20 Jan Ravens continue to assist feeder clubs
With Bridgend Ravens taking a weekend off playing action, there’s no rest for some members of the playing squad who will be featuring for a number of our feeder clubs.
To show our appreciation and to assist our feeder clubs for their support during the last few weeks, including in the run up to Wednesday’s victory over Neath in the Foster’s Cup, we can confirm that no less than ten players will be in action this for a variety of clubs.
Bridgend Athletic will be bolstered by full back Marc Bennett, wing Mike Powell and Garin Lougher and flanker Jon Howard as they take on Builth Wells in National League 1 West Central. Also in 1 West Central, Connor Tantum lines up for Kenfig Hill who travel to play Maesteg at The Old Parish, with Maesteg Quins taking advantage of being able to select scrum half Geraint Watkin for their home match against leaders Bonymaen at South Parade. In 1 East Central, scrum half Chris Williams benefits from game time at his former club Llanharan who face Rumney.
Tondu include back rower Matthew John for their local derby against Maesteg Celtic at Pandy Park, while also in 2 West Central Pencoed include Morgan Jones in their squad to face Brynamman as he continues his comeback from the knee injury he suffered against Cardiff earlier in the season. Finally, Nantyfyllon travel to Pyle with the addition of prop Lewis Francis in their ranks as they look to keep up the pressure on the top three teams in 3 West Central A.
Wayne Hall, Bridgend Ravens Director of Rugby commented, “We continue to rely on and work ever closer with our local development (feeder) clubs and it’s a development programme that we at Bridgend Ravens pride ourselves on having successfully having forged links between clubs over the past few seasons. It’s a very sensitive and delicate area and have had to work with club coaches and to ensure that it’s a win win for all concerned, local clubs, Bridgend Ravens and more importantly the players themselves.”
“It really does emphasise and show the benefits and value of utilising local players during the Foster’s Cup period. A number of these featured in the 24 v 16 win against Neath on Wednesday, with the all important tries scored by players who have been identified as potential premiership quality by the coaching staff headed up by Matt Silva, namely Dan Howells, Mathew Edwards and Garyn Daniels with two.”
The focus at Bridgend Ravens is not just on the players, with a focus on developing local coaches and staff very much at the heart of everything the club does. Backs coaches Nicky Roberts and Grant Hall hail from the borough, while forwards coach Gareth Edwards and team manager Ed Meredith are all Pencoed born and bred.
With the ring fencing of the Principality Premiership now in place for a further two seasons, it will give the club the ability to help develop young players and coaches alike and one which will ensure a bright future for the club on and off the field.