16 August 2023 / Club News

Season 2023-24 update

Welcome back to our players, coaches, officials, sponsors and supporters for season 2023-24. The new season sees a number of changes for the senior squad with the addition of a new management team, including experienced coaches Rob Walters and Dorian Jones. Rob has spent the last five seasons with the backs at Glynneath RFC,  having also coached Kidwelly RFC and Scarlets age-grade teams. Dorian has also had a successful coaching career with Hendy RFC, Pontyberem RFC and Mynydd Mawr age-grade. Steffan Price is again elected club captain, his fourth term which takes him past his father Errol,  who captained the club three times in the 1990's. Flanker Steffan Owen is made vice-captain. We would like to thank outgoing coaches Chris Davies,  Paul Davies and Gareth Beynon for all their hard work over a number of seasons. Chris especially,  who had been part of the coaching group at the club for nine years.

Pre-season takes in friendlies against St Albans (h), Pembroke (a) and Pontyberem (h). The Pontyberem, home game on Thursday,  24th August will be played  as a memorial to Jamie-Lee Daniels,  who tragically passed away earlier this year. Jamie-Lee's father Huw played for the club over many years and later served as team manager, Huw is now on the committee of Pontyberem RFC. Jamie-Lee's partner Jordan also played prop for the club before injury ended his career. We will be charging admission at the game with all money raised being donated to the Welsh Air Ambulance charity. 

Our league campaign starts on 2 September when we welcome Llandybie RFC to Parc y Mynydd Mawr. Our aim is to be competitive in the Division and hopefully be challenging for honours come the end of the season. Player wise we have managed to retain the bulk of last season's squad, minus the loss of James Stephens (retirement), Rhys Lewis (Felinfoel) and Kian O'Reilly (Bynea). Incoming, so far are wing/centre Sion Yip (Tumble Youth), centre Alun Howells (Whitland), wing Matt Jenkins (Lampeter Town), flanker Lee Colling (Kidwelly) and prop Kieran Thomas (Penygroes).

The Piod Pinc also see a change in coaching set up with the arrival of Zack Bird, Dominic Hammet and Andrea Walters. Angharad Williams continues as captain with Sophie Cambell-Cross as vice. Debbie Roderick remains as team manager. Again we thank outgoing coaches Steven Hewitt,  Sam Davies, Ashley McAvoy and Peter Walters for their work last season. 

The Youth retain the vast majority of their squad, who will now be in their second year and be an experienced team. Number 8, Rhys Lloyd is made captain with scrum half Jac Moon serving as vice. Shan Thomas remains as team manager with a coaching group of Rupert Moon, Steffan Wyn Davies, Andrew King, Wayne Price and Chris Morris. 

Junior team wise the club still remains strong with Under 16 15, 14, 11, 10, 9, 8 and 7s in place for the coming season. It was really disappointing near the end of last season's when we lost what would have been our Under 13s this season due to a lack of player numbers. The club would like to thank and commend the work of the volunteer coaches and officials in our junior section for their continued hard work. The juniors supplying a conveyor belt of players is absolutely essential in the ongoing sustainability of Tumble RFC. 

Off the field there has been worrying times for the Great Mountain Workingmen's Club over the summer months with the electricity being turned off due to problems paying an outstanding bill. This issue has now been resolved short-term and we now look at ways in which we can develop the club and make it sustainable going forward. The loss of the club at the heart of the village would be a massive loss for the local community. 

At Parc y Mynydd Mawr a successful active travel grant is seeing a new path network being constructed throughout the ground.  The paths will improve access to the rugby facilities and the park in general. They will also improve the appearance of the park and give better access to those in the community with mobility limitations. We thank Llannon Community Council for their successful grant application. 

As a club we also press forward with our plans to develop better rugby and community facilities at Parc y Mynydd Mawr,  including new changing rooms. Things are ongoing in the background and we will be undertaking a further round of consultation soon - Watch this space.

The club wishes all of it's teams a successful season and welcomes all back to Parc y Mynydd Mawr for 2023-24.

Ymlaen Y Piod


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