9th June 2016, 17:00
New Tredegar club to have Euro Cup at first game
On the same day that Wales are kicking off their Euro 2016 campaign, a brand new Rugby League club in Tredegar will have Rugby League’s European Championship trophy on display at their first ever home game, this Saturday from 3pm.
On the same day that Wales are kicking off their Euro 2016 campaign, a brand new Rugby League club in Tredegar will have Rugby League’s European Championship trophy on display at their first ever home game.
Blaenau Gwent Sharks, a brand new Rugby League side playing out of Tredegar RFC, kick off at home for the first time this Saturday when they host Aber Valley Wolves in the Welsh Conference (kick-off 2.30pm).
The Rugby League European Championship was won by Wales last year, and the new Sharks club have the privilidge of having it on display at Saturday’s game, and afterwards at The Cambrian pub in Tredegar during the Wales v Slovakia game.
The Blaenau Gwent Sharks side is the brainchild of former Cardiff City Rugby League player Andrew Prouse who lives in Rhymney and works in Tredegar and wanted to get Rugby League going in the Blaenau Gwent valley.
He and colleague Jeremy McCarthy run the club and in addition to the senior side, are already looking to the future and have started up and under 15s outfit.
“The reason why we started is to get the sport of Rugby League a bit more well-known up in Tredegar and the surrounding areas,” said Prouse. “We know it’s going to be a tough first season, history has always told us that. It’s hard going and stressful but now we’re attracting players and are building the squad.”
Many of the players in the club have never played Rugby League before. The majority are union players from the Brynmawr, Beaufort and Tredegar rugby union clubs, wanting to give a new sport a go in the summer, knowing that a development path is there for them to progress if they do well.
“Take players like Chris Roets at South Wales Scorpions for example,” said Prouse. “He started off just playing a bit of league when the union season had finished and now he’s Wales’ second highest try scorer of all time. There is a pathway for players to progress – to Scorpions and then Wales if they’re good enough.
“We always knew it was going to hard for the first season but once we have a large squad together and reliable players, it should make my life a lot easier.
“Aber Valley for our first home game is going to be tough. They finished second last year and did well to beat Cardiff in the semis. We’ll give them a warm welcome on Saturday and definitely do our best.
“We’re delighted to have the European Cup on display during the game and we’d like to thank Wales Rugby League for allowing us access to such a prestigious trophy.”
The next training session is on Wednesday at Tredegar RFC at 6.30pm and is open to new players. Potential players need not have played Rugby League before as full training will be given.
For more details, call head coach Jeremy McCarthy on 07889 416497 or email email@example.com.
Players and fans will be able to have their photo taken with the trophy at any time during Saturday's match or for two hours at The Cambrian afterwards.
Blaenau Gwent Sharks v Aber Valley Wolves, Saturday 11th June, Tredegar RFC, 2.30pm