Tomorrow our Youth head to the home of Welsh Rugby and the Principality Stadium for the final of the WRU Welsh Youth Cup. The season has gone well for the young Quins and they find themselves in the final following an away win in the first round against local rivals Newcastle Emlyn where they took the spoils 22pts to 21pts. They then headed East and took on Rhiwbina where only try count could sort the teams and the Quins progressed following a 29 all draw. Next up in the Quarter final was Machen who pushed the Quins all the way but we managed to dig in and come out with a 22-20 victory.
On to the Semi Final and Barry RFC on neutral territory in Cefn Cribwr. A large travelling contingent followed the boys form Carmarthen and the journey wasn’t to be in vain. Leading 9-nil at half time courtesy of three penalties there was some worry amongst the Quins fans that the lead wouldn’t be big enough given Barry would have the wind in the second half. Barry clawed back three points before pushing the Quins and score a converted try to take it to 10-9 and playing the territory game it looked to be swinging Barry’s way but the young Guns stood fast and took their one opportunity and crashed over wide out for what was to be a decisive score that took us back in the lead 14-10. The game was far from over and it was heroic defence that carried them home with standing wave after wave of the Barry Bombers attack but stand firm it did and amongst a big roar the Quins triumphed and booked their place in the final.
This squad really is a special squad and there have been no problems with last years Under 16’s integrating with the current youth side in fact it has complemented it. The majority of the players who have represented the youth this season have come through the ranks many from minis and others from juniors so it is testament to the club that the pathway is there. Not withstanding that fact the coaches have also come through the ranks, Gary Wah Evans a former Quins player himself took over coaching from the end of the Under 7’s age group right through to now winning Carmarthenshire and Regional Cups along the way and on that journey with him has been Cenydd and Meurig/ Deiniol Jones a former Quins youth player has been involved in coaching since under 11’s and was last years Under 16’s coach and is now in part of the setup along with Wayne Proctor who has sharpened the fitness of the squad. Finally the gel that keeps them all together is Keith as team manager who quite rightly so is already a proud man but will be even prouder come 5.30pm tomorrow night when the boys take the field.
Every one at the club is backing the boys and extremely proud of their efforts so far this season and a sizeable crowd will be following them up to Cardiff to spur them on. Good luck boys, give it your all and enjoy the experience.
Carmarthen Quins Youth welcome Ammanford Youth to the park tomorrow as they clash in the first round of the Scarlets Cup.
The Quins currently sit top of the Carmarthenshire West table after 6 wins from 6 games, earning maximum points in each. Ammanford currently sit in 3rd position with 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.
The Quins have recently made it through to the National Cup Quarter Final. They now face Machen on March 4th at home. A brilliant achievement.
Good Luck tomorrow boys !
After a successful September that sees the Quins Youth sitting top of the league with 4 wins from 4 games the Quins will be looking to build on this through October with three league games and definitely one Welsh Youth Cup Game.
The Young Guns kick off this coming Saturday with a home game against nearest competitors Newcastle Emlyn who are also unbeaten having played one less game but nevertheless are three from three with maximum points so Saturday promises to be a cracker.
The fixtures for October are:
Saturday 1st October – Newcastle Emlyn – Home
Saturday 8th October – Lampeter – Away
Saturday 15th October – TBC – Welsh Youth Cup
Saturday 22nd October – New Dock Stars – Home
Saturday 29th October – TBC – Welsh Youth Cup
All at the club wish the young Quins side the very best of luck.
The Youth host Burry Port at Abergwili this coming Saturday following two excellent wins in their opening two games. There is a huge buzz about the squad as they continue to develop into a tight unit that backs each other from minute one to the end of the game.
What is pleasing for all involved in the youth set up is how last season’s Under 16’s have integrated in to the squad with ease which has made the coaches job easier.
The Young Quins side know that today will be a stern test against a strong Burry Port side who will also be looking to continue their winning run.
Your Match Day Squad is:
It is all systems go across the Quins this weekend with all teams taking the field for the 2022/2023 season which we hope will be a full season and back to normality.
Our youth team will be looking to build on their experience from last season and continue to give good accounts of themselves and further improve. The playing numbers have been bolstered with the addition of last seasons Under 16s which means that the majority of this coming seasons youth team have already been Quins players for many years with most of them starting at Under 7’s and coming through the ranks.
The same can be said of the coaches with last seasons coaches Gary Evans, Wayne Proctor and Cen Powell now being joined by Deiniol Jones and Meurig Rees who have also brought the players through the age groups so consistency is the name of the game.
We kick off our league season this coming Saturday with a home game against Lampeter RFC with the other teams in the league being Carmarthen Athletic, Burry Port, New Dock Stars and Newcastle Emlyn this will be a keenly contest season and one the Quins are looking forward to. Our first four fixtures for the youth are:
3rd September – Lampeter Home
10th September – New Dock Stars Away
17th September – Burry Port Home
24th September – Carmarthen Athletic Away
With two pre-season fixtures under their belt with wins against Cwmafan (33pts to 12pts) and Gorseinon (43pts to 7pts) the Young Guns of the Quins will be looking to maintain momentum and hit the ground running on Saturday.
Head Coach and Quins stalwart Gary Evans has given us his thoughts on pre-season and a look ahead to the season:
“It has been a good block of pre-season with players and coaches gelling well having come together as a group in early July. We have worked hard together and are working well on our game plans. It is never easy when two groups come together but in the Quins we are blessed that we all have one aim and that is the development of not only players but coaches as well. For me personally whilst also coaching the Youth last season I kept a regular eye on the Under 16s so I knew what to expect for this season. To be fair the transition has been seamless and everyone is keen to put their hand up for selection.
We had two tough work outs in the friendlies and had to work hard for our scores and we know there are bigger tests to come but if we can take the same attitude in to the season proper then the guys will do well. We are no where near the finished article but that is a good thing, if everything was perfect at this point then it can lead to a team becoming stale and complacent which causes no end of problems. The boys are keen to learn and improve and with a mix of coaches we are able to provide a challenging environment for them to continue their development.
Our ultimate aim is of course to bring some silverware back to the club but we all know that this is not an easy thing to do and if it happens then that’s great but more importantly for us is that these players develop to the best of their ability so that they have further opportunities to represent the Club at a senior level.
As a coach I would like to ask that if you are at a loose end on a Saturday and we have a game then please come and give the boys some support as I know they and us as a coaching group would appreciate it.”
All at the club would like to wish the youth team all the very best for the coming season and we will catch up with players and coaches on the website as the season progresses. Good luck one and all.
This week and weekend is as big an event that the club has seen for a while. Rugby across the whole club features between yesterday evening (Wednesday 6th April) through to Sunday when all our players are in some sort of action.
Last night the return of the Jesters Hub continued with many girls from under 7’s through to under 18’s taking part in fun sessions focussing on the core rugby skills and there were smiles all round. There is still plenty of space for you to join and for more details follow our Social Media channels or email email@example.com
Tonight the competitive rugby kicks off with our Under 11’s playing against Carmarthen Athletic in what is always an entertaining game full of skills from both sets of players.
On Friday (8th April) the local rivalries continue with our Youth Team hosting Carmarthen Athletic in a double header that serves as a cup game and a league game. The teams have met once this season with the Quins running out the victors. As always with local derbies this could go either way as both sides fight for the Town Bragging Rights. Kick off in the park is at 7pm and the more support there the merrier.
Saturday our 1st XV continue their road to the end of the season with their last away game of the campaign. They head East to Ebbw Vale looking to build on their last outing which saw them secure a bonus point victory in Merthyr. Its been a long stop start season but the Seniors will be looking to end the season on a high and as high up the table as they possibly can.
With the starters finished on Saturday the club moves on to the main course with the Carmarthenshire Cup Finals day in Llandeilo RFC where four of our Junior sides are in action in Cup Finals. It is an unprecedented success for the section having so many teams in the finals. Only the 14’s missed out and that was probably due to a bad run of luck on the injury front but they will look to bounce back next season.
The first game to kick off is the Under 12’s who will take on Newcastle Emlyn at 10am, followed by the Under 13s who take on Amman United at 11.30am, then the Under 15’s take on Lampeter at 2.30pm and last but not least the Under 16’s take on Llandeilo kicking off at 4pm.
In what is going to be a great day for rugby all round any additional support would be welcomed by all teams.
There will be team news brought to you from some of the sides prior to the games which after a harsh two years of Covid will be a memory in the making for the young Quins.
Also on Sunday our Under 7’s and Under 9’s take on the Athletic and Athletic Park both kicking off at 9.30am.
With the club’s 150th Anniversary on the horizon it is great to see so many players involved with club and it is continuing to grow. If you like what you see or hear then why not become part of it there are opportunities for many so please get in touch.
The Club is delighted to hear that one of our 1st Year youth players has been invited to join the Wales Under 18 training camp later this month.
Owain Powell players in the boiler house of the Quins scrum at second row and has been training with the Scarlets Under 18’s in advance of a block of regional games in the New Year.
Owain has been a regular fixture in Quins colours having played from minis right through to our newly formed Youth Team.
It is testament again to the work of the mini and junior section and the current youth team that another player has been recognised for possible further honours. All at the club would like to wish Owain all the very best and we are proud of his efforts.
Following a week off after a difficult defeat away to St Clears the young Quins Youth side have regrouped and prepared for a journey this coming week to Newcastle Emlyn.
Both sides are mid table with Newcastle Emlyn having played one more game than the Quins and having won two and lost two they sit on 9 points while the Quins with one win and two defeats sit on 6 points so its all to play for.
Coaches have worked hard on the areas that didn’t go to plan against St Clears in a tough fiery contest with a view to building the confidence again within the squad.
Kick off at Newcastle Emlyn is 2.30pm.
Following a couple of weeks without a game the Youth will look to pick themselves up following the last game defeat away to Llandeilo in a game that was exciting to watch.
The Quins Young Guns will hop the short journey westbound on the A40 to take on St Clears. The home side sit above the Quins currently in the table following a 24 – 5 victory over Newcastle Emlyn and a 3 all draw with Llandeilo. The Quins of course opened their account with a 14-10 win over neighbours Carmarthen Athletic and a 33-26 loss away to Llandeilo.
This will be a stern test for the young Quins but with a good week of preparation behind them and a couple of weeks without a game the coaches feel the squad are chomping at the bit to get out there and make amends for the last defeat.
Kick off in St Clears is 2.30pm.
If you missed the last two games there are highlights available on our YouTube Channel by clicking on the link below.
Following a delayed start to the season last week the Youth hit the road this coming Saturday with a trip to Llandeilo.
Llandeilo were involved in a tough game against St Clears that must have been some arm wrestle because the final score was a 3 all draw. We know that the Quins last week entertained town rivals Carmarthen Athletic and gained the seasons first bragging rights with a 14-10 win at Abergwilli.
The coaching staff however, haven’t rested on their laurels following the victory and preparations again have been at an intensity that aims to replicate game scenarios and as always there has been plenty to work on in training.
With plenty of rugby to be played the squad will be looking to turn in another positive performance.
Kick off at Cae William, Llandeilo is 2.30pm.