NEATH RUGBY NEWS

Welsh All Blacks vs Wizards – Easter Monday 2.30pm KO

Neath RFC vs Aberavon RFC on Monday 22nd April, KO 2.30pm, is Neath’s last home game of the season.

Neath’s supporters are urged to get to The Gnoll for what is always a lively encounter with our local rivals.

Neath Rugby Limited is also pleased to confirm another important step in the rebuilding of Neath RFC

New operating arrangements are now in place at Neath Rugby Clubhouse but it is business as usual for all customers.

The franchise which has been in place since 2015 has come to an end and the Clubhouse is now being run directly by Neath Rugby Limited.

Wolfey will be performing live in the Clubhouse after the match. Everyone welcome. No entry fee.

 

Neath Rugby Clubhouse – Business As Usual

Neath Rugby Limited is pleased to announce another important step in the rebuilding of Neath RFC

New operating arrangements are in place at Neath Rugby Clubhouse from today (Thursday 18th April 2019) but it will be business as usual for all customers.

The franchise which has been in place since 2015 has come to an end and the Clubhouse is now being run directly by Neath Rugby Limited.

All existing bookings and use of the clubhouse by existing groups will continue unchanged.

Neath RFC vs Aberavon RFC on Monday 22nd April, k.o. 2.30pm, is Neath’s last game of the season and as many supporters as possible are urged to be at The Gnoll for what is always a tough encounter with our local rivals The Wizards.

NEATH RFC EASTER EGG APPEAL THANK YOU

After calling upon our supporters to hold out a helping hand in their community for less fortunate children and families this Easter, we have had such a fantastic response to the appeal with donations coming in from our supporters, Neath players and the club itself who donated one hundred eggs.

In the week we had a call from Bedwas RFC when they saw our appeal to say that they were going to support the appeal and donate eggs from all of their players which was amazing and shows how close the rugby family is and we would like to thank them all for their support.

The Easter Eggs will be distributed to Ysgol Gynradd Abbey Primary Schools Autism Unit and Neath Port Talbot Councils FAST Team’s Children & Young People Services who work with families in the area in need of care and support.

A big thank you once again to everyone who donated to the appeal from all at Neath RFC.

UP NEXT: NEATH v ABERAVON – (Monday 22nd April 2019)

NEATH V ABERAVON – SUPPORTER INFORMATION

To assist spectator enjoyment, all supporters should please take note of the following:

  • Parking is available in the multi-storey car park near the Town End of the ground (closes at 6.30pm)
  • The Clubhouse will be open prior to the match with two large downstairs bars for supporters
  • Hospitality (£10 for a 2 course meal, plus coffee at H/T) is available for home and away supporters
  • The Gnoll is a “no smoking/no vaping” environment
  • No dogs or pets allowed (Other than guide dogs for the blind)
  • Admission £10, Under-16’s free
  • The only points of admission to the ground will be via the turnstiles at the Town End –  turnstiles will be open from 1.30pm
  • Programmes (£2) available from outside bar
  • Catering facilities will be available inside the ground near the turnstiles (bar and burgers, teas etc.)
  • Supporters are not permitted to stand on the concourse in front of the Clubhouse or Main Stand for safety reasons
  • Supporters are requested to follow any instructions given by safety stewards
  • Please respect the kicker when he is kicking at goal
  • Please respect the match officials

 

HOSPITALITY: NEATH v ABERAVON – (Monday 22nd April 2019)

Neath Rugby hospitality will continue on Monday 22nd April 2019 for the ABERAVON fixture at the Gnoll.

The pre-match hospitality will start from 12:30pm comprising of a two course meal.

Hospitality Q&A Guests
Former neath players Gareth Gravell and Nicky Downs will be in attendance for the 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.

Matchday hospitality is open to both Neath and ABERAVON supporters.

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.

The on field action will then kick off at 2:30pm, as both NEATH and ABERAVON will be looking to be competitive in their remaining Principality Premiership league fixtures.

POST-MATCH ENTERTAINMENT – WOOLFEY



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 Gerald on 07873787414.

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

MATCH REPORT: NEATH 3 BEDWAS 28 (Saturday 13th April 2019)

NEATH 3 BEDWAS 28

Two converted tries in each half were enough for Bedwas to claim the bonus point win they needed to scrap themselves away from the relegation zone and possibly save themselves from accompanying Neath into the Premiership next season.

In sunshine and a stiff breeze, generally It was an undistinguished affair and Bedwas always looked the likely winners after they took the lead through a try by Dragons Academy winger Deon Smith converted by outside-half Joseph Scrivens.

Neath rallied briefly through a Callum Hall penalty and showed flurries of inspiration amongst a whole lot more defensive perspiration, the Blacks again showing huge defensive commitment to keep their opponents at bay.

Home centre Gavin Evans was sin-binned and Bedwas took advantage to increase their lead with a try by centre Adam Williams, converted by Scrivens and the visitors went into the interval well worth their 14-3 lead.

In the second-half, Bedwas were soon in the hunt for their bonus point which was duly earned through tries by centre Lewis Bowden and hooker Mike Dacey with Scrivens converting both and, with a quarter to go, that was it as far as the scoreboard was concerned.

Photos courtesy of Len Kowalski @neathtog

Beaten they may have been but Neath refused to lie down and kept playing. No.8 Guido Volpi led the way with his strong carrying and flanker cum second-row Lee Evans made some telling impacts. Neath College captain Rhys Thomas did well on debut and scrum-half Macauley Griffiths worked hard behind a pack which gave second best.

Neath actually finished the game stronger than Bedwas, piecing together some ambitious – if unproductive – phases of combined play but Bedwas repelled them and it was too little too late and the Blacks now look forward to their final home game of the season against Aberavon on Easter Monday (kick off 2.30pm).

NEATH – Aaron Bramwell (captain); James Roberts, Jarrad Rees, Gavin Evans, Alec Jenkins (Geraint Roberts); Callum Hall (Will Holley), Macauley Griffiths, Steve John (Gavin Clement), Garin Lloyd (Sion Crocker), Tyla Murvai (Haydn Manorek); Scott Davies (Joe Grabham), Rhys Thomas; Lee Evans, Guido Volpi, Leon Ward (Ioan Jones)

MATCH PREVIEW

NEATH / BEDWAS TEAM SHEETS:

15 AARON BRAMWELL (CAPTAIN) THOMAS BENJAMIN 15
14 JAMES ROBERTS DEON  SMITH 14
13 JARRAD REES ADAM WILLIAMS 13
12 GAVIN EVANS LEWIS BOWDEN 12
11 ALEC JENKINS JORDAN REES 11
10 CALLUM HALL JOSEPH SCRIVENS 10
9 MACAULEY GRIFFITHS LUKE CRANE 9
1 STEVE JOHN SAM COCHRANE 1
2 GARIN LLOYD MIKE DACEY 2
3 TYLA MURVAI RHYS HUTCHERSON 3
4 SCOTT DAVIES CRAIG HUDD 4
5 RHYS THOMAS JOE DAVIES 5
6 LEE EVANS JAMES RICHARDS 6
8 GUIDO VOLPI NATHAN HUDD (CAPTAIN) 8
7 LEON WARD JON ARMITAGE 7
       
16 SION CROCKER TOM DEVINE 16
17 GAVIN CLEMENT ALUN REES 17
18 HAYDN MANOREK RHYS JAMES 18
19 IOAN JONES GARETH ALLEN 19
20 JOE GRABHAM DALE ROGERS 20
21 NICKY GRIFFITHS RORY HARRIES 21
22 GERAINT ROBERTS JACOB CHILCOTT 22
23 WILL HOLLEY DION McINTOSH 23

 REFEREE – MR. RICHARD DEACY

ASSISTANT REFEREES – MR. JON HARDY  & MR. ALUN JONES 

 

NEXT HOME GAME – ABERAVON – EASTER MONDAY, APRIL 22nd  2.30pm

NEATH V BEDWAS – SUPPORTER INFORMATION

To assist spectator enjoyment, all supporters should please take note of the following:

  • Parking is available in the multi-storey car park near the Town End of the ground (closes at 6.30pm)
  • The Clubhouse will be open prior to the match with two large downstairs bars for supporters
  • Hospitality (£10 for a 2 course meal, plus coffee at H/T) is available for home and away supporters
  • The Gnoll is a “no smoking/no vaping” environment
  • No dogs or pets allowed (Other than guide dogs for the blind)
  • Admission £10, Under-16’s free
  • The only points of admission to the ground will be via the turnstiles at the Town End –  turnstiles will be open from 1.30pm
  • Programmes (£2) available from outside bar
  • Catering facilities will be available inside the ground near the turnstiles (bar and burgers, teas etc.)
  • Supporters are not permitted to stand on the concourse in front of the Clubhouse or Main Stand for safety reasons
  • Supporters are requested to follow any instructions given by safety stewards
  • Please respect the kicker when he is kicking at goal
  • Please respect the match officials

 

NEATH FORMER PLAYERS’ DINNER – SELLING FAST


Former Players chairman Martyn Morris reports that tickets for the Neath Former Players’ Annual Dinner are selling fast.

Former Wales RL player Jim Mills will be the main speaker at the event which will be held at the Clubhouse on Friday, May 10th.

Tickets (£22) may be obtained from Martyn Morris on 07785.373006.

“We still have two tables of 10 (£220) available as well,” said the former Neath and Wales back-rower. “so I would urge those former players who have not yet confirmed to please get in touch asap.”

HOSPITALITY: NEATH v BEDWAS – (Saturday 13th April 2019)

Neath Rugby hospitality will continue on Saturday 13th April 2019 for the BEDWAS fixture at the Gnoll.

The pre-match hospitality will start from 12:30pm comprising of a two course meal.

Guest Q&A Speaker
Former neath player Simon Pengelly will be in attendance for the Q&A
Read more on Simon here:
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/film-news/welsh-premiership-winning-rugby-player-11273515

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.

Matchday hospitality is open to both Neath and BEDWAS supporters.

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.

The on field action will then kick off at 2:30pm, as both NEATH and BEDWAS will be looking to be competitive in their remaining Principality Premiership league fixtures.

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 Gerald on 07873787414.

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

FRIDAY NIGHT RUGBY AT THE GNOLL

Irish visitors Greystones will be at The Gnoll on Friday to play Skewen RFC at U-10’s and U-11’s level. Kick Off 7.00 pm – all supporters welcome.

NEATH RFC LAUNCH EASTER EGG APPEAL!

We are calling upon our supporters to hold out a helping hand in their community for less fortunate children and families this Easter. We have teamed up with two local organisations that help so many people. We will be donating the easter eggs to Ysgol Gynradd Abbey Primary Schools Autism Unit and Neath Port Talbot Councils FAST Team’s Children & Young People Services who work with families in the area in need of care and support.

Both Ruth and I are thrilled to have been approached by Neath RFC in relation to their Easter Egg appeal. Between our Teams we support some of the most vulnerable families in the Local Authority. Our main aim is to keep families together and support them in achieving their maximum potential. Your support will ensure that the children experience a positive Easter experience alongside their peers. Recent changes to benefits have meant that some of the families on the lowest incomes are going for up to 6 weeks with no income and are struggling to make ends meet. Your support will ease this pressure in respect of Easter and for that we are truly thankful.

Jo Cole
FAST Team Manager
Children & Young People Services

We will be collecting the Easter eggs at our fixture against Bedwas on Saturday April 13th to help brighten up Easter for less fortunate families and children across Neath. Neath RFC want to give back to the community and support those less fortunate.

Next time you’re at the shops, please consider picking up a contribution and bringing it to the game where we will have an allocated table for your donations inside the clubhouse.

If you would like to donate an Easter egg but can’t make it down to the game please contact Gareth Howells, Neath Rugby Commercial Manager on gareth.howells@neathrugby.wales or 07974873683