14 August 2017 / Club News

Sevens team lose out in final to Cowbridge

Last week Llantwit entered the Tondu RFC Evs 7’s competition and despite losing the community tournament final to old rivals Cowbridge, had a great day and won plenty of plaudits for their entertaining rugby.
This was the seventh annual rugby sevens tournament and family fun day which was set up in memory of former Tondu player Andrew Evans known as ‘Evs’.
The Llantwit sevens squad started well comfortably beating Brackla in their opening group game before facing Cowbridge in the next game, this though went the way of their local rivals by two tries to one, and the team also then had to regroup as their player/coach Stuart Edbrooke was to play no further part in the tournament having received a red card for a rush of blood in striking an opponent.
The Llantonians nevertheless quickly moved on as they comfortably won their final group game against the Blue Wolves and qualified for the semi final by coming second in their group. But by finishing second they now had the more difficult semi final as they faced the winners of the other group, Nantymoel. Llantwit though were more than a match for the men from the Ogmore Valley as they quickly put them to the sword with a scintillating first half with a brace of tries backed up with a sound second half defensive display, eventually running out worthy winners at seven tries to three.
The final then once again matched Llantwit against rivals Cowbridge. The game was a hard contest which Cowbridge eventually won by three tries to one solitary Llantwit try. The Cowbridge team were just too skilful across their group of players for the Llantonians and were deserved winners. Llantwit did have one further success though as their own skilful and pacy player Rhys Balmont picked up the Player of the Tournament award.
This week sees the return of the fifteen a side game as Llantwit take on Bridgend Athletic at home in a warm-up game; which will also be played for the Lyn Dolman memorial cup game. The match being played for the second year in memory of stalwart member Lyn Dolman who played for the club for over twenty years but also went on to become team manager and served on the committee for several years. Lyn sadly passed away far too young at the age of 52, after a battle with cancer. The club losing one of its most popular and endearing characters.
The game will be kicking off at 2:30pm and there will be a barbecue during the day and live music afterwards. Bridgend Athletic who play in division one, some three divisions higher, have sportingly agreed to bring a development side to the Recreation Ground. Which should allow for an entertaining game as the players hard work on the training ground over the past weeks is put to the test.


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