07 June 2018 / Club News


Porthcawl crowned the best season in the Club’s long and proud history, with a rather special celebration dinner, out on the field inside a fine marquee, without a seat to spare.

With the season having seen the achieving of a famous Rugby ‘double’ of League and WRU Bowl, all who attended were able to revel in the knowledge that no team had probably done better this season.

Guest Speaker, former Wales and Lions scrum-half Brynmor Williams, who gave a rousing and fantastically humorous speech, was quick to point out the reality of the remarkable statistics: played 22, won 21, losing only the one match by a mere three points, scoring the fourth highest points total across the whole of the WRU Leagues, whilst yielding a paltry 113 points, an average of just 5.13 points per match, an incredible statistic.

Yet more remarkable, as alluded to by the WRU in their recent Twitter and website feature on Porthcawl, was the fact that with just 13 tries given away in total in 22 League matches, this was the best by ANY team in the whole of the WRU League structure, a quite astonishing achievement.

When one adds to this the fact that the Seaweeds had to play in every round of the WRU Bowl, unlike some other sides that enjoyed ‘byes’, ending up with a fantastic win in the televised Final in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, the scale of the season’s overall achievement cannot be overstated.

Player of the Year was the ever-resourceful and versatile Ben Thomas, whose performances at full-Back, scrum-half and outside-half were regularly something to behold, with his Rugby vision, assured and often deft handling skills and kicking, both at goal and out of the hand in attack, made him a worthy recipient.

Players’ Player was Gareth Rees, whose try-scoring feats became almost the norm as the season progressed, with a number of hat-trick try-scoring performances, not forgetting his remarkable match-winning try in the Semi-Final win over Abercwmboi in the WRU Bowl.

The following people also picked up awards:
Most Improved Player 1st XV – 2nd Row Will Robinson ; Chairman’s Award for Supporter of the Year – Jane Williams ; Clubman of the Year – Mike Gubb ; Player of the Year 2nd XV – James Burge-Davies ; Most Improved Player 2nd XV – Ben Rocket Jones ; Rising Star Award – jointly : Ethan Walsh and Will Lampard.

Skipper Richard Hnyda also received a specially made Grogg of himself in Porthcawl colours from the Chairman, Cliff Hopkins in recognition of his outstanding leadership and achievement for this most successful season in Porthcawl RFC history.

Mention was made too of the people whose volunteering efforts helped make it all a success, whilst asking for new additional volunteers to join the ranks and help the Club move onwards and upwards.
The event was a resounding success and thoroughly enjoyed by all who came. So, it’s onto Division 2 West Central for Porthcawl now, following this second successive promotion season and with a number of Youth XV players moving up into Senior ranks next season, that can only bode well for the future. 


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