Gwernyfed RFC in their fiftieth year of Rugby proudly announce the signing of Chay Billen as Head Coach of their ‘Senior Division’. Chay a past player, went onto to be a member of the Wales under 21’’s, Wales A and Welsh Squads. And spent the majority of his Club career with Ebbw Vale and Pontypool where he was a member of their formidable Pack.
“This is a tremendous signing for Gwernyfed” said Rob Stephens the Club Chairman. As Chay has one of the highest Coaching qualifications in Wales and this will not only help with the development of the players but will inspire future Coaches to take up their awards.
Chay is presently setting up his management and coaching team and further announcements will be made shortly. The new Club Captain is Sam Stephens and he will be supported by the re-elected Athletic Captain – Matt Griffiths and Youth Captain – Aran Nicholls
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We wish Chay the very best for the forthcoming season and he mentioned after his appointment – “It will be a great pleasure to help move the Club forward especially in its Fiftieth year and we’re looking for a successful campaign to help entertain the Club’s large numbers of Sponsors and Followers.
So unlike the Under 7 Dragons whose performance at the Gwernyfed Rfc tournament brought the lessons learned from the coaching of John Thomas onto the rugby field, he has been unable to instill the same virtues into my match reports. Therefore be prepared for ........a simple summary of the games. 2 wins out of 3 in the glorious black mountain sunshine, The first game, a 4-3 win against Brecon B, with some hard forward running from Charlie, Ieuan and Kai, The Dragons took an early lead. Will, Ellis and Rio working hard on tagging drove the Brecon attack backwards. Aled showed the typical Skyrme rugby nous, alway able to appear in the right place to sniff out a try. The second half brought Finley, Freya and Poppy into the fortress of GRFC, following their team to harrass the tags and Poppy to show her delicate foot work, dancing with the touch line to score. The second game, a 5-6 loss to Brecon A. With all players again giving their all, the defence working to John and Lees defensive lines releasing expansive attacks from Kai, Aled and Man of the Matches Charlie, however with the heat of the day combined with raised blood of the occasion too many swallow dives giving disallowed tries meant the double against Brecon wasn't too be. By the third match, the relative new comers were well into their stride. With looping runs and support players catching and passing, some champagne rugby was on show, Will beginning to exhibit some of the pace inherited from his fathers youth and Rio and Ellis on hand to add extra yards to the attack. This coupled by the tagging machine of Ieuan,(3 consecutive tags pushing the attack 10 yards back) and assisted by Finley and Freya led to an excellent final victory against Monmouth.