01 September 2017 / Club News

Message from Chairman Ahead of the New Season.

Hi everyone

After what seems to have been a long summer break, our favourite sport starts up again this weekend and we look forward to the new season with anticipation and with some changes.

We formally welcome our new first team coach Jimmy Waring. He brings a wealth of experience and coaching skills to the club and is passionate in moving our club up the league standings.

By now most of you will be aware that Billy McQueeny is to be the first team captain for this season - congratulations and best wishes to him - his passion and strength of character will be a big asset to the team.

We also have new players and some former players returning. Dr Ben Jones has joined us from Abergele - many will remember from previous years a number of players from the medical profession playing for the club and we hope that Ben is as successful as his medical predecessors. Ben will also undertake some coaching of the backs. Aled Meredydd has moved to the area from South Wales and has joined in well during the preseason training.

Good to see James Chin Gregson back with us as well as John BJ Griffiths who is working hard on his rehabilitation following injury and should be available to play in the not too distant future.

There are also some talented youth players coming through into the senior teams which will bolster the squads.

We again have a strong structure with Jimmy and the coaching/management team where Tyson and Aled Owen continue to provide dedicated support - we wish them and the all the players well .

There are changes in the Second 15 structure too.  There is a new North Wales League of 10 teams in a formal league set up which will give more certainty on games to be played.

Tommy Lyness who has managed the second team for the last few years with such enthusiasm and dedication has, due to weekend work commitments, reluctantly had to stand down from the role.

I am delighted to announce that Mike Pearce has however agreed to take over the role from Tommy.

As a club we are extremely grateful to Tommy for his commitment to the club and thank him most sincerely for the work - he will be a hard act to follow - thank you Tommy.

I know Mike and Mark Skid Evans as captain will keep the second team progressing - as a club we need the seconds to be a strong support for the first team and I know that Mike will work hard to achieve this.

The Youth Team structure in North Wales has also changed this season with games in the first half of the season on a more localised basis.

We are grateful that George Hughes will manage the youth team this season. He only has a small squad of players to pick from and playing games on Saturdays is a challenge.

 However we are pleased as club to announce that we will have match floodlights installed on the development pitch ( formerly known as the second team pitch) within a few weeks and the ability to play youth matches on a midweek evening will help greatly.

The junior sides will start their season in the next few weeks although many of the teams have been playing beach rugby and having training sessions for many weeks over the summer. The fun day held a couple of weeks ago was superb and many thanks to Jason Jones and the others involved in the event for creating such interest in the junior game. The enthusiasm and commitment of the junior set up led ably by Rich Brammer is so vital for the future of the club and is greatly appreciated by us all.

I am sure that club members and supporters will join me in wishing all the team coaches, players and managers every success for the coming season. As supporters we need to be enthusiastic and committed in our support and be respectful to the opposition and referees and we all look forward to a successful season for out teams in what is the best rugby club in North Wales.

Come on you Goats


Phil Williams

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