21st August 2010, 14:07
2010 Welsh Grand Finals Day
This Saturday 21st August sees Welsh Grand Finals day at Caerphilly
This Saturday sees the culmination of the domestic Wales Rugby League season with a triple header of Grand Finals at Virginia Park, home of Caerphilly RFC.
After the success of last year's event, the WRL have chosen to return to the historic ground. The headline act, The Co-operative Wales Rugby League Conference Premier Grand Final between Bridgend Blue Bulls and Valley Cougars kicks off at 2pm but before that, there are two junior Finals.
At 10.45am, Penallta Storm take on the Pontyclun-based Panthers for the right to be under 15 Champions of Wales.
The teams finished first and second respectively in the final table, and the Panthers, who have only lost one game all season, will start as favourites.
Storm also take part in the under 17 Final at midday. They are the reigning under 17 champions but finished third in the final table. They will have their work cut out against the Carmarthen-based CPC Bears who performed well all season to finish top.
The main event at 2pm is undoubtedly the encounter that everyone predicted, Valley Cougars against Bridgend Blue Bulls.
The two sides finished joint top of the final league table, beating each other once but otherwise remaining unbeaten. The Nelson-based Cougars won the title in 2008 while the Blue Bulls won the last of their five consecutive crowns a year earlier.
Wales Rugby League's National Development Manager, Mark Jones said: "Since taking up my post with Wales Rugby League this time last year, Rugby League in Wales has grown at a rapid rate. With so much interest from new clubs, and for the development of the game, the 2010 senior season was restructured and the league was split into two tiers, Premier and Championship. Saturday's Premier Final is between the league's two best sides and it should be an excellent occasion.
"It has been an outstanding season for Junior Rugby League here in South Wales and Saturday sees the Under 15s and U17s seasons come to their conclusions.
"The junior leagues in Wales have produced and are still producing quality Super league players who include Crusaders stars like Elliot Kear, Jamie Murphy, Lloyd White and the South Wales Scorpions' Captain Aled James. The aim is to give the players a structured rugby league programme that will prepare them for the next step on the player pathway."
Admission to the full day costs just £3 for adults and free entry for children.