Quins 150 draw winners

The Winners of the Q150 Club draw are:

November 2018
£150 – No 121 – Mr RW Evans
£100 – No 13 – Mr RA Ayers
£75 – No 51 – Mr P Jones
£50 – No 119 – Mr E Morris
£25 – No 56 – Mr RS Thomas
The Q150 club gift for season 2018-19 is now available.
They can be collected from Graeme Bond at the club on either Thursday or Saturday nights.

DEFEAT AT SWANSEA

Swansea 21 Quins 17

image by Dragon Tales Photography

Having lead for most of the match, the second half saw a series of mystery decisions by officials and players, and a denied try at the death, let Swansea in for a lucky four points. Early Quins pressure was rewarded when after a forward surge, Torin Myhill was credited with the score for Steff Marshall to convert. Almost from the restart, The St.Helens outfit were awarded a penalty for Steff Williams to claw three points back. Again from the Quins restart, Swansea’s indiscipline gave Steff Marshall the chance to increase his side’s lead with an 8th min penalty.A series of Quins power drives kept play in the home half and only desperate defence prevented a score. A Swansea raid into the Quins 22 won them a penalty and from a quick tap and go the Quins were caught out and let T. HAND through to score an easy try. Williams levelled the score with the conversion.The Quins were able to win and keep most of the ball only to be denied with some sloppy passing and decision making, and on the half hour mark,power play saw the referee award the Quins a penalty try and another seven points. The home side were awarded a penalty for Williams to convert to see the sides change round with the Quins 17 points to 10 ahead.

Swansea had the use of the wind in the second period but failed to dent the Quins defence, More tight play gave the supporters little to enthuse about right up to the 75th min when from a Swansea catch and drive line out, The Quins were caught napping and the home side darted through to score a fortunate try which went unconverted but gave them a fortunate lead.Another home penalty meant that the Quins had to go for a try, and they pilled on the pressure and from what appeared to be a Quins try the spontaneous reaction of the Quins pack was dashed when the referee failed to see what had happened and blew for time to see a travesty and the Quins could only come away with a losing bonus point which dropped them to 5th place in theLeague when a victory would have taken then up to second spot. The Quins paid the price for not taking the chances on offer and must be far more clinical in future.

 

Next up is an away trip to Ebbw Vale in Friday 23rd November – kick off 7:15pm

ANOTHER GREAT PERFORMANCE

Quins  41    Neath  14

Torrential rain in the hours prior to the game would have caused a cancellation at most grounds, but such is the improved drainage at the Park, the conditions underfoot were amazing, and the handling by both sides was quite brilliant. Minutes before the kick off the rain stopped and gave both sets of supporters hope of an open game, which turned out to be the case.

From the first set piece, the Quins eight signalled their intentions and pushed the Neath pack back a full ten meters and gained a 4th minute penalty. Up stepped Aled Thomas and took his points tally for the Quins past the 600 mark. A Neath passing bout took play into the Quins 22 but as always their tackling was first class and the danger was averted. Neither side wanted to keep the ball tight and as attacks were stopped, counter attacks developed to the delight of both sets of supporters.

The Quins scrums and line outs were soon on top, keeping most of the early play in the Neath half, giving scrum half Gareth Rees ample opportunity to shine and after 16 minutes he was able to snipe over for the opening try for Aled Thomas to convert. A series of Quins power drives and good tactical kicking kept the Neath side deep in their own half and after 24 minutes, Aled Thomas slotted over his second penalty.

From the possession the Quins were winning, they were always dangerous and when Aled Thomas joined the line, he made a fine break taking play up to the visitors line. From the resulting set piece, a powerful drive gave Gareth Rees the chance to pick up and weave his way over for his second try. Aled Thomas took the Quins total up to 20 with the kick.

More of the same gave Neath very little chance to create any thing and the sides changed ends with the Quins promising to run riot. An early second period Quins attack saw the Neath defence fail to gather and play was driven into the Vicarge corner, and when two scrums went the Quins way, their power play gave the referee no alternative other than to award a penalty try and seven points.

The Neath side found it difficult to cope with the Quins power drives and when play was taken up to the Neath line the Quins power play was rewarded with their second penalty try and with it the match bonus point.

From a Neath break down, inside the Quins half, several players handled with neat interpassing the ball ended up in Gareth Rees hands and he was able to make 30 meters to go over under the post for his hattrick. Aled Thomas added the conversion.

To Neaths credit they did not collapse and after a series of dangerous passing moves, Garin Lloyd was able race over in the corner. Ed Howley added the points from the touch line. The Neath support were able to encourage their favourites to new heights and Mike Evans was able to cross for their second try which Ed Howley converted. With all their substitutes on, the game ended with a victory for the Quins which moves them up to 4th spot in the Premiership.

Such is the form of the team at the moment several players were quite outstanding and it would be difficult to pick the Man of the Match.

Next Friday night the team travel to St Helens to take on Swansea – Kick Off 7:15pm

If you are missing rugby on Saturday afternoon why not join us in the Club for Wales v Australia – Kick Off 5:20pm – Happy Hour prices and Snacks available

QUINS BACK TO WINNING WAYS

Quins  35     R G C  22

Fielding the same starting line up as last week, the Quins put in their best performance  to date, to out gun and out play their North Walian visitors.

The Park was at its immaculate best and the playing conditions were ideal for both sides expansive approach. The Quins pack were quick to settle and never took a backward step all afternoon and took the line honours by winning their own throw and seriously disrupting the gogs advantage. Both sets of backs had early touches and pace was going to be the order of the day, testing either sides defence. What has been a feature of the Quins play this season is their ferocious tackling, and ability to counter attack from the results of this. Elis Lloyd was in his element and an early turnover won a penalty for Aled Thomas to register the first score with a 30 meter penalty.

The Gogs were always dangerous when in possession and from a break in their own half, a chip ahead resulted in a very lucky bounce being gathered by former Quins star, Dion Jones to race over under the posts. Billy McBride converted. From the restart the well-placed kick enabled to the Quins back row to win possession and their powerful surge took them into the Vicarage corner for Dale Ford to touch down for an unconverted try and regain the lead.

A 25 minute penalty gave Billy McBride the chance to win back the lead. Again the restart saw the Quins gather and charge up to the visitors line, only to be thwarted by a resolute defence and the danger passed.

The Quins power play took them up to the visitors line, and from the resulting set piece, all expected a scrum drive but Liam Davies fooled the Gogs cover, and spread the ball to his right for his backs to move quick ball out to Dale Ford who darted over in the corner for a well taken try. Aled Thomas converted from the touch line changing the lead for the fifth time, giving the half time advantage to the Quins.

The interval talk had its desired effect as the Quins went on the offensive, and from a Gog line out throw in, Torin Myhill was quick to pounce on their mistake and burst into the 22 to give Shaun Jones a well timed pass and his power and pace took him the 22 meters to go over for a cracking try. Aled Thomas increased the Quins lead with his third kick.

More Quins dominance kept play in the Visitors half and the Gogs found it difficult to handle. Aled Thomas put over his forth successful kick. With the forth bonus point try in sight the Quins stepped up their pressure and with injury time approaching a 50 meter touch finder saw a line out 5 meters out. The Quins line again made it difficult for the visitors to control and a Quins drive gave Hadyn Pugh the chance to crash over for a true captains score. Alad Thomas was on target with his 5th success.

An unfortunate injury halted play for several minutes and saw Dion Jones being stretchered off. The Quins had taken their foot off the gas and this let the visitors in for Jordon Scott and Cam Davies to score what can only be described as consolation tries, and after 30 minutes of extra time the whistle ended the match.

This well deserved five points made up for the disappointment of the Aberavon result and keeps the Quins in the top half of the Premier Division.

It would have been difficult to pick a Man of the Match as this was truly a team effort as the whole squad played a part in this victory, and they look forward to next weeks encounter with Bridgend at the Park with a 1.30 p.m. Kick off.

Following our early kick off the next generation of Carmarthen Quins Youth take the field in their Cup match against Llanelli Wanderers Youth Kick Off 4.30pm

QUINS NARROWLY MISS OUT

Having left Carmarthen in turmoil weather wise, the Talbot Ground was comparatively calm by comparison.

The Quins faced a wizard side who had recently beaten Merthyr ,Pontypridd and Llandovery  in winning five out of their opening six matches, presenting a daunting task for the Quins. Seven changes from the Llanelli defeat, might indicate to some, that there was some indifference.

Nothing was further from the truth as this Quins side were unlucky not to come away with the spoils, as they matched the home sides set piece, and their line out trio was never mastered,  The match Programme tried to deny the referee and one linesman had any connection with Aberavon, but in a match where the Quins , except for the first half try conversion, did not have ONE kickable penalty award.

Many Quins supporters cannot remember this ever happening. Their set piece settled quickly and their line was soon on top, so the Quins play was confident and their handling safe, but it was both defenses that were in command for most of the half, giving neither sides supporters much to enthuse over.

Near the interval, a Quins period of pressure, took play into into Wizards 22, and slick passing by all the Quins backs gave Dylan Morgans the chanced he rarely misses  to crash over for the opening score. The conversion sailed narrowly wide.

With this lead and the elements in the second period, a shock was on the cards. Alas the whistle ruined  this. On the hour mark, the Quins had a player yellow carded.  A home penalty advantage continued until it was halted near the left touch line, and the referee took play back to a position 25 yards further up field than the original offence.The home side went for touch near the Quins line and from the ensuing line out, yet another  penalty to the home side, saw  a quick tap and Steff Andrews was able to scramble over for James Garland to convert and give the Wizards the lead.

The Quins response was immediate and but for a fumbled pass a score was missed. More suspect decisions kept play in the middle of the pitch and gave the Quins enthusiasm little chance of cashing in on their endeavors. Another home penalty was converted by Garland but the 5 point difference was never going to be enough to sit back on and the Quins kept plugging away up to whistle to gain a losing bonus point.

Using all their subs, it was accredit to these players that they were able to subdue any attacks the home side could muster and they could easily have snatched it at the end.

Next week RGC from North Wales are our quests at the Park with a 2.30 p.m Kick Off. so come along and support your Players

QUINS COME UP SHORT

It was a bright sunny afternoon with a blustery wind coming in from the town end but the first derby of the afternoon was set, kicking off early due to the second derby at Parc y Scarlets between Scarlets and Ospreys at 3pm

With 6 changes to the starting line up after the victory against Bedwas last week, the squad looked set for an afternoon of running rugby.

Llanelli got the game underway, with the strong breeze at their backs. From the off the Quins looked to continue where they had finished last week, moving the ball across the backline with swift hands between centres Josh Batcup and Nick Reynolds setting Dylan Morgans up the touchline only for Llanelli to be penalised at the breakdown in the first 5 minutes. Jac Wilson’s first penalty opportunity was a successful one to get the Quins on the scoreboard.

The scoreboard remained unchanged in the first 20 minutes as both teams fought hard in both attack and defence. The Quins pack were dominant in the scrum and led to Scrum Half Gareth Rees looking sharp in attack from a quick tap penalty only to be turned over. The Quins lineout was not at its best and an overthrow set Llanelli on the attack in the 22ndminute. Keeping the ball and pressurising the Quins try line Llanelli blindside Flanker Joel James picked up from the base of a ruck to be driven over from close range to get the opening try of the match. The try was converted by Outside Half Jonny Lewis.

Quins were made to make an early substitution with Scrum Half Gareth Rees taking a knock to the head and was replaced by Liam Davies on 30 minutes. Quins kept working hard into the wind towards the end of the first half and were rewarded with their first try on 37 minutes when substitute Liam Davies spotted a gap on the blindside and went over in the corner. The conversion was unsuccessful from the touchline. Llanelli’s indiscipline at the breakdown eventually cost them with Joel James receiving a yellow card on the stroke of half time. Quins went in at half time with a 1 point lead 8-7.

With Llanelli down to 14 men the Quins came out to start the second half with the wind behind them and looked to start where they had finished the first half. With only 3 minutes of the second half gone Quins secured their second try through great hands and finished off under the posts by Shaun Jones, Jac Wilson converting. Quins were now leading 15-7 and had the wind at their backs but basic handling errors and turnovers were stopping the Quins momentum. The lineout continued to malfunction in key areas and this was now a concern as the second half progressed.

Jac Wilson converted another penalty on 52 minutes to take Quins two scores ahead. With the continued handling errors and turnovers in the second half Llanelli kept the pressure on. Llanelli were back down to 14 men in the 58th minute as Centre Oliver Reyland was yellow carded for an offside offense. The arm wrestle was continuing and 8 minutes later, teams were even as Quins substitute Gethin Robinson received a yellow card.

With just over 10 minutes to go Llanelli kept the pressure on and from another misguided lineout Llanelli took advantage with Number 8 Nathan breaking through to go over in the corner. The conversion went astray and now Llanelli were back within one score.

Llanelli kept hold of the ball playing into the wind and kept the pressure on in both attack and defence. It was in the 75th minute they were able to find a gap in the Quins defence for young outside centre Joe Roberts to go over bringing the score to 18-17 to Quins. It was a pressure conversion for substitute Ashley Sutton which he converted to take Llanelli ahead again 19-18.

The Quins came back at Llanelli in the closing stages but again the handling errors and turnovers cost us the game.

Final Score Carmarthen Quins RFC 18-19 Llanelli RFC

So it is back to the training ground to rectify the wrongs in readiness for our next fixture away to Aberavon RFC on Saturday 13th October – Kick Off  2:30pm

QUINS PLAYER PATHWAY

It was a very big day for two players recently when the Quins played Cardiff RFC in the park being on the Quins team sheet for the very first time. They are Jac Price and Osian Knott who are still youth players and only 18 years old. Both are products of our junior youth development system at the Quins.

As a Premiership club we have an obligation to develop young players for our region the Scarlets and we have acted as a final launching pad for many local West Walian youngsters many of whom have become not only Parc Y Scarlets performers but full Welsh caps.

There are obviously some disadvantages for the opportunities of youngsters coming through our own junior development system, as not everybody will reach the standard needed to play in our Premiership team and those places will be filled by promising youngsters from other clubs in the region who the Scarlets have placed in our squad.

However, it’s congratulations to Jac and Osian on their names appearing on the Carmarthen Quins 1st XV whilst still eligible for our youth.

Both boys played quite superbly with Osian showing his potential, threatening in attack and totally solid in defence throughout the 80 minutes with Jac playing in the “boiler house” as Bill Mclaren would say “that’s as lock for you youngsters”, with such confidence and courage against mature and hardened men. Both contributed a big part to the Quins’ superb win against Cardiff RFC.

Both have shown huge promise from early ages and both won West Wales District U11’s and U15’s caps.

They then went on to play huge parts in representing Bro Myrddin School and win the Welsh Schools Cup in Cardiff in the 2016-17 season against Llanishen School. What a game that was! Bro Myrddin also won the Welsh schools league in the same season.

Jac and Osian are now registered as Scarlets players and have played in the newly established Scarlets A team earlier this season against the Ospreys A team. Both played in the Scarlets U18’s last season, winning nine out of the ten games with Osian scoring 8 tries at No.12.

Another honour was that they both represented Sir Gar College in the Welsh College’s Cup Final in the 2017-18 season.

They deservedly were chosen to represent their country and were awarded Welsh Under 18 caps last season and represented Wales on 8 occasions and both played against the same teams, England (2), Ireland, Italy, France (2), Scotland and South Africa, with Osian scoring 5 tries, including one against the “old enemy” in a great victory down in South Africa.

However, their biggest honour was in being selected for the first time to represent the Carmarthen Quins following both their fathers’ achievements a few years ago.

Well done boys and congratulations on your success which mirror each other so very closely. The club is proud of you and wish you all the very best for future successes which we will keenly follow.

Diolch bois a pob lwc.

SIX NATIONS

CLUB MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE

WALES HOME INTERNATIONALS
6 NATIONS 2019

Next years 6 Nations Home Internationals are :-

Saturday 23rd February v England k.o. 4.45 p.m.
Saturday 16th March v Ireland  k.o. 2.45 p.m.

Next years 6 Nations Away Internationals are :-

Friday 1st February v France k.o. 9.00 p.m.

Saturday 9th February v Italy k.o. 5.45 p.m.

Saturday 9th March v Scotland k.o. 2.15 p.m.

Would any member requiring tickets for these Internationals please contact Dorian Taylor on 01267 231865 or 07789 051510 before 19th October 2018.

Please kindly note that once tickets are ordered they have to be paid for and taken.
Thank You.

OBITUARY

It is with the greatest sadness that I have to mention the passing of two stalwarts of the Quins, namely Spencer Jones and Hugh Furlong.

Both gave such personal support to the club and they really appreciated what the Quins’ philosophy was to the game and the area. Both will be sorely missed and we send our sincerest condolences to both families

 

Spencer Jones M.Ed,

Spencer attended Whitland Grammar School and later Trinity College, now the University of Wales Trinity St David’s.

He became headmaster of Ysgol Gruffydd Jones, St Clears after heading Glasfryn and Penygroes Primary Schools.

In the 70’s he played wing and centre for the Quins being a big and strong runner.

He was also a superb athlete with Carmarthen Harriers, specializing in the triple jump, 100 and 200 metres. Spencer went on to compete in the Welsh Games and the British AAA Championships. He also competed against Daly Thompson in the British Decathlon Championships in 1974.

Spencer gave a huge amount of time to the Quins coaching the youth to five consecutive Llanelli and District Youth Cups and just losing to Pontypool 3-0 in a Welsh Youth semi-final.

He also coached the 1st XV for a number
of years and became team manager for many years.

Later he gave his free time to other local clubs; Nantgaredig, St Clears, Whiltand and Tenby, in helping with their fitness and skills abilities and also became team manager of District G’s U21’s squad.

In his hectic life Spencer also gave hours
of his free time to become Carmarthen Harriers’ senior coach and team manager
for all age groups.

His pinnacle was reached by being team manager for the Welsh National Junior team and also the Welsh Senior National Multi Events squad in the British games.

His other love was his dogs and taking them shooting out in the beautiful Welsh countryside.

As a sportsman and a teacher, Spencer has left a sporting heritage for hundreds (if not thousands) of young people who have benefitted from his free time and coaching expertise over the decades, many achieving international honours.

Our thoughts are with Beryl, his wife, Justin, Emma and Gavin and their families at this sad time. Thank you, Spencer, our dear friend, from all of us, for being so generous in passing on your skills with such unselfishness.

 

 

Hugh Furlong

Hugh Furlong was born in Llangynog and went to school in the village before going to the senior school in St Clears. He spent some time on a farm before going to the Army where he signed up for six years duty. He then went to work on the electricity pylons before spending over 25 years with
Ken Jones Bancyfelin, transporting cattle on the articulated lorry all over the country until he retired.

He represented the Army boxing team frequently reaching the finals of the services tournament which was a huge achievement in those days. I think that PC Ronw James and Graham “Gege” Walters should have been aware of this and not intimidated or provoked Hugh as they may have avoided being put to lie in a horizontal position and looking in an upwards direction.

He moved to Bancyfelin on marrying and brought up his two daughters Susan and Mandy who became his life.

His interests, outside his family, were the Quins and vintage machinery teaming up with Lloyd Davies also from Bancyfelin and another huge Quins supporter. They travelled the whole country visiting various vintage and steam fairs.

Hugh was a faithful member of the Q150 club since its commencement and hardly ever missed a game, home or away.

We don’t believe he actually played a game for the Quins but ironically played against them in the Park on behalf of the army. We are still trying to find out the result.

It is so very sad because Hugh, being so devoted to his family, would have been so proud to see his grand-nephew Jac Price who has been picked to play his first game for his beloved Quins today and in the Park.

We will miss you so much Hugh as a “gentle giant” of a man who never created fuss, would watch the game, enjoy a quiet chat with the boys and have a little drink or two before returning to the Fox and Hounds Bancyfelin for another little drink or two before finally retiring to 4a Bancyfelin. Thank you Hugh for being who you were, the perfect and genuine person that we all respected so much.

Our thoughts go out to you as a family
and we share the loss of this lovely person with you.

QUINS SEAL ANOTHER WIN

Quins  19  Cardiff 13

The City Slickers hit the Town after a good victory over Newport last Saturday, expecting to continue their run. The Quins had other ideas. In wet and windy conditions, the Park was once again in immaculate playing condition.

The Quins made six changes from the Bargoed match and introduced two of their Junior Internationals in Osian Knott and Jac Price to the Premiership. The playing conditions did little to prevent both sides from moving the ball. Despite giving away height and weight, the Quins pack were able to match and better the Cardiff eight throughout the game.

The visitors took a tenth minute lead with a Steff Jones penalty, only to see the hosts level matters minutes later with an Aled Thomas penalty. A  few minutes later a Cardiff attack took play up to the Quins line. An obvious Cardiff knock on was missed and a neat chip over the home defence gave Will Rees-Hole to catch and touch down. Steff Jones took the visitors into double figures with the conversion. The Quins line out was in commanding form, winning their own throw in and often disrupting the Cardiff throw in. Despite being on the wrong end of the whistle, the Quins won a penalty for Aled Thomas to convert and minutes later he slotted over his third to take his side to within a point at the turn around.

The half time talk certainly had its desired effect and the Quins upped the ante. Cardiff tried to use the wind advantage, only to be met with the safe Aled Thomas and Jac Wilson, who used their backs to counter attack with relish, causing the visitors defence all sorts of problems. More strange decisions from the officials added on the frustration of the Quins players, but their patience held and prevented any dangers.

After gaining the upper hand Aled Thomas put over his forth penalty from 40 meters to give the Quins a deserved lead. The Quins tackling was of the highest standard and they drove the Capitals side back time after time. A communication hic- up  led to a brief delay but this did not deter the Quins concentration and after winning a line out 20 meters out, their control and power drove play up to and over the Visitors line for Nick Reynolds to be credited with the score, Aled Thomas converted from the touch line, giving the Quins a two score lead.

The visitors found themselves in a catch-up situation and were met with crunching tackles, and swift counter attacks by the Quins.  They elected to take a pot at Goal in added time in an attempt to get a losing bonus point.

The game was allowed to continue for fully 15 minutes of added time, before the Referee called a halt to signal a well-deserved Quins victory which moves them up into 6th place. All the replacements were used, giving game time to the squad and that vital experience need to improve.

This was a performance that truly shows a fifteen man approach and team spirit that will win them many more matches.

Next week they travel to Bedwas for what promises to be an exciting encounter.