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  • bic qualifier

    lenny Just wondered who would play in the crunch game on sat against cardiff. Not sure which blues players are available given their away tie on sunday.Or do we stick with the ponty players who have played pre-season or does walsh,thomas, humbers and dico get to play.Suppose we will have to wait and see.hope daf is fit as was not in the squad yesterday?

    • Stone I understand Daf was unavailable due to personal circumstances not injury. My thoughts are if both sides have the same options (or lack of them) then that's for the best. I wouldn't like to see either club get a load of players and the other doesn't. I'm looking forward to this, a very big game.

      • ianto Problem is now we are very reliant on the Blues allocated players. If they decide not to release players ( and I wouldn't blame them for a game against their second team) we will struggle, particularly in the second row and at halfbacks. Guess we just have to wait and see who they will release. A downward turn for me this season.

        • H griffiths I have posted many times that the favoured CLUBS have time on their side, sooner or later they will qualify for the BIC, WHETHER IT IS ON THE FIELD, OR BY SOME RULE CHANGE,however we must always hold our heads high, and turn out in numbers starting Saturday, as they must look at us with ENVY at our support, something I believe they will never achieve, or understand the sense of belonging we have for OUR Club, money cannot buy this. Unfortunately under this SYSTEM we can be dictated to by them, but turn up Saturday, and make some noise, from a RESIDENT ONE EYED DINOSAUR, I WILL NEVER BE A --e. Roll on Saturday. It's called HIRAETH

        • H griffiths I have posted many times that the favoured CLUBS have time on their side, sooner or later they will qualify for the BIC, WHETHER IT IS ON THE FIELD, OR BY SOME RULE CHANGE,however we must always hold our heads high, and turn out in numbers starting Saturday, as they must look at us with ENVY at our support, something I believe they will never achieve, or understand the sense of belonging we have for OUR Club, money cannot buy this. Unfortunately under this SYSTEM we can be dictated to by them, but turn up Saturday, and make some noise, from a RESIDENT ONE EYED DINOSAUR, I WILL NEVER BE A --e. Roll on Saturday

        • Prince Dafydd I see no reason why we should struggle against Cardiff, irrespective of whether any Blues players are available (although I have no doubt that a number will be).We would lack full bench cover at prop and outside half, but the following team of solely Ponty registered players would be more than capable of dealing with Cardiff:

          Nutz; Clayton; Lockyer; Dacey; Webber; Lewis K; Lloyd Williams; Jenkins; Morris; Howe; Locke; Sieniawski; Crocker; Shellard; Godfrey.
          Reps: Phillips; Dowden; Jones; Sheppeard; Raikes; G Williams; Lewis I

          • ianto I really hope your confidence is proved right. My concerns are that we now have 19 players out of 46 who we won't know are available. We've seen the effect this has had on the likes of Swansea and Llanelli. However you have named a decent team above. Would they be good enough to beat Cardiff, I'm not sure. Hopefully we won't find out. Looking at our squad announcement Walshy is listed as a dual contract player whereas other blues players aren't. Anyone know what difference this means to us?

            • ComeonthePont! I share your concerns here Ianto
              The number of Blues players as compared to pure Ponty is disproportionate.
              My best XV would have in it 9 Blues players in our matchday 22which seems a bit lopsided.
              But I do agree that we have a very strong squad overall and our 'Pure Ponty' XV is a very strong looking side.
              What there needs to be is some consistency and equitability in Regional squad players playing for WP Clubs or it could affect the WP table significantly.
              COTP

            • Prince Dafydd In practical terms, I suspect that Walsh's dual registration will mean little in relation to his likely availability. But theoretcially, it means that unlike the players allocated to us by the Blues who could be reallocated elsewhere if the the Blues saw fit, Walsh has to play for us if he isn't playing for the Blues.

            • Showboat13 The team listed above by PD should comfortably beat the Cardiff team that played Richmond on Saturday.

              • The Pudding The selectors have some interesting choices to make for Saturday's big clash. Who will partner Daf in the centre, Tub in the second row and Alex Webber on the wing for instance. Hooker will also give pause for thought, unless Liam Belcher is made available after his Wales u18 commitments.

                • Neil S I would say Pontyrpidd are now obviously the Blues preferred development side. Therefore logic would dictate that the Blues will want Pontypridd to progress through th BIC so more of their players get game time in that tournament. Therefore, logically, the Blues would not hinder Pontypridd on Saturday. Logic though tends not to play much part in Welsh Rugby.

  • Pontypridd - Gilfach Goch

    Ponty Dog Pontypridd - Gilfach Goch

  • Today's game

    ComeonthePont! A very easy run out as expected.
    Not sure if it was really any kind of pointer for next week though.
    Just a few things I noted:
    1.If Webber is fit he must play and we must exploit his attacking ability to the full.
    2. Sheppy is playing the best Rugby of his life at the moment
    3. Tomos Williams is a fine gymnast
    4.Lewis at tight head is a fine prop
    5. Aled Morris is going well
    6. Dowden needs game time
    7. Nuts is decent at full back
    8. Our midfield passing needs improving
    So mostly positives but not sure how much we learnt for next week really.
    COTP

  • BIC Results

    Sam Bedwas 25-41 Newport
    Cross Keys 16-13 Ebbw Vale
    Aberavon 25-10 Neath
    Llandovery 28-15 Llanelli

    Final Play offs next week
    Cross Keys v Newport
    Pontypridd v Cardiff
    Bridgend v Aberavon
    Carmarthen v Llandovery

    • robert rees anybody know a referee called wayne hennesey? USELESS cudnt manage game properly,lost control and dint know wot was goin on,keys dint win it ebbw lost it however gl to pont v Cardiff shud win:)

      • robert rees owen Williams scored the ebbw try

        • Sean Useless is pretty good by henesseys standard. You will see a lot of him in the Premiership and he can be a real liability

          • robert rees hmm game stopped once becos he sin binned 2 front row forwards for ebb then he seemed confused and got on the linesmen,4th officla from the wru,ebbw coaches we all started a slow clap from the stands it was quit a laugh at first

  • The Waterboy

    Hoppy Just seen this from BBC sport.
    Must say I didn't spot him but nice to see he's not a primadonna, prepared to do the mundane job.
    Just like chief

  • Prediction League

    Hoppy Season is nearly here. But we are still looking for a few more players. Not in the Ponty squad but for the Prediction League. Rules and NEW form attached. Get your name in now so as not to be disappointed.
    HOLD THE LINE

  • lock cover

    lenny Just wondered what happened to James Cashin, as we still seem light on cover again in this position.

    • pj_becks Released back to Beddau but could come back on permit.

      • ComeonthePont! We remain light, shame we didn't have Normandale on board, he was excellent for us in the BIC last Season - a real lineout presence.
        Things would improve if we had a fit Sid with us.
        COTP

  • At last a deal is reached

    Ed Roberts The best part of this "deal" as far as I am concerned is the resurrection of the Wales "A" team - provided it is used correctly, i.e. as a "bridge" between the Under 20 side and the full Wales team, not like it was previously used - for has beens and players who hadn't a hope of making the full side. They should place an age limit on it - maximum age 22 and possibly include no more than say 3 fringe players from the main Wales squad.

    • winsky01 Can't agree about the Wales 'A' team sorry. 'Back in the day' it was a very useful representative side but now we only have 4 teams what's the point?! We barely have enough professional welsh qualified players to fill the welsh match day squad at time and have little strength in depth. In the current structure the 'A' team will be filled with U20 boys and youngsters? May as well just keep the U20's as back up to the national side.

      • Neil S I agree, what type of sides will the regions put out when Wales and Wales A play? They struggle now. My guess is the Wales A team would have to come from those selected in the Wales squad who are not selected to play. Therefore no one will return from the Wales squad for regional duty.

    • Daiponty1 No amount of money will revive welsh rugby - the crowds have switched off in their thousands many years ago and people speak more about football in their places of work rather than rugby as it used to be 15 years ago. The wru and row have killed welsh rugby - nobody cares anymore yet both organisations have blinded themselves with their infighting and battles only to lose the war - its big picture stuff which they have totally ignored

      • Mogsy Not interested in this pantomime at all. The biggest laugh though, is they give this Gareth Anscombe a central contract and he could turn out like Wales last greatest hope, Jason Jones Hughes. Remember him? What a joke, and what does that say to the younger players who should be on these contracts and haven't been given one. Yet some new great saviour from down under is given one before he has even set foot in this country. Welsh rugby continues to be a complete farce.

        • H griffiths Remember many people on this forum stated before the E.G.M. better the devil you know, the whole of Welsh Rugby had the chance to get rid of Candyfloss & Pickering but preferred the status quo. This morning on Radio Wales the main shareholder of the O,s was very depressed. The playoff,s many like myself, blamed the WRUIN, WHEN IT WAS THE Clubs that voted for it! Maybe it is me, but I feel we are being taken over more and more by that lot down the road. Call me a one eyed DINOSAUR, but I WILL NEVER NEVER EVER BE A B--E. This so callrd new deal only benefits the favoured few, and does nothing for the Clubs, especially the lower leagues. I hope the PONT have a fabulous season, on the LW game the one thing I was pleased with was our fitness, I don't care about CHIEF/JOHNSY leaving but Mr BOOL deserves an imense ammout of credit

          • Daiponty1 H - just to correct the statement of 'chance to get rid of Candyfloss etc..' that is not correct - there were only 2 options and that was not one of them - it was either Candyfloss or Moffett - they were the ONLY options available. Agree with the play off's whyt e clubs continue to vote for this stupid system? now thats where the WRU shold show leadership and implement the qualification requirement - top 4 and thats it, irrespective if they all come from the same region or not - with no disrespect to Ebbw - if they win 2 games then they represent the Dragons region which cannot be right! - it should be, based upon last year, XKeys

            • winsky01 Agree DaiPonty. All this rubbish about we had our chance to get rid of Lewis and Co. to improve our game is complete tripe.

              • H griffiths Of course the Clubs have had the oppertunity to change the way the WRUIN IS RUN, JUST HAVE A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THEM, BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT IS PIE IN THE SKY.The gravy train must be fantastic, Mr G Davies of the NGD, wants to get on board, the same man that wanted that lot down the road to join the English! 15 or so years ago? we all know he is part of the merry go round, that is Welsh Rugby laughing stock of WORLD RUGBY, fill your socks boys, we are doing a great job while Rugby is dying.

                • winsky01 It wasn't a meeting no give them a vote if no confidence. It was a ballot meeting to choose between Muppet or Lewis.

                  • winsky01 *to give*

              • H griffiths Of course the Clubs have had the oppertunity to change the way the WRUIN IS RUN, JUST HAVE A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THEM, BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT IS PIE IN THE SKY.The gravy train must be fantastic, Mr G Davies of the NGD, wants to get on board, the same man that wanted that lot down the road to join the English! 15 or so years ago? we all know he is part of the merry go round, that is Welsh Rugby laughing stock of WORLD RUGBY, fill your socks boys, we are doing a great job while Rugby is dying.

          • pontyboysdad ..and another thing. Al this for the good of the game blah blah...yet only very recently the B@@es sign Adam Jones, so that's three tight heads from the Welsh squad in one team, and Newport GD sign some South African tighthead. Just beggars believe. Working together for the good of a welsh rugby??

            • H griffiths Good Post

  • Pontypridd RFC squad confirmed for coming season

    JDW Looks a strong enough squad, as long as we get access to them all.
    only time will tell :)

    • JDW and no sign of our Rob Sidoli, must be waiting on that injury outcome :(

      • ComeonthePont! Huge reliance on Blues, may be a change in relationship.

        • Robert Adonis Apparently Ellis Jenkins was given the choice and chose Ponty, however if we qualify for The BIC then the squad for that will be strengthened again (eg. Pasco, Miles Norm' and some others were added last year). Lets hope we can improve in time for the 6th Sept as the cancellation of the first friendly game has set us back somewhat !!

          • winsky01 So a bit like last year, the farce that is this playoff means Normandale and Jenkins plus a few others like Pascoe play against us in 10 days yet if we beat them they then play for us shortly afterwards in the competition. Farce.

            • Neil S What have Cardiff recruited?

          • RhwsPontyFan That could be a very tricky game unless we find the winning form again. It doesn't bear thinking about how we will feel if we don't qualify.

        • Prince Dafydd 11 back row players seems a bit over the top! On the basis of the overall squad strength, I see no reason why we shouldn't do well again this season.

          • Prince Dafydd Actually, I undercounted the number of backrow players. It's 12 not 11.

            • ComeonthePont! Yes a lot in some not many in others, but overall a good squad which be in the mix again.
              We just have to MAKE COME NOISE!
              COTP

            • Pontydragon I have some fears, like JDW. How helter skelter is this going to be? Will we be able to get the right squad at the right times? That, is the key to the kingdom and the silverware. On the upside, if we get our home grown players at the right times, I'm confident we can bang the drum again.
              Wishing as much luck as I can on the boys for a great season, and a massive Ole' for all of the supporters. No matter what happens, you are all still the best of the best!

              • Martin Williams I think its one hell of a squad and its nice to see pat palmer and jake there as they are great players and i am hoping their recovery from injury is going well.

                • saethennin I don't know what the position is with Sid's injury but surely the club must be hoping he plays a big part in the coming campaign - we're short of a regularly available experienced lock, and Sid would complete the jigsaw. As PD says it will be important that we can call on Walsh, Humberstone and Dicomidis (and maybe Ellis Jenkins too ) for our crunch games.

                  • chris kingsbury Exciting times ahead me thinks

                    • Sean Ellis Jenkins is a great player to have available, when he played for us last year he gave 110% and as a local lad its great to see him get the opportunity to link with us. He could be crucial as Shellard is likely to be away with the 7s during the season, and with Wayne always prepared to put his body on the line for the club, we always have the risk of him getting hurt when Rhys is away

  • Pontypridd - London Welsh

    Ponty Dog Pontypridd - London Welsh

    • robert rees did piri weepu play?

      • Stone Nope

    • Ponty Dog Watch at 14 mins 5 seconds, Tom Hetherington being kicked in the head three times by London Welsh No. 11.

      • Stone Think it was their No 8 (the number is different to the others) but still unbelievable it wasn't picked up by either official. Whether he was going for the ball or not it was clumsy at best!
        LW got away with spoiling at rucks at times, call it streetwise or poor reffing it disrupted us. We started off pretty rusty but got more in to the game, was always going to be a tough ask but they were very clinical and it cost us at times. Still pretty good performance for the team to build on.

        • ComeonthePont! Deffo number 8. Right in front of us.
          Should have been picked up.

      • chris davies 74 points against In 2 games!!!!!! Don't like it.

        • pj_becks Well it's not much of a shock against LW really with the team they had out!

        • KMAshman Is it time to panic yet :(

          • pj_becks Not yet Mr Mainwaring!

            • ComeonthePont! Bristol got to within a point of London Irish away.......but we have get past Cardiff yet to meet them.
              I wouldn't say panic but from what I have seen so far we have to go up a few notches yet.
              It could just be that the mindset we need for the meaningful games will bring the best out of the team.
              COTP

              • Martin Williams From what i've seen especially last saturday and to give everything like they did against a pro team shows what a side we are. Personally with the possibility of walsh dico and adam laying some games for us i think we will be stronger.

                • Blotto I think pre season has gone a bit pear shaped. Pontyclun was meant to be for the young guns, first team play most of the Llandovery game and then Welsh we'd hit the ground running, best laid plans and all that. Technically we're a game behind. There is no doubt in my mind come the Cardiff game we'll be chomping at the bit.....

                  • Nightmare XV Just remember we played Llandovery with half a team made up of newbies and then we played an English premiership team who have not really had an out of season as they are desperate to stay up this season and have been training every day.

                  • Sean Our lineout and scrum was poor yesterday, and we had no platform in the furst half. Behind the scrum we were predictable and posed little threat, and it shows how much we will miss Walshy if he isnt released by the Blues. Regardless of ring rustiness, yesterday was a poor performance and well below the standard we set last season

                    • Robert Adonis We were way off the pace by a country mile in the first half - but it was a different story in the second half which was a far more even contest (which the scoreboard confirmed). The lineout also improved when we made a few changes, although their lineout was a colossal presence throughout, and we were never going to get much change there. Scrums were a bit more even though, but our only back who looked like he could worry them was young Owen Jenkins.

  • New signing

    Gary May Can anyone confirm that Rob Sidoli has signed for Ponty? He was at the match today but no announcement yet.

    • Martin Williams I think he will sign if everything is ok with his injury. I think it would be a great signing.

      • ComeonthePont! The injury may explain things as I understood he had signed and would be useful with a young squad.

        • Martin Williams Yes cotp that is what i heard yesterday, maybe a 2 year deal.

          • Nightmare XV Heard he is waiting to see how his shoulder op settles down but plans to play from beginning of October.

  • London Welsh Game

    Prince Dafydd Tough day at the office today. Ponty were always going to struggle with LW's physicality but I was disappointed with the lack of precision and creativity in our own play. Still, we won't face another team as good as them this season (with the possible exception of Bristol) and we remain the team to beat, domestically speaking. Thought Jarrod Evans looked good for the short time he was on the pitch as did prop Dillon Lewis.

    • Blotto difficult when a team are more physical as your always that half yard behind where you want to be.

    • Gareth Harris Agree with everything above. LW best side I've seen at Sardis for a long time.

      • ComeonthePont! Agree
        Don't think we will meet as strong a team all Season.
        Meeting them so early when we are trying to play our way back into things was always a big ask.
        I don't know what our total squad is - never known us be so late in saying what it is.
        We have a few obvious areas of weakness imo and I think we will find this Season a lot tougher than the last two.
        Unless the Committee have a few rabbits in the hat!
        I think we will be there or thereabouts, but it just mught be thereabouts on the evidence so far.
        The second half effort far better than the first.
        Agree about Jarrod and I liked the look of Dillon Lewis a lot.
        Hope the injuries to Lewis 'Use your weight' Williams and Jarrod are not to bad.
        Roll on Gilfach Goch......we should win that one.
        COTP

  • Another Joke Kit

    Pat Vellian Following on from pink disaster we now have the check mini skirt look. Cant see them queuing round the block for this one Rodney.

    • KMAshman Not keen on this either Still, as long as the rugby is ok.

    • Neil S I bought the one a few seasons ago, the first Rhino one as it was proper Ponty (Black and white hoops). This new one I am afraid is just terrible.

      • Daiponty1 I think they are both pretty good - amazing how polarised views can be - anyway, its the boys playing in them that count - so lets have another great season, irrespective of what design the jersey is - as long as its not BLUE

        • the mole Does the chequered flag mean we will be first past the post again this season?

          • ComeonthePont! Don't like the kit myself but what matters is whether those it isaimed buy it, so time will tell.
            COTP

            • Hoppy What is it with these kits???? They always look better on the players than they look on me!!!!!

              • ComeonthePont! never wore a mini skirt myself Hoppy!

                • chris kingsbury I like it and will be buying one on the 6th, I am sure the club will sell a lot as we always do, unfortunately we can never please everyone, but as most say the rugby on the field counts and the players like the kit, happy new season to you all, Ole

                  • ComeonthePont! Same to you Chris.
                    Great that we are not all the same!
                    COTP

                    • Martin Williams We've had many kits over the years and knowone thought they would ever see us in pink the main thing is for all the moans and groans the crowd increased as we are ponty and wud support them in whatever colout and as chris says its on the field that counts.

                      • ComeonthePont! I agree -I will support them whatever they wear even Blue and Black kilts!
                        But wear them - maybe not!
                        Would love to see some really old retro kit, even the 63 Champions kit myself, but I guess I am Corinthian so nowhere for the logos!
                        COTP

  • London Welsh

    Snoop Hands up - who's excited about this game? Can't wait. Fingers crossed we get a big crowd for this game. Ole!

    • neil ridley Cant wait should be a good day for the club

      • Neal Hammond A faltering start to the new season, but by no means a disaster. An excellent chance to put it all right this weekend. Let's go for it!

        • Snoop London Welsh team
          London Welsh: 15. Seb Jewell, 14. Seb Stegmann, 13. Nic Reynolds, 12. Tim Molenaar, 11. Rhys Crane, 10. Olly Barkley, 9. Paul Rowley, 1. Pablo Henn, 2. Nathan Vella, 3. Jack Gilding, 4. Dean Schofield, 5. James Down, 6. Pete Browne, 7. Lachlan McCaffrey, 8. Ollie Stedman.

          Replacements: Nathan Morris, Shane Cahill, Taione Vea, Matt Corker, Josh McNally, Daniel Browne, Ben Pienaar, Richard Thorpe, Rob Lewis, Tristan Roberts, Tom May, James Lewis, Chris Elder, Nick Scott.

          • Neal Hammond That is an excellent team. We'll really have to be at our best, supporters and players!

  • sundays 7s

    geraint hughes Are there any supporters buses running on sunday

    • chris kingsbury Not sure but if you phone Phil Lycet i am sure he will have an answer 01443 662561

  • sundays 7s

    geraint hughes Are there any supporters buses running on sunday

  • Blues sign Adam Jones

    chris kingsbury So he wont be playing fopr Neath then

    • winsky01 Certainly a signing for the future.

    • Hoppy He can play for us if he gets fit enough
      God The Line Gang will sponsor him.
      But we don't have much luck there.

      Hoppy

      • Stone No but he could possibly manage a stint or two in the Panda costume

        • Sam TBH the Panda is probably in better shape than him for the start of the season.
          This is quite funny though. Last week the regions were united in their fight against the evil WRU, demanding more money, using Adam and Sam as negotiating tools. Meanwhile Peter Thomas has gone behind the O's back and lured Adam with his cheque book.
          Could this be the end of a united RRW?

      • Hoppy Oops sorry. It's seems we have Devine intervention lol

        • Stone Also Sam Warburton in the squad....

          • ComeonthePont! Blues are on the march!
            Blood on blood mate!
            as per Chief!

            • Neil S Not being funny but the squad the blues have should be able to do well this season. They have recruited and have promising youngsters and a firm coaching structure in place. I would see the RRW ongoing saga as a negative if I supported the Blues.

              • ComeonthePont! Blues and Scarlets could do OK imo - but I think Ospreys will go backwards and be close to the Dragons level.
                Just mo of course
                I also think a successful Blues will be good for Ponty.
                COTP

  • Ponty blog

    Ponty Dog Ponty blog

  • Llandovery v Pontypridd - 16/08/2014

    Ponty Dog Llandovery v Pontypridd - 16/08/2014

  • Yesterday's Game

    Mogsy Did anybody go? It's very quiet on here. I couldn't go, as I'm on hols in Torquay, but how did the boys play? Were we that bad or were Llandovery that good? It would be interesting to hear people's thoughts, as it's a big game next Sat.

    • Neal Hammond I thought it was more of a training field run-out than anything else, with a chance to see quite a few new young faces. Next Saturday against London Welsh I'm hoping to see a more familiar team and a better pointer to the season ahead. The Llandovery game was a bit of a dampener as far as I'm concerned, but to be fair, we did get three tries against a pretty good team and pre- season games don't seem to have gone to plan. Result is that I'm feeling a bit apprehensive about next Saturday. Not the best preparation I've known.

  • Yesterday's Game

    Mogsy Did anybody go? It's very quiet on here. I couldn't go, as I'm on hols in Torquay, but how did the boys play? Were we that bad or were Llandovery that good? It would be interesting to hear people's thoughts, as it's a big game next Sat.

    • Mogsy Sorry about the double post.

      • The Pudding Llandovery were very good yesterday, but we were well off the pace. Our ball retention was particularly bad and our tackling left a lot to be desired. Stand out performers were thin on the ground. Joel played well behind a pack that was second best throughout. Obviously pre-season friendlies are there to try out new players and bring fitness levels, up but even allowing for that it was a poor display and none of the new players made a mark yesterday. The centre, Harry Millard, was probably the pick of the bunch.

        • Pat Vellian London Welsh won 64-0 at Henley last week and lost 24-38 at Wasps today. We need to step up hugely to give them a game next week.

          • ComeonthePont! yes strange to jump from a practice run about (if that is what it was) to London Welsh.
            Still we are Ponty and we usually step up!
            We will need to.
            COTP

            • Pontyboyo You're forgetting the friendly v Pontyclun was called off. So I imagine what was planned for that game had to be moved to this one and the trialist players were given a run out.

              • Neal Hammond For what it's worth, that's my guess too.

                • ComeonthePont! agreed as I said previously pity a replacement for Pontyclun was not possible

                  • biscuitboy exactly right Pontyclun was going to see these players blooded but beggers cant be choosers and we were at the wrong end of it Saturday. |Saying that some good performances amongst a poor display. Ferris needs a special mention for his efforts in the first half and Jordan looks like he's in for a good season

  • We're back!!!!!!!

    Pontydragon The Egg Shaped Ball Live Match Blog....Llandovery v Pontypridd Friendly. Join us for all the action!!!!!!

  • Got a Minute to spare
    • biscuitboy 'Match squads for all regional games will have to contain at least 17 players qualified to play for Wales out of the 22 or 23 selected, with the emphasis on reducing over a period of time the number of non-Welsh qualified players in each region. ' Is it me or is it Groundhog day again ?.........and big cheer for this one......
      The future of Welsh rugby is more secure today than at any other time in recent memory." .........

  • It all starts tomorrow

    chris kingsbury So looking forward to watching some rugby

    • robert rees gl the preseason friendlies always get the mood set for the upcoming season

      • biscuitboy whhoooop whoop the Ponty juggernaut is on the road....sorry Chris no offence..lol

        • chris kingsbury None taken bb. Just glad its rugby weekends again ole

        • chris kingsbury None taken bb. Just glad its rugby weekends again ole

  • Just a thought

    ComeonthePont! Given the WRU and Regions non-participation pantomime what are the odds of us meeting Warbs and Adam when we play Cardiff and Neath?

    • Neil S Wouldn't have thought Cardiff as they are owned by the same company as the Blues who have not signed the participation agreement.

      • winsky01 I would love the WRU to loan Warburton out to an Aviva Premiership side, just to see the look on Peter Thomas' face - Would be priceless!

        • Neil S That would be the best option to give him meaningful game time. Other than that Bristol or dare I say Pontypridd.

          • winsky01 Bristol have filled their full allocation of Welsh qualified players Lol!

  • Prediction League

    Hoppy Yes it's coming back. Forget about the European champions league, the hype about the premiership on BT sports, the Guinness regional bore. The Main league is coming back The PREDICTION LEAGUE.
    After a tight finish last season with Strides holding on, like Rory McIlroy, to win it on the last, we start all over. I’ve tweak the scoring to give more points to some categories and reduced the margin of error in the points prediction from six down to three. This gives someone who predicts the number of tries and pens a bit more.
    I’m limited to 25 players so register now… first come first served
    I attach an updated Word copy PLEASE USE THIS.
    Last year’s version will not have the correct cells to line up with the spreadsheet.
    I’m thinking of having a go with London Welsh being our first game rather than Llandovery due to us not playing on the weekend. A bit of fun only the real league will start with Cardiff (H) in the BIC.
    Hope you enjoy. HOLD THE LINE

    • Paul Marshall Fair play Hoppy this is the best post I have read summer. Pleased that the prediction league is continuing and count me in as one of the lucky 25

      • The_Sion_King Welcome back. It has been a very quite off season. Recharging our batteries for next season. So glad that the prediction league is back. Count me in.

        • Strides Thanks for giving of your time again this year Hoppy, great job last year. I'm in.

          • ComeonthePont! Great stuff Hoppy
            Please count me in
            COTP

            • Neal Hammond Thanks Hoppy. Don't leave me out, please. I've been knocking on the door long enough. Great fun.

              • biscuitboy ditto I'm in again this year

                • Nightmare XV Hi Hoppy, thanks for going ahead with arranging. Please count me in. Looking forward to it!!

                  • Pontydragon Count me in!!! Can't live without it!

                    • Kevin Fitzgerald Thanks for organising again Hoppy. Count me in please.

                      • Blotto Yes please hoppy. Enjoyed it last year although the end of season run in stressed me out with two games a day for three weeks lol. Whats that coming over the hill?

                        • Stone I'd like to get involved in this this season if possible.

  • Matches

    Stone Does anyone know of any local clubs playing this weekend?

    • JOHN HOBBS Penallta are playing at the new stadium in ystrad mynach against glamorgan wanderers.I think the youth play first at 2pm

      • Stone Cheers that's even more do-able

      • Stone Cheers that's even more do-able

    • chris kingsbury not so local but Rhiwbina v Pontypool 2:30 ko

      • Stone Cheers. That's do-able

        • ComeonthePont! pity we couldn't arrange another game after the Pontyclun disappointment

  • Season ticket Sales

    KMAshman Great news about season ticket sales. New registrations account for approximately 10% of applications this year.

    • Pat Vellian Anyone received their season ticket yet?

      • Alun Jones Ianto is correct - you must collect from the club on match days, a table is set up in the entrance hall, all tickets ordered should be there, you can also apply for a season ticket there (provided you pay!).

      • ianto Don't think they'll be posted. You'll need to collect from club. Makes sure none go missing and saves on postage.

  • Swalec Cup- Just seen this on Facebook

    chris kingsbury Ioan Dyer
    50 mins · Barry · .



    SWALEC Cup, Plate and Bowl First Round draws

    SWALEC Cup champions Pontypridd will travel to SWALEC Championship side Bargoed for the first round of next season's competition, which takes place on January 10, while runners up Cross Keys must beat Llanelli at Parc y Scarlets in order to progress further.

    Last season's SWALEC Plate winners, Merthyr, have been drawn against fellow SWALEC Championship newcomers Glynneath at home in Round One, while Cardiff host Bridgend and Newport take on Aberavon in two other all-Premiership Round One encounters. Neath take on RGC 1404, Bedwas host Pontypool and Llandovery take on Narberth while two other all-Championship Round One clashes see Tondu take on Cardiff Met and Blackwood play Llanharan. Carmarthen, Tata Steel, Ebbw Vale, Newbridge, Swansea and Bridgend Athletic have byes into Round Two.


    In the SWALEC Plate, which kicks off on September 27, the winners of last season's SWALEC Bowl, Clwb Rygbi Cymry Caerdydd, have been rewarded with a home draw against Brecon in Round One, while in Round One of the SWALEC Bowl, which also kicks off on September 27, last season's Bowl finalists Llantwit Major travel to Treharris.

    • ianto Think we are at home against Bargoed.

      Bargoed have been drawn away to Premiership holders Pontypridd in this seasons Swalec Cup.

      The match will be played on the 10th of Jan 2015 at Sardis Road

      • Robert Adonis My God. Another home draw. We don't get one for years and then ............ like buses .......... two come along in as many seasons :o)

      • Stone From WRU site
        1. Tondu RFC v Cardiff Met RFC
        2. Bedwas RFC v Pontypool RFC
        3. Cardiff RFC v Bridgend RFC
        4. Newport RFC v Aberavon RFC
        5. Pontypridd RFC v Bargoed RFC
        6. Llandovery RFC v Narberth RFC
        7. Neath RFC v RGC1404
        8. Blackwood RFC v Llanharan RFC
        9. Merthyr RFC v Glynneath RFC
        10. Llanelli RFC v Cross Keys RFC

        Byes:-
        Carmarthen RFC  
        Ebbw Vale RFC  
        Swansea RFC
        Tata Steel RFC  
        Newbridge RFC  
        Bridgend Ath RFC

        • robert rees well im happy with our draw and tbh barged were ok last season unsure who they signed into this season tho so

  • They are not all happy

    Ed Roberts Apparently some of the "back up" squad and Academy boys have been told they could well be dual regiostered with clubs other than those which they originally came from. I appreciate that there are only 2 or 3 teams in the Championship from this region but surely it makes more sense and maintains goodwill for those players, if not selected for Ponty to go and play for the sides that initially developed them..

    • Robert Adonis That sounds a bit like what used to happen with the Blues, until Chief and Johnsy got involved ............... and it cost them Cory Hill at the time :o(
      Not sure what the thinking is behind this? Might be down to player development to ensure they play at the highest level they can be selected at.

      • Neil S Should imagine Pontypridd would do what they can but would have preferred environments they would want theit players to be in.

  • Daf's car

    RhwsPontyFan I love the bonnet on Daf's new car. I wonder where they got it done?

    • ComeonthePont! Just thought the same - superb!

  • Player allocation

    Mogsy Should have a good squad again for next season with the players allocated to us. Some old names and some new ones. Interesting to see Ellis Jenkins has been allocated to us, although I'm not complaining he's a very fine player.

    • saethennin Really heartened to see that. We assumed most of those would be available for Ponty anyway but it looks as if we'll still be seeing a fair bit of stars like Humberstone and Walsh in Ponty colours next season. Ours is a really strong squad now.

      • Martin Williams I am very happy with that. Our squad seems to be getting stronger each year. Get jake dowden and pat fit and it only strengthens again.

        • Blotto I agree. Wgat ever the set up we have to be the best we can be. I think most of the senior players would pkay BIC games (if we/when we get thru the playoff). Hope we dual some if our players with local clubs as we are dependent on clubs like the bwl, beddau, Treorchy etc... to breed players for us.

          • Blotto Also would have liked to have seen Miles normade with us. Gave his all for the badge last season

            • Martin Williams Yes he did i do agree there. I know he wants to play for ponty as i asked him. He cudnt believe the support we got, home or the army that goes away, i think hes a great player who gave his all for ponty.

              • ianto Am I missing something here? The last I heard the "regions" have no agreement with and are not part of the WRU so how can they allocate, and how can we play any of their players? Personally I was hoping that the regions would grow some and carry out their threat to go it alone allowing us to become an independent club again.

                • winsky01 Who would have them? The structure for The Aviva premiership and new Champions Cup are all in place so they can't use England as a threat anymore. They need to face facts that they are unviable.

                  • ComeonthePont! Let's just be happy with our squad - looks very impressive imo
                    COTP

                    • ianto What is our squad?

                      • ComeonthePont! Not seen announcement but only going on what has been reported.
                        Only Dai Flan has left as far as I know of what we would consider first team squad players.
                        So unless something changes we have last years squad, the 20 Blues allocations and a couple of additions.(e.g. Raikes, Lewis K, Stuckey and Alex Jones)
                        Would be good to know the squad definitively though.
                        COTP

                        • ianto Owen has gone to Ebbw, I believe. Don't know who else has left apart from those gone south.

                          • ComeonthePont! Yes I forgot about Mika, a great performer for us for a long time.
                            But as I see it, a pretty good squad.
                            COTP

  • Cardiff Blues have confirmed the signing of Gareth Anscombe

    chris kingsbury Anscombe, who can play fly half or full back, will make the move to BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park this summer and joins the exciting new-look squad under the guidance of new Director of Rugby Mark Hammett.

    • robert rees as much as a new look is seeming nice I hav to say its still pretty much not goin to be enuf this season comin tbh to b eat teams such as scarlets,ospreys,ulster,Edinburgh to get in the 2nd tier European cup

      • winsky01 And in English?

    • Martin Williams They are not buying him from the Super 14 to keep him on the bench....

      • chris kingsbury definatly not

        • Kevin Fitzgerald Hope we get Simon back, can't see him having many games at the Blues, if any. Anscombe, Patchell, Gareth Davies ahead of him.

          • Showboat13 He hasn't looked anything special when he's played for the Chiefs at 10. I think he'll play more at 15. Patchell (on last years form) looks more of a prospect.

            • RhwsPontyFan Where does that leave Geraint?

            • Blotto I'm thinking de ja vu . Anyone remember sam norton shite

              • vivrePont Looking forward to a repeat performance:)

              • lenny Gareth davie left the blues for lond






                Gareth davies has already left the blues for london welsh.

                • saethennin That move fell through I think. He's still in the Blues squad listings.

  • Ponty AGM

    Snoop Just want to add a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the AGM last night. I'm very appreciative of all the hard work done by good, dedicated people running the club. I thought Stephen Reardon spoke very well last night, and summed up the season bang on. It was also encouraging to hear Peter Howells detailed financial report that showed profit for a consecutive third year. Its also worth mentioning the fantastic work Emma Rogers has done in bringing in a vast amount of sponsorship money to the club.
    From a very happy Ponty supporter - Diolch - Ole!

    • Bleddyn Davi Thank the lords that you guys opposed the 'hostile takeover'.

      • winsky01 I know, otherwise we could be supporting a village 'region' who are self funding themselves through illegal governmental/European funding.

        • Bleddyn Davi When exactly was this hostile takeover attempted?

          • Mogsy At the WRU EGM in June by Moffett and the 4 regions.

            • Bleddyn Davi Is it not slightly disingenuous to call it a hostile takeover? Also considering that at least some, if not all, of the regions voted FOR the WRU, I fail to see how you can conclude that they were involved in this so called 'hostile takeover'.

              • winsky01 The four regions screwed Moffett over. Not that I care as I hate the man but originally they backed him and his manifesto just to stir the WRU up but when it came to the crunch they changed their spots and got behind the union. Classy.

                • Bleddyn Davi I do like the way you present your interpretation of things as fact.

                • Bleddyn Davi The region's backed Moffet how?

    • Mogsy Yes I'll second that Snoop. There are a lot of full time professional outfits that would love to be in our position, and to hear Steve say that all the English clubs want to have us in their group in the BIC was heartening to hear.
      Congrats must go to the board and everyone associated to this great club for keeping us in profit for three years on the trot.

      • Blotto Thats great news about clubs wanting us in their pools. Shows we add value to a competition and are well respected and dare I say it, needed.

      • Sam Great news again. Well done everyone who runs the club on a daily basis!

        • Mogsy Another fact that came out of the AGM on Thursday night was regarding the play-off system for the BIC. The WRU are actually in favour of meritocracy, however it is the clubs that proposed the play-off system. So while the WRU get slated quite often, and rightly so on occasions, they are not always the villains that they are portrayed to be.

          • winsky01 But they are the governing body. They are quick enough to force rules and play hard ball when it suits them so why don't they show some balls here and do what is right?

            • Mogsy Simple really, until the clubs change their mind and go for meritocracy instead of play-offs, there's not a lot they can do. True, they could force through that only the top four qualify, but because all the clubs voted for play-offs, the WRU went with it. So if it's anyone's fault, it's the clubs who voted for the system we now have.
              Also, and I'm not being a doom monger here, but make the most of next seasons BIC. If we qualify of course. The English Championship clubs want to increase their league from the current 12, and if they get their way, will pull out of the BIC. The only saving grace is that the RFU don't want this to happen, so let's all hope that the RFU get their way.

              • mair harris Of course the majority of clubs will be in favour of playoffs. All but the top teams will vote for it because they wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of qualifying any other way.

                • winsky01 Agree Mair. Problem is some clubs need a reality check, imagine if Cardiff get into our BIC group, they'll be completely embarrassed.

                  • Daiponty1 and that sums up the regional farce - Cardiff RFC are in fact portrayed as the Bloos - everybody news this, even the Cardiff fans - the team in the semi pro league is a 'rags' side.

                    • Daiponty1 news = knows

              • ComeonthePont! Thanks Mogsy
                Then the Clubs have got it wrong imo
                End of.
                COTP

                • Mogsy I totally agree COTP, it should be the top four who automatically qualify. Under the system we have now, and I mean no disrespect at all by saying this, but you could have Ebbw representing the Gwent region. Which to be honest is a joke, can you imagine that happening anywhere else. London Welsh have just been promoted to the English premier division, can you imagine the same scenario in England and London Welsh end up playing in the Heineken Cup. I think not.

                  • Sam If the clubs get to decide the qualification it is completely pointless. The BIC are the bumper crowd matches for the season except derby's or finals. You are surely always going to get a vote of 8-4 in favour of the 8 who didn't finish in the top 4 the previous season. If the WRU want meritocracy they need to step up and govern the game. Personally, top 3 and the Swalec Winners. If that is the same club, then top 4

                    • Mogsy Unfortunately Sam, this is the situation we have at the moment. Whether or not all 12 clubs agree on this, I do not know, but obviously the majority do. We are stuck with this system though until they decide otherwise.

                      • Pat Vellian If there has to be regional representation then it should be the top placed team in the region. If all teams knew this at the start of the season then it would add more spice to local derbies. I still don't agree with it though, it Wales are to have any chance of winning the BIC then the top 4 clubs needed to qualify automatically.

                        • H griffiths So very TRUE

  • Geraint Walsh

    The Pudding I suppose, given his consistently outstanding displays last season, this day was always going to come. The best tribute I could pay to Geraint is to say that he lived up to the standards his father set playing for Ponty in the 1970's. Ian was a superbly talented full back and a stand out performer for many seasons. Good luck Geraint, it was great fun to watch you play.

    • ianto As you say it's not unexpected news. Let's hope he gets a decent run of games to show what he can do at professional level. Good luck and thanks Geraint!

      • Neil S Another example of the system working so to speak. Good luck to Geraint. I still can't get on with it though, Pontypridd feeding Cardiff RFC. It really shouldn't be like this, the talent is here in the Valleys not down in the city. It is a travesty.

        • winsky01 So what you're saying is it's another example of the system not working?

          • Mogsy Guys he's signed a dual contract with the blues and us, so he'll still be available.
            He will probably play more for us than he will them anyway, because lets be honest they will probably only want him for their crappy lv cup games and injuries.

            • winsky01 Disagree. I think that man could be a massive hit for them. Some of the other players they've taken from us will struggle but I genuinely think Walsh could make it, he's got everything.

              • Martin Williams Agree with u whinsk wot a player and ad sad as it is to say i wud rather him be on a dual than leave us altogether, cheers

              • Mogsy I don't doubt for one minute that he could be a hit for them, but I've said it before and I'll say it again. Any player with any ambition to play at a higher level, should stay away from that lot down the road. If I was still playing and was offered a regional contract, it would be to any other region other than them. They ruin more players down there than anywhere else. Before anybody say's it will be different now that Dale and Paul are there, don't kid yourselves. It's the pie-man that runs things down there, no one else, as their new coach will soon find out.

                • RhwsPontyFan Scarlets are no better! Look what happened to Darren Harris?

                • Sam It will be interesting to see an official statement on Academy players allocated and what players will be in released to Prem. The Blues have 52 senior players at the moment! 14 on the list did play for us at least once last season. Must be a nightmare for Geraint / Johnsy to shape our squad, second guessing what players may be released and when.
                  Good luck Walshy though, well deserved chance at the pro game!

                • lenny Chuffed for walshy but gutted for ponty. In desperate need of a fullback with adam and geriant both leaving with dico and humbers.not sure if summerhill is ready to step up so hope we can sign a replacement. Or we could move gary back to the fullback position??

                  • Doris Matthew Nuthall has played well at fullback in the past, but with Owen going we are a wing down. Perhaps the coaches have players in the pipeline which will do well in the friendlies. Can't wait, time to start counting sleeps!

                  • Sam We obviously can't guarantee on Walshy or Adam Thomas being available now. Best hope is to get them for BIC or end of season games. However I think we have a duty to develop the next generation. I think Summerhilll has enough raw talent to get unleashed on the prem this year. So why not fullback? We must though sign another fullback who is contracted to Ponty only. It is a specialist position and requires a week in week out player.

                    • winsky01 I wouldn't be surprised if Adam Thomas is playing for Cardiff RFC next season.

                    • winsky01 I wouldn't be surprised if Adam Thomas is playing for Cardiff RFC next season.

                    • ComeonthePont! Not at all surprising but disappointing from a Ponty standpoint but well deserved for Geraint and I wish him the best of luck. He could really star on the plastic pitch at CAP.
                      We have lost our stand out player albeit the dual contract gives us some hope and this move has come a bit late so adds further concerns to me about what our squad will look like next year.
                      I maintain that we should look to improve year on year and as long as that happens I will be happy.
                      COTP

                      • Neil S Arent they all signed on duals..Ponty and the Blues, that's what I read on the announcements I think?

                        • lenny Have they signed humberstone for next season?..

                          • RhwsPontyFan All the best Geraint, you deserve an opportunity to show the rest of the rugby world how talented you are. See you at Sardis again sometime maybe?

                            • pj_becks Hopefully not in the BIC play-off!

                              • RhwsPontyFan Why not? He'll be playing for us?

  • Warburton

    dunhukin Could we have him on the bench?

    • winsky01 More like chance of him playing for Cardiff RFC or Glamorgan Wanderers than us!!

      • Stone He'll probably end up in Bristol (or London Welsh?) if the so-called regions refuse to play him.

        • ComeonthePont! Wouldn't be surprised he plays for Cardiff against us

          • ComeonthePont! By the way about time we had a clear squad announcement including Blues allocations.
            Then I can firm up on my thoughts for the Season which I must admit are very uncertain right now.
            COTP

            • pontyboysdad
              Way things are going in the negotiations all the Blues allocations will be playing for the Blues (or Cardiff as they will now be known) ;-)

            • Martin Williams I am very positive for the season, we had a great one last year and with a bit of luck wud have won the bic, players who we have now deserve to be with us next year. I really dont know how u strengthen this squad and wot a squad it is cheers

              • Daiponty1 Hopefully with Huw and Pat back - the front row along with the guys from last year looks pretty strong

  • Last Friday

    Richard Evans My daughter's school had their end of year bbq and fund raising event at the club last Friday evening.
    First of all I have to say thanks to Ponty RFC for donating a signed shirt and a grogg for auction, and to Mark the bar manager for ensuring everything went smoothly.

    Without wanting to sound over critical, I feel the club missed out on some opportunities such as having the club shop open, maybe the chance to advertise season tickets even having a player or two in attendance (and having witnessed the likes of Jake Thomas at my daughter's school with the Swalec Cup, and the interraction between the players and kids post play off final, they are naturals, great with the younger support, and what I would like to see more of all over Welsh rugby).
    I don't know if similar functions are held at the club, but I do feel that there was a huge opportunity missed.

    • Richard Evans By the way, the pitch looked in superb condition too....

      • ComeonthePont! First Richard - great that your daughter's School used the Club.
        Second - I agree that it sounds like a missed opportunity.
        Our players are our main assets and the offer to have a chat with some of them, sign a few autographs and generally build relationships should imo be given for all events where the public use our facilities.
        If they don't want us then fine, but at least we could provide the option.
        COTP

        • graigwen Is it in the players contracts that they have to promote Pontypridd at such functions? If not I think it is a bit harsh to criticise players for not attending a function which had nothing to do with Pontypridd RFC or indeed the game of Rugby. I noted that Dafydd Lockyer did attend the presentation of the mini's recently and good on him for that.

          • ComeonthePont! No criticism whatsoever of the players, just a thought on how the Club could maximise their impact in the local community, Contracts permitting of course.
            COTP

  • bristol in the bic

    lenny If we get to play them we will be facing welsh internationals ryan jones, ian evans, matthew morgan and now adam jones is set to join them!

    • Martin Williams No probs our boys will relish the challenge, done it before and will do it again, we r ponty.

      • Phill The Bull The Season we beat Ulster away, then Bristol away, but blew it against Nottingham (8-13 last min try :-(... Gutted! ) was our big chance - No reason you lot can't compete with them when you dispose of 'Diff!

        • ComeonthePont! Our game against past Legends could well be a full house!
          BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!

  • Fixtures

    Phill The Bull September 13th Pontypridd vs Neath

  • Links

    pontyboysdad For goodness sake please put links in the links bit...it's hell on these tabs trying to select the link from the text.

  • WRU offered to take over regions

    Sam http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/28205291
    Seeing some of the numbers being mentioned on the internet in terms of their levels of debt, why on earth would they want to take over any of them?
    Without signing the PA they will not last till xmas. Yet again the big 4 trying to hold Welsh rugby over a barrel just to suit their own interests.
    Hopefully the WRU will take up the offer for one of the 4. And give them the June 2004 treatment. Then they can familiarise with all the other clubs stabbed in the back over regionalism.

    • iksmudge@yahoo.co.uk Screw them. Let the poison that is RRW pass and die. If what they say is true then let them go alone and die.

      • Daiponty1 Exactly - if they are so confident that they can survive in their own right, as independent entities then let them carry on - but they won't as they know they will be bankrupt by xmas

    • Daiponty1 I was going to scribe for the umpteenth time what needs to be done - but like the rest of the people who have yet to walk away from welsh rugby - I just can't be bothered such is the toxic environment - they are so full of their own self importance that they cannot see they have killed the game in Wales - sad but so very true

      • H griffiths SO TRUE

      • ComeonthePont! All brinkmanship by the Regions.
        Put forward a nonsense idea to stir up candyfloss and co.
        All will be sorted and we will move on to great success....European Cup and World Cup Winners without a doubt!
        COTP

        • winsky01 On a slightly different note to all this, I read many of the Welsh related articles on BBC Sport and an interesting quote from an article to do with Richard Hibbard earlier in the week leaving the Ospreys -

          "I spoke to a lot of people who have moved on and they said it was one of the best decisions they have made to go out of Wales."

          Just about sums it up really.

          • Daiponty1 As I said - its a toxic environment that no amount of money can offset

            • ComeonthePont! Warbs may play for Cardiff in the play off at this rate!

              • Neil S Probably in his WRU central contract that he has too :-)

                • Martin Williams No problem smurf will deal with him bring it on.

  • fixtures 2014-15

    robert rees releasing on monday sometime by the wru

  • BIC Groups

    Martin Williams Any news when it will be announced what groups it will be in. Can't believe how long it takes to take 4 balls out of a bag. Would be nice to know what group we could potentionally be in, cheers

    • winsky01 Apparently they're trying to find a brewery to organise a p**s up in at the moment but are struggling with that...

      • winsky01 They obviously being the WRU.

        • Martin Williams London Scotish , Bristol and Connacht if we can beat Cardiff, happy with that. Its on the WRU website.

          • Martin Williams Do we play Bristol away in October or November, it has the away fixture down twice. I would say if it goes play home then away, my bet would be home in October and away in November.

            • pj_becks Correct. On the Bristol site they have Friday 28th Nov (7:45pm) at their ground. Just the small matter of qualifying now!

              • RhwsPontyFan We need to verify it WRU which is our home fixture date surely?

              • Stone Surely that has to be agreed by both teams?

            • winsky01 Some good trips there if we can overcome Cardiff.

              • Kevin Fitzgerald Tough group, nice trip to Bristol though

                • Stone Stupid question alert!
                  Is Connacht their first team (ie Pro 12)? The other Irish teams specify that they are their A sides but not with Connacht.

                • Neal Hammond Should get the boys' juices running.

                  • Sam Exciting times if we can qualify. You need 21-23 points to get through. We know both games v Scottish are winnable but will be very close. Connacht had 70 put on them by Llanelli last year. Obviously Bristol will be the ultimate test, however London Welsh and Leinster have fallen at Sardis, so who knows!
                    JUST PLEASE BEAT CARDIFF! WE DESERVE THIS GROUP!

                    • ComeonthePont! Look no further than Cardiff, that will be tough.
                      Not at all clear what our squad is, but as I have said previously we need to improve it year on year.
                      If we don't others will catch up.
                      COTP

                      • Neil S Agree with above. However, only in Wales would the league and cup winners not "qualify" for a represenattaive tournament. Its an utter disgrace and the clubs should have stopped this regional qualification nonsense by now. Pontypridd RFC please go public on this farce it is truly horrific.

                        • H griffiths The Clubs had the oppertunity to vote for change in the recent EGM! but we all know what happend, very few of them had the courage to confront LEWIS & PICKERING, remember the old saying you reap what you sow, some people on this forum, should not complain, as they stated better the devil you know? Lewis & Pickering should have gone with Moffo, and so should the Club committee's that backed them.

                          • winsky01 The clubs didn't have the opportunity to vote for change. You keep banging this drum. They had the chance to vote for EITHER Lewis OR Moffett! Nobody else was at the table, there wasn't another individual running to change the way in which our sport is run. It was Lewis OR Moffett. As I have said, I don't like Lewis any more than you but back the club for not backing Moffett as Lewis was the lesser of two evils.

                            • H griffiths You are right about the Moffet proposal!, but they also had the chance to VOICE CONCERNS ABOUT THE WAY THE WRUIN WAS BEING RUN, winsky01 you are very passionate about the Pont, like most people on this forum, but sometimes we ALL need to look at the bigger picture, our time at the top will end sometime, but in my opinion as i have stated many times the likes of that lot down the road, and the other favoured ones, have time on their side, and the WRUIN, will assist them in every way.What will be your reaction then, as PD posted a short while ago how long before a name change, I support PONTYPRIDD RFC not a CLUB SUBSERVIANT TO THAT LOT AT CAP, and if you believe Lewis and Pickering are lesser evils than the tosser Moffet, then you are misguided, but you are entitled to your view.

                              • winsky01 What's the point in Ponty complaining? 95% of clubs in Wales are happy with their plight. If Ponty whinge to the union all we will achieve is alienating ourselves. My dream is Ponty to be playing in an all welsh professional premier division with meritocracy that would allow profess into the relevant European competitions. That wasn't on the table, probably never will be so I for one am content where we are, I would rather be where we are than being a development region in the Pro 12 like that Valleys Rugby initiative was aiming for.

                                • H griffiths There is a massive difference between, whinging and fighting for change. My dream is that every Club in Wales is treated fairly, and we all, at whatever level, have a fair and level playing field, and are ALL treated as full members of a true union, whithout exception, and qualification of all competitions is based on meritocracy. but I am dreaming this is Welsh Rugby. As I stated earlier you are entitled to your opinion.

                                  • graigwen Are you a shareholder Mr Griffith? If so get along to the AGM tonight and question your Directors. That is democracy.

                                  • winsky01 320odd member clubs, how many want change? I would say half a dozen or so. How will say 6-10 clubs out of over 300 wanting change be able to force that change? I agree with what you're saying, I want the system to change but it won't. The latest whinging from the favoured four is purely to get an extra 500k each pet season out of the WRU. Believe it or not they are in a strong position. They know the WRU are desperate to keep welsh players in the country so the regions have come out saying with out more money they will need to sell them. They know the WRU will back down.

                                • winsky01 *Progress*

                                  • Neal Hammond I can't resist making a slight contribution to this debate, boys. In my opinion, Ponty is a successful and very well managed enterprise, possibly the best in the morass of Welsh rugby and clearly on the side of positive and realistic change. My way of supporting that change in a practical way is by being a season ticket holder and contributing £10 a month to help make changes to the ground. No ifs and buts,I am happy with what Ponty stands for.

                                    • winsky01 Agree Neal. I just get fed up with reading posts along the lines of 'Pontypridd had their chance to change the game in Wales and did nothing.' It was a vote for either the current regime OR Muppett and as much as I despise the current regime if Muppett had got in then Pontypridd and the Welsh Premiership would have become even more irrelevant! If people think David Muppett would have improved our fortunes then they are mistaken.

                                      • Neal Hammond I guess it's still Evolution v Revolution, and I'm inclined to take the long view. I ask myself what's practical, and what's realistic? I've got no reason not to trust the way Ponty is managed (the WRU and its relation to the 'regions' is a different matter). Others may disagree, but I think they are in the minority.

                        • pontyboy2 i agree 101 percent with what you are saying neil .its a complete farce the way qualification for the BIC is run in welsh rugby.yes it is about time Ponty stood up and questioned it.on the other hand if we finished at the bottom of the league and got knocked out of the cup and still beat Kairdiff at the beginning of the new season it would still be wrong and unfair.champions should always qualify on merit . but there again we are talking about wruin.

                          • winsky01 Meritocracy is a word that doesn't exist within Welsh domestic rugby and it is that very thing that is driving supporters away in their hundreds and thousands and killing our game.

                            • Martin Williams All they have to do if they had the b***s is whatever club from that region wins the league/playoff automatically qualifies for the bic, anything else playoff. It wud mean a greater incentive to win the league. My preference is top 4.

  • Weepu to Welsh

    Kevin Fitzgerald http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/28243770

    Hope he plays at Sardis

    • pj_becks Flying out at the end of August apparently so maybe not.

      • Kevin Fitzgerald A friend of mine, who supports Welsh heard end of July.

        • RhwsPontyFan Should be a cracking friendly, especially if Darren Waters plays too?

  • Newport suffer Flanagan blow but swoop for sevens ace Cross

    chris kingsbury 28-year-old Dai has accepted a job as skills coach with the Scarlets academy and is set to hang up his boots instead of heading to Rodney Parade.

    • Neil S Retire at 28. Seems a shame. Surely he could play for Llanelli RFC.

      • chris kingsbury Perhaps that could still happen

      • robert rees player coach maybe?

        • Sean He is Academy coach, so maybe the role would clash with any potential opportunities to train and play with Llanelli RFC

  • Season 2014 - 2015 Promo II

    Ponty Dog Season 2014 - 2015 Promo II

  • Checking In

    Pontydragon Yep, hate the off season, but, thankfully, the game doesn't really stop. Lots of movement going on.
    Thinking about replacing Dai Flan and Humbers. One helluva task. But, nobody believes in Special K more than me, I know he can handle it!

    Saw we got the Keys in the draw. Watch out for that Baller fella...hahahahaha!

    • Neal Hammond Lewis K is a very welcome returner, not unexpected. I am also hoping to see more of Jarrod Evans next season - an outstanding prospect.

      • Khanman Yes, hopefully Jarrod will get some more game time this season. Outstanding prospect and also a genuine nice lad.

        • saethennin I notice Jarrod's been added to the Blues first team squad on their website. Along with Garyn Smith... there are a great number of youngsters in that squad who will be playing for us or CRFC most of the time. I was surprised to see fly half Gareth Davies still in the Blues squad despite his expected move to London Welsh. With Patchell being fit again, and maybe Anscombe being signed from NZ we could be seeing more of Humberstone in Ponty colours than we previously dared hope.

          • ComeonthePont! We need to know who we have with us asap to plan accordingly
            We could have gaps or a surfeit in some positions.
            Other teams will strengthen and look to knock us off our perch and we must aim to be better than last year
            COTP

            • H griffiths You are correct, I think Cross Keys and Neath will be very difficult, along with theTurks, and that lot down the road, we don't know what they and the WRUIN, have planned?

      • Graham Hi Bert, yeah top two teams drawn against each other. Typical.

        • robert rees any news from u guys on next seasons fixture list I know the b&i qualifiers and 7's first round matches but don't think I've heard anything on dates of 2014-15 season fixture list release

          • winsky01 The WRU are probably delaying it as they are still finalising which clubs they would like in the division next season Lol!

  • Transfer Update

    Sam Here is a list of the major signings this summer so far-
    Ebbw Vale - In- James Leadbeater, Ethan Davies, Gethin Robinson, Tom James (All Newport), Owen Williams (Pontypridd)
    Newport- In Dai Flanagan (Pontypridd), Nathan Edwards, Jamie Murphy (both bridgend), Sam Feehan (Cardiff)
    Cardiff- In Bruce Douglas (Dragons)
    Pontypridd- In- Alex Jones, Lewis Williams (Bridgend) Joel Raikes (Ynysybwl)
    Neath-In- Luke Ford (Cardiff), Aaron Coundley (Dragons), Lee Beach (Newport)
    Aberavon-In- Luke Ford?????? ,Darren Ryan, Ryan Harford (all Cardiff) Rob Dudley Jones (Swansea) Sam Williams (Ospreys)
    Bridgend -In- Rhydian Gieret (Aberavon)
    No news from Scarlet clubs or Keys and Bedwas.

    • robert rees ebbw--tom morgan (mythyr) and aaron harris (bridgend atheletic)

      • robert rees ebbw vale-in-adam jones from neath

    • H griffiths Neath seem to ha.ve found money again will be a force, with these signing and Rowland back again?

      • Phill The Bull Luke is definitely with us! Long story! Apparently we have signed Calum Thomas as well (ex back rower of yours)... I don't think its a 'money in' situation H, although Hawkes will be finally stepping away from the Rugby side of things (YESSSSSS!!!) in July! We have a new CEO in Will Thomas (ex Ebbw Back Rower and WRU Premiership Guy), plus Rowland as DoR which takes pressure off Pat and Nelly on the purely Rugby side...
        I remember Ajuwa - he briefly played for us, but his attitude wasn't all there at the time, that's why he was let go... would be an asset tho

        We also have a new Kit Supplier on board and things are looking... up (he says hesitantly!)

        • H griffiths I thought last year the problems on the field for Neath, lay with the coaches, the backs were superb, but the tactics very poor, Dale Ford for example a class act in any side, at Sardis last season when they threw the ball around they caused us loads of problems, at the Gnoll the least said the better. In my opinion a very good side next season.

        • Robert Adonis That's a relief to all true Welsh rugby fans. Lets hope that the sight you had staring over the abyss last season remains a fading memory. Good luck for next season - but not TOO MUCH OBVIOUSLY !!! :o)

      • Phill The Bull Luke is definitely with us! Long story! Apparently we have signed Calum Thomas as well (ex back rower of yours)... I don't think its a 'money in' situation H, although Hawkes will be finally stepping away from the Rugby side of things (YESSSSSS!!!) in July! We have a new CEO in Will Thomas (ex Ebbw Back Rower and WRU Premiership Guy), plus Rowland as DoR which takes pressure off Pat and Nelly on the purely Rugby side...
        I remember Ajuwa - he briefly played for us, but his attitude wasn't all there at the time, that's why he was let go... would be an asset tho

        We also have a new Kit Supplier on board and things are looking... up (he says hesitantly!)

        • H griffiths Phill I wish NEATH all the best for the season comming, but there must be an influx of funds from somewhere, the signings will not be cheap and M r Phillips ( who I love on S4C jONATHAN ) will not be on peanuts! I agree with your sentiments about Mr Hawkes, any chance of getting Mr B wILLIAM's photo off the wall at the Gnoll a TRUE LEGEND IN THIS ARTIFICIAL WORLD.

        • saethennin Is the new CEO a paid officer Phill? Some supporters have assumed he's been hired in, and Roger Lewis commended his "signing" by Neath. If he is being paid is that the only / first paid CEO in the Premiership?

    • ComeonthePont! Ajuwa released by London Welsh
      A one man wrecking machine when we played them.
      Could we use him?
      Could we afford him?
      And any news of Sid who was supposed to be signing?
      COTP

  • Supporters Club AGM

    Alun Jones To be held Tuesday 8th July in the clubhouse at 7.30. All season ticket holders are automatic Supporters Club members. You can ask questions and vote. Alun Jones S C Sec.

  • just back from my holiday in malta

    neil ridley Come on the pont

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