"This is your captain speaking..."
It has been a quiet month on the pitch with a number of games being postponed due to frozen pitches and the snow. The one game we have played was a good win over stubborn opposition Ayr.
They really took the game to us 1st half, but with the introduction of the 2nd half substitutes and the dusting of the cobwebs we stepped it up and managed to come away with a good win with the elusive bonus point. The try that gained us the bonus point was one of the best tries I have been involved in and showed our desire to gain the bonus point and to play running rugby.
Off the pitch it hasn’t been so quiet with the squad going through some tough training sessions in the One to One gym. The sessions have involved spin classes, MMA training and interval training on the treadmill. Although we would much rather be on the field playing it is important we stick together and pull through these training sessions. It also keeps our fitness levels ticking over, which has proved valuable in all games so far this season.
On a sadder note the retirement of Tenko really shocked the squad but we fully understand his choice and support him in his decision. Tenko is a huge presence on and off the pitch and will be sorely missed. He always gave 100% effort in every game and was a hard working honest rugby player. Another thing we will miss is of course the ‘Tenko Tumble’. As a squad we wish Tenko and his family well and I’m sure we will see him down at Sardis cheering us on in the near future.
Better news on the injury front is the success of operations undertaken on Ozzy and Brendan. Having seen Ozzy on a few occasions he seems very happy with the way the op went and has a nice scar on his neck which he reckons makes him look hard! Brendan is also up and about walking and seemed in good spirits when down at Sardis watching us. The road to recovery for both of them has begun and we hope to see them on the pitch again soon.
Another bit of good news was Lockers getting the recognition he deserves in becoming the Principality Player of the Month. He has shown so far this season why he is so highly thought of in the league with his strong running and hard tackling. Also off the pitch he is a top bloke and entertains us with his stories and sayings, so all the squad were chuffed for him.
Being a Pencoed boy the cup draw couldn’t have gone any better for me. Growing up Bridgend Ath were always our biggest rivals and local pride was always up for grabs. So to draw them in the cup and to be able to lead Ponty out against them is something I’m really looking forward to. Having played with a number of their team growing up throughout the years, I know it will be a very tough game against a good Division One team.
As mentioned above, the postponement of League and BIC games means we will soon be playing three games a week or fitting in games when we can. This year though, I feel we are better equipped to cope with this, with a stronger squad and better strength in depth. However, I imagine the squad will soon lose a number of the younger boys to International call ups so it will be up to the old guard to keep us at the top of the table and progressing in the BIC.
Hopefully we will play before the New Year and then we welcome Aberavon to Sardis for a huge game live on S4C. This will give us a chance to show everyone why we are top of the league and also give you, the supporters, the opportunity to showcase your fantastic support.
On one final note, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let’s hope it’s a successful one!!
24th December 2010
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