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Bridgend Athletic hold presentation evening

Monday, 3 June 2019 - Rugby

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 who was 92 on May 31

Bridgend Athletic RFC senior and youth teams held a very successful joint presentation night at the Heronston Hotel on Saturday, June 1, hosted by club patron Gareth Davies.

The meal was preceded by a minute’s silence for club chairman Andrew Tellem who sadly passed away early on the Tuesday morning preceding the event.

MC Gareth paid tribute to Andrew whose goal had been to attend the event. His sons Matthew and George, who both play for the Athletic, represented him on the day.

Vice-chairman Lewis Down welcomed everybody to the event. He started by paying tribute to Andrew Tellem who should have been standing in his shoes.

He then thanked the evening’s organisers, primarily Aled Pilliner and the club committee and representatives, along with himself. He also thanked the club sponsors who make it possible for the club to run 14 teams including mini and juniors, two youth Teams and two senior teams. Two of the main sponsors, Mr Gareth Edwards and Mr Richard Dyke, were present. Lewis also paid tribute to all the unsung heroes of the club who work behind the scenes whether players, coaches, match day helpers, bar helpers or anybody willing to do their bit to ensure the club functions smoothly both on and off the field

MC Gareth then reviewed the youth, seconds and first XVs’ seasons.

Back in 2009-2009 our youth side, captained by current first XV captain Ben Howe won the double Welsh League and Youth Cup.

Another golden era saw the 2016-2018 sides win both Welsh trophies in successive seasons. The youth became victims of their own success as most of last year’s second-year players moved on to senior rugby and with some of the upcoming under-16 team moving from the club, the team were both short in numbers and experience. Paul Obbard started the season assisted by Paul Yardley but stepped down in January.

The under-16 coaches Chris Thomas, Jonathon Davies and Huw Lewis stepped into the breach and blooded many of their successful players to boost numbers.

With the current youth players now more experienced and the under-16s, who reached the final of the Osprey’s Cup providing a strong player base, it is hoped the team can considerably improve on their nine wins from 24 fixtures this season.

Cameron Lewis was leading try scorer with 11 tries followed by Owen Thomas (8) and Levi Hallet and Will Barraclough (6). Levi Hallet was top points scorer with 75 points followed by Cameron Lewis with 63. Ben Owen played in all 24 fixtures with Cameron Lewis and Josh Tidy missing one fixture.

Praise is due to all players and coaches who stood together during a difficult transition season. Coach Paul Yardley announced hooker Paul Obbard will captain this season’s youth team.

The second XV managed by Liam Griffiths and Lewis Down again competed in the Welsh Conference, finishing in fifth place with six wins from 11 fixtures.

Ryan Pickford played in 13 of 14 games and was leading try scorer with four touchdowns. Liam Griffiths and Josh Seldon made 11 appearances and Lewis Dando. Lloyd Pemberton, Aled Pilliner and Callum Swinford 10. Scott Jones was leading points scorer with 51.

Milestones saw Andrew Brown, Nick Jones and Ryan Jones notch up 100 senior appearances during the season, while Liam Griffiths extended his record second XV all-time appearances to 230, 14 ahead of his father Tony’s 216 appearances.

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