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Tom Walker

The Warriors charity fundraising in 2018 will go to help another ex-player and colleague, Tom Walker.

Along with Eifion Gwynne  and many of the Warriors , Tom played for Llandovery and was part of the Drovers Konica Minolta Cup winning side in 2007

 

In January 2016 Tom was diagnosed with a Brain Tumour , although this was successfully removed a secondary tumor was thought to have been detected. 

Despite further surgery , tests and medication, Tom has spent the last 7 months in hospital gradually losing the mobility in his entire body. He is now practically paralysed from bottom of the rib cage down and severely weakened down the left arm. As a result he hasn't stood or walked independently for over 5 months, and relies on a motorised wheelchair to get around. 

 

Tom is 37 and  has a wife and two young sons.

 

All monies raised by the Warriors in 2018 will go towards adapting his home and helping Tom and his family as they battle with his illness.

 


 

 

Girls on top at Heart of Wales 

After an excellent start to the season, bringing a trophy home from every tournament contested in 2018. Things took a slight dip for the Carmarthen Warriors this weekend at the Heart of Wales 7’s.

After a 12 month sabbatical, the tournament returned to Llanidloes in 2018 seemingly stronger and better than ever.

Boasting Elite competitions for both men and women, netball was also included along with music by Newport rappers Goldie Looking Chain closing proceedings on the Saturday night.

 

Warriors’ supremo Arwel Davies took the opportunity to field two sides albeit both slightly depleted, particularly at Elite level. Davies was realistic assessing their chances early on, stating his intentions in using the tournament to look at a number of new faces. He was still optimistic however not really foreseeing what was to come

The competition was also an opportunity for the Ladies side to feature alongside the men for the first time in 2018.

Having lost a few core players to other teams this year, Warriors Ladies founder Keeley Evans assembled a young and exciting squad based around her own Burry Port club colleagues supplemented by players from Cardiff and other local sides like Hendy and Whitland.

As first into action, the girls were quick to lay down the gauntlet.

With a few of their number delayed by mid wales holiday traffic, the team took to the field in their first game without the Warriors distinctive 2018, pink shirts and only five players.

Whilst skipper Evans was parking her car, the girls had already racked up 10 points without response against Bonties. The final score a devastating 52-0.

 

The Warriors Open side were up next disposing of Newtown RFC by 28-5.

 

Both sides continued their winning streak whilst keeping the opposition at bay.  The ladies beat Swifts 31-5 and the men despatched Velindre Untouchables 14-0.

 

Things were to change for the men in the next round of games, as the Elite competition got under way, too.

The Open side were the first to fall, 26-19 to Red Kites, whilst over on the main pitch the Warriors Elite found the reigning champions RED Wailers a real handful in a game which looked far more one sided than the eventual 26-21 defeat.

 

Fortunately the girls were proudly carrying the Warriors flag, progressing comfortably to the knock out stages with another emphatic victory over Nomads 29-0.

 

The Elite’s day was going badly, losing again to two local rivals Ponty Butchers and Preseli Baabaas - both teams would meet in the Cup final at the end of the day, whilst the Warriors were relegated to the Plate competition.

 

The loss against the Kites sent the Warriors Open into the Bowl semi, a 19-5 victory over Mayans saw them meet Whitehead Stags in the Final.

The Warriors looked more than comfortable going into the break 15-0 up.  Despite some creditable performances by Steffan Duggan, Steff Castle and Nico Setaro, the well organised Stags fought back to take the trophy by 26 points to 19.

Too many mistakes, lapses in concentration and lack of killer instinct had seen both Men’s sides falter with the Warriors Elite failing to record a single victory in the higher level for the first time in 18 years.

 

The absence of seven regulars didn’t help, but in all, the tournament will be one the Warriors men will be keen to forget.

 

The Ladies however were on fire – helped by a Cilfynydd RFC ‘no-show’ in the semi final, a fully rested squad ripped Swifts apart for the second time on the day.  The resounding 64-0 final score attributable to an all round team effort, led by Keeley Evans and with a little help from Ross Pritchard and Dai Ebsworth on the side-lines. Daisey Mayes and Megan Davies were rewarded with players of the Tournament by the organisers and Warriors management respectively.

Evans was ebullient at the end, keen to praise her young side ‘ Megan, Ffion Jones and Gwen Crabb have all come from the U18’s, its great to have them in the squad’ she said ‘ Hopefully they’ll enjoy this experience and will be part of the Warriors set-up for years to come’

 

Next up for the Warriors will be the Avon 7’s next week, whilst the girls build for Beach Rugby Wales at the end of the month.

 

Warriors Open Squad: Jack Mason, Moritz Neumann, Daf Pritchard, Shaun Tennant, Calum Brown, Niall Martin, Nico Setaro, Mitchell Jones, Steff Duggan, Andrew Jones, Josh Ferriman, Ceri Rees, Steff Castle.

Warriors Elite: Elliot Rees, Ryan Boulton, Thomas Shane, Daniel Davies, Mike Jones, Scott Gibson, Ianto Griffiths, Ashley Evans, Ian Ellis, Jay Harris.

 

Ladies: Keeley Evans , Lauren Petche, Mari Jenkins, Kath Salter, Carys Davies, Becky Newton , Daisie Mayes, Megan Davies, Gwen Crabb, Ffion Jones

 

Coaching / Management: Arwel Davies, Gareth Bennett, Ross Pritchard, and David Ebsworth

 

 

Warriors make Frome for more silverware

 

This weekend saw the Carmarthen Warriors travel to the popular Frome 7s in Somerset.

With their Elite side out to defend their 2017 title, Arwel Davies also took a second squad comprising some new and old faces to contest the 'Social' Tournament.

 

Both sides opened proceedings kicking off at 10am on adjacent pitches. Warriors Social got off to a flyer disposing of Whitehead Stags and 3 Signals 21-14 and 55-0 respectively. A further victory by 26 points to 7 against the Cardiff Mustangs saw them safely through to the quarterfinals.

The Elite side were following a similar path, stuttering slightly against the Gogerddan Raiders with two players yellow carded. They still managed to overcome their fellow Welshmen by 12 points to 6. Tom Powell and Matthew Powell scoring the decisive points.

 

On to the knockout stages and both sides were again successful and progressed to their respective finals with ease.

The Elite side were buoyed by the news that their main rivals Ponty Butchers had crashed out in the semi final to an ever-improving Gogerddan Raiders side, losing by 40 points to 12.

 

The Social final, a rematch with Whitehead Stags was far closer than the pool game. With two minutes left the Warriors trailed 21-22, a try by Andrew Cooke gave them hope however and then it was the Ystalyfera livewire Steff Castle who settled the tie with an impressive solo effort from a scrum on halfway, even finding time to pay tribute to his 'Fera coaches watching from the Clubhouse balcony, before diving over. Final score Warriors Social 35 Whitehead Stags 22.

 

As the tournament closed with the main event another rematch for the Warriors Elite v Gogerddan Raiders.

The fellow West Walians had been improving with every game as the tournament progressed and the final proved an enthralling affair involving two evenly matched teams.

It was however, the Raiders who took the Cup back to Cardigan with a 19-12 victory.

 

The Warriors management retired to the traditional Frome RFC beer and cider festival pleased with their efforts on the day. Gareth Bennett was happy to praise both sides, saying "It was great to have two teams progress to their respective finals and also blood some new players who made valuable contributions to both. It was also great seeing some of the 'older heads' like Arwel and Dai Ebsworth getting a run-out too!"

New Aberavon signing Jack Morgan is also making a big name for himself in the shortened game thanks to the Warriors.

 

It was also good to see the tournament dominated by the Welsh. The Warriors, Raiders and Swansea Ladies all successful, supported by the likes of Ponty Butchers getting to the semis and finals too.

 

Next for the Warriors will be the Heart of Wales 7s in July, a tournament which should hopefully see another appearance for the Ladies team.

 

Warriors Social Squad: Ross Pritchard , Lewis Gibby , Andrew Cooke , Aled Jones, Steff Castle, George David, Teifion Davies, Llyr Jones, Gareth King , Mitchell Jones, Josh Ferriman, Andrew Jenkins

Warriors Elite : Bowdy Davies, Matthew Powell, Tomi Jones, Daniel Davies, Jay Harris, Mike Jones, Amosa Nova, Arthur Lennon, Jack Morgan, Tom Powell, Ianto Griffiths , Lewys Millan.

 

Coaching / Management: Arwel Davies, Andrew Jenkins, Gareth Bennett, Gareth James, Jonathan Hawker,

 

 

Legends carry the Warriors flag in Bournemouth 

 

Carmarthen Warriors 7s season continued this weekend at arguably the premier UK tournament, Bournemouth. Over 30,000 spectators and players headed to the two day Festival which saw the return of the Warriors Legends in the over 35's competition.

 

No group is easy at Bournemouth and the Warriors were drawn in Group B alongside last years champions Apache.

Despite that the Warriors started well registering a 31-21 win against Jamaica 7s.

Apache were next, a team who always have the potential to win a tournament but who often fail to realise their potential. The Carmarthen side fronted up well and fell to a mere five-point deficit in a frustrating affair.

Nevertheless, a second victory of the oddly named 'Moth in a China Shop' 7, saw them progress to Sunday's quarterfinals.

Overall a good days work playing at the highest level. Again Alex Pickersgill led from the front, ably supported by new recruit Shaun Pearce, a constant threat in attack, and Amosa Nova, solid in defence. Neath's Scott Gibson also justified his position as a regular Warriors favourite.

 

Over on the 'Vets' pitches, the Legends were making light work of the opposition, disposing of 13 Minuters 31-12 and Oaks Old Boys 29-19. This took them to the top of their group and straight into the final v Rugby For Heroes. With 2018 WRU National Cup and Principality Premiership winner Richard Carter crossing the line in every game, the Legends easily overcame their opponents by 19-7 and claimed the inaugural Bournemouth Vets title.

 

With one celebration already in the bag, the Warriors failed set up another as they were completely overpowered by a very strong Army side in Sunday's quarter final. It was good to see the Army back at Bournemouth and back on the circuit. Their contribution to Sevens rugby is immeasurable and it was no disgrace to lose to the eventual Finalists and runners up. Final score Army 35 Warriors 5.

Particularly disappointing was a worrying shoulder injury suffered by Ryan Davies. Ryan's defence had been resolute throughout the weekend.

 

As ever the Warriors management and players came away from Bournemouth having enjoyed the experience both on and off the field. Taking home the Vets Cup shows that the 'old boys' are still a force to be reckoned with, whilst their younger colleagues can command respect at the highest level.

A short break awaits before the squad head to Frome on 16th June to defend their 2017 title.

 

Warriors Squad : Joel James , Amosa Nova, Jac Morgan, Ross Pritchard,  Mike Jones, Scott Gibson , Ashley Sutton, Arthur Lennon, Ryan Davies, Shaun Pearce

Daniel Davies

Legends Squad : Rob Jones , Jack Mason, David Ebsworth, Endaf Howells, Gareth Bennett, Nathan Strong , Adrian Devon, Arwel Davies , Hywel Davies , Darren Morgan , Wayne Price , Andrew Jenkins , Leighton Walters , Jonathan Hawker, Darren Ryan, Geraint Evans, Richard Carter.

 

 

 

Second Plate of the Season for Warriors

 

The weekend saw the Carmarthen Warriors travel to the Hartpury in Gloucestershire to defend their title as 2017 Bamboo Rugby 7s Champions. Drawn in a group with Livonia Rugby, the RAF Hurricanes and Connolly 7s, the Warriors started in fine style easily disposing of Connolly 54-7 and the Livonians by 40-17.

Newcomers Lewys Gibby ( Narberth RFC) and Nant Conwy's Arthur Lennon showing some silky skills to get on the score board in both encounters.

A bye in their 3rd game saw the Warriors top their group and into the quarter final against Cats.

Warriors struggled to win two receiving kicks off which saw them 2-0 tries down immediately. Fortunately, the experience of Alex Pickerskill and Christopher Roberts brought the Warriors back into the game at half time. The second half started well with Newcastle Emlyn's Mike Jones taking charge.

With a minute to go the Warriors were in full control of a tight game, leading by 19 points to 17.

Despite that a few necessary changes due to the warm conditions upset the Warriors balance and a loose offload allowed the Cats to claw back a try, which sent the Carmarthen side into the Plate competition.

 

Undeterred by their previous lapse, the Warriors eased through the Plate semi final against the tournament favourites Shredded Ducks.

Normal service was resumed with Ianto Griffiths controlling well at 10 providing Tom Powell, Jac Morgan and Thomas Shane with a superb platform to orchestrate matters amongst the forwards. Final score 61-7 to Warriors.

 

The heat and hard surfaces had taken its toll on a number of players before the final, thus pressing Coach Tomi Jones into action.

His experienced showed, as Chris Roberts, Llyr Jones and another outstanding player Scott Gibson, were cut loose to torment the South Wales Wildcats defence and run up a 25-19 final scoreline.

 

The Plate wasn't the silverware the Warriors wanted, but they were arguably the best side of the tournament.  The nature of the highly competitive UK 7's circuit shows how even the smallest mistake can cost games and major prizes.

A definite lesson to be learnt by Arwel Davies' current mix of youth and experience.

 

Warriors player of the tournament went too Alex Pickerskill a former Whitland RFC player who was consistent through out the day and was a fine general with big voice.

 

Next up for the side is arguably the premier UK tournament, Bournemouth. Over 30,000 spectators and players will contest the two-day tournament. The Festival will also see the return of the Legends in the over 35's competition. The Ladies will be in action too at Trimsaran.

Squad : Tom Powell, Mike Jones , Llyr Jones, Thomas Shane, Scott Gibson, Chris Roberts, Ross Pritchard, Ianto Griffiths, Jac Morgan, Lewys Gibby, Alex Pickersgill, Arthur Lennon.

Warriors begin with success on both sides of the Irish Sea

 

Despite many players being still involved in the fifteen-a-side game, the 2018 Sevens season got underway for the Carmarthen Warriors this weekend.

Whilst the Elite Men's side headed to Ireland to defend last years Bowl triumph, the ladies opened their account at Aberystwyth.

As the WRU Championship was complete, the Warriors management were able to select a strong squad for the popular tournament.

With a few of their number making the journey from east Wales and beyond, a very civilised 1:40 kick off awaited with the first pool game against the RaRa Roosters. As ever the Warriors were slow to find their feet but still recorded a 19-17 win. Next up were old friends the Godfathers, and the Warriors began to click, disposing of the West Country side by 26 points to 17. The final game against the apparent whipping boys of the group - UCD Dublin was a comfortable 38-5 victory.

The following day would see the Warriors matched against the challengers to their Premier Welsh 7's team crown, the Ponty Butchers. In what will surely be the first of many such games this season, the Warriors really failed to turn up and were banished to the Plate competition by a 24-17 loss.

With the possibility of at least returning home with some silverware the Warriors again beat the Roosters but lost to eventual overall Champions the Waterboys, in a game where the Warriors retained possession for almost five out of a seven minute half.

The Plate semi final followed and again UCD were put to the sword, shipping 15 points without reply.

This set up another clash with the Godfathers in what was to be a scintillating final.

With the impressive Chris Roberts continuing to be at the centre of everything, and the whole side superbly marshalled by Tomi Jones, Ashley Sutton was allowed to cause havoc in the Godfathers defence, crossing their line four times.

A 36-21 final score line ensured the Plate was on the bus back to Carmarthen.

At the post tournament festivities, Warriors supremo Arwel Davies was quick to praise his squad promising improvement as the season unfolds. Special mention went to Warriors player of the tournament Jac Morgan who made his first senior appearance and looked like one to follow in 2018. Another newcomer Ryan Davies also looks likely for a recall.

 

Just across the water the Warriors Ladies were celebrating too, having taken the Aberystwyth 7s title without losing a game.

 

As ever all the Warriors wish to thank their long running and new sponsors. This year the Elite and Legends side will be carrying the Western Telegraph logo on their shirts as a thank you for the paper's support.

 

Warriors: Chris Roberts, Jac Morgan  , Dan Davies , Mike Jones , Tomi Jones Ryan Davies , Jon Rothery, Ross Pritchard, Ben Guy, Ashley Sutton, Wes Cunliffe, Jac Price, Tom Powell. Coaches Wayne Price and Arwel Davies.

Warriors Ladies : Keely Evans , Rhian Jenkins, Mari Jenkins , Meleri Hicks , Lauren Petche, Catrina Bowen & Betsan Ellis -Williams  Kirsten Field & Sophie Pick,  Sioned Llewelyn, Megan Price , Siwan Elenid, Angharad Evans

 

 

Zinny helps celebrate 2017

The Warriors celebrated what many consider to be their most successful season ever last weekend, with their second Charity Dinner and Presentation night at the Stradey Park Hotel , Llanelli.

 

Around 180 guests including players from all three teams, sponsors and supporters gathered to listen to guest speaker - former All Blacks captain Zinzan Brooke.

 

Before the legendary Kiwi took to the stage however, Warriors player /coach Wayne Price summarised the season. A season which started exactly twelve months to the week when the team lost one of its most popluar 'Vets' players to a tragic accident

The passing of Eifion Gwynne prompted the Warriors to adopt Cronfa Goffa Eifion Gwynne Memorial Fund as their charity for 2017.

Eifion's close friend Emlyn Jones accpeted a cheque from the Warriors for over £10,000 and read a moving message from Eifion's widow Nia , this was followed by a minutes applause

 

Another former Drover Rob Walters then announced that the nights dinner and auction along with the Warriors charity fundraising in 2018 would go to help aonother ex-player and colleague, Tom Walker.

Along with Eifion and many of the Warriors , Tom played in Llandovery's Konica Minolta Cup winning side in 2007

 

In January 2016 Tom was diagnosed with a Brain Tumour , although this was successfully removed a seconday tumor was thought to have been detected.

Despite further surgery , tests and medication, Tom has spent the last 7 months in hospital gradually losing the mobility in his entire body. He is now practically paralysed from bottom of the rib cage down and severely weakened down the left arm. As a result he hasn't stood or walked independently for over 5 months, and relies on a motorised wheelchair to get around.

 

Rob concluded a moving presentation by eplaining that all monies raisded from the evening would go towards helping Tom and his family as they battle with his illness.

 

As the guests went on to enjoy a stunning three course dinner, Warriors Captain and founder Arwel Davies honoured some of the Warriors key individuals

 

Bowdy Davies was awarded most Promising Player with Tenby's Ashley Sutton, Player of the Year.

Ystalyfera's Gareth James was given a long service award along with Hefin Thomas , one of the teams long term sponsors.

 

Next, Llandovery RFC kit man Joc Walters took to the stage to host an auction featuring some impressive  items of signed memorabilia . As well as jersey's from all four Welsh regions plus Bath, Gloucester and the Classic Lions , both Rhys Webb and Ken Owens had donated signed Lions jerseys and shorts .

Following some frantic bidding, Zinzan Brooke was at last invited to the stage

 

Ably interviewed by Rob Walters , Brooke gave his often forthright but entertaining views on the current state of world rugby , former collegues and his illustrious career.

He ended by performing the Haka which of course brought the house down and the formal part of the evening to a close.

Brooke was happy to stay around afterwards however  chatting and posing for pictures with guests

 

Another successful season had been brought to an end with a successful dinner - so much so, early indications show that over £9000 had been raised on the night .

 

2017 The best ever...?

The 2017 Sevens season drew to a close for the Carmarthenshire Warriors at Aberaeron , with many looking at the year as possibly the most successful ever.

With the 'A' side - the Flamingoes, taking home the Aberaeron Plate and the Warriors unlucky not to clinch a 9th Open title , the entire squad were more than happy to celebrate and reflect upon a memorable summer.

It all began back in May, when the side travelled to Ireland and returned from Kinsale with the Bowl.

Next up was Hartpury. The Ladies side opened their account as runners up , whilst the Men took the main tournament title.

The annual trip across the channel to Flanders Open Rugby saw both Warriors and Legends gain further respect amongst their international peers. A highly creditable semi final and fourth place trophy for the Warriors and another brutal pool exit for the Legends still saw the squad return with pride and silverware. The Fair-Play award recognition of how the Warriors have been welcomed as popular tourists in Belgium.

With no time to reflect however, both the Warriors and thier female counterparts , took Frome by storm, returning with the main trophy and Ladies Plate.

A long day travelling to Sevens and the City proved too much for the Ladies. However the Warriors produced one of thier best performances ever to finish runners up in a very competitive Elite competition.

The trend continued at Avon and South Bristol as the Warriors claimed both outright winners and runners up prizes.

No season would be complete without the Ladies winning something at Beach Rugby Wales and 2017 was the year when the main prize returned to it's 'rightful home' in Carmarthenshire!

So, to celebrate 'the best season ever' the Warriors Dinner on 21st October promises to be a memorable one . Legendary All Black Captain Zinzan Brooke will be there to regale players , supporters and sponsors with stories from his illustrious carreer as well as handing out awards to those who've helped with the Warriors success this year and in the past. A new charitable trust will also be launched, continuing the Warriors' commitment to raising funds for charity.

 

Warriors leave opposition high and dry

Four years ago the Carmarthen Warriors Ladies played and won their first ever tournament Beach Rugby Wales 2013

Since then, the side has dominated this touch rugby competition failing to reach the main final only once. That was last year when they won Plate.

 

As such, Ladies captain Natalie Walsh had assembled a very strong squad this weekend, keen to reclaim the main trophy again.

 

With dark clouds gathering over Mumbles the girls took to the sand against Pencoed Phoenix.

As the sun broke through so did Bethan Davies, Brittony Price and Heather Rees taking the Warriors Ladies to a 4-0 victory.

As the weather broke, so did the Barry Bombettes defence in the next pool game, overcome by a 10-0 Warriors deluge

With team numbers reduced due to the weather and the constraints of the Swansea Bay tide, the Warriors progressed comfortably through a semi final v Valley Vixens and onto a final against the other tournament favourites Ponty Butchers. 

The Vixens were the only side to score against the Warriors despite conceding 5 points.

In the Final the Warriors domination on sand showed through as Bethan Davies crossed between the posts to register an early 2-point try. Despite some resolute defence by the Butchers, it was the ever present Brittony Price who put the game beyond doubt and the Warriors ran out winners by 3 points to nil.

 

At the presentations, main Sponsor Clare Stevens of SMR, who helped lift the massive wooden trophy with skipper Natalie Walsh, joined the squad.

'It's great to be back where it all started for us, with a strong team. 2017 has been a fantastic year for all the Warriors teams and we're very happy to end our campaign by winning here' said Walsh. ' We're also pleased to have only let in one try all day' she added

  

Only two tournaments remain for the Warriors this year as the men head to Bristol next weekend and Aberaeron at the end of August.

As ever the latter will be an end of season celebration where all sponsors, supporters and players past and present, will be very welcome.

 

Warriors Ladies at Beach Rugby Wales

Brit Morgan-Seven Sisters, Brittony Price, Ffion Jones-Penybanc Panthers, Katie Thicker, Natalie Walsh, Heather Rees - Whitland, Bethan Davies - Caernarvon, Angharad Williams- Tumble, Keely Evans- Burry Port, Kath Salter- Cardiff Met.

 

2017 Brings more Silverware

The trophies keep coming for the Carmarthen Warriors as a short trip across the Severn Bridge this weekend ended with more silverware.

 

Avon Rfc near Bath was the location on this occasion and a 16 team tournament featuring sides mainly from the West Country and South Wales.

John Gould, well known on the Sevens circuit for managing some of the UK's best competitions had drawn the Warriors as top seeds in a group with Cardiff Mustangs, Frome, Combe Down and Smiths 7s.

 

Gould's judgement was justified as the Warriors scythed through their opposition and into the quarter final without conceding a single point

Aniers 7 were next to fall to a rampant Carmarthen onslaught , similarly failing to trouble the West Walians tryline

 

Some complacency crept in for the semi-final however as the Warriors found themselves 12-0 down at half time against the ND Allstars

With their founder and Captain Arwel Davies forced into action for the day the Warriors rallied in the second spell to overturn the deficit and win by 19 points to 12. Carmarthen Athletic's Rhys Evans clinching the winning try to take his team into the final against an ever improving Toucans side.

Another evenly matched affair saw Amosa Nova's incredible work rate paying dividends at the right time as the Warriors stayed in touch with their opponnents

It was an incredible solo effort by Tenby's Ashley Sutton sealed the tie as he touched down under the posts.

Skipper Davies surprised everyone to snatch the ball away from the celebrating Sutton to pop over the conversion and end the game 26-14.

 

'This has been a great opportunity to try out some new faces and its really paid off' said Davies afterwards. 'Winning here has proved how strong we've become this year, hopefully we can continue to build to the end of the season'

 

Next up for both Warriors and the Ladies will be Beach Rugby Wales on Saturday.

Both sides will be looking to improve on their Plate and Runners up prizes in 2016

 

Warriors at Avon 7s : Andrew Cook, Ashley Sutton, Jordan Asparassa (Tenby), Andrew Davies, Dan Davies, Owain Powell, Shaun Leonard, Mike Jones, Arwel Davies (Newcastle Emlyn), Amosa Nova (Monmouth)

John Lumb (Cardigan) Rhys Evans (Carmarthen Ath)

 

 

 

Warriors fail to Capitalise in the City 

The Carmarthen Warriors  and the Warriors Ladies continued their 2017 season with a trip to London and the prestigious Sevens in the City at the weekend.

Masterminded by former England Internationals Matt Stevens and David Strettle , the Tournament is held on Saracens 4G pitch at Allianz Park.

 

With many clubs already in training for the 2017-18 Season Arwel Davies had still managed to assemble a potent squad for the long journey to the Capital.

Ladies skipper Natalie Walsh was less fortunate, suffering a few early withdrawals not helped by the Scarlets Ladies holding their presentation night that evening!

 

With some of the squad ending a bus journey that had started in deepest West Wales at 4am on the 4G surface , it was almost inevitable that the Warriors would take a liitle time to acclimatise

The Akuma Agents - a team bristling with Pacific Islanders were too strong for the weary Warriors and the opening encounter was lost by 27 points to 15.

With each Elite team allocated a hospitality box as its base, the Warriors were quickly replenished and made easy work overcoming 7 Sirs and then Honey Badgers by 17-12.

What looked like being a difficult quarter final wasn't to be. The usually impressive Apache were easily dispatched in a fine display marshalled by 'old head' Andrew Jenkins . A 45 -5 scoreline sending the Warriors into a semi against an old adversery from Flanders Seventies 7. As expected, the tie was close afair affair, however some great leadership by this seasons Captain Tom Powell saw the Warriors take the tie and settle some old scores by 19 points to 17

Again two playesrs from outside the 'county', Kam Nakove and Amosa Nova were both influential in the path to the final.

 

Outside the main Stadium , the ladies were'nt having the best of days. Drawn against the Dragons , Saracens and the Roses  - teams full of international and even Pro Players from England and Wales, the Warriors ladies failed to win any of their pool games and found themselves as early spectators on the Elite pitch.

Depsite this, Natalie Walsh was as ever upbeat. 'We've come a very long way in a short time since the Ladies section was formed. We need to play sides like this to learn and improve. We certainly have today and will take that experinece on to other tournaments in the future'

 

Back at Allianz Park and some 16 hours after some of the Warriors had left home, the team took to the field in a re-match against the Akuma Agents.

The final turned out to be a totally different affair with the Warriors matching the Agents in both pace and physicality. Chris Roberts lead the way , ably supported by Shaun Leonard and Jack Price - a player ceratinly drawing the attention of many in the Sevens world this season. Despite their best efforts , the Agents ran out winners by a two point margin 17-15.

 

Next up for the Warriors is a shorter journey to the Avon 7s near Bath on the 15th.

2017 Season continues for in form Warriors

 

The Carmarthen Warriors continued their 2017 season with a visit to the increasingly popular Frome 7s on Saturday. This tournament has grown in stature and popularity over the years and has become the natural successor to the classic West Country 7s.

 

Both the Warriors and their female counterparts were unluckly not to return with the main trophies in 2016, so both Arwel Davies and Natalie Walsh were confident of another competitive performance.

 

Both captains and coaches could be forgiven for their confidence however as both sides made easy work of the pool stages, playing some of the best rugby seen by Warriors sides in many years.

 

The Warriors progressed from the pool stages without conceeding a point, whilst the Ladies followed suit by only conceding one try.

 

Particular mention must go to two 'exiles ' joining the Warriors this weekend - Alex Pickersgill of Blackheath but formerly of Whitland RFC and Kam Nakove who travelled down fron London and Kent to join the squad, making an important impact.

Similary, Amosa Nove has been an key signing from outside the Carmarthenshire area and was arguably the palyer of the tournament.

 

As both sides progressed to the semi finals the inevitable clashes with long time rivals Ponty Butchers awaited.

The Ladies were first to meet the Butchers and were sadly overcome by the newly formed side.

Having previuosly played with real flair and ability, with and without the ball, the Warriors Ladies seemed overawed by the occasion and allowed the Butchers to dominate the game.

A late rally wasn't enough and the main final place v Swansea slipped away from the Carmarthenshire girls.

A Plate Final v Cheltenham Tigers was the consoulation

 

Over on the Men's pitches , The Warriors had slipped to a 21-0  deficit at half time v Hurricanes. An incredible seven minutes followed however as the rampant Catmarthenshire side ran in 43 points in seven minutes to clinch a place in the final

With both sides brimming with confidence both the Ladies and Men took their respective finals by the scruff of the neck and ran out victors . The Warriors rightly depriving Ponty Butchers of a third Frome title by 35 points to 14.

 

As ever, local sponsors Coracle Coaches provided the transport home, where both rugby coaches were ebulliant following a dominant display at another quality tournamemt.

Arwel Davies felt that Frome 2017 was undoubtely one of the best displays he'd seen in 17 years of Warriors rugby.

Ladies Coach and Whitland stalwart David Ebbsworth was quick to agree - ' it was great to see us competing with teams like Swansea , who play together all season, our girls played with fantastic flair and ability. The main final was ours had it not been for a few errors '

 

As ever rugby took a temporay back seat at times as both sides continiued to raise money for 2017's chosen charity Cronfa Goffa Eifion Gwynne Memorial Fund with bucket collections and wristband sales

 

Both will resume on 1st July at another prestige tournament Sevens in the City, played at Saracens Allianz Park

Flanders 2017


The Carmarthen Warriors looked to build upon their excellent start to the 2017 season this weekend, as both the Warriors and Legends Vets sides headed to the Flanders Open Rugby tournamamnt in Belgium.

 

For the Veterans former player Eifion Gwynne would be on everyone's minds. as he tragically lost his life in October 2016.

As well as being a team mate to many of the Warriors at Llandovery RFC , Eifion as played at Flanders in 2015 and 2016. This years Warriors chosen charity is raising funds for his memorial trust. With two teams at Flanders the aim was to boost those funds with the generous prize money on offer.

 

Both teams had early starts on Saturday morning. However , the seventeen hour journey cetarinly hadnt affected  the players as the Warriors hit the ground running with a victory over Bournemouth 7s champions Seventise.

Their older counterparts followed with a nine try rout over Octopus Uden.

 

Further wins agaianst North's 7 and Universitie Sorbonne saw the Warriors end the day undefetaed.

 

The Legends had a long wait before they took to the field again with an eargerly awaited rematch with Roubaix.

The physical French side had ended the Legends hopes of reaching the final last year in a bad tempered draw.

The Legends were keen not to continue where they'd left off in 2016, however Roubaix had other ideas and tempers flared in the opening minutes.

A clearly inexperienced referee immeditley sent off Dai Ebbsworth leaving the Legends incensed at having to play the reminder of the game with nine men.

Despite that some resolute defending kept the score to two- nil to the Frenchmen.

 

Sunday dawned with a busy programme and the Legends hoping that other results would help them progress to the final. It wasn't to be as a 3-3 draw with Old Mid-Whitgiftians ended all hopes of a repeat of 2015.

They did howver end their touyrnament in style with a convincing 7-1 victory over Team Sarre.

 

The younger Warriors were continuing to impress however as they overcame Oceans 7 , considred by many to be one of the tournament favouries.

The Warriors final pool game turned out to be classic. The Barbarians boasting six Stade Francais under 21 players showed theoir class immeditely by racing into a two try lead.

The Warriors upped their game in reply , two scintilating Bowdy Davies trys and another by Joel James sent them into the semi final

 

Another French side, Scavengers awaited them. A physical and fast spaced encounter on a rock hard pitch unfortunetly proved a game too far for the Warriors as the Scavengers secured a final against Seventise.

 

Both squads and supporters relaxed in the sunshine to see both Roubaix and Scavengers overcome in their respective finals. The Warriors were further rewarded at the awards ceremony with the 4th place and Fair Play trophies. The latter awarded by the tournamnet referees.


Barrie Thomas (Legends) and Luke Kendall (Warriors) were also recognised by the Warriors management as their players of the tournament, whilst the ever popular Owain Morgan took the 'Top Tourist' award.

 

Warriors supremo Arwel Davies had nothing but praise for both sides playing some suoerb rugby over the weekend. 'Although we didn't bring any prize money home for Eifion's Charity, we've continued to earn respect amongst some very good international opposition.' Legends team manager Emlyn Jones added 'we've made a lot of new friends at Flanders . Eifion would be very proud of that'

 

Next up for the Warriors and their Ladies team will be Frome in two weeks time

 

Legends Squad : Lyndon Jones, Rob Jones , James Price, Endaf Howells, Adrian Devon, Arwel Davies, Dai Lewis , Wyn Morris, Robert Walters , Barrie Thomas, Leighton Walters, Barry Maddox, Carwyn Thomas, Emyr Jones, Garth Hannaford , Sam Patel, Dylan Llewelyn

Warriors Squad : Owain Morgan,  Luke Kendall , Scott Gibson, Shaun Leonard, Joel James, Alex Williams, Bowdy Davies, Owain Powell, Jamie Williams, Gethin Davies, Mike Jones, Ross Pritchard, Willie Luangrath, Ashley Sutton, Chris Roberts , Jack Price

 

2017 Season off to a flyer for Warriors

 

The Carmarthen Warriors look to have got their 2017 season off to a flying start. Bouyed by their Bowl victory at the prestigous Kinsale 7s over the Mayday Holiday , the mens side headed to Hartpury in Gloucestershire this weekend for the Bamboo 7s. Joined by the renamed Ladies side it was the first run out for both on the British mainland.

With the 15's season as good as over , both Arwel Davies and Natalie Walsh were able to select strong squads with a sprinkiling of new talent to try out.

Despite a one drawn game for the Ladies , both sides coasted comfortably through the pool games and into the knockout rounds.

The semi's brought together some familiar adversaries in the shape of the Godfathers for the men and the Dragons for the Ladies. Both produced some of the best rugby seen at the tournament with the men disposing of their old friends the Godfathers by three tries to one. Warriors veteran Andrew Jenkins constantly organaising and scheming to set up tries and bolster the defence.

 

The Ladies , constantly improving with every game and driven by the power of Natalie Walsh and Wales International Adi Taviner overcame 2016 Hartpury Champions 14-19.

 

Both finals again produced some scintillating rugby in perfect 7s conditions.

 

Unfortunately the Ladies resilience ran out against the 'home' side of Hartpury, despite some stirling Warriors  defence, the students took the title by 24 points to 14.

 

The Warriors men were impressive against a fit Navy side. Newcomer and Rydal Penrhos head boy Adam Sabri was a constant threat , contributing to the final score of 21 points to 17 for the Warriors.

Overall the management looked back at the tournament as ideal curtain raiser to what could be a promising season.

Both sides appear to have recruited a new an exciting pool of talent which could see more silverwear heading back to West Wales over the summer.

It only remains for the Over 35's to follow suit when they head to Flanders Open rugby at the beginning of June.

 

This years tournament will be poignant as the squad remember former player Eifion Gwynne who tragically lost his life in October 2016.

As well as being a team mate to many of the Warriors at Llandovery RFC , Eifion as played at Flanders in 2016 and 2017. This years Warriors chosen charity will raise funds for his memorial trust

 

Warriors Men : Deian Augustus, Andrew Jenkins (Whitland) Adam Sabri (Colwyn Bay) Thomas Shay, Scott Gibson ( Llandovery) Shaun Pearce (Kidwelly) Daniel Davies, Luke Kendall (Newcastle Emlyn),                  Mike Jones ( Swansea) Ollie Butterworth (UWIC) Chris Roberts, Thomas Shane (unnattached)

Jay Harris (Beddau) , Amosa Nova (Monmouth)

Warriors Ladies : Natalie Walsh, Heather Rees , Gemma Robinson (Whitland) Adi Taviner ( Swansea) Lowri Truslove, Amberley Ruck (Cardiff Met) Brittony Price (Penybanc) Ffion Elen Evans ( Llandaf North)

 


 

Eighth Wonders!

Carmarthen Warriors held off all challengers at the Aberaeron 7s at Parc Drefach to win a remarkable eighth title in ten years writes Huw S Thomas.

They beat Penallta  24-10 in the final in front of  a bumper Bank Holiday crowd and clinch a purse of £1200 with the runners-up taking home £600.

The Warriors were never seriously worried through the long and sunny day.

Their understanding of the demands of the shortened version of the game - gained over the many years under the influence of the now retired Arwel Davies and further embellished by Gareth James and Andrew Jenkins  - made them a class apart.

After cantering through the early stages, they produced their best performance in the semi final by outplaying a very young Llandovery side 40-12, helped by a stunning hat trick from Player of the Tournament Shaun Leonard.

Premiership outfit Llandovery whose main squad were busy winning the National 7s down at the Arms Park looked threatening early on after two tries from centre Jack Parkinson had ruffled Warriors' feathers.

But the generalship and vision of scrum half Tomi Jones, the high work rate of the two Powells - Owain and Tom - and the balanced running of the brilliant Leonard proved too much for the Drovers

In the other semi-final Division One East side Penallta had a very tough match against Welsh Select who fielded three Scots including the talented Erland Oag (Aberdeen GSFP) but tries from Lewis Alexander, Lloyd Rowlands and Elliot Keep deservedly took them into the final 21-14.

In the final Leonard took centre stage with a quick brace of solo tries and with Mike Jones also racing away, the Warriors were soon ahead 19-0.

When Gethin Davies  - one of seven Newcastle Emlyn players in the squad - made it 24-0 it was all but over and two late Penallta tries from Curtis Walkley and Grant Pearce were nothing more than consolation.

As ever the postmatch celebrations were a time to reflect on the season and thank sponsors and suppoters .


Carmarthen warriors squad: Tomi Jones, Mike Jones, Shaun Leonard, Gethin Davies, Ollie Butterworth, Barry Thomas , Owain Powell (all Newcastle Emlyn), Gareth James, Josh Jenner (both Yslalyfera), Wayne Price (Ammanford), Tom Powell (Crymych), Aled Jones (Carmarthen Ath)

Semi- final results:

Carmarthen Warriors 40 Llandovery 12; Penallta 21 Welsh select 14

Final Carmarthen Warriors 24 Penallta 10

Second again at Cwmtawe

Cwmtawe 7s has a long history stretching back to 1983. In that time the Carmarthen Warriors have constantly knocked on the overall winners door and have won the Plate twice.The Warriors felt 2016 could be their year and were even more confident after arriving at the Gnoll, to find the Elite competition had been reduced to just four teams.

Confidence increased further with a victory over Ponty Butchers in their first game followed by another against the impressive RED Wailers.

The last pool game was a clash with the 'home' team Neath, was always set to be an interesting one with Warriors favorite Tom Rees turning out for the Welsh All Blacks.

The Powerful Rees couldn't stop now ebullient Warriors from comfortably turning over the hosts.

With the top two teams in the pool facing each other again in the Final, the Warriors took to the field to face the Wailers again after almost three hours sat watching the rest of the tournament from the sidelines.

The Wailers obviously upped their game from the first encounter, allowing the Warriors no space to unleash their exciting youngsters.

Despite an excellent try by  Amir Jiwa Walji, the Warriors couldn't break the Wailers resolute defence and they left the tournament as bridesmaids again.

Final score 19-5 to the Wailers

At the presentations Warriors coaches Gareth James and Andrew Jenkins remained positive, looking forward to the last tournament of the season, Aberaeron and praising newcomers like the Powell brothers and Lewis Millen. 'All these boys will have benefitted from a season of Sevens and will take new skills and experiences back to their clubs' said Jenkins.

Both also paid tribute to Jason Howells, his career cut short with a neck injury at the Summer Social 7s. Jason will continue by coaching the Ladies Flamingoes side and supporting the Warriors well into the future Both James and Jenkins pointed to that future which looks very bright.

Next week the Ladies hope to conclude a successful season at St David's, skipper Natalie Walsh has promised to donate any prize money to this years chosen charity Parkinson's UK.

Meanwhile the Warriors will head to Aberaeron seeking their seventh title

 

Squad :

Warriors :

Shaun Leonard

Tom Powell

Joe Powell

Owain Powell

Chris Roberts

Lewis Millen

Wayne Price

Harley Thomson

Llyr Jones

Gareth Rees

Amir Jiwa Walji

 

  

Rugby Wins on the Beach for Warriors & Flamingoes

Both the Carmarthen Warriors and Flamingoes Ladies headed to Swansea on Saturday to compete in Beach Rugby Wales.

Whilst the day received a bad press due to the actions of a small minority, both teams came to play and win.

It was the Warriors first visit to a tournament dominated by their female colleagues in recent years. Both teams boasted a number of multiple winners in their ranks. The Warriors were full of experience with an average age of 37 and including a Welsh Touch Rugby International.

As expected, they sailed through their group, beating both Swansea Gladiators and Wattstown Young Guns comfortably

Another victory against Porth matched the Warriors with a young Ponty Butchers side in the Cup Semi Final

 

Over on the Ladies pitch, the Flamingoes had stumbled within the group stages with a defeat by Pencoed Phoenix. Taking their foot of the gas they let Rhian Noakes, an ex Flamingo, in to score the winner. The loss put them into the Plate Semi Final against Barry Bombettes

 

Both sides really began to fire in the semi finals. The Warriors were up first, their experience proving too much for the Butchers side. Similarly the Flamingoes were gaining pace and putting the well-organized Bombettes out of the tournament with some great line speed in defence.

Maybe a result of Jason Howells recent involvement as part of the coaching team!?

 

Two cracking finals followed, the Flamingoes taking on Treorchy ladies who were undone by the pace of Katie Thicker combined with the experience and skill offered by the rugby specialists Walsh, Colville and the self proclaimed Queen of Beach Rugby, Keeley Evans.

 

The Warriors had a more difficult test against reigning champions Y Baabariaid. In possibly the tightest game of the tournament, the Warriors were overturned when a mix up involving a Baabariaid substitution deprived the Carmarthenshire side of a possible match-winning try.

Both sides and their management felt it had been a productive day

'We've kept the Flamingoes name on the main trophy' commented Natalie Walsh ' plus the Warriors weren't far away from taking home the Cup too'

Next up for the Flamingoes is the St David's tournament in August, whilst the Warriors will head to Cwmtawe.

All the Warriors teams remain committed to their fundraising for Parkinson's UK this season with the total heading towards £3000 at the moment. With further plans for a dinner in November, they hope to treble that amount before the end of the year.

 

Warriors Squad : Arwel Davies, Andrew Jenkins, Wayne Price, Gareth James, Viv Jenkins , Owen Morgan, Dan Davies , David Ebsworth, Phil Williams

Flamingoes Squad: Natalie Walsh, Keeley Evans, Karen Mayze, Nina Colville, Angharad Williams, Carys Lloyd, Katie Thicker, Heather Rees, Lowrie Trusslove, Becky Newton.

 

New sponsor keeps Warriors on the right side of the law!

The Carmarthen Warriors are always happy to welcome new sponsors. We are particularly proud to have one of South Wales top legal companies, Peter Lynn & Partners on our shirts in 2016. The company were formed just before the Warriors in 1999 and have grown to be one of the largest and most respected law firms in the region. As well as offerring expert legal services to businesses and private clients, Peter Lynn is proud to support local sport , particularly rugby at all levels. In addition to providing financial support for our 2016 campaign Peter Lynn will also offer an additional 5% of the value ofany work carried out for players to  Warriors funds .

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Thank you guys!

 

 

Flamingoes on fire in Llanidloes

The Carmarthen Warriors and Flamingoes Ladies Sevens season continued on the weekend with another joint attempt at bringing back the silverware from the Heart of Wales tournament

In its second year, the Llanidloes RFC based event is quietly growing in strength and popularity.

The Warriors expected some serious opposition with the Ponty Butchers and RED Wailers entered in the Elite competition, however with good performances at Frome and Bournemouth they headed to mid Wales with some confidence.

 

Flamingoes captain Natalie Walsh had assembled possibly her strongest side and was also confident.

Rightly so, as the Ladies tore their pool apart with some scintillating rugby from the outset.

RAF Jaguars, Bonymaen and the Vagabonds, fronted by current Wales Ladies Captain Rachel Taylor, were literally demolished without troubling the Flamingoes try line.

With the Flamingoes pool games over, the Warriors took to the field, making their customary stuttering start, narrowly overcoming Preseli BaaBaas. RaRa Roosters were less stubborn opponents, and the Warriors progressed to the Elite Semi final.

The Flamingoes put in arguably their best performance against the Merthyr RFC Ladies side, Iron Maidens. Scoring at will from just about anywhere on the field again without reply.

It was on to a final against the forces charity side Scotty's Tigers and again the one-way traffic continued. With the game and Ladies title comfortably in the bag, the Flamingoes did take their foot of the gas allowing Scotty's a consolation try. Despite that it was smiles all round at the final whistle and the first major title for the girls in 2016.

Skipper Walsh and Coach Jason Howells were keen to praise their entire squad at the post tournament celebrations. Although Fee Bowen and Jodie Evans were the lynchpins in a masterful performance throughout the day.

Following on from a Social Plate Final won by Ystalyfera, the Warriors took on the experienced RED Wailers in the Elite semi.

The Wailers hit straight from the kick off and immediately put the Warriors on the back foot.

The Carmarthenshire side slowly clawed their way back into the game and would have leveled had Nico Setaro not been stopped short of the Wailers posts.

'That 'try' could have been a turning point for us' commented coach Andrew Jenkins at the final whistle ' unfortunately the Wailers recovered and really did blow us away after that. Some questionable refereeing also contributed too'

Both squads returned from Mid Wales full of praise for the tournament and looking forward to their next outings. Beach Rugby Wales at the end of July and Cwmtawe soon after

Flamingoes: Natalie Walsh, Heather Rees, Jodie Evans, Elin Hywel, Fee Bowen, Ffion Lewis, Keely Evans, Delyth Davies, Carys Phillips, Nia Elen Davies

Warriors : Ryan Morgan, Dan Davies, Tom Curry, Tom Powell, Mike Jones, Nico Setaro, Shaun Leonard, Llyr Jones, Owain Powell


 

 

Final hurdle heartache at Frome 

With good results behind them at Bournemouth and South West, both the Carmarthen Warriors and Flamingoes Ladies headed to Frome on Saturday.

The competition has gained popularity in its short existence and both sides have experienced success there in the past.

Despite that, Regional 7s call ups meant that Natalie Walsh could only muster an inexperienced side compared to the one that took the Plate at SoutWest.

 

Over on the main pitch, Gareth James and Andrew Jenkins took charge of a young but exiting Warriors side.

Unexpectedly opening around half an hour before schedule didn't help the Warriors as they were caught cold against and impressive Shredded Ducks side.

The Ladies also faltered, losing their first game

Things were to change for the better as both sides made amends in the next round of games.

The Warriors comfortably disposed of the Cherubs, whilst the Flamingoes saw off the West Country Cavaliers - made up of players from the Bath Ladies XV.

A bye saw the Warriors progress to the Cup quarterfinals.

The Flamingoes continued their impressive progress, now under the watchful eye of Warriors head coach, Arwel Davies.

The knockout stages of both completions awaited. Previous Frome champions and favorites, St Paul's Pirates crumbled under a frenzied five-minute onslaught led by Newcastle Emlyn's Shaun Leonard. A late comeback by the Pirates wasn't enough as the Warriors left the field 28-21 winners.

In an all-Welsh semi final the Warriors again crushed their opponents Wizards of Wales, setting up a mouth watering final against last years winners Ponty Butchers.

The Ladies weren't far behind, putting a physical Westbury Ladies side to the sword led by the experienced Whitland pairing of Walsh and Heather Rees, constantly setting Lowri Trusslove free to rack up the points.

The Flamingoes would be first on the main pitch against the impressive and very experienced Swifts. Despite that the Carmarthen girls strck first as Heather Rees left the Swifts defence standing with a blistering break down the right.

Their opponents hit back with a try before a robust but fair challenge on Nia Walters saw the Whitland player with a suspected neck injury.

As both teams awaited medical support, the game was switched one of the outer pitches.

The decision was to cost the Flamingoes as the Swifts forged ahead by two tries. Heather Rees attempt to close the gap was thwarted by the lack of flags marking the try line. Rees going to ground 3m short of the actual try line!

At the final whistle the Swifts took the Ladies Cup by 3 tries to 1.

Making their way over to support their male counterparts the Flamingoes camp was upbeat. 'We really exceeded our own expectations today' said Natalie Walsh ' the girls played out of their skins against quality opposition. Selection for our next tournament is going to be difficult!'

The main final started badly fro the Warriors one of their ex players, Matthew Edwards crossed for an early Butchers try

Some superb work by Owen Morgans put Luc Caines over in the corner to equal the scores.

In a physical second half the Warriors constantly threatened despite some questionable refereeing. A second try, this time for Owens leveled put the Warriors in front again, however It was the Butchers however who got the decider and a conversion to put the game out of the Warriors reach at the final whistle. Final score 12-10.

The relief on Ponty Butchers faces was evident as the Warriors left the arena knowing they too had created a few surprises at Frome.

Coaches Jenkins and James were ebullient , looking forward to the next test at the Heart of Wales Sevens in Llanidloes, having unearthed some new young talent at Frome

 

Squads :

Warriors 

Shaun Leonard, Mike Jones, Lewis Millen, Brynmor Jones, Josh Jarrett, Wayne Price, Luc Caines, Owen Morgans, Flamingoes: Sara Davies, Natalie Walsh, Heather Rees, Tash Francis, Nia Walters, Lauren Morgan, Lowri Truslove, Nina Bishop, Steph Harris, Kat Kennan


 

 

Flamingoes start well at South West

With the Carmarthen Warriors now well into the 2016 Sevens season, their female counterparts The Flamingos, started off their campaign at the South West 7s.

The second annual tournament at Clifton RFC saw the girls top their pool without conceding a point and scoring 27 tries on the way. The girls in pink put a physical Worthing side to the sword first with some great defence work turning into attack, enabling  Rhian Noakes and Ffion Bowen to show their pace out wide to score under the posts

 

Saints were next to fall to the physicality of Delyth Davies and Becky Newton, both powering over for a handful of tries between them, making the final score 56-0.

In the final game of the pool the Flamingoes faced a tougher challenge against the Old Bristolians.  Jodie Evans showed her creative skills to score three tries with Bowen adding to a 39-0 final score.

The hardest game of the day came in the semi-final when the Flamingos took on a well organized Gloucester University side.

Ffion Bowen opened the scoring with Gloucester University striking back immediately. Both sides traded scores until the Students raced ahead to win 31-17.

Despite the loss in the semi-final the Flamingos went on to win the Plate Final , meeting the Old Bristolians again. A strong Elin Howell defensive performance allowed her teammates to run in tries from all over the park and win 33-0.

 

Captain Natalie Walsh commended her girls on some great performances in often difficult weather conditions and was a little disappointed when the organisers informed the team that they were awaiting the winners' medals and trophies!

 

Both Flamingoes and Warriors head back to the West Country again next Saturday when they contest the increasingly popular Frome 7s.

 

Flamingoes Team at South West 7s: Natalie Walsh, Delyth Davies, Elin Hywel, Jodie Evans (All Whitland) Ffion Lewis (Penybanc) Keeley Evans (Kidwelly) Becky Newton, Ffion Elen Evans (Llandaf North) Ffion Bowen, Rhian Noakes 

 

 

 

No fun in the sun at Social 7s 

 

After last weeks encouraging Plate win at Bournemouth, the Carmarthen Warriors headed to Richmond Athletic ground this weekend and another high profile tournament, Summer Social.

With some of his key players rested, Arwel Davies chose a side based upon his own Newcastle Emlyn backline mixed in with a few eperienced 'sevens specialists'. None so experienced as Coach for the day Wales 7's Ifan Evans

The Warriors also faced a tournament full of new faces , but still made an emphatic start by crushing the Tsunami Typhoons 26-0.

With the well orgainised competition bringinging a game every hour, the Warriors struggled in the next enounter against Seventy Sevens. Three mistakes proved costly as the Sevens capitalised on each with a try.

In the humid conditions the final Group game was to prove costly as the experienced and ever popular Warrior, Jason Howells sufffered a carreer changing neck injury. As Howells was airlifted to St Mary's Hospital his colleages went on to clinch a place in the Cup quarter final with a 24-5 victory over Team Middlesex.

With thoughts of Howells in their minds the Warriors took the field against the RAF Spitfires with only nine fit players. Brynmor Jones and Lawrence Reynolds also joining the injury list. Despite this the side rallied and lost narrowly by 17-14.

Davies commented after that he felt progression to the semi and possibly the final would have been an uphill task with just a squad of nine.

'Jason was on our mind throughout the quarter' he said, ' with rolling subs in constant use, I feared we would really run out of steam and maybe even sustain more injuries'

As the team headed home on Sunday, the news from St Mary's was that Howells would probabaly be realeased on Monday. Everyone within the Warriors camp wishes him a speedy recovery.

'Although he won't be seen on the field , he'll be very welcome at our next tournament - Frome on the 18th', added Davies

The Warriors Ladies section , the Flamingoes open their season at Clifton this weekend. Capatin Natalie Walsh is confident of taking a strong squad to the South West Sevens.

Warriors: Lawrence Reynolds ( Llandovery) Jason Howells (Unatttached), Aaron Shakeshaft (Maesteg) Tom Hancock (Pontypool) Chris Roberts (Beddau) Shaun Leonard, Dafydd Evans, Llyr Jones, Mike Jones, Brynmor Jones ( All Newcastle Emlyn) James Owens (Tumble) Warren Abrahams (London Welsh)

2016 begins at Bournemouth

Most followers of Sevens rugby wil be well aware of the difference a good draw can make in the early stages of any tournamemt.

This can be even more telling when that draw can oftne appear to be favouring the 'home' side or those wearing the organisers own kit brand!

Unfortunately Bournemouth often falls into the latter category and the Carmarthen Warriors headed to the two day festival on the weekend expecting a tough battle agaimst some of the UK's top Elite sides.

As ever the pool draw wasn't to be a kind one, with the Warriors drawn in another 'group of death with Apache, St Paul's Pirates and fellow Welsh counterparts Wizards of Wales.

Coach Arwel Davies selected a mixture of exciting young talent along with a few seasoned campaigners with Llandovery RFC's mercurial fly half Jack Maynard given the captain's armband.

The Warriors started the day well by disposing their Welsh counterparts, with tries coming from Gareth Rees and Wales 7s player Rhodri Davies. The Warriors then narrowly lost both remaining pool games to Apache and St Paul's Pirates, Coincidentally both those teams eventually went on to reach the Elite cup final.

The pick of the tries from those matches coming from Jack Maynard, Tom Powell, and Jason Howells.

This meant that the Warriors were through to the Plate Competition in Day 2, however they were dealt a hammer blow with the loss of their experienced orchestrator Wayne Price with an ankle injury.

The second day saw a far more determined Warriors side reach the semi final of the plate playing against the Raiders, who were easily disposed of. Jason Howells, Gareth Rees and Maynard were once again instrumental and amongst the scorers. This meant the Warriors progressed to the plate final against English National 1 side Esher.

The Warriors saved their best performance of the weekend for this game and demonstrated sublime skills throughout. A first half try from Tom Powell followed by another from Rees put the Warriors ahead 12-0. With minutes remaining, Chris Roberts showed some lovely footwork and treated the vocal 5000 strong crowd of spectators to a superb individual try. With the evening sunshine and party atmosphere building, Jason Howells then stormed through to cap an excellent day of 7s for the Warriors, crowning them the 2016 Elite Plate winners.

Coach Arwel Davies said "we were disappointing on day one, but the boys really pulled it together on day 2, it was great to see boys like Jack Maynard really step up to his role as skipper, and a special mention must go to Rhodri Davies, who was involved in everything good over the weekend, surely a contender for the player of the tournament award".

Again the Warriors 2016 charity Parkinson's UK remained in the forefront as players and supporters found time to sell a few wristbands and fill their collecting buckets between games.

With renewed confidence, the Warriors head to London next weekend to compete at the Rugby Rocks Tournament.

 

Warriors Legends return to Flanders 

After 15 years 'living the dream' the Carmarthen Warriors Sevens side started a new chapter in their history in 2015 with the formation of their Over 35's Legends side. Their inaugural visit to the Flanders Open Rugby Tournament saw them return victorious with Kidwelly's Craig Thomas being instrumental in their success.

The Legends vowed to return and defend their title in 2016, buoyed by the fact that Thomas had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Their quest to bring back the trophy and the 750€ prize money for the Parkinson's UK charity became a far more important goal in 2016.

As in 2015, the touring party spent their first day in Belgium by visiting one of the many WW1 cemeteries. Tyne Cot, the largest War Cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world, was a poignant choice as former Welsh Rugby International Dai Westacott is commemorated there. As such, the squad laid a wreath at the site and spent time amongst the 12,000 graves and memorials.

Moving on to Dendermonde and the Flanders Open Rugby festival the following day saw the Legends matched, ironically against Tyneside in their first game and the impressively named Les Arlequins Gigot Rameurs. Both were dispatched in seven try routs to no reply from the opponents.

Day two dawned with another 50 point to nil drubbing against a depleted Kemphanen.

With only the winner of each group progressing to the Vets Final, the Legend's game against the only other unbeaten side Roubaix would decide who won the pool.

Playing like a typical 1970's Welsh Valleys side, Roubaix continually disrupted the Legends game with their often illegal physicality. Assisted by some questionable refereeing, the Legends found themselves at the break one 5-0 down, having had two tries disallowed.

The second half continued with some bad tempered exchanges until Carmarthen's Gareth Bennet broke free to level the scores. As the clock ticked down however, the Legends failed to break through the French lines and the game ended 5-5.

A nervous ten minute period followed the final whistle as officials compared the number of tries scored by each side to decide who proceeded to the final.

Unfortunately it was Roubaix who would progress having bullied their way to a higher try count.

Despite their initial disappointment, the Legends vowed to return to Flanders in 2017 having still not been beaten at the Tournament.

Furthermore, their fundraising amongst players supporters and spectators on the tour has to date raised around £1200 for Parkinson's UK.

Further money raising plans were discussed on the journey home!

This coming weekend sees the main Warriors side head to Bournemouth having assembled a very strong squad.

Once again the team will be looking for a good performance as well as raising more funds for this years chosen charity.


Seventh Heaven for Warriors & Legends

The final weekend of the 2015 Season was extra special for the Warriors as they retained their Aberaeron 7s title for the 7th time in nine years. It was also to be the final tournament for three long serving stalwarts. Arwel Davies- the founder of Wales' premier invitation 7s team back in the year 2000, has seen the Warriors develop into a well known Elite team which is regarded by many as one of the most competitive teams on the UK circuit. Davies, along with Wayne Price who made his debut 13 years ago whilst playing for Llandovery RFC and Gareth 'Jamo' James who made his debut 7 years ago whilst with Neath RFC will hung up their boots after the tournament.

To give these boys the recognition for their service the Warriors entered two teams, one which filled with younger talent and a legends team of experienced campaigners that have proudly worn the Warriors jersey at some point over the past 10 years.

Gareth James said "I'm honoured that so many fantastic and recognisable players decided to come together for our last tournament before we join them in vets rugby!" Price shared his sentiments and added "the Warriors have played an integral part in my summers, we're a rugby family and to go out this way is exciting.

The youngsters were to be hot favourites and duly justified that by sweeping all aside to take the Cup home to Carmarthen for the 7th time.

The Legends weren't far behind however, making it to the Plate final only to be pipped by a younger and quicker Penallta side.

 

Ex England 7s coach Barry Maddox who now coaches at Bath Rugby took charge of both squads on the day, his contribution evident by the eventual results and style of play.

 

Warriors squad: Jason Howells, Tom Powell, Joe Powell, Tomi Jones, Brynmor Jones, Mike Jones, Tom Rees, Dafydd Evans, Llyr Jones, James Griffiths, Aled Jones

 

Warriors Legends: Arwel Davies, Wayne Price, Gareth James, Euros Evans, Emyr Jones, Gareth King, Andrew Jenkins, Viv Jenkins, Richard Carter, Barry John, Gary Beaumont Morgan

 

 

 

Back to the Beach for Flamingoes

The Flamingoes headed to Swansea on the weekend, looking to defend their Beach Rugby Wales title.

 

With both Natalie Walsh and Keeley Evans unavailable it was left to Whitland's Delyth Davies to lead the two-times Beach Rugby champions.

Despite having two current Welsh internationals in their ranks, the Flamingoes were forced to call upon squad photographer Gwenno Davies to make up the numbers in their first game against Porth.

The Rhondda ladies were comfortably overcome however by 8 points to nil.

 

With Penybanc's Hannah Jones and Alisha Butchers helping out in the next game, Wattstown were put to the Flamingoes sword.

Welsh 7s and full intentional Sioned Harries and Beach Rugby veteran Karen Mayze ran riot as the Rhonnda ladies crumbled to a 9-0 thrashing.

 

With the Flamingoes coasting into the semi finals, it looked like a meeting with Penybanc Panthers awaited in the final. However, the well-organized Bambu Barbarians fronted by Welsh International Philippa Tuttiet stopped the Panthers in their tracks.

In the other semi the Flamingoes eased past Ynysybwl to set up a star-studded showdown against Bambu.

 

In a game where the Flamingoes dominated the possession and constantly threatened the Bambu line, it was the classy Tuttiet who broke free to cross between the posts and register the only score of the game

 

A few questionable refereeing decisions were the subject of some after match banter on social media. However the Flamingoes management were as ever optimistic looking back on the tournament and season in general.

An excellent performance in New Quay along with a Plate win in Frome have both helped to reinforce the Flamingoes name as a force in women's sevens rugby.

Their dominance at Beach Rugby Wales over the three years since their formation cannot be disputed and they look to return on both grass and sand stronger than ever in 2016

 

Flamingoes Squad : Delyth Davies, Heather Rees, Sioned Harries (Whitland) Jodie Evans, Karen Mayze (Kidwelly)  Kath Joseph (Skewen) Ffion Bowen (Maesteg Celtic) Alisha Butchers, Hannah Jones (Penybanc) Gwenno Davies (Unattached)

 

Warriors take Heart from Creative 7s

Carmarthen Warriors returned to action this weekend at the inaugural Creative Rugby Heart of Wales 7s.

With most of the Warriors 'core' players unavailable or playing at the Evolution Touch Tournament, Arwel Davies put together an exciting young side for the trip to Llanidloes RFC.

 

Any fears that the side would be overawed by the competition were quickly dispelled as they overcame Plymouth Fijians in the opening pool game by 19 points to nil. Two superb solo efforts by Bowdy Davies and Lee Taylor set out the Warriors stall for the weekend as they went on to demolish Aberystwyth's Legal Seagulls in the next game, 68-0.

Another one-sided affair ended the group stages as the rampant Warriors ran in nine tries against Bangor, without reply.

 

The side were still to concede a try as they took to the field for the Cup semi final against Preseli BaaBaas.

Mike Jones took advantage of a Preseli mistake to run the length of the field and open the scoring. Two Chris Roberts tries closed the first half despite the BaaBaas sneaking in for a try as the Warriors relaxed.

A stern half time talk by assistant coach Craig Thomas kicked the Warriors back into gear. Tries by Bowdy Davies and Callum Evans eased their side comfortably into the final. Captain Jack Maynard's faultless kicking both from the restarts and in front of the posts kept the Warriors scoreboard ticking over throughout the tournament.

 

The Final was to be the most difficult encounter of the day. Newcastle Wailers are one of the most highly respected sides on the UK and International 7s circuit.

The all-Fijian side struck first although a fantastic Bowdy Davies break quickly equalled the scores.

Despite the Warriors easily matching the Fijians in skill and physicality, their opponents' experience was evident as they raced into a 21-7 lead at the break.

With another score straight from the kick off, it looked like the young Warriors would crumble in the second half.

 

It was the Wailers' discipline that began to crumble however as the Warriors' resistance to their sometimes overly physical game saw the Wailers lose first one then two players to the sin bin. A dangerous tackle on Maynard as he crossed the line brought about another card along with angry protests from Warriors supporters.

 

It appeared the referee ended the game early with the Wailers having just 5 players left on the field and the Warriors just five points away from the title.

 

Speaking at the tournament after party, captain Maynard was full of praise for his colleagues. ' We need to be tested against the best in UK 7s' he said ' I think we have been today and everyone has given 100%. I think we certainly won the hearts of those watching in the final, as a result'

Next tournament for the Warriors will be the Cwmatwe 7s on August 1st, the addition of a few 'old heads' to this weekend's side will make the Warriors an exciting prospect.

 

Squad : Arwel Davies (Newcastle Emlyn) Jack Maynard (Llandovery) Bowdy Davies (Ystradgynlais) Llyr Jones, Mike Jones, Brynmor Jones, Owain Powell (Newcastle Emlyn), Lee Taylor ( Carmarthen Quins) Dan Davies (Nantgaredig), Chris Roberts (Beddau) Callum Evans (Llanelli) Craig Thomas (Coach)

 

 

 

Here come the girls!

With the 15 a side season getting longer every year, tournaments have been few and far between for the Carmarthen Warriors 7s team, so far.

Whilst the men have been taking a break after Bournemouth and the Vet's Flanders success, the Flamingoes Ladies launched their season with a visit to the inaugural South West 7s in Bristol.

Unfortunately this new tournament was poorly supported with only two ladies teams entered.

Despite this, the Flamingoes put up three entertaining performances against a good Gloucester Uni side. In a best of three plays off the Flamingoes failed to clinch the trophy losing the last game.

 

This proved to be a great warm up for the popular New Quay Surf 7s the following week.

Playing in a four-team pool, the Flamingoes first disposed of Worcester. They then fell to another well-organized student side Lufbrabaabaas. A resounding defeat of Leicester ladies by 45-3 saw them progress to the semi finals of the Cup.

 

The Welsh side made a slow start against Miss Leopards and was always chasing the game. Despite resurgence in the second half with a try by Kidwelly's Keely Evans they lost by 24 points to 5.

 

Flamingoes captain Natalie Walsh was upbeat after the tournament and immediately put in an entry for the following week's Frome 7s, keen to keep the momentum going.

 

The pool draw was unkind to the girls however, drawn with tournament favorites Cardiff Met. Playing against a number of their club and regional colleagues the Flamingoes lost the first game against 'The Met'.  A win over Scotty's Tigers however saw them progress to the semi final of the Plate.

A comfortable victory against Worthing gave the Flamingoes their first chance of silverware for 2015.

Only Irish side St Mary's stood between them and the Plate.

In a generally one sided affair, the superior speed and skill of the experienced Welsh side put the Flamingoes name on the Frome Plate.

 

Both Walsh and team manager Sara Davies were pleased with their teams progress this season and since their formation two years ago.

'Hopefully, we're making a name for ourselves in Ladies 7s rugby' said Walsh. 'Our obvious link with the Warriors has helped, but we are quickly becoming recognized as a team to be respected in our own right'

 

Over the three tournaments the core of the Flamingoes squad has come from the successful Whitland Ladies side, supplemented by some of the best players from other South Wales clubs.

 

Next up for the Flamingoes, will be the 10th Beach Rugby Wales, where the girls will look to defend their title and take the trophy for the third year in succession.

 

Meanwhile , this coming Saturday their male counterparts the Warriors head to the Creative Rugby 7s in Llanidloes, with a very strong side.

 

Flamingoes Squad : Natalie Walsh, Sara Davies, Alice James, Angharad Williams, Becca Norris , Heather Rees, Rhian McCulloch, Gemma Robinson (all Whitland) Ellie Norkett (Skewen) Keely Evans, Karen Mayze (Kidwelly) Jenny Hawkins (Llandaff North)

 

 

 

Our 15th Anniversary Season Begins ! 

The Bank Holiday Weekend saw the Carmarthen Warriors launch their 15th Anniversary season at two major tournaments.

Months of hard work and organization for Warriors founder Arwel Davies, came to fruition at the Flanders 10's Tournament. As a traveling party of around 30 players, and support staff that made the journey to Belgium to play as The Warriors Legends - Over 35's, Vets side.

Back on the UK mainland, Wayne Price fronted a strong Warriors 7s side headed for the Bournemouth 7s.

 

At Flanders the Legends were drawn in a group with Mill Hill, Kemphaagsche and last years winners, Brussels Barbarians.

 

The Warriors however were less fortunate , landing a 'group of death' alongside Apache, Bryanston and Red Panda.

Whilst the Legends were sweeping all in front of them aside, winning all three games without conceding a try. The Warriors lost to the strongly fancied Apache 28-14, beat Red Panda 19-17 before losing to Bryanston 21-12 in a close game not reflected by the scoreline.

All was not lost however, as the Warriors group position ensured them a place in the semi final of the Plate Competition. A smooth transition past Esher saw the Warriors involved in a high scoring Plate Final against the RAF Spitfires.

A pulsating encounter ended in a 46-25 victory for the well-drilled servicemen.

 

Day two dawned in Belgium with a semi final clash against French side Les Arlequinquins on the only artificial pitch. The surface took its toll on a number of the Legends players, including the influential Craig Thomas and Jonny Lees. However that didn't stop the Vets running out winners by a clear six tries without reply.

Ex Llandovery man Eifion Gwynne was also impressive.

 

All the Finals at Flanders, really are a spectacle. Played in front of a packed stadium in glorious sunshine. The match ball is flown in by helicopter and all tries are celebrated with pyrotechnics from behind the goals.

The Legends certainly put on a display to remember in the first half of a rematch with Brussels Barbarians.

Kidwelly's Craig Thomas opened the scoring followed by a great opportunist effort by Dai Ebbsworth.

At the break the Legends looked to be cruising towards another whitewash, however some complacency crept in just before the break allowing the local side in for a try.

The second half continued with both sides trading scores before a flamboyant finish by Gareth Bennett followed by a superb solo run from Adrian Devon. Ensured the Flanders 'Vets' trophy was heading back to Carmarthen.

 

Speaking at vibrant presentation ceremony a proud Ariel Davies said ' this weekend has been an emotional one. Starting with a visit to the Welsh WW1 memorial at Langemarc on Friday and ending here with the new Legends side winning a major trophy at our first attempt.'

Speaking from the podium he paid tribute to Gareth Bennett and presented him with his playing jersey. Gareth had emotionally announced his retirement in the pre-match team talk.

Davies also explained to the gathered players and supporters that the Legends team had chosen to donate their substantial prize wining cheque to the childrens cancer charity Clic Sargent, a cause close to their hearts.

Although Flanders will probably be the Legends only tournament this season, the victory will mark another important milestone in Warriors history. Plans are already afoot to return in 2016.

 

 

 

Warriors end season with sixth title

The 2014 Sevens season ended in traditional style for the Warriors as they held onto the Aberaeron Cup for the sixth time.

With many of the best Welsh 7s players competing at the Fosters 7s in Cardiff, this years Aberaeron was one of the most even competitions for many years. The Warriors still managed to field a competitive side whilst a young and inexperienced Flamingoes team were hopeful of getting out of a 'group of death,' featuring previous winners Bargoed and the ever impressive Ponty Butchers. Both however, made it out of the pool stages, the Warriors progressing to a Cup Semi against Bargoed, whilst the Flamingoes were paired with Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate. Unfortunately , the Flamingoes failed to progress further, but the Warriors made it the final yet again. In an often bad tempered encountered the Warriors overcame a dangerous Penallta side, determined to clinch the title for the first time. The coaching team of Jason Howells, Gareth James and Arwel Davies were visibly pleased to have ended a topsy-turvey season on a high. 'Shaun Leonard, James Griffiths and Jonny Morgan were a constant danger all day, scoring when it mattered' said Davies ' credit must also go to the experienced duo of Andrew Jenkins and Tomi Jones who co-ordinated and controlled the knock out stages'

After the game Gareth Bennett was recognised for ten years service to the Warriors.

The Warriors committee and management also set out their sincere thanks to all sponsors , players and supporters for their support and help throughout 2014.

A full season's review will follow soon , along with some early plans for 2015 our 15th Anniversary Season!

 



Flamingoes double success on sand

Keen to continue the success of their second season in existence, the Warriors Ladies took two sides to the popular Beach Rugby Wales in Swansea. 

2013 Champions: Keely Evans' 'White Flamingoes' were looking to retain the title with a squad made up from Kidwelly and the newly formed Skewen side.

Meanwhile Natalie Walsh's 'Pink Flamingoes' contained players from Whitland and Penybanc Panthers.

With a strong entry in the 12-team Ladies section both teams were drawn against some of the best 15-a-side clubs in Welsh ladies rugby. 

Despite this, the White Flamingoes' experience on the sand showed in the pool stages as they comfortably disposed of Porth and Barry Bombettes. Siwan Lillicrap as ever controlling proceedings.

Their Pink colleagues took a little while adjusting to the surface however, but still proceeded unbeaten from their group. Penybanc's Brittony Price and Catrin Rees settling in well with their higher division team mates.

Semi finals followed and an all Flamingoes final looked a distinct possibility. 

Maesteg Celtic were first to fall to the White Flamingoes followed by Pencoed Phoenix being defeated by the Pink Flamingoes.

The final was bound to be a close and enthralling affair, as both sides had impressed all afternoon. Walsh's side started strongest with a one-point try by Rhian McCulloch followed by a two-pointer by Heather Rees. Evans' side kept pressing forward with their influential captain leading from the front.  Tries from both Evans and Becky Newton weren't enough however - and Rees' two point try proved to be the decider at the final whistle.

Despite being Flamingoes teammates, both sides produced a highly competitive final that was a superb advert for the Warriors ladies section.

Walsh was delighted to have taken the trophy from Evans, but was happier that both sides had reached the final and took two trophies back to the Warriors cabinet.

Team manager Ian Williams was also pleased. 'Beach Rugby Wales is a great tournament and I'm glad we've been able to showcase Warriors rugby with two Flamingoes sides, in front of a big crowd. It's been a great end to a fantastic season for the girls and we'll be bringing two sides here again in 2015 for the10th Anniversary Tournament'

With the Ladies season at an end, the Warriors men look forward to ending their season at Aberaeron at the end of August.

Squads: White Flamingoes: Keely Evans, Karen Mayze (Kidwelly) Becky Newton (Llandaff North) Siwan Lillicrap, Kathryn Joseph, Kerin Lake, Natalie Watkins (Skewen) Jenny Davies (Unattached)

Pink Flamingoes : Natalie Walsh, Rhian McCulloch, Heather Rees, Angharad Williams, Rachel Norris, Cath Morley, (Whitland) Brittony Price, Catrin Rees (Penybanc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Warriors give hope for 2015

With an eye on maintaining the Carmarthenshire Warrior's success into their 15th season and beyond, Arwel Davies selected an exciting young squad to contest the inaugural Swindon 7s at the weekend.

The Warriors opened proceedings with a resounding 52-7 victory against a Combined Universities side. Carmarthen brothers Jack and Scott Maynard were prominent in the first two games, Jack controlling the opener whilst Scott featured in the second game for the wrong reasons, getting a yellow card after a fracas with the Silverback Baabaas. Despite this, the Warriors ran out 17-14 victors and progressed to the quarter finals.

 

Eventual tournament champions Ponty Butchers awaited, with a strong and well organized side containing some key Welsh Premiership players, including last season's top try scorer, Rory Budina.

Despite the Warriors' lack of experience, being exposed for much of the game against the physicality of the Butchers side, they were were only narrowly beaten by one last- minute score. 22-27.

Losing quarter finalists progressed into the Plate semi-final with the Warriors looking to avenge their Frome 7s defeat against old friends The Godfathers.

Again experience showed as the Godfathers forced Davies's youngsters into a number of errors. Tries by Shaun Leonard and Jack Maynard weren't enough to clinch the tie and the Warriors went down by 17-14.

 

As ever, Coach Davies was upbeat and drew on the positives from the tournament. 'The Warriors continue to be a springboard for young talent on the Welsh and UK Sevens circuit. We've lost narrowly today to some very experienced and well organized opposition, but cannot complain. These youngsters will learn and improve. The future of Warriors rugby looks as exciting as ever, as we head into our 15th year'

 

Next up for the Warriors will be Aberaeron at the end of August. Sponsors, supporters and players are urged to contact Arwel Davies or Ian Williams as transport will be provided from Carmarthen on 24th August.

 

Prior to that however, two ladies sides will compete at Beach Rugby Wales on Saturday 26th July.

Keely Evans' Flamingoes were 2013 champions. However a second side fronted by Whitland's Natalie Walsh will be looking to help keep the trophy in Carmarthenshire.

 

The action starts on Swansea beach from 10:30am, again all Warriors and Flamingoes supporters and players will be very welcome.

 

Warriors Squad at Swindon : Lee Taylor (Carmarthen Quins) Daniel Davies, Bryn Jones, Shaun Leonard (Newcastle Emlyn) Jamie Davies (Kenfig Hill) Scott Maynard (Swansea) Jack Maynard (Bedwas) Ryan Griffiths (Penclawdd) Wil Lewis (Llandovery)

Sexy Rugby in the City

The Carmarthenshire Warriors were back in action this weekend, travelling to the Allianz Park Stadium, home of Saracens, for the inaugural 'Sevens & The City' tournament.

 

With the highest level of the tournament being used as Commonwealth Games preparation for a number of the home international teams, such as Wales, England and Scotland, the Warriors had been invited to compete in the Elite section.The Warriors manager Arwel Davies was playing across the capitol city at the Legends Festival, so Jason Howells deputized and picked a mix of youth and experience, which had the opportunity to showcase Warriors' talent in front of the large crowd.

The Warriors started the day well with a couple of solid displays, beating a physical Barbados side along the way with tries from their speedster Elliott Jones and young prospects Jack Maynard & Bryn Jones. The toughest challenge of the day awaited with a fixture against a young but classy Samurai 7 side, coached by former England international player Phil Greening. Two early tries from the world renowned Samurais meant the Warriors were chasing the game from the very start. They kept plugging away, however. Skipper Wayne Price started an excellent jinking counter attack from deep before linking up with Gareth Walters who delivered a well timed pass for Tom Driver to cross between the uprights.

The Warriors eventually lost the game but still entered the semi final of the Plate competition where they met the 'David Strettle Select 7s' team, a team of invitational players selected by the current Saracens and England winger. In a tough and fast encounter the Warriors played some of their best rugby of the day. Stalwarts Andrew Jenkins and Gareth James controlled the game well, and the fresh faces of Shaun Leonard, Scott Maynard and Haydn Palmer injected a buzz into the play. The Warriors established a solid lead before the quality of the opposition came through at the end which meant the match ended in a 28-all draw. Progression to the final was to be decided by a 'golden try'. The Allianz crowd were treated to a classic climax as the Warriors ended the tie with a spectacular try, started by veteran Gareth King and ending with Price diving over to set up a rematch with Barbados in the final.

 

Starting the game with real intensity, Walters, Jones and King showed some nice touches as Price, Jenkins and James rolled back the years with a classy display in front of current Wales 7s coach and former Warrior, Gareth Williams. Despite a yellow card for King the Warriors still ran out 42-26 victors as well as winning over a large proportion of the spectators.Jason Howells said 'I couldn't have asked much more of the boys today. We got better as we progressed throughout the day and it's evident that the youngsters have learned so much playing alongside the senior Warriors. Hopefully we can keep the production line going for the future.'

 

Skipper Price also added 'It's been a fantastic experience playing in this tournament, the Allianz 4g surface is perfect for 7s particularly with a big and extremely vocal crowd behind us. Winning some silverware has certainly put our season back on track'

 

The Warriors hope to continue their revival at Swindon next week before concluding the season at Aberaeron at the end of August. Sponsors and supporters are reminded that they will be very welcome at the usual end of season celebration and should contact Arwel Davies should they wish to take advantage of the bus provided from Carmarthen.

 

Squad : Wayne Price (Capt) Gareth James (Ystalyfera) Elliott Jones, Jack Maynard (Bedwas) Gareth Walters (Llanelli) Shaun Leonard, Bryn Jones (Newcastle Emlyn)

Tom Driver, Haydn Palmer (Newbridge) Scott Maynard (Carm Ath) Andrew Jenkins ( Whitland)

Gareth King

No shame in Second place at Surf 7s

After a successful weekend up in Chester the Flamingo Ladies headed off on their travels last Friday to play at Newquay Surf 7s. With the pools already having been drawn, the ladies knew before setting off that it wasn't going to be an easy ride with two other Welsh teams, Pencoed Phoenix and Dreigiau 7s, being drawn in the same pool.

         With a slight change in squad from the previous week the Flamingos went into their first game against Bideford Ladies a bit on the slow side but nonetheless started off with the first try of the game with some great play down the middle of the pitch from Alice James and Rebecca Norris. They offloaded to Brittony Price to cross over the line and the extras were added by Rachel Norris.  With Bideford Ladies crashing up the middle and scoring the next try to equalize, the Flamingos realised that if they were to win this they needed to speed things up and avoid the contact area. A quick tap penalty inside the 22 from Keely Evans put Price into space to 'gas' the defence and run the length of the pitch to score. Extras again added by Norris. From the ko Bideford  took advantage of the possession and started to throw the ball around only to see Flamingos Captain Natalie Walsh fly through for an interception and to score under the posts, extras once more added by Norris. The fourth try again for Walsh came from great Flamingos defence, resulting in a quickly-taken penalty giving her the chance to break through the middle and score. Quick hands from Rhian McCullouch and Gemma Robinson saw Price cross over for a further two tries and another for Walsh, two of which were converted by Norris. That resulted in a 45-7 win for the Flamingos.

         The second pool game was always going to be tough against the Dreigiau 7s but the girls took to the pitch with a positive attitude and played what was their best rugby of the day. With a strong defensive line the Flamingos held out their opposition for nearly the whole half. But, next came a break away try from the Dreigiau which saw them go ahead, followed up with a second try, both converted to see them go ahead 14-0 at half time. The Flamingos came back out even stronger which saw their defensive pressure gaining them a penalty taken quickly by Rachel Norris, using some fancy footwork to cross over the line for the Flamingos' only try of the game, which she also converted, This left the final score of 7-14 to the Dreigiau.

         With the Flamingos gaining a 25-0 win due to Lufbraabas pulling out of the tournament, they had a long wait until they played their fourth game against Wipeout Whites, coming away with a 47-0 win, their biggest score of the day. The first try of the game came from James who used her pace to outdo the defence and sprint the length of the pitch, Evans used her skill to step the defence off the back of the line and cross over under the posts. Closely followed by a turnover from Robinson and some quick hands to McCullouch who crossed the line for the third try of the game. A further two tries were added by Walsh and one by Price. Norris went on to convert an amazing six out of the seven tries.

         The Flamingos' final game of the pools saw them come up against a very physical Pencoed Phoenix team. Evans started the ball rolling, scoring the first try after quick hands from Walsh on a turnover scrum. Pencoed then quickly equalised the score. But, with some great handling skills in the middle by Norris and McCullough, Robinson pushed through to put the Flamingos back in the lead. A further two tries were added by McCulloch and Norris, again with great handling skills down the middle of the pitch to put them both into the space they needed to finish the job. All tries were converted by Norris.

With all the games played, this left the Flamingos finishing off second in their pool, sadly not quite enough to push through to the cup semi-final.

         Walsh said 'I'm so proud of the way we played today. Travelling up to play with only 8 players was always going to be tough but we came  away with some fantastic scores. I'm especially proud of the way the girls played against the Dreigiau 7s, playing some of the best rugby we have over the last two seasons, keeping them at bay to finish with only one try in it.'

 

Local fans can see two Flamingoes Ladies teams battle it out at Beach Rugby Wales where they'll look to retain the trophy.

Maenwhile the Warriors men hope to contest both Sevens in the City and Swindon 7s in July.

 

Squad: Natalie Walsh, Alice James, Rebecca Norris, Rachel Norris, Rhian McCulloch, Gemma Robinson (Whitland), Keely Evans (Kidwelly), Brittony Price (Penybanc)

Girls start with a Win

Carmarthen Warriors women's side, the Flamingos, travelled to Chester on Saturday to take part in their first tournament of the season.

With two teams withdrawing on the day it was left to 6 teams to fight it out for the silverware.

The Flamingos squad were the last of the teams to play in the first round, playing the home club's second team, Chester Blues. The mix of old and new players gelled immediately and won the first game convincingly 54-0. Heather Rees scored 4 tries. She would eventually bag a total of nine on the day.

Nine tries were scored in the first game with two converted by Rachael Norris and Captain Alice James.

Next the Flamingos faced Scottys Soldiers, a charity army side who'd beaten them in Chester 2013.

In a physical encounter  Flamingos looked to have the edge with another Rees try, until Scotty's equalled the score mid way through the second half!. A well worked move by Rees, Kidwelly's Keely Evans and beautifully finished by Angharad Williams proved the difference. Flamingos won 12-7.

Finishing top of their group Flamingoes then faced Colwyn Bay in the knockout phase.

Great work in the contact area from Williams and Cath Davies along with great pace and understanding handed four tries to Brittony Price and another two to Rees , again converted by Norris.

A win in this Welsh derby put the Flamingos in the final with a well known opposition -Scottys.

Scottys took the lead and the half time score stood at 12-0 in the charity side's favour. A rousing half time talk from Team Manager/ Supersub Sara Davies inspired the Flamingos to play to their strengths and spin the ball wide (also thanks to  Tomi Jones) two tries each for Rees and Price, three converted by Norris saw the Flamingos finish the day victorious and winners of the Chester 7s.

Sara Davies Team Manager said "I'm so proud of the hard effort the girls put in today. I was there to cover in case of emergency but the girls dug in and managed, not easy in the weather. It's great to come away with a main tournament win in only our second season. The mix of girls who played last year along with some new faces really worked well, it's great that the three clubs in the region can come together and provide a quality sevens team who get results."

 

Next up for the Ladies is the popular New Quay Sevens on the 29th.

 

 

Squad 

Brittony Price Penybanc

Rachael Norris Whitland

Alice James Whitland

Cath Davies Whitland

Angharad Williams Whitland

Heather Rees Whitland

Keely Evans Kidwelly

Sara Davies Whitland

Warriors miss out

The Carmarthen Warriors left the Cardiff 7s on Sunday, probably regretting their decision to miss out Rugby Rocks-London in favour of the newly launched and much publicised local tournament. Despite Sunday's Elite competition offering good prize money, the Warriors found themselves facing only three other teams in front of a sparse crowd.

First up in the 'round-robin' pool were the Glantaf Goats. Fielding what appeared to be a more competitive side than the one the Warriors faced at Bournemouth, the Goats provided a difficult opening test. The Warriors ran out eventual winners 17-14 with tries from the Narberth pairing of Jonny Morgan and Jason Howells.

Aberavon based side Wizards of Wales were next, fresh from clinching the previous days Open Tournament. Playing some of the best rugby seen by Warriors fans this season, the Carmarthenshire side ran out 26-21 victors. With the Warriors now on form, the last game against the Steve Addicott Memorial 7 was one way traffic, final score 45-12. This set up a rematch with Wizards of Wales in the Final. The game started well with Cardiff Uni and Bedwas colleagues Elliott Jones and Jay Thomas combining to score a try each. The Wizards really did work some magic in the second half however scoring three tries without reply. Final score 19-10. The side now take a long rest, and look to prepare for the Sevens in the City tournament on July 12th. A massive weekend for Warriors rugby awaits - the tournament will be shown on BT Sport with successful sides getting the chance to compete against the best IRB International teams.

Prior to that the Flamingoes womens team look to open their season at Chester and New Quay

Squad : Wayne Price (Penybanc) Jonny Morgan, Jason Howells, Tomi Jones (Narberth), Lawrence Reynolds (Llandovery) Jack Maynard, Elliott Jones, Jay Thomas (Bedwas) Gareth James (Ystalyfera) Owain Morgan (Llanelli)

Mixed Fortunes for Warriors & Flamingoes

May bank Holiday has always been a busy time for the Carmarthen Warriors with the Elite squad heading to Bournemouth whilst their understudies, the Flamingoes were keen to regain the Newport Pembs trophy again.

 

Putting a disappointing City of Manchester Sevens behind them, both had assembled strong squads and confidence was high.

 

This was dampened slightly as the Warriors arrived in Bournemouth, to find they'd been drawn in a 'pool of death' with both the Army and Apache.

After the first seven minutes this looked more ominous as they trailed Apache by 12 points to nil. A superb second half comeback led by Jason Howells, Tom James and Joe Knowles saw the Warriors take their first pool game 19-12.

With confidence resumed, the Warriors shocked the Army in the next game with two unanswered tries either side of the break.

Knowles first pounced on a Tomi Jones kick ahead, before Jonny Morgan crossed between the Army posts almost straight from the restart.

Anyone who watches Sevens regularly will know that the Army don't give in easily and typically, they leveled the score at 14-14 at the final whistle.

Despite this the Warriors were ebullient after running one of the UK's foremost sevens sides close yet again. It also put them in pole position to top the group with only Glantaf Goats left to face in the final game.

A Jason Howells hat trick and another from Morgan took them comfortably into Sunday's knockout stages with a 27-15 victory

 

A sunny Sunday in Bournemouth saw the Warriors face Black Sheep in the quarterfinals, whilst some 200 miles away the Flamingoes were preparing to contest the 29th Newport Tournament.

 

Newcomers to Bournemouth The Black Sheep posed a hard physical test for the Warriors side, who found themselves 12-0 down early on.  The introduction of Tomi Jones was key. First putting in a clever cross kick for Morgan to collect and score, followed by superb break releasing Tom James to level the scores.

The second half saw the Sheep exert more physical pressure and pull away from the Warriors. A scuffle between the diminutive Jones and one of their forwards ended with both teams reduced to six men.

A consolation try by the ever-destructive Jason Howells wasn't enough to close the gap and the Warriors crashed out in the quarterfinals for the second year running.

 

Over at Newport young Flamingoes sides were breezing through the competition lead by the veteran Andrew Jenkins. With Joel James and Cristiano Corbisiero prominent the development side proceeded comfortably to the final against 2013 Champions Daionic Crusaders.

An extremely physical encounter saw both sides level at 0-0 at half time.  Jenkins unlocked a resolute Crusaders defence in the second half . His chip ahead, gathered by Dan Davies.

 

Despite the disappointment of Bournemouth the Warriors can look back on the weekend with some optimism for the future. Again some new talent has been unearthed at both tournaments. Joel James and Chris Corbisiero look great prospects whilst the overall team performance in the pool stages at Bournemouth proved that the squad can be more than a match for the best teams in the UK.  Furthermore it should be noted that the Warriors only defeat came at the hands of the eventual Bournemouth champions who disposed of the Army in the final

Hopefully this can converted into success next weekend when the Warriors contest the Elite competition at the Cardiff Sevens on Sunday

 

Warriors at Bournemouth : Wayne Price (unattached) Jason Howells, Jonny Morgan, Tomi Jones (Narberth) , Lee Taylor (Carmarthen Ath) Lawrence Reynolds (Llandovery)

Gareth Walters (Llanelli) Gareth James (Ystalyfera) Jack Maynard (Cardiff), Tom James (Newport) Joe Knowles (Unattached)

 

Flamingoes at Newport : Aiden Laxton (Carmarthen Quins) Joel James, Scott Maynard , Deian Augustus (Carmarthen Ath) Viv Jenkins, Brynmor Jones, Dan Davies , Llyr Jones, Andrew Jenkins (Whitland) Chris Corbisiero (Penclawdd)

 

2014 A new season. Warriors look at Frome for improvement

 

Embarking on another season on the UK Sevens circuit the Warriors headed to Frome on the weekend looking to open their 2014 campaign, giving a number of new faces the opportunity to impress the coaches ahead of a busy summer of high quality Sevens Rugby.

 

Warriors' manager Arwel Davies was pleased with the squad of players at his disposal at the start of the season. "Our aim is to reinforce recognition as one of the UK's leading developers of Welsh rugby talent. Giving players throughout south west Wales to play alongside and against some of the best Sevens specialists in the country"

 

The Warriors will, as ever, be playing at Manchester, Bournemouth and 'Rugby Rocks' London, amongst others this summer. They have also, however, been invited to the prestigious Sevens and the City tournament at Allianz Park. This tournament gives some of the Elite circuit regulars the opportunity to compete against the home international sides and also showcase their talents on the BT Sports channel. Assisting the Warriors this season will be experienced international Sevens coach Barry Maddocks alongside Welsh Sevens legend Ifan Evans - an ex-Warrior himself.

 

With Maddocks and Arwel Davies at the helm, the Warriors tackled a tricky opening pool at Frome losing their first game against Bristol University (17-29) but beating the 1st Yorks (17-5). With most of the side still in fifteen-a-side mode, they exited the Cup competition by conceding a try in the final minutes of the quarter final against eventual winners St Paul's Pirates. (7-14) A rematch with Bristol University in the Plate competition gave the Warriors revenge over the students, coached by ex-Scarlets centre Rob Higgitt.

 

Local side the Godfathers awaited in the Plate final. The game started badly with an early Godfathers try, however a break by Viv Jenkins saw Llandovery's Lee Evans weave through the Godfathers' defence to score. A line-out steal by Arwel Davies fed Jack Maynard who crossed to give the Warriors a comfortable lead.

However, some basic Warriors errors gifted the Godfathers two quick tries before halftime and another straight after, putting them firmly in control for the remainder of the game. A consolation try by Aaron Grabham made the final score slightly more respectable at 33-22.

 

Despite this the Warriors management were upbeat, looking ahead to the coming season. "Frome has given us the opportunity to look at a few newcomers" said Davies. "It's also allowed the boys to get back into '7s mode' in readiness for the bigger tests to come"

 

One of those 'tests' awaits this weekend with the Warriors heading to the City of Manchester Sevens along with their development side the Flamingoes.

 

Squad at Frome : Gareth Walters (Llanelli) Viv Jenkins (Carmarthen  Ath) Jack Maynard (Cardiff) Haydn Baldwin (Dunvant) Lee Evans (Llandovery) Aaron Grabham (Kenfig Hill) Rhys Jones (u/a) Simon Evans (Tata) Alan Jones (Seven Sisters) Ben Wainmala (Bournemouth) Arwel Davies , Barry Maddocks (Coaches)

 

International Honours for Young Warriors

Wales U20's coach Byron Hayward has named his 31 man squad for the forthcoming Six Nations, including two up and coming Warriors players ; Wil Boyde and Josh Adams.

Both have featured for the Warriors and Flamingoes in 2013, with Wil receiving the Player of the Tournament trophy at Chester. Everyone at the Warriors will be  watching with pride knowing that we continue to produce outstanding talent destined to perform at the highest level. Good luck guys - hope to see you back in a Warriors shirt this summer!

(Below Josh & Wil in action)

 

Winning weekend for Warriors

Carmarthen Warriors rounded off the 2013 season with their traditional visit to Aberaeron last weekend.

This season has seen the Warriors brand expand to include Ladies (Flamingoes) and youth teams and both were in action on the Saturday of the three-day rugby festival.

 

With the reintroduction of the Ladies competition this year the Flamingoes found themselves with only two other adversaries - Y Celtiaid consisting of mostly Wales 7s squad members and Coleg y Drindod.

Despite this, the games were highly competitive and The Flamingoes, lead as ever by Vicki Owens and Natalie Walsh, finished as runners up.

 

A very strong and exciting youth tournament saw the Warriors battle through to the Plate final to defeat a well organized Furnace side 19-0.

 

As Sunday dawned over the picturesque Cardigan Bay coast, the Warriors and Flamingoes headed to the main competition.

With a few key Warriors playing at the WRU National Sevens in Cardiff. It was an opportunity to introduce some new faces to both teams. It was also great to see Marc de Marigny back on coaching duties.

A reshuffled draw saw the Warriors open with a difficult tie against Daionic Crusaders. The game ended 19-19, however the Warriors cruised through the remaining pool games and into a semi final v Bargoed.

The Flamingoes also suffered one defeat in the pool games relegating them to the Plate Competition.

With all eyes on another Aberaeron double, both teams found themselves in their respective finals.

 

Led by veteran Lenny Woodard, the Flamingoes battled hard against Y Baabariaid, comprising two of the previous day's Youth winners and the player of the tournament.

Time was against them however and despite a spirited come back the Flamingoes lost 22-19.

The Cup final was to be a repeat of the Warriors opening game against the Crusaders.

Former Warrior Tomi Jones and his Crymych colleagues were no match for the Warriors this time however, as the influential Gareth James and Andrew Jenkins set up tries for Jason Howells and a classic by veteran Gareth Bennett to clinch the tie 17-7.

As ever, the tournament was an opportunity for players, sponsors and supporters to celebrate the end of another sevens season. Afterwards Dai Lewis of Double H pumps was presented with the Clubman of the Year award and Andrew 'Shinko' Jenkins received a framed picture courtesy of image partners Anglo-Welsh Images, in recognition of his services to the Warriors…. It remains to be seen whether he will actually retire however….

 

With a review of the season and annual presentation night to come, keep visiting this site for all the Warriors news throughout the winter months!

 

 

 

Warriors lose battle with Army

THE British Army successfully defended their title at the Cwmtawe Sevens but were taken all the way by two local sides - Carmarthen Warriors and Ponty Butchers. They scraped past a hugely competitive Warriors outfit led by the evergreen Arwel Davies 26-19 and then beat Pontardawe's Ponty Butchers 29-24 in the extra-time final to claim a prize of £4,000

The Warriors took the game to them in the first of the semi-finals with the Aberavon pair of Steffan Andrews and Richard Carter and Neath's Gareth King (below) getting tries to take a 19-12 lead after the Army had been reduced to six men. (Huw S Thomas)

Andrews and Jay Thomas of Bedwas were so impressive throughout the tournament that they were invited to join the Leicester Tigers squad for this weekend JP Morgan Premiership Sevens at Bath.  They'll be in familiar company with fellow Warriors Tom Rees and Gerard Ellis also turning out for London Irish.  Coach Arwel Davies was naturally disappointed to have missed out on his sides best ever chance to take the main prize at Cwmtawe. However he was quick to praise the achievements of his squad members. 'We've unearthed some exciting talent this year. The Warriors are proving to be an excellent stepping stone to bigger and better things' he said. 'This also proves that people are watching us'

Gerard Ellis played for the Warriors in 2012 before progressing to a professional contract with Irish, whilst Rees represented London Welsh in the JP7s last year.

With Sevens featuring in the 2016 Olympics who knows what the future holds for the West Wales team and it's players?

In the immediate future, the Warriors, Flamingoes and their ladies team head to Aberaeron at the end of August to close their 2013 campaign.

 

 

Flamingoes Ladies success on sand

With the Warriors men taking a well earned rest, the ladies team headed to Swansea over the weekend to contest the popular Beach Rugby Wales.

Played on the sand behind County Hall the annual tournament has gone from strength to strength in its ten year existence with 36 teams from all over the UK competing.

 

Captain Keely Evans (Kidwelly) had put together a team of experienced beach rugby specialists, many of whom had been successful at Swansea before.

Eventual Plate winners Gwernyfed, followed by Blackwood, were comfortably overcome in the pool stages to set up a semi final tie with Maesteg Celtic.

A close and exciting encounter saw the Flamingoes run out winners and proceed to the ladies' final against Pontyclun Falcons.

 

With the light and weather deteriorating the final game was taken into extra time with the scores level at 0-0 after ten minutes.

Tournament rules stated the first to score would win, with both teams losing one player for each minute of extra time.

At six-a-side, Kidwelly's Karen Mayze spotted  a gap in the Falcons' defence to race inbetween the posts and clinch the tie.

 

Team manager and sponsor for the day, Ian Williams of RileySports, commented afterwards ' It's great to see the Warriors' brand expanding with continued success. This is the Ladies first year, and they've already won trophies at Manchester, Chester and now Beach Rugby Wales.'  

Flamingoes squad : Keely Evans, Karen Mayze, Siwan Lillicrap , Emily Stephens, Jenny Davies, Jess Smith, Eva Neville, Delyth Davies

The Warriors men return to action at Cwmtawe this weekend looking to retain or even better their Plate win last year.

Both men and women will conclude the season at Aberaeron at the end of August

 

 

Second's Best for Warriors in Chester

 

Carmarthen Warriors returned to Sevens action on the weekend at the Chester 7s Tournament.

Wooed by a generous prize fund along with concessions on entry fees, the ever-growing squad took four teams to the tournament at Chester rfc.

 

The main Warriors team and their development side, the Flamingoes, were entered in the Open competition, whilst a Young Warriors 7, made up mainly from Carmarthen based youth players, contested the Social section.

The newly formed ladies team also made an appearance.

 

Having a local coach company as a major sponsor helped the entire Warriors entourage in making the long journey from Carmarthen to Chester in good time for their first scheduled games.

This wasn't to be however, as some very late changes to the schedules by the organizers meant that both the Warriors and Young Warriors had to play games within fifteen minutes of their arrival.

Fortunately both won and as ever cruised through the group stages.

 

The Flamingoes followed suit, allowed a longer time to acclimatize and warm up, they too progressed into the knock out competition. Scarlets U18 skipper Wil Boyde, playing like a man with a point to prove, laid down an early marker for Player of the Tournament with a hat trick against a Royal Welsh side full of Fijian soldiers.

Over on the outer pitches Rhian McCulloch, an eighteen year old from Bro Myrddin, was having a similar impact on the ladies' tournament, ably supported by the experienced playmaker Natalie Walsh.

 

Two difficult quarterfinals followed with the Warriors drawn against tournament favorites North Wales Exiles whilst the Flamingoes met the impressive Breakthrough Seven.

 

The Warriors traded scores with the Exiles with scores from Andrew Jones, and newcomer Sam Pailor , finding themselves 21-19 up with 40 seconds left on the clock. England Sevens trialist and ex-Warrior Paul Jervis broke Warriors hearts however, stealing a line out and racing in to score with the last play of the game.

A similar fate befell the Flamingoes who lost in the final minutes to Breakthrough.

 

All was not completely lost however , as the tournament was set up allowing the losing Cup quarterfinalists to make up the plate competition. With both Warriors and Flamingoes destined to meet each other, at least one Carmarthen based finalist was guaranteed in the Open competition.

The Ladies had also qualified for and won the final of their Plate competition whilst the Young Warriors were to lose in the Social final.

 

The Warriors v Flamingoes semi turned out to be an exiting encounter with both sides giving no quarter and trading scores. Scott Maynard was particularly prominent and is improving with every performance in a Flamingoes shirt.

Surprisingly the development side ran out winners by four tries to three.

 

Scott's prominence continued in the plate final against the Irish Exiles. Supported by playmaker Gareth Waters and the Warriors 'old heads' Arwel Davies, Gareth Bennett and Andrew Jenkins a three try deficit at half time was overhauled to bring the scores even at the final whistle.

It was inevitable that eventual player of the Tournament Wil Boyde was to seal the tie with a rampaging run ending under the Exiles posts.

 

Overall the entire squad came away happy with their results despite throwing away some golden opportunities to progress to the Open final.

The Warriors brand is now evolving and with the ability to field four competitive sides the future continues to look bright.

Next up for the Warriors senior squad is Cwmtawe

 

 

 

Warriors scuppered by Navy

Keen to put the disappointment of Bournemouth last week behind them, the Carmarthen Warriors travelled to the Rugby Rocks Festival at Richmond Athletic ground at the weekend.

With a number of key players being unavailable or injured, the Warriors management opted to target the Open competition instead of the ultra competitive Elite section.

Despite this, the squad still contained two of the 2013 Principality Premiership 'Dream Team', two Webb-Ellis Youth cup winners and a Swalec bowl finalist, along with a few of their usual 'core' players .

 

As ever the Warriors were too strong for their pool opponents. Despite not playing well, they eased past Filton Old Boys, Harlequins and the Belief Marauders to set up a quarter final against the Samurai Bulldogs.

 

Facing the development side of one of the UK's leading sevens teams,  the Warriors raised their game. Some barnstorming runs by Wayne Price resulted in two tries for Fishguard's James Griffiths. A kick ahead from halfway saw Lee Rees totally outpace the opposition to score another under the posts. Warriors captain Arwel Davies even weighed in with a rare score (below), capitalizing on a mix up on the Bulldogs line to take the final score to 38-14.

 

Twelve months ago the Warriors found themselves in exactly the same position at Rugby Rocks, in a semi final tie on pitch three against the Sharks. Players and management made their way to the same location hoping that history wasn't about to repeat itself, as it was the Navy Sharks who awaited this time.

 

With an instant try from Lee Rees, this looked unlikely as the Warriors dominated the first half. Further tries by Chris Roberts and Jay Thomas were answered by the Navy and the gap was reduced to just five points at half time.

The Warriors were all at sea in the second period, handing the Navy an early score under the posts, which was fortunately disallowed. Barely venturing into their opponents half the Warriors soon gifted the Sharks an easy try in the corner, which was duly converted. Leaving the West Wales side 19-21 down at the final whistle.

Players and management were obviously disappointed to have failed again at a competition they clearly should have won.

'We've only ourselves to blame' remarked player coach Wayne Price, ' Les Bleus at Manchester are the only team who've deserved to beat us so far. We have rectify this for the second half of the season'.

With this in mind the Warriors take a break for three weeks , to return with two sides and the newly formed ladies team at Chester at the end of June

 

Warriors Squad : Arwel Davies, Lee Rees (Llandovery) Lee Taylor (Llanelli)  Josh Adams (Carmarthen Ath) Wayne Price, Jay Thomas (Bedwas), Andrew Jones (Whitland) Chris Roberts, Phil Davies (Beddau) James Griffiths (Fishguard) Wil Curtis (Haverfordwest) Ben Wain (Bournemouth)

 

 

Romanian Power too much for Warriors

Carmarthen Warriors headed to the Sevens equivalent of Glastonbury on the weekend: the Bournemouth Festival.

Billed as the 'Party Of The Year' with some high quality rugby mixed in, Bournemouth is to many the highlight of the UK Circuit.

 

Entered in the Elite competition for the second consecutive year, the Warriors started the first day drawn in a group with Elektrik, The Pups and Glantaf Goats. Despite being supported by ex-England International Olly Berkley, Elektrik were comfortably overcome in the first game by  12-10.

The second game versus the Pups was an enthralling encounter. The Warriors took the lead at half time, but the Pups equalized mid way through the second with an interception. With the clock ticking away Quins back rower, Ellis Lloyd, showed some incredible strength to force his way over in the corner. Warriors regular Gareth James of Ystalyfera decided the game coolly with a difficult conversion. Gareth has already made an invaluable contribution to the Warriors 2013 campaign with eight tries in seven games so far.

The final group game on the Saturday was an all-Welsh affair against the Glantaf Goats. Ex Glantaf student Jamie Roberts was also on hand to watch his side accompanied by fellow British Lion Alex Cuthbert. Roberts' support couldn't help the Goats in the first half however, as tries by Lloyd, Andrew Jones and two from Whitland's Tomi Jones sent the Warriors in at the break 26-0 up. The one-way traffic in the first half was reversed in the second as the Goats replied with three quick tries, interspersed by interruptions on the pitch from festival revelers!

 

Despite this, the Warriors returned to their hotel on Saturday night as the only unbeaten Elite side and, obviously, top of their group. With some of the usual front-runners, including multiple winners the Army, suffering shock defeats, confidence was high for Sunday's knockout stages.

 

As Sunday dawned, so did news that Tom Rees (Quins) had suffered a hand injury ruling the Warriors most physical ball carrier out of the Quarterfinal v Bucharest.  Despite the introduction of Lee Rees, Tom was to be missed against an abrasive Romanian side made up of IRB Sevens Internationals. The Warriors started well, Aiden Laxton matching the opposition's physical presence to open the scoring. Bucharest answered with two converted tries making it 14-7 at half time. However a superb, characteristic Lee Rees solo effort after the break brought the scores level again. Finally, Bucharest proved too strong in the closing stages of the game and eventually ran out 21-19 victors.

 

Clearly disappointed by squandering the opportunity to at least reach the final of one of the UK's biggest Sevens tournaments, the Warriors will no doubt regroup and launch a serious challenge at Rugby Rocks, London, next weekend.

Their development side the Flamingoes also suffered disappointment in the final at Newport Pembs on Sunday. After beating the excellent Jolly Sailors in the semi final, they lost by four tries to three to Crymych Crusaders. With some of the youngsters impressing at Newport, the entire squad will look to make amends at Richmond.

 

Warriors Squad : Arwel Davies, Wayne Price, Andrew Jones (Unattached), Aiden Laxton, Tom Rees, Ellis Lloyd (Carm Quins), Gareth James (Ystalyfera) , Tomi Jones (Whitland), Jonathan Vaughan (Bridgend), Gareth Walters (Tata) Wil Lewis (Narberth), Steffan Jones (Neath) Below with Dai Lewis (Double H Pumps)

 

  

 

 

MR7's

The Carmarthenshire Warriors headed to northwest England this weekend for their first 'major' tournament of the 2013 season, Manchester Sevens.

With Bournemouth just a week away, the Warriors coaching staff were in a confident mood having entered both the Elite and Open competitions.

 

Added to that the newly formed Ladies team were making their first appearance.

 

The Warriors development side, the Flamingoes, opened proceedings with captain Arwel Davies and another Warriors stalwart, Andrew Jenkins, joining some exciting youngsters fresh from Carmarthen Athletic's recent Youth Cup victory.

The Sunbury Otters, Ellesmere and Simply Splendid were comfortably overcome as the Flamingoes cruised into the quarter finals.

The ladies weren't so comfortable, being drawn against one of the leading English ladies teams - Richmond Saxons followed by DMP who inflicted heavy defeats on the Carmarthenshire girls. A victory over Waterloo, however ,ensured a place in the Bowl competition.

 

In the Elite competition the Warriors made their customary slow start by beating Exiles Wolfhounds 22-14 before impressing everyone with victories over Esher 24-7, and then thumping Northumberland 45-0 and the RAF 36-0. Sevens debutant, the powerful Aiden Laxton was particularly noticeable along with Quins colleague Ellis Lloyd.

A mouthwatering semi-final against one of the UK's leading Sevens outfits, Samurai Barracudas awaited.

 

Away from the main pitch the Flamingoes had disposed of Saxons and met Manchester University in the Open semi final. Despite playing some exciting rugby through Athletic flyer Josh Adams and with hard graft from Wil Boyde, the students proved too strong in the second half and ran out 21-10 winners.

The ladies, however, comfortably overcame Waterloo for the second time to clinch the Bowl, led by Welsh international Vicky Owens.

 

Buoyed by this success the Warriors put in arguably one of their best ever performances in the semi final. Whitland's Tomi Jones and England Sevens target Paul Jarvis proved too much for Samurai who were literally ripped apart with four unanswered tries.

The sevens specialists were allowed a response midway through the second half, but the Warriors soon extended their lead and finished the game 22 points ahead. Final score 27-5.

 

Les Bleus awaited in the final. This French touring side comprised three of the current Stade Francais squad along with two from Racing Metro. Five of their squad had represented France in the IRB Sevens series , one of whom was hotly tipped to progress to a full international cap very soon. With that sort of pedigree the French side proved far too strong for the Warriors who failed to answer their 33 points. The professional French players probably held the advantage of superior fitness with both sides having played five high intensity games to reach the final.

 

Afterwards the Warriors management were upbeat and confident of building on the weekend's performance at Bournemouth next week. Competition for places will be high.

Whilst the Warriors head to the Elite competition in front of a weekend festival crowd of around 30,000 people, the Flamingoes will be at Newport Pembrokeshire to defend their title.


 

         

Warriors Sunk by Pirates

 

Carmarthenshire Warriors opened their 2013 Sevens Season at Frome RFC on Saturday.

With a long and competitive campaign ahead, Captain Arwel Davies took the opportunity to  introduce some new faces into a well-established Warriors side.

 

Twelve teams contested the Open Cup competition, which was split into four groups of three.

Unfortunately neither of the other group members proved a stern enough test for the supposedly 'rusty' Warriors side, which comfortably disposed of Cullumpton and then looked like demolishing the home club Frome.

Clocking up thirty three points in the first half, the Warriors then conceded three second half tries before responding with two converted scores to secure a place in the quarter finals.

 

3 Yorks, a team consisting of Fijian servicemen based in the UK, awaited. A physical encounter ensued with tries from Rupert Giles and an excellent interception from newcomer Chris Roberts taking the score to 14-14 at full time. Tournament rules dictated that a draw would be decided on a 'Golden try', first to score basis. Tom Rees collected the ball from the kick-off to run from his own 22 before feeding Nathan Palmer who finished extravagantly under the posts.

 

Another south sea island unit, Ronin Warriors, were the Carmarthenshire team's semi final opponents. The game was to start and end controversially. With the try line at his mercy Chris Roberts was floored by a high tackle, prompting the referee to award a penalty try.

The impressive Roberts scored again before the Ronin Warriors pulled back to within seven points at half time.

As the Warriors continued to press home in the second half, Captain Arwel Davies was tackled 10m short of the Ronin line and was then met by a deliberate kick to the head. A short discussion between referee and a very young linesman resulted in the Fijians being reduced to 6 men for the remainder of the game. Gareth Walters took immediate advantage from the penalty to score and convert, putting the Warriors into the final.

 

The controversy didn't end there however. Offering his hand to his 'yellow carded' opponent at the final whistle, Wayne Price was met with a well-aimed fist to his jaw. Catching the Warriors player-coach completely by surprise, the incident resulted only in protests from the Carmarthenshire players and management. The experienced Price said later how disappointed he was to be met with such a reaction. 'Despite being very competitive on the pitch, we all enjoy the social side of Sevens. Incidents like this have no place on the circuit'

 

Possibly shaken by the preceding physicalities the Warriors started the final against St Paul's Pirates by conceding two early tries. A blistering run by Adam Davies was finished by Chris Roberts, followed by another similar break by Giles and a determined charge by Ian Higgins brought the scores level at half time. Unfortunately the second period was dominated by the Pirates, aided by some uncharacteristic Warriors errors. A late Higgins try ended the tie with the Pirates twelve points the better.

 

As ever the Warriors management were upbeat, feeling that a more competitive pool would have been an advantage. That aside, Frome had served as a good 'loosener' for the new season.

With both Warriors, Flamingoes and the newly formed Women's side heading to Manchester in a fortnight the team remain confident.

 

Frome 7s Squad: Arwel Davies, Wayne Price, Ian Higgins, Andrew Jones, Nathan Palmer (Unattached) Gareth James (Ystalyfera) Tom Rees (Carmarthen Quins) Gareth Walters (Tata)

Adam Davies (Carmarthen Ath) Chris Roberts (Beddau) Rupert Giles (Birmingham)

 

Pool games: Cullumpton 38-7. Frome 47-21.  Quarter Final: 3 Yorks 14-14. Semi Final: Ronin Warriors 21-7. Final: St Paul's Pirates 21-33.

Below: Warriors squad

 

 

 

2013! The New Season Starts Here!

Saturday May 4th sees the Warriors open their 2013 campaign at the Frome 7s in Somerset.

This Summer, the Warriors hope to build on the success of 2012, arguably the most successful year in their history.

The Flamingoes too, had their own success and have now become so strong that this year they'll compete on equal terms with the Warriors by contesting a number of 'Open' competitions. The Flamingoes will no doubt continue to introduce the areas most promising young talent to the UK Sevens circuit.

2013 also sees the launch of a ladies team with some quality players already on board. Entries have been confirmed for Manchester, Chester, Beach Rugby Wales and Aberaeron.

All the Warriors fixtures can be found on this website, however Chester at the end of June has recently been added

As ever, we're indebted and grateful for the continued support of our sponsors, without whom the Warriors success and progress would not be possible

Another Warrior picks up an award! 

Warriors flyer Jamie Davies was voted Principality Player of the week - 6th March, by fans on @PrincipalityPRM . Jamie is currently playing in the Principality Premiership with Cardiff RFC. Hopefully his present form will continue when he returns to Warriors colours in the summer!

 

 

 

Warrior Elis picks up December accolade

Carmarthen Warriors flanker Elis Lloyd has been voted Principality Premiership Player of the Month for December.
The 22-year-old, has produced some impressive performances during the month for his club, Carmarthen Quins.
Long before this however, Warriors fans will have been well aware of Elis's prowess on this summer's Sevens circuit, where he galvanised his place as an important member of the squad.
Ironically, Lloyd's run of impressive games for the Quins came as a result of James Davies being away on Wales 7s duty.
We hope it will only be a matter of time before Elis gets similar recognition as his team mate.

 

 Above : Elis receives his award from Heidi Davies of Principality and in action at Bournemouth 2012

Carmarthen Warriors 2012 Presentation and Review

 

The Carmarthen Warriors rounded off another successful Sevens season with a presentation evening held at The Drovers Arms, Carmarthen on Saturday 10th November.

As well as honouring some of the squad's key players the occasion was also an opportunity for the Warriors to renew their acquaintance with Raymond Clarke who has recently taken over as landlord of the Drovers.

Mr. Clarke, a long term Warriors sponsor and supporter, has kindly offered The Drovers to the team as a base for meetings and social events.

 

2012 was the most successful year in the history of the Warriors. Having won numerous 'Open' tournaments in previous years, they were invited to play in the 'Elite' section of many tournaments in 2012.


Team highlights of 2012 included winning the Majorca beach rugby, Windsor 7s and Manchester 7s festival of rugby, along with impressive displays in the 'Elite' competitions at Bournemouth 7s festival (losing narrowly to Midwives in the semi final) and at West Country 7s (again losing in the semi final to a very strong All-stars side). They also won the Plate at Cwmtawe 7s by beating Swansea RFC in the final.

The development squad, The Flamingos, had their own successes by winning the plate at the West Country 7s and by winning the local Newport Pembs 7s once again. As recognition of outstanding performances on the pitch it was a pleasure to see three players being invited to play for London Welsh and London Irish at the round stages and final of the JP Morgan 7s competition.

A number of players have also represented their country with Chris Banfield (Quins) winning the World Student 7's championship with the GB team.


At the Warriors' first ever presentation evening, Tom Rees (Carmarthen Quins) was presented with the Most Promising Player trophy. In his first season with the Warriors, Tom progressed from The Flamingoes at Manchester to being invited to play for London Welsh in the JP Morgan series, scoring one of the tries of the tournament.

Two players who have been with the Warriors since 2000 were also honoured. Gareth Bennett was recognized for playing consistently throughout the team's twelve-year history.

As was Ammanford's Wayne Price, awarded Player Of The Year. Wayne both plays for and coaches the Warriors.

Josh Adams, a student at Coleg Sir Gar who plays at Carmarthen Athletic, was named as Young Player Of The Year. Josh, an exciting talent, will be one to watch on the Sevens circuit in 2013.

It was also good to see Jason Howells at the evening. Jason recently suffered a serious neck injury playing for his club Neath, but is now looking forward to returning to Sevens action in the summer. Similarly, Marc DeMarigny will soon be returning to coaching after the birth of his daughter

 

The Warriors are already planning their 2013 campaign. As ever, this will only be possible thanks to the valued support they receive from sponsors.

A fundraising event is already being planned for early in 2013 at the Drovers; anyone interested in being part of the Warriors' success will be warmly welcomed.

Below Arwel welcomes Mr Raymond Clarke (Drovers Arms)... and Warriors celebrate!

 

Cwmtawe Plate : Warriors go back for seconds 

The Carmarthen Warriors returned to winning ways on the weekend taking the Cwmtawe 7s plate for the second time in three years.

Drawn in a pool with the all conquering and almost invincible British Army; second place was almost inevitable, but still ensured progress into the Plate competition.

Beach Rugby Wales and Cardiff and District were easily dispatched in the pool, before defeat by eventual Cup winners , The Army.

A brilliant last minute try by Gareth Walters then took the Warriors past Welsh Wizrads and into the Plate final v Swansea.

Again the tie and the Plate was clinched in stoppgae time with a try by Richard Giles a Guyana IRB Sevens international.

The Warriors now aim to end one of their most memorable ever seasons with a sixth victory at Aberaeron.

Both teams will be present on Bank Holiday Sunday for the annual season get together for players, supporters and sponsors.

 

One Team -One World Champion!

 

The Carmarthen Warriors can now boast a World Champion in their squad, as Chris Banfield returns from the World Universities Sevens Championship in Brive, this weekend with a winners medal

Chris who plays 15-a-side rugby for Carmarthen Quins in the Principality Premiership has recently completed his studies at Cardiff Metropolitan Institute, graduating with a 2:1 in Sports Coaching. Previously attending Penyrheol School and Swansea College.

2012 was his first summer playing regular Sevens rugby with the Warriors - his performance at Manchester helped his side become Open Champions and won him the player of the Tournament.

Chris continued to impress with the Warriors in the Elite competitionat  Bournemouth, before gaining a place in the GB Students Sevens squad playing in the Super Sevens Series. (Above)

 

Coached by Russell Earnshaw and Richard Hodges, the respective England and Wales assistant Sevens coaches, the GB squad included a number of IRB Sevens regulars from the home nations.

Chris helped his side to the title with three tries, overcoming Malaysia 40-0, South Africa 26-14, Mexico 64-0 and Italy 29-14 in the pools before beating Romania and France to set up a final with South Africa, which they won 35-17.

Speaking from his home in Loughor Chris said 'This has been the best sporting experience of life so far and one that I will always remember. It was a great tournament to be involved in and  I'm very proud to be part of a team of such talented and humble guys. I'm also looking forward to meeting up with the Warriors again soon, to thank them for giving me the chance to play this summer, and of course to show off my winners medal!"

Warriors at Olney

Last year the Carmarthen Warriors made the long journey to the little known Olney 7s near Milton Keynes. Despite losing out in the quarter finals, the squad's management were so impressed with the tournament, they vowed to return in 2012 and hopefully bring the trophy and generous prize money back to west Wales.

 

A very competitive field of twenty teams awaited and captain Arwel Davies had assembled an exciting team to contest the Data-Re trophy.

Wales 7s flyer Ricki Thomas made his first Warriors appearance along with Aberavon colleague Richard Carter.

Carmarthen Athletic and Llandovery College youngsters Jack Thorburn and Lee Taylor were also given an opportunity to impress.

 

Opening against club side Bletchley, the Warriors made their customary shaky start conceding an early try. This was a minor hiccup as Elliott Jones, Carter and Ifan Beynon settled the nerves with tries to end the game 26-10 in the Warriors favour.

Home side Olney, The Trojans and Redstone were comfortably dispatched in the remaining pool games, the Warriors running in 19 tries. Tata Rfc's Gareth Walters ably adding the conversions.

 

The knockout stages started with a quarter final against the Krusaders Knights who shocked the Warriors with an early converted try.

Some good work by the powerful Wayne Price set Elliott Jones up to equal the scores. A trademark Andrew Jones break from his own 22 added another seven points as did a clever chip and chase from Ricky Thomas. A second Jones try ended the Knights hopes of a semi final place.

 

Another local side and previous winners POD stood between the Warriors and a place in the final.  Again, some slack Warriors defending allowed POD to open the scoring.

Both sides traded scores until at 19-14 down. Wayne Price broke the POD defensive line to cross under the posts and give Walters the easy task of adding two points to clinch a place in the Final.

 

Their opponents The Godfathers had ended the Warriors hopes in 2011. Three converted tries in almost as many minutes ensured the Warriors were always chasing the game. A Ricky Thomas try just before halftime gave the welsh side some hope. However a fourth Godfathers try in the second half sealed the tie at 28-14.

 

Warriors 'core player' Andrew Jones conceded that that trying to overturn a twenty-one-point deficit in the first quarter of the game was an uphill task for his side.

'We've played the Godfathers many times over the last few seasons' he added ' As such, we've built up a good relationship and always enjoy meeting them both on and off the field. They play to win money for the children's cancer charity Clic Sargent, so our loss tday will be to the gain of a very good cause'

 

With their season almost at an end, the Warriors return 'home' to Wales in August, contesting both Cwmtawe and Aberaeron

 

Warriors Squad at Olney: Arwel Davies, Wayne Price, Ifan Beynon , Andrew Jones (All unattached) Calum Evans, Jack Thorburn, Lee Taylor (Carm Athletic) Ricki Thomas, Richard Carter (Aberavon) Gareth Walters (Tata) Elliott Jones (Neath) Danny Newlands (Llandovery)

 

 

Warriors show their metal

The Carmarthenshire Warriors and their development team the Flamingos look back on a successful first half of the 2012 Sevens season knowing their existence and success depends largely on the support, encouragement and generosity of their mainly locally-based sponsors.

 

A welcome addition for 2012 has been new shirt sponsor Egan Metal Recycling.

Based in Gorseinon, Swansea, the company is owned and run by Marcus Egan and was formed some 16 years ago by his father.

Egan Metal's aim is to reduce the carbon footprint by assuring you that waste will be handled in accordance with national and European environmental standards in an environmentally friendly way.

Warriors' winger Jason Howells plays a key part in this operation as manager of the Granulating Shed.

 

Mr. Egan was keen to back Jason and the Warriors in 2012 by becoming the principal shirt sponsor.

 

As a box holder at the Liberty Stadium, he is happy to support West Wales' premier Sevens outfit and continue his sporting interest during the summer months through the Warriors and Flamingoes.

'Jason keeps me updated on the teams' results as well as via their website and local press' said Mr. Egan ' It's great to see they're having another successful season'

 

With cup victories at Majorca, Manchester and Windsor, plus wins for the Flamingoes at Newport Pembs and West Country already this summer, the Warriors look forward to Olney, Cwmtawe and Aberaeron over  July and August.

 

They are also extremely grateful for the continued support of  Castell Howell Foods who are in their eleventh year of sponsorship with the squad.

 

'We can't thank our sponsors enough,' said Warriors captain Arwel Davies 'as without them we would not have progressed to being recognized as a real force on the UK Sevens circuit'

  

Flamingos bring home bowl

 

The Carmarthen Warriors and their 'A' side the Flamingos continued their travels on the UK Sevens circuit at the popular West Country 7s on the weekend.

Both sides contested possibly the most competitive Open Competition in the UK this year, featuring a mixture of 'Open' teams plus elite squads including the Army, Apache and Storm.

 

The Warriors cruised through their group taking maximum points against Sudbury Otters, Cobolt Crusaders and Navy Sharks. Lee Rees and the ever-impressive Gareth Walters weighed in with five of the fourteen tries scored in the three pool matches.

 

The Flamingos had a more difficult task despite only playing two games against Storm and French Universities.

A bye in their fourth game however, ensured progression to the Bowl competition.

 

The Warriors were given a difficult draw as they proceeded to the Quarterfinals of the Cup. UK All-stars were exactly that: an invitational side made up of some of the UK's most experienced and skilful elite players and backed by UK7's Magazine and kit manufacturer Akuma.

An early All-stars try was quickly answered by an excellent effort manufactured by Andrew Jones and Tom Rees, sending Tomi Jones over.

Two further tries before halftime extended the All Stars' lead.  An early response by Jack Roberts kept the Warriors in touch after the break. However the All Stars were too strong at the end winning by 31-21 and going on to eventually lose to the Army in a very close final.

 

The Flamingos now carried the Carmarthenshire flag in the bowl quarter final disposing of Capio Eggs followed by Pistol Shrimps in a bad tempered and poorly officiated semi final. Newcomer Arthur Ellis and the promising Scott Maynard both added to a 50-5 rout.

West Country favourites The Godfathers awaited in the final.

James Thomas opened the scoring with both sides trading points thereafter. With extra time looking certain Wayne Price burst through from the Godfathers twenty-two to seal a 26-21 victory and ensure some silverware returned across the bridge.

 

As ever the Warriors management was upbeat, praising the progress made over the last two seasons. 'This weekend has again proved that we can mix it with the best on the UK Sevens circuit' said Wayne Price.

The squad look forward to a short break before continuing their campaign at Olney on …

 

Warriors Squad at Keynsham: Arwel Davies (Unattached), Tom Rees, Ellis Lloyd, (Carmarthen Quins) Gareth Walters (unattached) Jack Roberts, Lee Rees (Llandovery), Tomi Jones (Whitland), Jason Howells (Quins) Elliott Jones (Neath) Andrew Jones (Newcastle Emlyn) Rhys Thomas (Carmarthen Ath)

Flamingos:  Arthur Ellis (Bridgend) Jay Thomas (Pontypool)  Gareth James (Ystalyfera) Wayne Price (Ammanford) Danny Newlands (Llandovery) Scott Maynard (Carm Ath) Ifan Beynon, Jake Randall (Llandovery) Gareth Bennett (Carm Ath)

 

Warriors Kit voted 'Stash of the Month'

Issue 7 of UK Rugby Sevens magazine has voted the Warriors kit 'Stash of the Month' ..."We've always liked the Carmarthen boys and this year they have a well designed kit to add to the flair they're providing on the pitch" They said!                                                                  

Big Thanks to Olorun Sports! 

UK7's can be found online at http://www.ukrugbysevens.com/

Warriors set elite alight!

The Bank holiday weekend was a milestone in Carmarthenshire Warriors' history, having been invited to play in the Elite Viper 10 National Cup at Bournemouth for the first time in their 11-year existence.

Billed as the 'largest rugby and netball festival in the world', Bournemouth is renowned for three days of quality rugby, netball and partying, attended by over 300 teams and 20,000 people.

 

The serious business, however, began on Saturday with the Warriors drawn in Group A with the Wolfpack 7, charity invitational side Wooden Spoon and Cardiff outfit, Glantaf Goats.

 

As ever, the first game proved a difficult loosener for the Warriors as they took on Wolfpack 7s and introduced newcomers such as Llandovery and Wales' 7s flyer Lee Rees, Bridgend's Arthur Ellis and Pontypool's Jay Thomas.

However, it was the regulars, Chris Banfield and Jack Roberts with a last minute try, who made the difference, with tries and conversions to seal a 19-14 result.

Wooden Spoon were easily dispatched 34-5 in the following match. Ellis, Roberts, Rees and Ystradgynlais product Scott Gibson all adding to the try count.

Glantaf Goats were next, representing the Cardiff high school that produced Wales backs Nicky Robinson and Jamie Roberts. Unfortunately they failed to live up to that pedigree and were given a lesson in Sevens rugby by the Warriors. Chris Banflied was again instrumental, crossing the line on three occasions to take his side safely through to the following day's knockout stages, unbeaten.

 

Sunday started with another tie against the Wolfpack 7, who qualified for the quarter final as best 3rd place team.

This turned out to be another tight encounter early on, with three tries being scored in the first four minutes and Gareth Walters hitting the posts twice with his conversion attempts.

A fantastic break by Lee Rees eventually put Jack Roberts away to score and convert, stretching the Warriors lead to 22-12.

The game ended controversially however, as with 48 seconds showing on the scoreboard clock, the referee blew for full time, resulting in protests from the Wolfpack players and management.

 

The Warriors were now just fourteen minutes away from their first ever Elite final. The Midwives, a team consisting of Samurai and Gilbert Pups regulars plus a Nigerian Sevens international, stood in their way.

With news that Warriors development side the Flamingos had got to the final at the Newport Pembs 7s filtering through, the Warriors shocked the Midwives with an early onslaught in front of a packed stadium.

Jamie Davies collected an early high ball to cross in the corner followed by an excellent solo effort by Scott Gibson.

Some superb covering tackles by Danny Newlands and the ever-abrasive Tom Rees kept the score to 10-0 at half time

 

The Midwives reorganised after the restart running in two converted tries, amongst almost relentless Warriors pressure.

 A trademark jinking run from Lee Rees, launched an instant counter giving Danny Newlands a sight of the corner flag.

Despite being caught by three defenders, the diminutive Newlands powered toward the line and touched down at arm's length making it 14-15 to the Warriors. (See below)

The restart with minutes left on the clock brought a spell of sustained pressure from the Midwives which was well matched by the Warriors' defence. This was marshalled from the sidelines by stand-in coach and ex-rugby league stalwart Lenny Woodard.

Unfortunately, with less than a minute remaining, a penalty was conceded in front of the Warriors posts which Midwives opted to kick and steal the victory.

 

Despite losing in such cruel circumstances the Warriors were upbeat to a man. More than happy that they can now be considered as serious elite competition contenders.

 

'It's so pleasing to see new players like Lee Rees, Ellis and Jay Thomas fitting in alongside our regulars both on and off the field' said captain Arwel Davies. ' Added to that, our success is now repaying the loyal support we've received over the years from our sponsors, many of whom have been with us from the start'

With the Flamingos winning Newport on Sunday, the Warriors can look forward to a well earned rest next weekend before their second Elite tournament at the popular West Country Sevens on June 16th.

Warriors Squad at Bournemouth: Arwel Davies (Unattached), Tom Rees, Ellis Lloyd, Chris Banfield (Carmarthen Quins)  Danny Newlands (Llandovery ) Jamie Davies (Neath) Gareth Walters , Wayne Price (unattached) Jack Roberts, Lee Rees (Llandovery) Arthur Ellis (Bridgend) Scott Gibson (Neath) Jay Thomas (Pontypool)

Warriors Rocked in Richmond

 

Despite winning their first three tournaments this season, the Carmarthen Warriors faced a difficult task defending last year's Rugby Rocks title on the weekend

Captain Arwel Davies was faced with the withdrawal of two key players early on Saturday morning and travelled to the popular Richmond tournament looking to some of the Warriors newcomers to step up and maintain the team's 100% record.

 

Starting well and cruising thorough Group C scoring 150 points and 23 tries in the process, Llandovery College debutants Gerard Ellis and Danny Newlands impressed in the group stages, as did Scott Maynard, another ex Llandoverian, who should have added to the try tally had it not been for a highly controversial refereeing decision.

 

Bryanston Old Boys were comfortably dispatched in the quarter final 24-17, to set up a repeat of last year's final against the Sharks

This evenly contested encounter by arguably the two premier Welsh Sevens teams, the Sharks from Gwent in the East against the West Walian Warriors, was reflected in the final score of 24-19 to the Sharks

With both teams within a score of each other at half time, the Sharks shocked the Warriors with  a try from the restart.

The Warriors brought the game level with a great try from Jack Roberts and with a Sharks player yellow carded soon after, it looked like the Carmarthenshire side could have clinched another final appearance.

However, it wasn't to be as the classy Sharks side, marshalled by Wales Sevens player Jimmy Norris, scored with the final play to seal the tie.

 

The blistering heat and hard pitches took their toll on all the players at Rugby Rocks; the Warriors squad were no exception.

Despite this, Gerard Ellis (Below) looked a real prospect for the future in both the Sevens and the 15-man game. Scott Maynard, too, continued to impress when given the opportunity.

 

The Warriors' biggest test awaits this weekend in Bournemouth as they compete in the Elite Viper 10 National Cup for the first time. 

Despite being disappointed at the Richmond result, Skipper Arwel Davies is looking forward to seeing his side compete on equal terms with elite sevens outfits like the Army, Bath RFC and Wooden Spoon.

'Our previous successes have allowed us to recruit some quality players this season' said Davies ' Our development players such as Scott Maynard have benefited from playing alongside them and we're confident of holding our own as we move up a level at Bournemouth'

It promises to be an exciting weekend.

 

Warriors Squad at Windsor : Arwel Davies, Tom Rees (Carmarthen Quins) Gerrard Ellis ,Danny Newlands (Llandovery College) Scott Maynard (Carmarthen Ath) Alex Jenkins, Jamie Davies (Neath) Gareth Walters , Wayne Price (unattached) Andrew Jenkins (Whtland) Elliott Jones (Neath) James Russell (Carmarhen Quins) Jake Randall, Jack Roberts (Llandovery) Andrew Jones (Newcastle Emlyn)

 

More Magic in Manchester

 

Carmarthen Warriors and their development side the  Flamingos travelled to Manchester on the weekend for their fourth visit to the MR7s tournament.

 

With both sides entered in the Men's Open Cup, The Warriors' first opponents in the Group C stages were Storm 7. The game began as a scrappy, bad-tempered affair with a fair amount of loose handling on both sides. At 0-5 down at half-time the Warriors looked tired and disjointed. But with 3 minutes to go Storm 7 had a player yellow-carded which seemed to rejuvenate the Carmarthenshire side. Andrew Jones got a clear run at the try line followed by a soaring conversion from Gareth James who himself went on to score another converted try. Final score: 14 - 5 so the Warriors had weathered this "Storm".

 

Next up they faced Akuma Demons and by this time the Warriors had recovered from their long journey up the M5. Ellis Lloyd opened the account after two minutes but from there on in there was an even exchange of scoring every minute or so.  Highlights of the game were Chris Banfield's impressive try, running from his own 22, and a break by Wayne Price setting up Jason Howells to score again just before half time. The Warriors dominated the second half with tries from Andrew Jones, Tomi Jones and Andrew Jenkins respectively. Final score: 34 - 21.

 

Meanwhile in Group D the Warriors' development side, the Flamingos, overcame the Manchester University Postgraduates but couldn't hold out against the might of Lancashire, last year's tournament runners up. As the winners of Group C played the runners up of Group D this led to an interesting local derby in the quarter finals, between the Warriors and the Flamingos. The first half belonged to the Flamingos' Tom Rees who scored two tries, the second following an excellent tackle and a sprint from his own 22. Despite a try from  the Warriors' Jason Howells, the Flamingos kept up a strong defence and prevented Michael Anaida, Gareth James and Wayne Price from crossing the line. At half time the Flamingos were 'in the pink' with a scoreline of 12-7. However the second half saw the Warriors recover from their shock and score twice, resulting in a comfortable win of 19-12.

 

Despite this, all was not lost for the Flamingos who progressed to the Plate semi-final against the Screaming Midgets. They towered over the Midgets throughout, Gareth Walters, Tom Rees and Callum Evans helping to notch up an impressive win of 38-0. Up against the University of Manchester in the Plate final the Flamingos started well, with a strong commitment from Gareth Walters and Tom Rees leading to a half-time score of 19-7. Sadly the Flamingos seemed to run out of steam in the second half and couldn't find an opportunity to score again. A final burst by University of Manchester meant the Flamingos missed out on the Plate by 19-24.

 

In the semi-final of the Cup the Warriors faced Ellesmere Old Boys. They stormed ahead with tries from Tomi Jones, Andrew Jones and Ellis Lloyd. By half-time the score of 17-0 made a place in the final seem inevitable. However, Ellesmere OB fought back bravely with two converted tries in the first few minutes of the second half. Suddenly a try from Andrew Jones, converted by Chris Banfield, placed the final back within the Warriors' reach. A try by Wayne Price in the dying seconds of the game sealed the deal at 29-14.

 

And so to the final. Carmarthenshire against Lancashire. Tense was not the word. The first few minutes consisted of excellent cross-field passing by the Warriors but no breaks. Three scrums and a lot of tussling later, the game was still being held at the halfway line until the Lancashire No. 11 stole his chance. Tomi Jones set off in hot pursuit but not even the Whitland Whippet could stop the try. Fortunately Chris Banfield saved the first half when he ran almost unopposed from his own 22 to end the first half 5-7.

 

The second half was an evenly-matched affair with an unconverted try for both teams. An unpleasant scrap saw the Lancashire No.11 yellow-carded which gave the Warriors renewed vigour.  Tom Rees ran from his 22 to score, followed a few minutes later by Tomi Jones who would have scored had it not been for some aggressive shirt-pulling. Suddenly a try out of nowhere by the Lancashire 34 made the score 19 - 19 with only two and a half minutes to go. The clincher lay with the Warriors' Andrew Jones who scored a superb try with ninety seconds to spare.  Lancashire could only look on as runners up again, for the second year running.

Chris Banfield was also awarded player of the tournament.

 

Warriors' captain, Arwel Davies, said after the game " We are on top form again in 2012 having won Windsor, Majorca Beach and now Manchester. Confidence is at an all-time high as we head to Richmond next Saturday to defend last year's Rugby Rocks title."

 

Warriors Squad : Arwel Davies, Wayne Price (unattached), Michael Anaida (London Nigerians) Gareth James (Ystalyfera) Jake Randall (Llandovery) Jason Howells (Narberth) Ellis Lloyd (Carmarthen Quins) Andrew Jenkins (Whitland) Andrew Jones (Newcastle Emlyn) Owen Herbert (Carmarthen Athletic), Chris Banfield(Carmarthen Quins) Tomi Jones (Whitland)

Flamingos : Scott Maynard, Callum Evans, Owen Herbert, Ryan Ellias (Athletic) Jack Leech, (Carmarthen Ath) Rhys Lane, James Russell (Carmarthen Athletic) Gareth Walters (unattached) , Anton Kriel (Valley Eagles) Alan Rees (Swansea) Tom Rees (Quins)

 


Flamingoes turn up the heat in Majorca.

The Olorun Flamingoes aka Carmarthen Warriors 'Beach Rugby', travelled to Majorca on the Weekend of May 5th to play in one of Europes largest beach rugby competitions. Cruising through the pool stages, with Deian Thomas and Richard Davies prominent, they progressed to the knockout stages on the Sunday.
The quarter final was against a Leicester based team which included ex England and Leicester tigers scrum half Harry Ellis. The Flamingoes ran in some excellent tries from Jason Howells, Andrew Jones, Wayne Price, Davies and Thomas to beat the well drilled Englishmen by 6 tries to 3 and advance to the semi final against a rugby league outfit 'The Bulldogs'. Some sublime offloading along with a solid defence put the flamingoes into a good early 3 try lead before The Bulldogs scored two tries to make it a tense final few minutes. With the final whistle looming, skipper Wayne Price went on one of his barnstorming runs before cleverly offloading to Jason Howells to score the try of the tournament and booking a place in the final against the Staffordshire Penguins, a team containing English based semi-professional players. The 27 degree heat of the Mediterranean took its toll on both sets of players but it was the Penguins that started brightly in front of a large crowd and local TV cameras with a good first try. The Flamingoes used the powerful Alun Davies as an impact player but a moment of madness from the destructive prop forward saw him receive a yellow card and a couple of minutes in the sin bin. Some resilient and gutsy defence from the Flamingoes kept the Penguins out before Andrew Jones and Price combined to send Deian Thomas in for a score at the corner. Superior fitness levels from the Flamingoes helped them score again which allowed them to go one better than the previous year and being crowned the 2012 Majorca Beach Rugby champions.

Skipper Wayne Price was full of praise of his talented squad "the boys have shown superb dedication both on and off the pitch this weekend, it was an extremely physical couple of days and the overall standard of the competition was far better than last year. To win this tournament in such fashion was extremely pleasing".

Team manager Graig Jones went one further and said "I couldn't be a prouder Welshman right now, to see these English teams being dominated physically by the Welsh is just brilliant. Rich Davies played superbly and Deian Thomas, back from a serious knee injury was a breath of fresh air."

 

 

Warriors crowned kings of Windsor

 

It was a fantastic weekend for Carmarthenshire rugby with Warriors' captain Arwel Davies taking the region's premier Sevens side to the Windsor Sevens having guided Carmarthen Athletic to the Welsh Youth cup final as coach, just twelve hours before.

With a number of players missing in Principality Premiership action the Warriors drafted in a couple of very promising youngsters and  highly rated local player James Tiarks (Richmond) for their first run out of the 2012 sevens season.

Playing in the shadow of Windsor Castle, the Warriors eased through the group stages to be drawn against London based side The Phantoms in the quarter finals.

Tries from Jason Howells, Wayne Price and Gareth Walters saw them comfortably through to the semi.

The Swedish National side awaited.

This well organised outfit and disciplined outfit were using the tournament as a warm up for their forthcoming international campaign.

Hard work from Warriors forwards - Arwel Davies , Jason Howells and Ellis Lloyd helped overcome the Scandavians combining well with Tiarks, Alex Jenkins and young Josh Adams making his Warriors debut.

The final against 'elite' Sevens side Apache turned out to be the most difficult challenge of the day, despite the Warriors starting with two quick tries from Ellis Lloyd and young Josh Adams who rounded off a great break by Jamie Davies.

Hard work by the forwards maintained the 12-0 lead at half time. However a lapse of concentration after the break allowed Apache to level the scores and take the game to sudden death extra time.

It looked like Apache would score the golden try as a slip from the Warriors defence allowed Apache to threaten the line with a two-man overlap.

Some amazing defence cover by the Warriors turned the ball over and Jason Howells broke from his own twenty-two with Gareth Walters in support.

Walters crossed to seal the game and tournament for the West Walians.

An added bonus at the presentation was Ellis Lloyd being awarded the Player of the Tournament

An ebullient Davies praised his squad afterwards,' it s the first time some of these boys have played together and to win a tournament like this is very pleasing' he said. 'It's also great to see a good team spirit already evident, which is important as we expect to have some testing encounters against 'elite' sides this season'

The first of those will be on May 19th when the Warriors travel to the Manchester Sevens to defend and improve on their Plate title last year.

 

  

Warriors Squad at Windsor : Arwel Davies, Rhys Goslin (Unattached)  Ellis Lloyd, Jason Howells (Carmarthen Quins) James Tirel (Richmond) Jack Leach (Carmarthen Ath) Alex Jenkins, Jamie Davies (Neath) Josh Adams (Pontyberem) Gareth Walters (Llangennech) Wayne Price (Ammanford)


2012 BECKONS..

CARMARTHEN Warriors will take on some of the country's elite sevens sides in 2012.

The Warriors will come up against the likes of Premiership giants Bath and Saracens as well as The Army in competitions across the UK and Europe.

Coached again, by former South Africa sevens star Marc de Marigny, the Warriors are set to be bolstered by a number of new faces this year.

London Welsh duo Alex Davies and ex-Scarlet Jonathan Mills are set to feature, while Carmarthen Athletic speedster Pan Rashesha, Carmarthen Quins flanker James Davies - brother of Scarlets and Wales centre Jonathan - and talented Hendy scrum-half Ifan Beynon- Thomas are also on board.

The Warriors, formed in 2000, will kick off their 12th season at the Windsor Sevens on April 28. They will also play in the Majorca Beach tournament and high-profile tournaments in Manchester, Rugby Rocks in Richmond and Bournemouth. 

4TH ABERAERON CROWN FOR WARRIORS

The Carmarthen Warriors crowned their 10th season of sevens by winning Sunday's Aberaeron Sevens for the fourth time in five years. Winners of this year's Rugby Rocks and Newport tournaments, as well as getting to two other finals and a Plate win at Manchester, the Warriors ended the season in style by beating Y Baabariad 47-15 in a fine final at Parc Drefach. 

"We are thrilled to win Aberaeron as it is one of our favourite tournaments and we are always well supported in Ceredigion," said Llandovery's Marc de Marigny, a former South Africa Sevens captain and now Warriors coach. 

"It was great to see former Warrior and Wales 7 core player Ifan Evans amongst our supporters," added skipper Arwel Davies of Carmarthen Athletic. "It was not long ago that Ifan was in one of our winning sides at Aberaeron and we would like to think that his success on the world stage was in tiny part due to his involvement with us," said Davies, who in 2007 skippered Llandovery in the Konica Minolta win over Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium. 

"We are much indebted to our loyal sponsors for giving us the financial backing to travel up and down England and Wales as well as to Majorca and this win is for all of them." 

The Warriors had an easy start with a 45-0 win over host club Aberaeron but had a real wake up call when held to a 19-19 draw by Bargoed B. But fielding one of their strongest squads of the year, with the inclusion of the expert Aberavon pair of sevens players in Ricky Thomas and Richard Carter, the Warriors upped their tempo from there on. 

A 36-19 quarter final win over old rivals Crymych Crusaders was followed by a 36-14 semi-final defeat of the 2010 winners Bargoed to set up a final against the Baabariad, players from the Caerphilly area. 

In a cut and thrust final Y Baabariad - with Player of the Tournament Adam Cullen outstanding - managed to breach the Warriors' defence three times but the sharpness of scrum half Andrew Jenkins (Whitland), the craft of Thomas and fly-half Gareth James (Ystalyfera), the industry of forward Gareth Bennett (Carmarthen Athletic), allied to the speed of Carter, took the Warriors home in style. 

They crossed for seven tries in the 47-15 win Open final, the tries coming from Carter (2), James, Ricky and Rhys Thomas (Tonmawr), Wayne Price (Ammanford) and Bennett. 

The Warriors development squad, the Flamingoes, had Andrew Jones (Carmarthen Quins) in good form and got early wins over Brawdy 35-5 and Lampeter Spartans 22-12 before going out to Bargoed B 32 -14 in the quarter-final.

Watch the Warriors at Aberaeron on WRUTV 


                 

WARRIORS FAIL TO RETAIN CWMTAWE PLATE

Carmarthen Warriors left the 2011 Cwmtawe Sevens disapointed after losing out to local side Ponty Butchers.  With a promising 55-0 demolition of the 1st Royal Welsh, followed by an exciting 28-28 draw with the Swansea based Warriors the Carmarthenshire side confidently progressed to the quarter finals of the main competition.

Unfortunately, defensive frailties proved costly against the locals Ponty Butchers, coached by ex Wales full back Kevin Morgan. Despite Wayne Price , Jason Howells and Rhys Thomas crossing for tries , the Butchers ran out 28-19 winners. Coach Marc De Marigny was dissapointed. 'We had a great chance to make it into the last four and have a crack at the Army, but our defence let us down' said the ex South African Sevens player. 'We scored some great tries but our defensive performance was the poorest this season'

The Warriors now look forward to rounding off a successful season at Aberaeron on 28th August. Runners up last year, they'll hope to claim the trophy for the 5th time. All sponsors are welcome to travel from Carmarthen with the squad or meet at the venue from 10.30am  

 

 

WARRIORS AT OLNEY

Carmarthen Warriors fine run of form at sevens came to a temporary halt on Sunday when they were knocked out of the Olney 7s at the quarter-final stage writes Huw S Thomas

After winning both the Newport and Richmond Opens, runners up in Majorca and Keynsham and Plate winners at Manchester, the Warriors travelled to Bedfordshire hoping to add more silverware to their sideboard.

But their plans were severely dented before the start with the withdrawal of a number of key players and notably the Neath pair of Tom James and Jamie Davies (both Neath) plus Quins wing, Jason Howells.

Skipper Arwel Davies drafted in some promising local youngsters in Aberystwyth's Ifan Beynon and Carmarthen Athletic teenager Jeavon Sebastian and things started well enough when the Warriors won their pool.

With Ammanford centre Wayne Price back in the squad after injury scoring two excellent tries to add to two by Beynon and one by Carmarthen Athletic's Jamie Williams the opening 33-17 win over BRM augured well.

Price then scored a length of the field try in the 45-0 win over Treforest Titans before the Warriors ran in seven tries - the best from Price and Deian Thomas (Clwb Rygbi Caerdydd) - in the 41-5 dismissal of the Glovers.

Fly-half Beynon underlined his promise with a hat-trick of tries in the ferociously fought 19-19 draw with Gloucestershire side the Hammerheads after the Warriors had trailed 19-7.

Top of the pool, the Carmarthen side were fancied to go all the way but came unstuck badly in the first half of the quarter-final against the Godfathers.

The Warriors had beaten the Godfathers four times in other tournaments over the summer and perhaps a tad over confident were hit by five first-half tries to trail 33-0.

A half time roasting form skipper Davies galvanised a fighting come back after the break.

Tries from Williams, Price (2) and Crymych scrum-half Rhodri Davies brought them back to 33-24 before time ran out on the rally.

"We are disappointed" said Arwel Davies "but we were slow to start and woke up too late."

"We did however see some promising debuts and particularly from Aber's Ifan Beynon and we now look forward to the Cwmtawe 7s on August 6,  hoping to have a number of regulars return to the fold."

 

Warriors Out Gunned in the West 

The Carmarthen Warriors made it to their fifth final in five tournaments  contesting the West Country Sevens at Keynsham RFC on the weekend.

Skipper Arwel Davies took a strong squad to the second Super Sevens Series round of 2011 with both Warriors and their development side the Flamingos entered in the Men's Open competition

The Warriors coasted through the group phase with wins over the Mavericks, Olurun Phantoms and PA Trust. Andrew Jones (Newcastle Emlyn) and Wil Davies (Whitland) made their 2011 debuts with Jones crossing for a try against the Phantoms.

 

The Flamingos - featuring newcomers Ifan Beynon (Aberystwyth) and Johnny Morgan (Narberth) were impressive in appalling weather conditions against the military side PWRR, bristling with South Sea Islanders.

Rhys Goslin, Paul Mason (Carmarthen Athletic) and Lee Pearson - scoring his first try for the Carmarthenshire outfit, assisted in the 33-0 rout.

Another victory against Eggcatchers but a defeat to Glantaf Goats sent the Flamingoes into the Bowl competition where they unfortunately crashed out 33-0 to the Stash Sharks.

Again, veterans Barry John and  Jamie Williams (both Carmarthen Athletic) led by example alongside promising Llandovery College youngsters  Jack Thorburn and Scott Maynard.

 

The Warriors progressed to a semi final against strongly fancied side P.O.D overcoming the Godfathers in the quarter final.

The semi proved to be a classic taken to 'Golden Try' extra time following a fantastic solo effort by Rhys Lewis.

With just a few minutes of added time played, Former Ystradgynlais and now Carmarthen Quins scrum half Ryan Jones fed Ystalyfera's Gareth James who broke down the left and crossed in the corner and seal another major final appearance for the Warriors.

 

Unfortunately the Smith's Shotguns were too strong for the West Wales outfit outscoring them by 5 tries to two.

Skipper Davies said ' We're obviously disappointed, however the Shotguns are by far the strongest side we've met this season and we shouldn't be too disheartened'

'Players such as Rhys Lewis, Rhodri Davies, Rhys Thomas and Ellis Lloyd are really getting themselves noticed amongst the Warriors core players like Gareth James and Andrew Jenkins. With Andrew Jones returning and the likes of Tom James, and Ricky Thomas also part of the squad, we really have some quality strength in depth.'

 

 

 
England Coach Ryan impressed by Warriors
  by Huw S Thomas


England IRB 7s coach Ben Ryan was one of many people impressed by the performance of  Carmarthen Warriors after the Tywi Valley  side had won the Rugby Rocks tournament at Richmond over the week-end.

Presenting the trophy to Warriors skipper and Carmarthen Athletic lock Arwel Davies, Ryan urged the side to go on to greater things as the season progresses.

"The Warriors team work was outstanding and their exciting style of play  made them many friends at Richmond" said Ryan.

"They are well balanced and use their impact players cleverly and at the right moment."

"It also shows that there is so much talent around both England and Wales ready to come to the fore on a higher stage and if the Warriors can keep on improving I see no reason why they will not bag some more big tournaments this season."

Ryan was particularly  impressed by Neath scrum-half Tom James who reserved his best form for the final in which the Warriors beat another Welsh side Stash Sharks 31-21.

James had blown hot and cold in the early rounds when Crymych's young scrum-half Rhodri Davies
had shone on his debut for the Warriors but reserved his best form for the final where his sniping runs proved vital.

Tries from  Athletic fly-half Rhys Thomas (2), skipper Davies, Quins wing Jason Howells and James clinched the title in the face of a strong challenge from the largely Newport side led by Wales sevens wing Jimmy Norris

All three pool games were very tight but good use of replacements by Llandovery based  coach Marc de Marigny - a former South Africa Sevens skipper -  pulled the Warriors through against Morphsuits 26-17, Saxons A 24-12 and Olurun Phantoms 31-27.

Dragons Neath bound wing Jamie Davies grabbed a couple of tries against the Morphsuits, Howells, Thomas, Rhys Gosling and Jamie Davies crossed against the Saxons - made up of  Richmond players - and Quins flanker Ellis Lloyd was the stand out performer in the narrow defeat of the Phantoms

More tough challenges followed in quick succession in the knockout stages.

Key scores from the Athletic duo of forward Gareth Bennett and Rhys Thomas helped beat the West Coutry Cavaliers 29-5 before a fine 22-7 win over the Apache Braves was much down to the contributions of Athletic pair Jamie Williams and Bennett, plus Gosling and young Llandovery College centre  Jack Thorburn, nephew of former Wales full-back Paul Thorburn.

The Warriors raced clear in the final with three quick tries and although the Newport side responded well, the boys from the West sewed it up with another two tries to run out clear winners.

After wins at Newport, Pembs and Richmond, the invitation side now travel to Keynsham on June 18 to take part in the West Country Sevens in search of a third consecutive title under skipper Arwel Davies.

"It will be difficult" said Davies "as a lot of sides will now be gunning for us but the spirit in the squad is terrific and the support from sponsors like Cawdor Cars, Castell Howell and Castle Scaffolding gives us every encouragement to fly the flag for Wales."

Squad at Richmond: Arwel Davies, Rhys Thomas, Rhys Lewis, Jamie Williams, Gareth Bennett (all Carmarthen Athletic), Rhys Gosling (unattached), Tom James, Jamie Davies (both Neath), Ellis Lloyd, Jason Howells (both Carmarthen Quins), Jack Thorburn (Llandovery College), Rhodri Davies (Crymych)

Richmond results
Pool bt Morphsuits 26-17, bt Saxons A 24-12, bt Olorun Phantoms 31-27

Quarter final bt West Country Cavaliers 29-5; semi-final bt Apache Braves 22-7; final bt Stash Sharks 31-21 

Below: Warriors at Rugby Rocks with Ben Ryan and the Open Trophy

 

Three and Six at Newport

The Warriors and Flamingoes made their first joint outing at the Newport Pembs Sevens, over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

The Warriors were keen to reclaim the title from a strong Crymych outfit, whilst the Flamingoes first tournament of 2011 gave coaches Marigny and Price a chance to view thier development squad ahead of Rugby Rocks.

Both sides progressed from the pool stages unbeaten, with Scott Maynard Jack Roberts and veteran Barry John impressing for the Flamingoes. Richard Bloomfield , Gareth Bennett and Jason Howells proved a unstoppable mix of youth and experience to overcome the strongly fancied local boys, Jolly Sailors in the semi final. Unfortunately,The Flamingoes fell at this stage of the competition, losing out to Crymych

The final between the Warriors and Crymych turned out to be an abrasive encounter until Viv Jenkins broke the deadlock and tries followed from Howells, Bennett and Gareth James.

Victory at Newport made it three finals in the first three tournaments of 2011 for the Warriors. It was also the sixth time they've lifted the trophy in Pembrokeshire. A successful weekend was topped off with Gareth James being voted  Player of the Tournament.

Below Arwel and Jammo with the trophies

  

Warriors Clean the plate at MR7s

The Warriors made their third consecutive visit to the Manchester Sevens on the weekend and returned with the Plate.

Playing in the Rugby Paper Men's Open, the  side comprised regulars such as Wayne  Price , Jason Howells and Andrew Jenkins plus debutants Scott Maynard, Jack Roberts and Bargoed Sevens specialist Lee Pearson.

European visitors Brussels Tigers gave the Warriors a difficult opener which resulted in the Carmarthenshire side just edging it 17-14. Unfortunately Wayne Price made a premature exit from the tournament with an ankle injury which will sideline him for around six weeks. This was'nt before he'd crossed the Belgian line with a fine solo effort.

The Barbarians were easily disposed of next taking the Warriors into the quarter finals of the main competition thanks to tries by Howells, Jamie Davies, Maynard and Roberts.

Lancashire justified their tag as tournament favourites by giving the Warriors a stiff test in the first phase of knockout games. Skipper Arwel Davies was upbeat in the face of defeat, hoping that this would prove to be a wake up call for the tough season ahead and rallied the squad in readiness for a Plate Semi final against the Tsunami Castaways. The Castaways were swept aside by a rejuvenated Warriors outfit, setting up a rematch with Brussels Tigers in the final. 

Heavy downpours prior to kick off failed to dampen Warriors spirits as Maynard, Davies and Roberts ran in tries to overturn the Belgians by 35 points to 14. 

'Returning home with silverware will hopefully lift the boys' spirits after that dissapointing performance against Lancashire' said Davies, 'after all, we have reached two finals in our first two tournaments this season. We can now look forward to Newport and beyond with optimism'

 

Everyone at the Warriors wishes 'Pricey' an early recovery, although he'll be back as Coach to the Flamingoes at Newport


Life's a Beach for Warriors 

 

  

With the 2011 Rugby 7s season just around the corner, the Carmarthenshire Warriors sent a strong squad out to Spain to compete in the two day Majorca beach rugby tournament over the Bank holiday weekend. Team manager Dylan Petche was optimistic of winning the tournamnent with Andrew Jones and Wayne Price in the squad, both having represented Wales at Beach Rugby in 2010.

 

The Warriors eased through the first days pool games by beating German side Bremen, Veseyans, Majorca and Baztan Rugby, with Carmarthen Quins' Jason Howells making some bulldozing runs and Andrew Jones finishing off some fine movements.

Day two saw the Warriors go straight into the main cup quarter finals against the English Vikings, who were also unbeaten from the first day.

A defensive mishap from the Warriors saw the English side take an early 1 try lead much to the satisfaction of their large group of followers.

This was the wake up that the Warriors needed and from there on it was all one way traffic as the Warriors went on to score try after try to win by 11 tries to 1, with Arwel Davies and Gareth James prominent.

The semi final was to be against a team that comprising some Pacific Islanders rugby league players. Hence  it proved to be an extremely physical encounter with big hits coming in hard and fast . Foul play by the Islanders resulted in a spectacular brawl  resulting in  Wayne Price and Gareth James being sin binned along with two of the opposition.

Despite this The Warriors held on to their lead and marched towards the final to  meet Ponent, a team that had already won the tournament twice and was brimming with Spanish and Argentinian international beach rugby players.

A large crowd of around 1000 spectators turned out to watch the game of the tournament.

Both sides started well and went in at half time 3 tries apiece. The restart saw Jason Howells put in a bonecrunching tackle that left the crowd gasping in awe and the recipitent gasping for air, the referee deemed it a dangerous swinging arm and Howells was given his marching orders to the sin bin. Ponent took full advantage of their one man advantage and scored two further tries to make the final score 5 tries to 4.

Team manager Dylan Petche said "We were extremely happy with our performance throughout the weekend and could have won had we been at full strength throughout the final. Nevertheless we can look forward to Manchester in two weeks and Newport at the end of May with some confidence"

Warriors pair at Millenium Stadium

Whilst thier Warriors colleagues were enjoying the Sun, Sand and Sevens at the Majorca Beach rugby, Ricky Thomas and Richard Carter were still involved in the fifteen man game representing Aberavon v Pontypridd in the 2011 SWALEC Cup Final.

Carter opened the scoring for the Wizards showing usual strength and speed to cross the Ponty line. Ricky also showed some flashes of skill usually reserved for the Sevens field. 

Unfortunately neither could stop the ever powerful Sardis Road outfit from claiming the trophy with a 35-24 victory

Warriors Carter is Barbarian Star

Carmarthenshire Warriors and Aberavon flyer Richard Carter, ended a memorable week by scoring two tries for the Barbarians in thier 45-36 victory over Richmond. Having helped his club Aberavon to a SWALEC Cup final on the preceeding weekend, Carter joined a Baa-baas side packed with UK and international talent and coached by Nick Mallet.

The game against Richmond was staged to commemorate the Club's 150th anniverary and the 2200 crowd were treated to feast of running rugby featuring twelve tries.

The Warriors look forward to welcoming Barbarian Richard back into thier ranks for the coming Sevens season which will include a return to Richmond for the Rugby Rocks tournament in June.

Below - Richard Carter in action for the Warriors in 2010

 

Triple defeat for Warriors

Sevens outfit Carmarthen Warriors lost all three games at the second annual Manchester Sevens but could so easily have won all three. After reaching the semi-final of the Richmond Open and winning the Spoon event at the Bath Sevens, the Carmarthen-based side had high hopes of success in Manchester, but they lost tight games against Kamikaze 24-17, Nigeria national side Stallions 29-18 and the Outlaws 32-28. There were a number of outstanding contributions in a high-quality tournament which ran parallel to the National Sevens Series. Aberavon's Ricky Thomas (below) was not only top scorer but the main midfield inspiration in the three games. After the unlucky pool defeats, the semi-final of the Plate saw the Warriors score four excellent tries through Llandovery's Marc de Marigny, Wayne Price (Ammanford) and Andrew Jenkins (Aberavon). Thomas knocked over four conversions, only to see his side pipped late on five tries to four by the Outlaws.



Warriors win a trophy - and a hefty payout too

CARMARTHEN Warriors put in an impressive performance at last weekend's Cwmtawe Sevens in Pontardawe to win the Plate competition. Skipper Arwel Davies's strong squad started extremely well by beating the Old Breconians 47-0, the pick of the tries coming from Gareth Bennett, Ricky Williams and new scrum-half Ricky Richards. The second Pool G game against Llanelli RFC was a far tougher affair. A few basic errors from the Warriors along with a favoured bounce of the ball saw Llanelli win a physical game 32-14. This meant the Warriors exited the main competition for the plate section.

 

They faced a mammoth task in the quarter-final as they were up against one of the most famous invitation sevens sides in world rugby, the White Hart Marauders, who won the 2010 Kinsale Sevens. Wayne Price (above) put in a huge hit on the Marauders' international Fijian hooker, which resulted in a spillage and a try in the corner for speedster Richard Carter. The Marauders' quality came to the fore as they scored two tries to make the half-time score 12-5. Back came the Warriors and another barnstorming run from Price resulted in an excellent individual try, which was converted by Ricky Williams to make it 12-12. Then with minutes remaining, debutant Ryan Michael finished off a quality move to make the final score 19-12 and book the Warriors a place in the Plate semi finals. There they met the Giants, who started superbly to take a 14-0 lead. Again the Warriors fought back with tries from the in-form Gareth Bennett and Price to make it 14-14. With the game drawing to a close the Warriors' superior skill and fitness saw Rhys Lewis sidestep through for the winning score to make it 19-14. That meant the Warriors had played themselves into a final with Glantâf Goats, a side made up from Cardiff and Newport RFC players. The Warriors made an impressive start by scoring three unanswered tries through Price, Williams and Luke Marsh. But Glantâf had a few speedsters themselves and pulled two tries back just before half-time. The second half was a carbon copy of the first, with the Warriors demonstrating some silky movements and sevens experience. Further tries from Bennett, Lewis and two from Carter polished off a convincing 41-24 win for the Warriors. The Warriors also pocketed a £1,000 winners' cheque

Team manager Dylan Petche said: "This win is up there with the best of them - after travelling all over the UK throughout the summer it was nice to win on home soil."The boys played out of their skins and scored some classy tries. "I thought Gareth Bennett showed up well and Wayne Price looked razor-sharp. "This is a good confidence booster as we prepare for retaining our title at the Aberaeron Sevens at the end of the month."
 

Warriors' title hopes are cut short at final hurdle
The Carmarthen Warriors, a side made up of players from the Towy Valley, were foiled from winning the popular Aberaeron Sevens for a fourth consecutive year when they were beaten by Bargoed in the final 32-15, writes Huw S Thomas. The Warriors skipper, Carmarthen Athletic lock Arwel Davies, was sporting enough to admit that Bargoed had the edge for most of the final. "We had a couple of chances early in the second half to take a narrow lead, but Bargoed defended well and then hit us on the break," said Davies. "We really wanted to finish the sevens season in style after another successful campaign in which we won the Spoon at Bath and the Plate at the Cwmtawe Sevens, but we have no complaints.

The Warriors' second string, the Flamingoes, also performed creditably by reaching the semi-finals, only to be beaten by their seniors 21-5. The Warriors looked a good bet to win the title early on when they recorded pool wins over Caerphilly Falcons 19-10, Barbarians 45-0 and Morriston 40-7. With skipper Davies, Wayne Price (Ammanford) and Jason Howells (Llanelli) getting the lion's share of possession, the guile of Ystalyfera playercoach Gareth James and the speed of wing Andrew Jones brought plenty of tries.There was also an important contribution as an impact player from the much travelled Lennie Woodard The Legionnaires pushed the Warriors all the way in the quarter-final, only for a late try from James to settle the issue 14-7
 
The Flamingoes, made up of mainly Carmarthen Athletic players, had played really in winning their pool games against Aberaeron (24-10) and Lampeter Spartans (7-5), before pipping Pontyberem 28-14 in the quarter-final, but not cope with the Warriors in the semi-final, their only try coming from Whitland's Will Thomas against three from Jones, James and Price to make it 21-5. Bargoed had swept all before them in the other half of the draw, beating Crymych Crusaders 28-12 in a quality semi-final.
 
The Crymych side well served by forward Bedwyr Harris, scrum-half Rhodri Davies and experienced centre Elgan Vittle had won the Newport, Pembs and Machynlleth 7s, but could not cope with the striking power of Lee Pearson. It was Pearson who got the man of the tournament award with another classy display of running and scoring in the final. The Warriors notched tries through Jones, Aberavon's Andrew Jenkins and Carmarthen Athletic's Viv Jenkins, but it was not enough to stop Bargoed winning 32-15. Morriston won the Plate in beating the Barbarians 30-10 and there was a clean sweep for Crymych RFC at junior level. The North Pembrokeshire club created a record in winning all four tournaments at under-9, under-11, under-13 and under-15 levels. Warriors squad: A. Davies, G. Bennett, V. Jenkins, R. Lewis (all Carmarthen Ath), D. Gravell (Felinfoel), W. Price (Ammanford), G. James (Ystalyfera), A. Jenkins (Aberavon), J. Howells (Llanelli), L. Woodard, A. Jones (both unattached).

 
Flamingoes squad: G. Robinson, C. Evans, J. Price, S. Maynard, G. BeaumontMorgan, J. Davies (all Carmarthen Ath), D. Morgan (Pontyberem), W. Thomas (Whitland).

Quarter-finals: Carmarthen Warriors 14 Legionnaires 7; Flamingoes 28 Pontyberem 14; Crymych Crusaders 24 Caerphilly Falcons 22; Bargoed 40 Lampeter Spartans 7.

 
Semi-finals: Warriors 21 Flamingoes 7; Bargoed 28 Crymych Crusaders 12

 
Final: Warriors 15 Bargoed 32.
 
2009 Warriors in Newport Pembs
THE start of the 2009 Carmarthen Warriors sevens season couldn't have gone any better. The 24th annual Newport (Pembs) sevens saw 14 teams from across Wales battle it out in front of a large crowd. It became clear from the outset that the tournament winners were going to be one of two teams - Carmarthen Warriors or the International Flamingos. Both sides won their respective groups fairly easily, which set up the dream final, with tries coming in abundance through Gareth King and Richard Carter for the Warriors, and Viv Jenkins and Wayne Price for the Flamingos
 
The Warriors started the final brightly when the elusive Andrew Jones and Neil Davies ghosted through to score the opening tries.
Flamingos skipper Wayne Price rallied his troops and this resulted in some fine work by former Wales international Lenny Woodard, which saw a try for Aberavon flyer Chris Lewis. Some huge hits from Flamingos forward Barry John rattled the Warriors and from one such hit the ball was turned over and skipper Price danced through several tackles for a spectacular try which made it two tries each. As the game drew to a close, both teams scored another try each which set up an exciting finale. With seconds remaining, the Flamingos lost their nerve and Warriors skipper Arwel Davies made the telling break which allowed player of the tournament Gareth James to score under the posts. The pick of the players for the Warriors were Gareth Bennett and Neil Davies, both from Carmarthen Athletic, and for the Flamingos top try-scorer Viv Jenkins and hard-hitting Anthony James, both of Laugharne.
 
The Warriors will compete next in the Nottingham Sevens, where they will be hoping to go one further than the semi-final that they reached last year. Other remaining tournaments will see them play at Bath, Manchester, Cwmtawe, Lampeter and Aberaeron.


 
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