
Hon CEO Ponty Rugby Limited
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