Rugby Club Issue 72 - Page 41

Morriston Morriston RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB M orriston Rugby Club is based at Hoel Gwernen in Swansea and their first team currently competes in Division 2 West Central of the Welsh National Leagues. They are led by Chairman Vince Matthews who is supported by Secretary Huw Roberts and the club is looking to progress under their guidance. Their first team enjoyed a positive campaign this time around, putting together a record of sixteen wins and just six defeats from their twenty two league matches. This saw them finish near the top of the table with eighty points on the board. This should provide the club with a solid platform from which to build for the future. As long as they are able to retain their current group of players and can perhaps make one or two quality additions they should be in with a good chance of another successful campaign. Morriston is not a club to focus solely upon their senior section and this is reflected by the fact that they also have a number of youth sides in place. These teams look to provide young players from the local area with an opportunity to play the game in a safe and enjoyable environment whilst helping them to reach their full potential. It is important for any club looking to be successful over a sustained period of time to be able to produce their own talent, particularly in the current financial climate and this is an area that they appear to have covered. It will certainly be exciting to see how their youngsters can progress over the coming years. In order to help make sure that their young players enjoy a smooth transition into the senior game they also run a 2nd XV. This allows them to gain experience of adult level rugby even if they are not yet considered ready for first team action which can be an important step in the development process. Another benefit of having an extra side is that it allows the first XV to benefit from far greater strength in depth. If they are ever left short on numbers through injury or work commitments they have the option of calling up replacements with a limited amount of disruption. There is much to admire about the fine set up that Morriston RFC currently has in place and hopefully they will be able to continue in the same manner for many years to come. DPM STONEWORK AND PAVING 07968 401702 SWANSEA RD, LLANGYFELACH, SWANSEA, UNITED KINGDOM, SA57JB www.rugbyclubmag.com 41