Category: Neath Rugby News

HOSPITALITY NEWS: NEATH v CARDIFF (Fri 23rd November 2018)


Neath Rugby hospitality will continue on Friday, 23rd November for the Cardiff fixture at the Gnoll. The pre-match hospitality will start at 5:30pm with a two course meal and a post meal Q&A.

This is a great opportunity to try the Neath Rugby hospitality experience which will be in place for every home league game. Recent hospitality events have been very successful and arrangements are being made to ensure that this experience continues for all home games. Details of the different hospitality packages for league fixtures can be found here: http://www.neathrugby.wales/hospitality-2018-19/

Matchday hospitality is open to both Neath and Cardiff supporters.

Having enjoyed a delicious two course meal, supporters will have the opportunity to enjoy and participate in a Q&A as detailed below:

Guest Q&A speaker for Friday’s hospitality (Neath v Cardiff) is Allan Bateman, Dual Code former Wales, British Lion, and Wales / Great Britain International, accompanied by close friend and Dual Code International  Kevin Ellis.

Entry to hospitality is £10.00 and match entry is £10. The hospitality suite overlooks the pitch so for those of you who wish to watch the whole game from the best view in the Gnoll, you are more than welcome to stay inside…

* Those without a season ticket using the HOSPITALITY PACKAGE will be required to purchase a match day ticket to watch the game on the day.Entry to hospitality is £10.00 and match entry is £10. The hospitality suite overlooks the pitch so for those of you who wish to watch the whole game from the best view in the Gnoll, you are more than welcome to stay inside…

The on field action will then kick off at 7:30pm, as both Neath and Cardiff will be looking to be competitive in their respective Premiership league campaigns.

It is expected that we will have a big take up for this fixture so please book early by ringing the clubhouse on 01639 643328 or ringing Keith directly on 07741 999220 or Gerald on 07873787414.

Please could HOSPITALITY PACKAGE holders please contact either Keith or Gerald to confirm if you are attending to allow us to plan catering requirements.

TRAVEL NEWS: BEDWAS v NEATH (Saturday 1st December 2018)

Supporters Bus to BEDWAS on Saturday 1st December 2018.

Let’s take a lot of support to BEDWAS and back the boys!

We are already taking names for the Bedwas away bus on December 1st. It will leave the clubhouse at 12:00 Midday for the 2:30pm Kick-off.
This will be a HUGE game, so book early to avoid disappointment – when we have enough names we will be closing the booking
#NEATHNEATHNEATH

To book contact mark davies on mark_davies715@hotmail.com via Facebook & Twitter or ➡️ 07435612319

MATCH REPORT: NEATH 30 BARGOED 12 – (16-11-2018)

NEATH 30 BARGOED 12
A proper Neath team playing proper Neath rugby football in front of a proper Neath crowd took the spoils against a game Bargoed side who can count themselves unlucky to have come up against the most passionate Neath performance for many a day.

After three of the most traumatic weeks in Neath’s long and distinguished history which is still threatened by company complications, feelings are running high at The Gnoll and Bargoed stepped into a pretty febrile atmosphere in which the patched up and pumped up home team thrived.

The match programme cover heralded the message “Neath RFC Remembers” which was appropriate as The Gnoll club turned in a display which evoked fond memories of better days and maybe did justice to the spirit of their fallen World War heroes.

For heroic it was. After Bargoed had taken the lead with a try by winger Duane Dyer on the back of a suspiciously-looking forward pass, and converted by Josh Prosser, Neath were up against it. But the Blacks gradually fought back into the game : the scrum was solid, the line-out less so but newly-enthused Neath, showing a relish for the tackle, battled up-field and a typical Keiran Williams charge saw skipper Aaron Bramwell plunge over for a try which Callum Hall, playing on the wing, goaled easily.

Bargoed, well-drilled and confident, struck back with a fine second try by winger Ashley Norton and, with top referee Gwyn Morris accentuating the positive, only ball spillages stopped them going further ahead. But Neath’s spirit shone strongly in a combative forward effort and two fine Callum Hall penalties nudged them ahead 13-12 at the interval and the home side were cheered to a man as they retired to the dressing-rooms.

The Blacks made most of the running in the second-half and they deservedly extended their lead when former All Black centre Regan King scored his first try for the Welsh All Blacks, Hall again converting. Midway through the half, inspired Neath scored again when Callum Hall, by now switched to his more accustomed outside-half slot, took advantage of a ricocheted kick to touch down for his first try for the Blacks too and he added the conversion points for good measure.

The young Mountain Ash product also landed a third penalty for a 20-point haul and he saved a try with an enveloping tackle late on. Good enough for the Man of the Match award ? Normally perhaps but, on this occasion, the Supporters’ Club’s popular award went to the entire Neath team – an unprecedented honour. It was that kind of night and a pleasure to behold the joy on the sea of faces which cheered both sides at the end.

Former stalwarts Lee Evans, Marc Jones and Kevin James helped out their old club, the newcomers adapted brilliantly and the remaining Neath patriots – many of whom had points to prove – gave it everything on a night of high emotion. It would be unfair to single out any individuals in a genuine team performance by the full line-up :-

Aaron Bramwell (captain); James Roberts (Kevin James), Regan King, Keiran Williams, Callum Hall; Gavin Evans (Ian Ellis), Tom Briggs; Ben Uphill (Jonny Gethin), Sion Crocker (Garin Lloyd), Tyla Murvai (Marc Jones); Lee Evans, Rhys Morgan (Adam Harris); Elis Hopkins, Leon Ward, Ceri White (Iwan Davies) Other Replacement : Morgan Evans.

Proper Neath it was !

MATCH PREVIEW

Aaron Bramwell captains a much-changed NEATH team to take on BARGOED at THE GNOLL on FRIDAY evening (kick off 7.30pm).

Scrum-half Tom Briggs (Kenfig Hill) makes his first start while stalwart Lee Evans lines up in the second row with Rhys Morgan (Trebanos).

The bench has a nostalgic air with former Gnoll favourites Kevin James and Marc Jones helping out their old Club in its hour of need alongside Jonny Gethin (Skewen), Adam Harris (Tondu), Iwan Davies (Trebanos) and Morgan Evans (Cross Keys).

Neath coaches Simon King, Paul Williams and Paul James united in saying, “This is not about those who have gone, it is about those who have stayed. And we are certain that the passionate Gnoll crowd will demonstrate their thanks and support to these loyal lads tomorrow night. Bargoed are a good, settled side but we have a committed side who will give it everything and wear the Neath jersey with pride.”

The squads are as follows :-

15 AARON BRAMWELL JULIAN MOGG 15
14 JAMES ROBERTS DUANE DYER 14
13 REGAN KING BARNEY NIGHTINGALE 13
12 KEIRAN WILLIAMS DARREN HUMPHRIES 12
11 CALLUM HALL ASHLEY NORTON 11
10 GAVIN EVANS JOSHUA PROSSER 10
9 TOM BRIGGS JANES LEADBEATER 9
1 BEN UPHILL JON LAVENDAR 1
2 SION CROCKER RHYS BUCKLEY 2
3 TYLA MURVAI ALEX GARDNER-KEY 3
4 LEE EVANS ASHLEY GIBSON 4
5 RHYS MORGAN BRYCE MORGAN 5
6 ELIS HOPKINS LEWIS JOHNSON 6
8 LEON WARD ADAM POWELL 8
7 CERI WHITE GRANT ROGERS 7
       
16 MARC JONES IWAN BURGWIN 16
17 GARIN LLOYD JORDAN PURCELL 17
18 JONNY GETHIN JORDAN HOWELLS 18
19 ADAM HARRIS CALLUM DAVIES 19
20 IWAN DAVIES LOUIS BLACKER 20
21 MORGAN EVANS DANIEL SUTER 21
22 KEVIN JAMES LEWIS LIPPIETT 22
23 IAN ELLIS  RHYS MORGAN 23

REFEREE – MR. GWYN MORRIS (CARDIFF)

ASSISTANT REFEREES – MR. RICHARD DEACY & MR. LLOYD HUGHES

 NEXT HOME GAME – CARDIFF  NOVEMBER 23rd 7.30pm

CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT

Delighted to announce Aaron Bramwell as club captain along with Sion Crocker as Vice Captain.

Both amazing clubmen and shown huge character the last two weeks around the club  

ADDITIONAL TEAM NOTES: NEATH v BARGOED (HOME) – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 2018

Aaron Bramwell captains a much-changed NEATH team to take on BARGOED at THE GNOLL on FRIDAY evening (kick off 7.30pm).

Scrum-half Tom Briggs (Kenfig Hill) makes his first start while stalwart Lee Evans lines up in the second row with Rhys Morgan (Trebanos).

The bench has a nostalgic air with former Gnoll favourites Kevin James and Marc Jones helping out their old Club in its hour of need alongside Jonny Gethin (Skewen), Adam Harris (Tondu), Iwan Davies (Trebanos) and Morgan Evans (Cross Keys).

Neath coaches Simon King, Paul Williams and Paul James united in saying, “This is not about those who have gone, it is about those who have stayed. And we are certain that the passionate Gnoll crowd will demonstrate their thanks and support to these loyal lads tomorrow night. Bargoed are a good, settled side but we have a committed side who will give it everything and wear the Neath jersey with pride.”

The squad is :-

Neath v Bargoed (Home)
15 Aaron Bramwell (captain); 14 James Roberts, 13 Regan King, 12 Keiran Williams, 11 Callum Hall; 10 Gavin Evans, 9 Tom Briggs; 1 Ben Uphill, 2 Sion Crocker, 3 Tyla Murvai; 4 Lee Evans, 5 Rhys Morgan; 6 Elis Hopkins, 8 Leon Ward, 7 Ceri White Replacements : 16 Marc Jones, 17 Garin Lloyd, 18 Jonny Gethin, 19 Adam Harris, 20 Iwan Davies, 21 Morgan Evans, 22 Kevin James, 23 Ian Ellis

 

THE DEPARTED

“Departed”, players whose transfers have been completed are : Ed Howley and Scott Gibson (Cardiff), Ieuan Jones and Scott Andrews (Cross Keys), Luke Garrett (Ebbw Vale), Liam Tobias (Llanelli), Chris Morgans (Swansea) and Darren Hughes (Cross Keys), Lloyd Evans (destination unknown).

CLUB STATEMENT

Neath Rugby can confirm that a number of players have left the club due to the current situation of the Winding-Up Order and its impact on their contracts.

Whilst we are disappointed to lose players in these circumstances, we would like to thank them for their services to Neath and wish them well for the future.

The Winding-Up Order is in the hands of solicitors and we are awaiting a decision. No further comment will be made on this at present.

Gareth Howells, General Manager