17th June 2015, 20:05
Raiders could call experience - Cardiff sides meet
Aber Valley Wolves host Gwendraeth Valley Raiders while Cardiff City RL' A and B team face off.
Saturday 20th June
Welsh Conference South
Aber Valley Wolves v Gwendraeth Valley Raiders (Senghenydd RFC, 2pm)
Cardiff City A v Cardiff City B (Cardiff Arms Park, 2.15pm)
In the Welsh Conference, Gwendraeth Valley Raiders travel to Senghenydd RFC to face Aber Valley Wolves (kick-off 2pm) in the return fixture which saw the Wolves beat a young inexperienced team 52-32.
GV Raiders are the development team to Conference South’s The Raiders RL and they know that the Aber Valley lads will be looking to secure a win in a bid to obtain a home semi-final play-off place.
The Raiders have won just the one game this season, which was against Newport Titans, but even that has now been struck from the record after Titans’ withdrawal from the league.
With no first team game this week, director Andrew Thorne has hinted that some of his more experienced campaigners could be in the side to help the youngsters out.
He said: “Although GV Raiders haven't been on the end of many wins this season we are not too disappointed. We will be looking to travel to Aber Valley looking for our first proper victory. We are more than capable, we just need to keep our composure for the full 80 and not just the first 40.
“We knew this season was going to be hard as GV Raiders was always going to be a development team where we try and field our young up and coming players as well as players new to the sport. We try and mix this up with a few players from our first team just to guide these players along.
“Last week we played against a good Bridgend Blue Bulls outfit where we fielded five 16 year olds and two 17 year olds and to be 20-all at half time is an achievement.
"This is our first proper year and to be able to fulfil all our fixtures in both the Conference league South and the Welsh Conference is something we are happy with, and with the young players coming through we hope we can become highly competitive in both leagues.”
Following the serious injury to Cardiff City RL prop Nathan Davies in the encounter against Aber Valley Wolves last Sunday, the attention all week for the capital club has been on supporting him and ensuring he gets through this difficult period.
It was confirmed that Davies broke his femur (the longest and strongest bone in your body. Because the femur is so strong, it usually takes a lot of force to break it) in an accidental clash in the 25th minute of last week’s game. As the ambulance service took 90 minutes to get to the ground and Davies could not be moved, the match had to be abandoned and will be rescheduled.
The focus on Saturday for Cardiff City shifts to the inter-squad Welsh Conference encounter when the club’s A and B side clash at Cardiff Arms Park (kick-off 2.15pm) where the A side will be looking to complete the double over their seconds.
Saturday sees the return of half back and junior head coach Tom Mace, and potentially forward Arturs Kozels. Both have both been out through injury.
Senior player Chris True said: “We are opening the game up to new players this weekend, so if you are interested in playing Rugby League, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you registered. It's sure to be a spicy encounter and one all at the club are looking forward to.”
Tickets are available through www.ticketsource.co.uk/cardiffrl.
On Sunday the Cardiff City RL squad come together in a charity cycle ride to raise money for their partner charity Mothers Union. Support the cause and donate through https://www.justgiving.com/Cardiffcityrugbyleague/