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Big day of Finals at Taff's Well RFC

12th August 2015, 10:04

Big day of Finals at Taff's Well RFC

Taff’s Well RFC sees a day’s worth of Rugby League Finals on Sunday culminating the prestigious annual South Wales Grand Final (kick-off 3pm).

SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST

TAFF’S WELL RFC

Under 13 – Aber Valley Wolves v Bridgend Blue Bulls (10am)

Under 14 – SW Rabbitohs v Aber Valley Wolves (11am)

Under 15 – Cardiff City RL Spartans v Torfaen Tigers (noon)

Under 16 – Rhondda Outlaws v Pill Harriers (1.15pm)

Grand Final - Aber Valley Wolves v Bridgend Blue Bulls (3pm)

 

 

Taff’s Well RFC sees a day’s worth of Rugby League Finals on Sunday culminating the prestigious annual South Wales Grand Final (kick-off 3pm).

 

The main event is a repeat of last year’s Final where Bridgend Blue Bulls claimed their seventh title beating Aber Valley Wolves 33-30.

 

Bridgend have appeared in 10 of the 12 finals in Wales Rugby League history and have regularly been the competition’s pace-setters. Their coach Lee “China” Harben-Jones wants no more than an eighth title for his side.

 

“We’re delighted to have gone through the season unbeaten,” he said. “But this means little when it comes to a Grand Final. We know that Aber Valley will be pumped up for this and they gave us some great contests when we took them on earlier this year.”

 

Wolves’ coach Bobby Andrews is delighted to be competing in a second successive Final after beating Cardiff City RL 32-30 in a dramatic semi-final last week.

 

“I’m pleased with the way we have developed throughout the season,” he said. “We’ve used 40 plus players due to injuries and unavailability and we’ve also fielded seven of our under 17s from the original under 14s set up four years ago which was a proud moment for myself, Gareth Short and Darren Williams who set it up.

 

“We beat Bridgend twice last year in the league but lost narrowly in the final. We are hoping the roles will be reversed this year as we learned a lot from the two defeats this year.”

 

Bridgend and Aber Valley will meet in both the first and last game of the day on finals day on Sunday 16th August as they will meet at under 13 level too (kick-off 10am).

 

Junior coach Steve Smith said: “It will be a great day for the club. The under 13 season has been a short one but we’re delighted to be taking part in the final. Aber Valley will, as always be tough opponents.”

 

Aber Valley Wolves will compete in three different finals after both their under 13 and 14 sides qualified for Finals day.

 

It’s set to be a great day out for the club and Aber Valley Wolves’ team manager Helen Treharne is delighted with the progress of the under 13s in their first season.

 

“At the beginning of the season we formed a new under 13s side, building on the two teams we already had,” she said. “It has been a great introduction to Rugby League for the boys with no league games lost.  We have lost the odd friendly, but the players seem to up their game and play better when it’s a league game. We are now very proud to be in the Grand Final.

 

“The 14s have done so well this season. They’ve been in a tough competition and they did well to beat Bridgend Blue Bulls to get to the Final. The Rabbitohs will be very tough but our lads will give their all.” 

 

SW Rabbitohs from Llanharan will start as favourites to win the under 14 Final after a superb first season.

 

Their coach Andrew Jenkins is proud of his players. He said: “After coming together a couple of months ago we have formed an excellent bond and team spirit. It’s been a pleasure to coach such a talented and enthusiastic group of players.

 

“We still have a way to go but it’s so pleasing for the coaches to see how the squad has grasped and developed into a strong Rugby League side.

 

“We have really put rugby league on the map in our district where everyone is talking about the Rabbitohs and we have attracted some sizeable crowds to our games. The squad is already looking forward to more success next season and hopefully a lot of these players will follow in the footsteps of Josh Sands, Will Chen, Tom Sly and Sam Costelow and gain representative honours.

 

“The coaching team are very proud of every single one of the squad, and their attitude and dedication has been first class. Roll on the grand final and 2016.”

 

Two of South Wales’ longest standing community clubs compete in the under 15 Final.

 

Cardiff City RL Spartans coach Louis Denton is looking forward to the game, their last with the Spartans nickname. 

 

“This year has been an excellent season for the under 15s with the start of pre-season seeing a great influx of players new and old wanting to be part of Cardiff Spartans Junior Rugby League,” he said.

 

“Even though opposition has been limited at their age group, they are unbeaten and look to finish their season by defending their title at the Junior Grand Final 2015. It will be their last season as Cardiff Spartans RL as they will be playing under the Cardiff City Rugby League banner.”

 

Torfaen Tigers have grown as a club and their youth coach Gavin Phillips is delighted to see that they’ve qualified for the Final.

 

He said: “The season has been a steep learning curve for the side that have improved as the season as worn on and will head into their under 16s campaign full of confidence having learned the game this season.

 

“Several players having gained representative honours this year with East Wales and several more destined for it in the future.”

 

The under 16 encounter sees two new sides face off. Rhondda Outlaws were formed this year by South Wales Scorpions fan Leon Green and his side have already tasted the big stage, playing as curtain raisers before two Scorpions matches.

 

Green said “In this, our first season, the Rhondda Outlaws have tried to raise awareness and interest of Rugby League within a hot bed of union clubs. Getting Rugby League accepted within the Rhondda Valleys is always going to be a challenge - one which we have embarked upon and are fully committed to.

 

“This season has gone better than expected. In just a short period of time we have put together a well-balanced squad of players with a mixture of Rugby League experience and we are very proud of our South Wales Academy and Welsh squad members. We have tried to encourage our players to play heads up rugby and play to their strengths. Our home game against Bristol Sonics - the Battle of Mountain Ash - was a real cracker and a fantastic show piece for junior rugby, this together with playing before the South Wales Scorpions was one of this seasons highlights.”

 

Pill Harriers from Newport are normally best known for rugby union but their coach Brad Williams is delighted with their first foray into the 13-man game.

 

“Pill have had a fantastic season this year with six players being named in the Wales team,” he says. “Every player in the team has pushed for a spot in the squad for the Final since day one but we’ve been very unlucky losing two boys for the majority of the season through injury. We’re pleased to have made finals day.”

 

Welsh Grand Final (South Wales from 2012)

2003 Bridgend Blue Bulls 42 Aberavon Fighting Irish 8

2004 Bridgend Blue Bulls 26 Aberavon Fighting Irish 21

2005 Bridgend Blue Bulls 56 Torfaen Tigers 16

2006 Bridgend Blue Bulls 22 Cardiff Demons 10

2007 Bridgend Blue Bulls 24 Newport Titans 18

2008 Valley Cougars 26 Blackwood Bulldogs 12

2009 Blackwood Bulldogs 38 Bridgend Blue Bulls 22

2010 Valley Cougars 46 Bridgend Blue Bulls 44

2011 Bridgend Blue Bulls 48 Valley Cougars 24

2012 Bonymaen Broncos 46 Bridgend Blue Bulls 28

2013 Torfaen Tigers 24 Valley Cougars 18

2014 Bridgend Blue Bulls 33 Aber Valley Wolves 30