14th May 2014, 11:33
South Wales Premier Division starts this weekend
Three mouthwatering games scheduled as fixtures change
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Rugby League fans across South Wales are looking forward to an exciting summer as the South Wales Premier Division gets underway this weekend writes Ian Lovell.
The opening day this Saturday is set for four mouth-watering fixtures as teams old and new go head to head.
Cardiff Demons host Cardiff Spartans at St Peter's RFC in what is sure to be a keenly contested affair as the capital’s clubs look for bragging rights in the city’s first ever derby at open-age level.
Demons Chair Idris Evans says that his team can’t wait to get started.
“Everyone at Cardiff Demons is looking forward to this game,” he said. “It’s part of any sport to want to put one over your rivals and we are no exception, we are hoping for a good day on Saturday.”
Another derby contest takes place at Newport Saracens RFC as Newport Titans take on current Welsh Premiership champions Torfaen Tigers.
Newport have recruited well and have new coaches in former Wales Dragonhearts’ Scott Beasant and Lewis Culverwell, the latter returning to the game after a few years’ break.
“Scott and I have been busy recruiting players,” said Culverwell. “We’ve trained hard and are looking forward to getting started. Playing the current champions first up will give us the chance to see where we are in terms of development.”
At Senghenydd RFC, Aber Valley Wolves make their debut at open age level when they entertain newly reformed Bridgend Blue Bulls.
The Bulls have won the Welsh Championship on seven occasions and will provide stern opposition for the newcomers who will be keen to start with a good performance.
Aber Valley’s Darren Williams commented: “We are all looking forward to the Blue Bulls visit, we have trained hard over the past few weeks and the boys are learning as we go forward.”
The final game of the weekend sees the other newly formed open age club Gwendraeth Valley Raiders take on Valley Cougars at Mynydd y Garreg RFC.
Raiders Head Coach Andrew Thorne is looking to build upon the success of the junior game in West Wales.
Cougars are now fielding their second team in the Welsh Conference as their firsts are now in the Conference South league taking on other regional sides from the South of England.
But Thorne knows this will still be a big challenge.
“The boys are up and ready for this game and can’t wait to test themselves against the experienced Cougars side,” he said.
Fixtures in full
Aber Valley Wolves v Bridgend Blue Bulls, Senghenydd RFC (2.30pm).
Cardiff Demons v Cardiff Spartans, St Peter's RFC. POSTPONED
Gwendraeth Valley Raiders v Valley Cougars, Mynydd y Garreg RFC. POSTPONED
Newport Titans v Torfaen Tigers, Newport Saracens RFC (2pm)
Gwendraeth Valley Raiders v Cardiff Demons, Mynydd Y Garreg RFC (2.30pm)