24 Apr Adam departs for Heol y Cyw
Bridgend Ravens can confirm that back row, Adam O’Driscoll, will depart the club ahead of the new season to take up a coaching role with Heol y Cyw.
O’Driscoll has been a mainstay of the Bridgend Ravens squad for the past seven seasons. He made his debut in November 2013 at the Morganstone Brewery Field against Pontypridd and went on to represent the club nearly 150 times. There were plenty of memorable days for ‘Adgy’ in blue and white, but two memorable performances included the 2015 SWALEC Cup triumph and in our final league game of the 2018/19 season which saw us beat Pontypridd to secure survival.
Adam’s 147 games saw him score six tries, with perhaps his most famous being the try against Carmarthen Quins which helped the Ravens claim their place in the showpiece cup final of 2015. His tireless work around the field and tenacious nature saw him firmly establish himself as a fans favourite during his tenure at the club. His final season with Bridgend was curtailed with an injury sustained against Merthyr in October before the Covid19 outbreak, but he leaves with his place in Ravens folklore firmly cemented.
Team Manager Ed Griffith commented ‘On behalf of Bridgend Ravens, I would like to thank Adgy for his time with Bridgend. 147 games in 7 seasons says a lot about the guy. He’s a true warrior, a great team player and an even better person.
He played a big role in the club’s 2015 cup success and also had a phenomenal performance against Pontypridd in last season’s final game to seal our Premiership place. Adam is quite simply a big game player.
We wish Adam all the best with his new position at Heol y Cyw – our loss is certainly their gain.’
Now 33, O’Driscoll is going back to where it all started to take up a Coaching role with his home village club.
Adam said ‘I would like to thank all the great players I’ve played with over the 7 seasons I’ve had with Bridgend. We’ve had some fantastic highs and been through the lows and come out the other side together and these are memories I will have forever. Players have become great friends and our friendships I know will continue!
I would like thank supporters, coaches, physios and all the staff behind the scenes for their hard work and efforts over the years.
I feel this is a time for me to move on for of a change, old age is creeping in and with some great players coming through to keep Bridgend going I’ve decided to take on a player/coach role for my home club Heol-y-Cyw. I’d like to wish you all the best for the season ahead.’
All at Bridgend Ravens would like to extend their best wishes to Adam and his family for the future and wish him good luck with his role at Heol y Cyw. We’re certainly looking forward to continuing to work closely with you and your colleagues at Heol y Cyw as part of the development pathway – and remember you’re always welcome back to the Brewery to watch a game and for a drink!