Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy 2010

I hope Santa was suitably generous. There will be a match at Underhill this Sunday am, details to follow. Midweek training starts this coming Tues 5th 1800-1900 Oystermouth Gym. If anyone has a local business or contacts we are looking for some sponsorship towards training tops. After the success of the Bristol Tour can we gage interest for a team at Luctonians (Hereford in April).

Friday, 18 December 2009

Christmas Game at Underhill

Meet at 10:00 at Underhill on Sunday - and be kitted out to join in and get muddy!

The 6s and 7s are going back to the rugby club afterwards, so it will be open for drinks and hotdogs. We'll need to pick up some rolls for the team if we want to go, so text me if you're up for it.

11s are going to the Con club where they have organised some hot food via one of their parents - Alex mentioned this, I think you can pay when you get there.

If you can't come on Sunday - thanks for your support and patience during a very wet autumn. Have a Merry Christmas and see you back in the New Year!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Training 15 Dec cancelled

Due to lack of qualified coaches (I don't count!) we won't be trainig tonight in Oystermouth.

Check the blog for details of the Christmas parents/grandparents vs boys game on Sunday.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Hooray! Match at Last

We play Bont today and the ground is playable!
Bishopston 10.15am

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Beach game on at 10:30am

Having checked the tides - we won't have much beach at 10, so we've postponed practice until 10:30am at Caswell.

Hope to see you all for some sandy tackles and tries later!

Friday, 27 November 2009

Game vs Llanelli on Sunday 29 November

We've scheduled a game against Llanelli at Bishopston on Sunday - be there at 10:00am.

If the weather makes the pitch unplayable, the plan is to go to Caswell to train/play against each other on the beach at 10:00am.

Leave it as late as you can to check the blog - if it's a last minute change I'll text you!

Sunday, 22 November 2009


Sorry, all games off at Lougher. At least training is indoors on Tuesday!

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Lougher Away Sunday 22nd

Arrive 10.00 for 10.30 ko
Good Luck if I dont make it (working)

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Gig at the rugby Club next Saturday

Don't forget the Contenders Gig at the Rugby club next Saturday. Txt Mike G if you want tickets (07846 334962). £3 in advance or on the night. Watch the Argentina match then rock the night away. Bargain.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Gowerton Home Bishopston 10.00am Weather Permitting

Watch this space to see if play can continue tomorrow

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Monday, 2 November 2009

Training in Oystermouth School Gym

Don't forget we've moved Tuesday night training indoors. It starts half and hour later at 18:00 until 19:00. The gym is the large building to the right of the ramp entrance on Newton Road - take the stairs (internal - not the external fire escape) to the first floor. There are other classes before and after us, so we'll have to be in and out promptly.

Sunday, 1 November 2009


Raging wind, Raindrop darts against the window, how to put a young lad off rugby.... force him to play in the rain and wind...getting cold, wet and miserable...... however much enthusiasm we have for the game we must remember it has to be enjoyable!

Friday, 30 October 2009

Wether Alert No GAME SUNDAY!

Great training game last Sunday, looking at developing some aspects of our game...Aggression in the contact area, wipeouts and passing the ball into space to allow our runners space to score tries.

Rhyddian was man of the match for excellent play in more than one area of his game...

Like I said, make the most of the weather.. initial plan is to train at Bishopston but check the bolg as all always...The greatest plans of mice and men..... massive Autumn gale due to strike us Sunday morning!

Friday, 23 October 2009

Penlan Cancelled: Taining Match 25th 10:00 Bishopston

It was an excellent performance against South Gower and they were concerned when we were ahead after the first 10. We have certainly upped the level since our last meeting. Very impressed with the large number who braved the rain on Tues for a quality training session. Beginning to get some aggression into the forwards and momentum with running. Also some signs of off-loading and more team play emerging.
Penlan have no U9 so we will play a match against each other.

Focus Points

Aggresive Running by ball carriers + recycle to scrum halves
Backs maintaining defensive & attacking line and staying out of pile-ups
Contine Ruck & Breakdown area traing

The 'backs' for this game will be encouraged to stay out of the mauls to keep structure

Team 1 'Zombies'(please wear a bright shirt not Pirates)


Tom T
Connor M

HS: Elias

Backs (red bibs on top)IDEA bibs stay out of maul unless carrying ball/first to breakdown

Jon (CApt.)

Team 2 'Phantoms' Pirates Strip




Backs (yellow bibs)

Rhydian (Capt)
Connor O

or closest fit depending on turnout
Jake/Ioan/Ryan/Max B absent

NB Mumbles has about 50 tickets left to both Wales Argentina and Wales Australia (approx £50 each) in late November if anyone fancies a day out. Argentina comes with free bus to and fro I'm told.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

South Gower Game

Nice weather but the wrong result. The results were as follows:

Team for the 1st and 3rd Quarter: Mumbles 2 South Gower 3

Team for the 2nd and 4th Quarter: Mumbles 2 South Gower 6

Training at Underhill on Tuesday as usual.

Player of the match went to Rhyddian for running good lines and scoring a try, well done.

Parents please note all our home game will be at Bishopston.... next week is home to Penlan.

Friday, 16 October 2009

GAME V South Gower (Home)

The game this Sunday will be at Bishopston. Get there for ten O'clock .

I have the water bottles and would like someone to help fill the bottle and carry it to the troops, as I will be busy refereeing.

Weather is forecast to be good, make the most of it as there are bound to be more challenging days as the winter approaches.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Training 17.30 13th Oct

Ruck, more Ruck, forwards and backs positional play

Monday, 12 October 2009

Photos from Clifton

These came from Thomas - email me if you have any more:

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Sunday 11 Oct: vs Dunvant at Bishopston

Training starts at 10:00am on Sunday at Bishopston, followed by a game against Dunvant.  Everyone will have a game, so let's show them what we're made of!!

Monday, 5 October 2009

Training 17.30 Underhill Swings

Clifton Tour was very much enjoyed and we really held our own. Check out photos on Training with John & Ceri focusing on ruck by Underhill swings 17.30 today.

Team Meeting - Thurs 8 Oct

The coaches are getting together on Thursday at 21:00 at the Rugby Club to make plans for the season ahead - any parents who want to come and contribute are welcome.

Thanks to everyone who came to Clifton - the boys had a great day, finishing off with a fantastic win against St Marys, showing what can be achieved with a bit more confidence and drive (and Thomas T letting rip!).  If anyone has any photos, please email them to me: - or post them to the blog if you've got access.

See you Tuesday for training.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Clifton Tour

The entertainment starts on Saturday night with bowling for all children on tour at the Hollywood Bowl in Cribbs Causeway. Meet 5.10pm (see directions below), cost £3 per game, food and bar available.

Hollywood Bowl, The Venue (Next to VUE Cinema) Cribbs Causeway, Merlin Road, Bristol, BS10 7TT
Tel: 0117 959 2100
From the Premier Inn and Travel Lodge, enter Cribbs Causeway on Lysander Road, take the 3rd exit at the roundabout onto Merlin Road, then the 3rd exit at the next roundabout into The Venue.

From 7pm onwards we have hired the bar at Clifton RFC together with the Under 11's. Sausage and mash for children, curry and chips for adults, TV/DVD room for children and all within walking distance (10-15mins) from both hotels.

For those travelling up on Sunday morning, please arrive by 10am and find us near the U9's pitches. Entrance is £3 per adult. Food and drinks are available but queues are long so bring supplies. Our first match is at 10.30 and we have 4 group matches with a cup and shield competition for the first and second placed teams after the group stages. Does anyone have a tent/gazebo we could all use for the day?

Directions to Clifton RFC From M5 - J17
Station Road
Cribbs Causeway
Bristol BS10 7TT

1. M5 - J17 signposted Bristol West/Cribbs Causeway A4018
2. At bottom of slip road follow signs marked Bristol West/Clifton
3. At first roundabout take 2nd exit (straight on)(0.3miles)
4. Continue on dual-carriageway past traffic lights - (0.5miles)
5. Take 1st exit and continue on dual carriageway to roundabout making your way into outside lane (1.5miles)
6. Proceed around roundabout (360 degrees) taking the 3rd exit doubling back in the direction you have previously travelled.
7. Move to the nearside lane and take marked left hand slip road. Turn left at "Brown Tourist Sign " (2.1miles.)
8. Move into outside lane (one-way road) and turn right at end (be aware of bus lane joining from right) (2.2miles.)
9. Take first left into Clifton RFC car park

Training Tues 29th 17.30

Well done to everyone who played on Sunday. Some spirited play against a big and aggressive South Gower Team. Congratulations to Tal for a storming all round performance and Dylan for committment in the tackle. Some magic as usual from magician Mellowship. In preparation for Bristol and to improve our running and passing game we will be introducing and experimenting with basic positions.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Change of Plans - Game against South Gower

South Gower have offered us a game against their U9s this Sunday 27 Oct.  Grateful if you could be at South Gower (turn in front of the shops at Pyle Corner, Bishopston and head for the cliffs towards Pwll Du) at 10:30 for 11:00am kick-off.

Let me know if you can't make it:


Thursday, 24 September 2009

Sunday 27 Oct - Training at Underhill

Sorry guys, but Vardre are not ready to field an U9 team, so we'll be training and getting lots of match practice at Underhill this Sunday.  

9:30 start - see you there!

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Well Done

Well done to everyone who gave so much effort in today's first matches. A very physical game with Gowerton and Penclawdd with excellent mauling and driving from the Pirates. Great team effort to score 2 tries and congratulations to Jon and Jake for touching down. Real guts shown by many with special mention to Elias and Liam in the maul and tackle and some solid defence by Will, Tal and Connor. Also some hard graft by Josh and Luke upfront. In training we will work now on off-loading in the tackle and picking up the ball around the contact area.

Can I check Clifton Players Please

Night Before:
Jake/Will/Liam/Sean/Tomasz/Josh/Tom T/Tal

On the Day (10.00 arrive)



Freddie/Connor M/Connor O/Alex/Matthew/Max/Max/Ryan/Dylan

Definite No


Saturday, 19 September 2009


We go into action against Penclawdd and Gowerton. Arrive ready to startwarm-up at 1000 for 1030 kick off to 2 matches. We hope to play 10 / side depending on turnout. Please let me know 402057 if definately away.We plan to play 2 15min halves against each visiting team. Shorts are here, but not socks.

Pirates Squads

Jake (Capt.)
Thom T
Connor M

Will (Capt)
Connor O
Max P
Max B

Monday, 14 September 2009

Training Underhill Tues 15th 17.30-18.45

Good session on Sunday. First Match confirmed for Sunday vs Penclawdd. Ruck and match practice tomorrow. Can everyone check shorts sizes in inches for those who haven't yet please. The list for Autumn international tickets is up in the club, all members welcome to sign up for ballot. Free bus to and from Argentina game layed on by club for first 52!

Saturday, 12 September 2009


Fab turn out for training on Tues in the wet, well done to all. Training again at Underhill swings NOT BISHOPSTON NOW, sorry for the late change.

Tackle drills
Maul revision
Ruck Drill
Matchplay with 'slow motion' maul and ruck


Monday, 7 September 2009

Training 17.30 Tuesday 8th Underhill

Well done to everyone who came down on Sunday. Very impressive commitment in contact by all. Training will revise the front tackle, focus on the 'maul' and introduce the ruck - ALL AIMED AT KEEPING POSESSION AFTER CONTACT. We'll meet by the playground again. Please remember to e mail if you are a definate for Clifton Oct 4 and if you are coming up the day before or on the day ( Thanks

Saturday, 5 September 2009

TRAINING SUNDAY 6th SEPT by the Playground Underhill

Many thanks to our shirt sponsors: Orbus Neisch, Verdi's and Panninis
Shirts are Ready!
Training at 09.30 - 1100BY THE PLAYGROUND as there is a football funday on the usual pitches. Try and park on the road rather than the car park or somewhere easy to get out as chaos is expected.

Please Bring Gum Shields

Warm Up
Tackle technique revision, side tackle (CHEEK TO CHEEK, RING OF STEEL, GO LOW)
front tackle
Tackle Bull Dog
Contact Area Workshop
Half Pace Match
Practice Match

Monday, 24 August 2009

2009-2010 Season - First Contact

A-Hoy Pirates!
Training starts Sunday 6th September 9:30 at Underhill
Mid -week Tuesday 8th September 17:30-18:45

Special Date Clifton Tournament, Bristol 4 Oct 2009
Those looking to come up the night before please check out Premier Inn or Travelodge at Cribbs Causeway for family accomodation within walking distance of the Clifton RFC ground.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Last Call For Sponsors

We are keen to have a new strip for next season and are looking to raise a minimum of £500 credit crunch allowing. Any help would be much appreciated, sponsors logo on the shirt!
see you Saturday

Rugby Festival 23rd May

We have been invited to put in a team for a rugby Tag festival next Saturday 23rd May hosted by the CELTIC CRUSADERS, Wales top professional rugby league team. It includes entry and takes place on the pitch (Brewery Field, Bridgend) before their match against the CATALAN DRAGONS which is also live on Sky 1 kick off 1800. We are guaranteed 3 games, 7 a side and likely need a squad minimum of 9. Festival starts at 1430. I will need confirmation by phone, email or in person before we can accept this opportunity - of course it is half term so some will be away.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009


Yes!! decided that this saturday is going to be a fine day for a BBQ and a game of Tag between the Parents/Grandparents and our Fab Pirates...... please try and all attend (family members and all welcome) - as this is the last we shall see of each other before we start playing contact rugby next season.. we shall have a presentation for the Children (hosted by our most famous coach "ALEX") and a good time to be had by all. if you would like to bring along something to drink / cook then most welcome.. Sausages and Burgers and refreshments for the Children will be on hand for the evening. shall see you at the beach 4pm This Saturday...... Entertainment will be on hand also ( and yes it is going to be me dressed up) perhaps if the other coaches would also like to dress up in fancy dress that would be good , as i wont feel like the only Lemon doing it! :)

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Penclawdd cup match report

Hi everyone, dont ask me the scores all i know we Won our first game, and nearly had a draw on the second and we were defeated another twice.. overall points we achieved was 2... that put us in third place out of Five teams, so not all bad. Some excellent rugby was played today, we passed the ball well, and our tagging was second to none.

A dedicated performance all round from all the mumbles pirates today! so a big WELL DONE :)

I really hope that you have all enjoyed this season, I have had a great experience as a coach in helping to achieve some great results and help in training them to be the next Shane Williams' Hooks Shanklins and alike.

We have Leaders / Fighters / Winners/ Performers/ and the best of these is TEAM PLAYERS.
it is down to your Children who have given us a fantastic season. I am feeling very positive about the next.....

BBQ BEACH - - - TAG RUGBY GAME parents/grandparents VS MUMBLES PIRATES----

WE ARE THINKING OF 3RD WEEKEND IN MAY FOR THE END OF SEASON BARBEQUE POSSIBLY ON SATURDAY 16TH which is the third weekend in May.... hopefully I will have learnt to play the Guitar by then if not i will bring along a triangle!

We would love it if everyone can attend - what is to be our last outting this season.

thanks to all of your dedication and commitment over this hard but worth it season. :)

Saturday, 25 April 2009


ELLE from Penclawdd has phoned me, and has asked to relay a message onto all of the parents and coaches alike... aim to get down Penclawdd RFC by 9.30am as they are looking for a 10am start with the games.. do not leave it any later as parking will be a big issue, ensued also with chaos!! see you there CMON MUMBLES PIRATES in the words of little Alex "skulls crossbones the MUMBLES PIRATES"

Friday, 24 April 2009

Bus to Penclawdd

The U10's have space on their coach if any one fancies a drink etc. Approx £3 return
Details, below. Please ring Chris at home to book on 405120. The pick up points are as follows;

8.45am - Oystermouth School, Newton Road
8.55am - Dick Bartons – Bus Stop
9.00am - Lilliput Lane – Bus Stop
9.05am - The Woodman

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Penclawdd 26th April Away

Well done to everyone who played in the victory against Penlan, a known strong team. The Penclawdd tournament is this Sunday. Although we tried for two, only one team of 17 can enter so we are limited to the squad below. Let me know if anyone is unavailable so we can adjust as necessary. The planned fixture list is below so please arrive at 10:00 am at Penclawdd for warm up. At our coaches meeting we agreed for this fixture we aim to round off our tag era to the best of our abilities so substitutions may be more tactical than usual!

Connor M, Dylan, Elias, Freddie, Jon, Josh, Jake, Liam, Megan, Max P, Matthew, Ryan, Rhydian, Thom T, Tal, Tomasz, Will

Coaches: Rob, Will, Ceri, Jay & Alex (I hope, as on call)


10.40 a.m. South Gower v Mumbles [SU]
11.40 p.m. Gowerton v Mumbles [SG]
12.20 p.m. Penclawdd v Mumbles [SU]
1.20 p.m. Fall Bay v Mumbles [SU]

2.00 p.m. Mumbles v Swansea Uplands [SG]

Details of presentation night to follow soon

Friday, 17 April 2009

Pirates vs Penlan AWAY

There are two matches left for the season as Dunvant have now cancelled May 3rd. We will therefore post two squads, 1 for Penlan 19th this Sunday and 1 for Penclawdd next Sunday 26th. There will be training down at Underhill this Sunday for those not going to Penlan.

Pirates vs Penlan Sunday 19th at Penlan

Meet 10.30 for 11.00 kick off at Penlan

Coaches Chris, Will & Jay

Max P
Connor O
Thom T
Tomas A

Everyone else training down the park - tag and contact


Rob, Ceri & Paul
Tal, Rhydian, Connor M, Dylan, Josh, Elias, Matthew, Freddie, Declan
(Liam, Jake supporting Mumbles RFC U10 away)

Monday, 6 April 2009

Easter Sunday vs South Gower

A lot of people are away this weekend and only 5 players have confirmed that they can play this Sunday which isn't enough for a team. This Sundays match against South Gower has been cancelled - there will be no training either, a lie-in for all.

Sunday, 5 April 2009


Firstly may I apologise for my wording on "the golden 10" it was all meant in light heartidness really. All of your children are capable of playing Rugby - what i was trying to achieve today was to give the boys who come on a regular basis , a good run and a chance to prove what they are capable of,from which i can happily report they were fantastic!! I have never really watched closely the likes of Tal,Freddie, Connor O,Tomasz, Tomos A, Sean, Ioan and Elias before and they certainly are up and coming stars of the future i think. They all possess key elements of thier game play and certainly played as a team today.

We didnt give Loughor the opportunities that they thought they were going to get in the second and third counts of play. We passed the ball to each other and created spaces in thier very good defence.....I am certainly pleased that we came away with the knowledge that all of the above mentioned Children really did turn up today - some great Tagging - Defence- Attacking and Supporting were all shown . The Man of the Match (well Ball of the Match!) went to Freddie who scored 3 tries!! Tal went over for 2 tries!! Sean scored a great try running down the wing and upsetting thier defence, Tomasz was tagged just short of scoring a try.
Can definately see a vast improvement on the last games that the Children have been involved in of recent times. The Key element for me was ommitting out the likes of Will/Liam/Jake/Megan/Ryan/John - whilst all these excellent players regularly create good game play, the others in the team never really get to have a good run with the ball much - so it was a fantasic opportuninty to see those peform well. REMEMBER -IT IS ALL ABOUT INCLUSION!!!!!! game ended 10-6 to Loughor, but i am happy with the result and the way we played. we could have won it.
Thanks to all the Coaches and the Parents support and help

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Pirates Sponsor Lookout -Ahoy!

We will get new Pirates strip for the beginning of next season. We need to raise some cash and are appealing for sponsors. If anyone has themselves or friends or family with a small business who would consider contributing for the privilege of their logo on the strip we would love to hear from you ( amount too small.

End Of Season Strategy

We are approaching the end of an era as our Tag game comes to and end and we embark on full contact rugby. Following a very successful coaches meeting we want to use our few remaining fixtures to get all the boys and girl involved in as much rugby as possible. First up is the Lougher match. Rob has picked a fresh squad for this one designed to give opportunity and bring out the best as we rest some of the more dominant players. Please emphasize defensive line (team work), tagging and passing. On Easter Sunday we will keep the fixture against South Gower unless sufficient people e email Will ( to say they are doing other things, but please let him know EITHER WAY. We expect everyone who wants play to travel to South Gower rather than a team selection. The squads for Penlan and Penclawdd will be posted next week. Again please let me know EITHER WAY for Dunvant May 3rd bank holiday weekend as we have entered 2 teams and it would be a shame to let them down, so we need to know if you have other plans please ( Good luck to the Lougher squad – everyone else contact & tag training down the park 9.30-11.15.

Pirates vs Gowerton & Penclawdd Gallery

Fall Bay Match Report

An excellent display costing me ice cream for all PIRATES. Strong defensive line with good communication stopped Fall Bay scoring for a prolonged period. Lots of tries, BUT could have been more if we work on not getting isolated on our own. As we switch to contact it is now important to realise that passing the ball to allow the TEAM to continue the attack if more important than the INDIVIDUAL going a few extra metres taking him away from SUPPORT. We will work on this in training more and more. A good win due to functioning as a team in defence. Top tagger went to Jake.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

This Week LOUGHOR away 11am

Hi all, I have been instructed to post a team for the Loughor game, it is away at thier ground, website details are : its more in Gorseinon than Loughor really.... I would like to see at least a team of 10 players - and here are the golden 10 : Tomasz,Josh,Elias,TomosA,Ioan,Tal,Freddie,Alex,ConnorOshea,and we now need Sean (thanks Max' Dad for letting us know Max couldnt make it.) . . if any probs with Attendance please let me know as soon as on this will give me time to organise a few replacements. for the rest of the Hard legged Professionals (you Pirates) training down the park as normal for a 9.30am start, Will, Alex, Jay and John will be ready and waiting for a hard training regime ha ha. We need to work on a few things before the game so can we make a 10.30am turn up at Loughor for those who are mentioned in attending.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday (12th April), we have an away fixture against South Gower arranged. It's the middle of the school Easter holidays and a lot of people are away. Please could you respond to this post if you can play. Thanks. We need to make sure we have enough players if the fixture is to go ahead.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

SUNDAY 29th March

Don’t forget clocks go forward. Meet at Gowerton and Fall Bay (squads below) at 10.30 for 11.00 kick off. Gowerton squad likely playing Gowerton and Penclawdd I hear. If you fancy bringing cameras, best photos to go on blog each week. PLAYER OF THE WEEK TO GO TO THE BEST TAGGING EFFORT IN EACH SQUAD.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Sunday 29th Fall Bay & Gowerton Away

Well done to everyone for such an enthusiatic and successful first contact match. Bad luck Max B for surviving the game and breaking his arm walking home. Still awaiting final confirmation but planned trips to Fall Bay and Gowerton squads are as follows.Like Warren Gatland we are experimenting with new combinations although international selections were not determined quite so much by who's brother is playing where. I hope this works to split coaches and accomodate preferences but let me know...(and let me know if you're away in case we need to balance numbers up)
cheers Alex

PIRATES vs GOWERTON (with Rob, Will, Paul, John & Chris)

Connor O
Tomos A

PIRATES vs Fall Bay (Alex, Jay & Ceri)

Max P
Connor M
Thom T

Friday, 20 March 2009

Sunday 22nd March

No match this weekend. Instead there will be training, for the whole squad, at 9:30am at Underhill Park.

Tea and toast in bed for your Mums first.......don't forget that it's Mothers Day.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Match Report, Dunvant 15 March

Great game for the Crossbones against Dunvant. Their referee was excellent and since it was warm and sunny he was happy just to let the game run - I think the final score was agreed at 10-10. Will scored most of these (and got a player of the week award), Tal one and apologies if I missed anyone else getting over the line. Meg did a great job of directing the game - a captain for the future! We saw some great ball handling skills and tagging, but also need to work on the defensive line and supporting during attacking play. The Ref also needed to talk to both teams about some over enthusiastic tackling - no contact until next year!!

Special mentions for Dylan, who volunteered to play (and almost scored) for Dunvant, Elias who had a nasty knock to the head and had to sit out most of the game and Ioan who received the other player of the week award for such good improvement in his play and concentration over the season.

Sorry no photos this week - see you down Underhill on Sunday.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Gum Shields & Training Tops

We would recommend everyone gets a gum shield now as most sessions will have some contact component.Following up on an enquiry last week:The blue long sleeved fleece lined tops with 'Mumbles Rugby' are available through the club sizes 26-34 for the kids @ £15 each. I can place an order through the junior secretary.

Dunvant Tournament Sunday May 3rd

Dunvant are putting on a tournament at the end of the season on bank holiday w'end. Multiple matches, all day bar and BBQ.A great opportunity to sign off the season and to give everyone a taste of tournament action. Please let me know availability whether we try for one or two teams (

Skullduggery-March 15th

Well done to the skulls for their passing tag game and a splendid contact session - very impressive start.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Sunday 8th, Gower Cup & Kit

Well done to all who braved the rain last Sunday. Dividing the pitch into lanes was very helpful to keep the line in attack and defence. Already muddy it was a must to introduce a taste for tackling with an excellent effort by all, especially our ‘volunteers’ Jay & John.


Cheek to Cheek
Ring of Steel
Slide Low

I have had some questions about the Gower Cup at Penclawdd on April 26th. Unfortunately they will not allow us to enter 2 teams and the squad size is restricted For this game only therefore there will be an element of ‘selection’ based on the usual strengths of commitment, attendance, ability, effort and concentration with the will to progress as far as possible in the tournament.

I am pleased that both trophies have resurfaced. There are also a few hoodies and beanies left over if anyone missed out or mislaid. As we introduce contact I would be grateful also if everyone would consider a gum shield and scrum cap to maximize safety. Good luck to the Crossbones at Dunvant. We will be mixing the squads up again for the remainder of the fixtures.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Sunday 15th March

This weekend the Skulls are training at Underhill Park - meet there at 9:30 for an hour or so of fun in the mud.

Skulls: Jake C, Max P, Tomasz B, Thomas T, Cai B-L, Ryan C, Max B, Rhydian D, Josh B, Connor M, John D

The Crossbones have a match AWAY at Dunvant RFC. Meet at their ground at 10:00 for a quick training session and warm-up before the game. Kick-off, so I am assured, will be 10:30 prompt.

Crossbones: Will M, Liam T, Megan F, Elias A, Ioan H, Tomos A, Tal E, Matthew G, Alex D, Connor O’S, Freddie B, Sean M, Dylan T

Directions to Dunvant RFC can be found on the following links:
Directions to Dunvant RFC

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Sunday 8th March

We were due to have a match against Bonymaen this weekend, unfortunately, the game has been cancelled as they do not have an U8's team. Instead, there will be training for the whole squad at Underhill Park - meet at 9:30.

HELP NEEDED This weekend 5 of the 6 regular coaches cannot make it for one reason or another. Paul (Elias's Dad) has kindly offered to take training. He needs some help to look after 20 odd eight year olds. Please bring your boots or trainers and give Paul a hand ..... he is going to need it (That includes all the Mum's on the touchline, as well!!)

Monday, 2 March 2009

"Loughor beaten!" our 4th Victory in a row

Happy St. Davids Day to all of us, and what a fine bright sunny day it was... Sara (Max bowyers mum) was at the ready to hand out the Welsh Cakes at the end of a fantastic game which finished us "THE PIRATES" beating a well organised Loughor Under8's side.
A hatrick scored by Liam, Will made it 2 more, Ryan and Jake both scored points and John doing a fantastic run from the halfway line to go it alone and score.
Matthew Meg Tal Iowain were all a tower of strength in the heat of the battle and all the Pirates held thier positions well. the 2 Connors had fantastic games pulling out all the stops in going forward with the ball, Alex Rhydian Thomas - again played with Pirate spirit, and sang a song which went something like "Skulls Crossbones the Mumbles Pirates" I think that is the making for a great HAKA dont you think?? 8-4 to us the final score.. well done lets keep it up we are on a roll.. but the main importance is that you all enjoyed. Thanks to all who helped out with the Training session and the substitutions. Thanks once again for the pictures Tony, they show great Action shots (luckily none of which my Legs are in)

Friday, 27 February 2009

Sunday 1st March

We have a match this weekend at home against Loughor. Kick-off is at 10:30, meet at Underhill Park at 9:45 for a training session/warm-up beforehand.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Luctonians Tour 19th April

I did not get enough 'definates' to enter a team for the tour but am very grateful to those who did reply. We are first reserves and my list of players so far is Thomas T, Jake, Ryan, Tal, Liam & Will(if brother George is going). Apologies to anyone else who has repied and I've missed off (I had also a few maybes)and let me know if anyone wishes to be available should we get the nod. I managed to slip a disc on the night after the England Wales match(!) and need a spinal op this week. I hope to draft in some experienced contact coach sessions to steer us into next season in the next few weeks but if anyone has an old pair of boots in the garage and can help the crew while I'm out it would be much appreciated. Fixture list says Waunarlydd away but as I remember they do not have a U8 side - DETAILS for this week(1/3/09) to follow therefore.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Mumbles Double over a great Penclawdd side

Hi Guys, thanks for your support today and what a great turn out again. It was good to see Max bowyer back from a long holiday and Will was in action, everyone who played today played with great Mumbles Pirate passion and turned on the style once again, It finished 9-7 to the Mumbles Pirates there was great passing and movement supporting play and great scoring moments, Will what great running from you and some good tries, Ryan also had some good moments, whilst all of you contributed to a great game. there were some wild passes in the heat of the moment but im sure we can work on those situations in a training enviroment. we have to organise the defence and attcak lines a little quicker in future but again guys I am impressed.

REMEMBER Penclawdd havent really been beaten all season and we have in the last week beat them twice, so that says a lot about our training, our playing and our hunger for the ball. WELL DONE Keep it up team. da iawn
PLAYER OF THE WEEK GOES TO THOMOS TRUSCOTT - Well done! you deserve it :)

picture to follow.. please email

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Home Game against Penclawdd this Sunday

After speaking with Mike and Alex, we will be hosting a game this Sunday with Penclawdd
sorry for the late notice here, I would have liked Crossbones to play against Morriston but that game got cancelled.
I am really keen on getting them a game as that is the best form of training i suppose. We'll see who turns up for the whole session at 9.30am shall we? as I know some of you have made plans this weekend with mini holiday breaks and what not.
I hope we can give them a game and we have enough MumblesPirates turn up.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Tuesday Night Action

Sunday 22nd February

We were due to have a match against Morriston this weekend. However, the match has been cancelled - they mixed up their dates (again!!) and arranged a fixture with other opponents.

Instead, there will be training for the whole squad at 9:30 at Underhill Park (Bishopston still out of action).

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

"YEEHAAA Our Squad Is On Fire"

Wow, How good were we on Tuesday Night? Jon, Jake, Josh, Ryan, Tal, Cai, Dylan, Tom T , Liam Rhydian, Connor O.. all of you deserve trophies for the way you played tonight. 8-4 Mumbles Pirates!! where do you start with the match report? our defence our attacking our passing were all outstanding guys, keep it up :) we have certainly set the standard now and raised our game, did you know Penclawdd havent really lost a game all season until tonight, and Chris Under8's coach (penclawdd)was very supportive of us in our hunger for the ball and scoring opportunities, could it get any better?? Yes - even Kelvin from Under 8's Gowerton said we were on fire tonight and complimented us, which is an excellent achievement.. even Chris our under 10 coach was impressed. Wow what a result.

Just to confirm 9.30am training session for the whole squad please.
here are some pictures ABOVE for you to look at courtesy of Tony. Thankyou

Penclawdd Tues 17th 1800 AWAY

Match has been confirmed for tonight for flood-lit action. Definates so far
Tom T
Haven't heard from anyone else - all welcome. I am still struggling with injury (not just hiding after England's demise) but may appear to shout from a chair, back permitting. Rob & J will be there. Go past cuury house in Penclawdd straight on, marshes on the right, pitch on left, meet 6pm. Good luck.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Uplands match report

Well done again today a great effort from all, the scoreline does not in any shape or form reflect the playing we were at times outstanding again team!! some great running and supporting play. we seemed a bit flat in defence at times but that is something we can work on, some excellent and brave tagging going on.. there were a lot of us really wanting the ball and sorry Liam for standing on your foot.
Uplands were definately fired up for a match, and considering we scored the first try they came back into the game. Will tried his best to give a fair and even game in keeping the flow going, and all credit to him Reffing is no fun whatsoever! it finished 4-2 to the Uplands Side and as I said take pride team in knowing we played good rugby today. For those of us who are interested in giving penclawdd a game on Tuesday 6.15pm then please email myself or to confirm I will be attending, and what about the Luctonians anglo welsh cup? why not? weve got a great side lets go for it this season it would be nice to get some added expereince.
Cheers hope to see you Tuesday night down Penclawdd.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Sunday 15th Match vs Uplands, both Squads

After the best team has won the game tomorrow, on Sunday our training has been replaced by a rematch local derby against Uplands at home (Underhill). Meet 9.30 for 9.45, warm up and 10.00/10.15 kickoff. They plan to bring 2 teams so everyone should see action!

Tour & Mid Week Match Reminder

Please see the blog entry below about the tour in April to Luctonions. Only 2 replies so far.......does this mean time to forget it?

PENCLAWDD have asked if we could raise a team to play last week's cancelled match away at their ground on Tues night (Feb 17th) @ 18.15 pm. If there's definate interest let me know asap please (

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Sunday 15th February

No match this weekend. Training for the whole squad at Underhill Park, meet at 9:30.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Sunday 8th February

This weekend, we were due to have a match against Penclawdd for the Crossbones and training for the Skulls - both at Underhill Park. However, all games and training have been CANCELLED due to the state of the pitches. Sorry for the late notice, I've only just found out - from my opposite number at Penclawdd!!

There is the possibility of training on Tuesday evening, we'll keep you posted.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Fancy a Tour?

Well done last weekend.
Luctonian RFC Anglo Welsh Mini Tournament
Sunday 19th April 2009

We have been invited to take part in the Luctonian RFC Anglo Welsh Mini Tournament on Sunday 19th April 2009. Luctonians is a very established and well run Tournament. The club is based in Leominster (exactly!).

Several age groups from Mumbles have been invited and are going. Options include night before & festivities or bus/cars on the day.
Premier Inn in Hereford, (the nearest Premier Inn) for evening of 18th April. The cost will be £53.00 for the room and breakfast 2adults, 2kids).

The Tournament starts at 10.00 am, so those wishing to come up for the day could make it with an early start-I think we need 10. U9,U10 and U11 going.

send me an email ( to gauge interest. I'm away this week. Come on the Crossbones with Penclawdd at home!

Some Admin...Please Check

I am finalising the team subscription records for this season (for the Crusader / Pirates / Wildcats who run a joint account) as most (but not all!!) the money is now in. There are two standing orders that I can't match to specific players. Both were set up in Oct/Nov. One under the name of Fitzgerald and one under the name Christopher. If you recognise these standing orders can you please e-mail me on and just confirm the name of the player for whom you are paying (and the team). Thanks for listening. When I have this info I'll finally be able to finish this year's admin, and hopefully next year will be alot easier. MIKE.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Sunday 1st February GOWERTON Match report

Firstly well done to all the Mumbles Pirates today! I know it was a really cold start this morning and for a lot of us, we probably didn't want to venture out into the nasty weather, but that said it was worth it. the Skulls were really fired up for a great game against the mighty Gowerton pack...and boy what a game, its certainly one im going to remember for a long time to come as a Coach - everything today was perfect, our running our passing movement, supporting play Defensive and Attacking lines it was nice to see it finally pay off after all the training we have had.
5-5 it finished with Max Bowyer scoring a Hat Trick (WELL DONE!!) Jake scoring for 1 and our player of the week award winner John.. well done to you :)
Gowerton were strong and Kelvin has trained them well it showed in thier game style and play... we were also strong and gave width to our play by inclusion of great passing finding space and running the lines very closely... THE BIG MOMENT we had 5 tags and just prevented a try scoring opportunity (WELL DONE CONNOR MORT!) we defended well on our line, and closed them down easily so much so that Gowerton were on the back foot and back up to the Half Way line! we got the tags and turned over balls about 3 times it was outstanding to watch as your children started to Gel as a perfect team, i am very proud of what they all acheived today.

Thanks to all
A very Happy Coach

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Sunday 1st February

This weekend the Crossbones are training at Underhill Park - meet there at 9:30. The ground is pretty boggy, so keep an eye on the blog for last minute weather dependent changes.

Crossbones: Will M, Liam T, Megan F, Elias A, Ioan H, Tomos A, Tal E ,Matthew G, Alex D, Connor O’S, Freddie B, Sean M, Dylan T

The Skulls have a match AWAY at Gowerton RFC. Kick-off is 11:00, so meet at their ground at 10:30 for a quick training session beforehand.

Skulls: Jake C, Max P, Tomasz B, Thomas T, Cai B-L, Ryan C, Max B, Rhydian D, Josh B, Connor M, John D

Directions to Gowerton RFC can be found on the following links:
Directions or Map from M4.
There is limited parking at the ground, the best place is the large public car park on Gowerton cross roads (about 400m away). Good luck Skulls.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Sunday 25th January - Training

This Sunday is one of the few occasions that we have no match arranged. Instead there will be training, for the whole squad, at Underhill Park (Bishopston is still out of action) - Start at 9:30.

Friday, 16 January 2009

Reminder: Skulls and Crossbones squads

I've been asked to remind you of who's in which squad:
Skulls: Jake C, Max P, Tomasz B, Thomas T, Cai B-L, Ryan C, Max B, Rhydian D, Josh B, Connor M, John D
Crossbones: Will M, Liam T, Megan F, Elias A, Ioan H, Tomos A, Tal E ,Matthew G, Alex D, Connor O’S, Freddie B, Sean M, Dylan T

Crossbones - see you in Underhill for training at 9:30. Good luck Skulls!!

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Uplands RFC Match Report

Well done to all today for a great effort, it was nice to see the Kids enjoying the pre-match warm up sessions along with a very good game of Tag Rugby.. some excellent movement on and off the ball at times helped claim our second draw of the season at 8-8 we showed strength width and depth, there were a few "WILD" passes when the pressure was on, but we can work on that. I am sure at times i thought the referee could have used his glasses but "i know what its like to be in that position" so, not for me to comment really.
Player of the Week goes to Ryan Cole, who showed great dodging/speed/ and resilience in supporting play - CONGRATULATIONS :) next week we are away to Loughor - Will to confirm with Mike and should see a blog up here soon, so dont forget to keep checking!!

We all seemed to enjoy todays team effort , Will for running behind our squad, Alex also for doing the same and with a dodgy stomach!! Advice: (dont Eat Clams!)

Friday, 9 January 2009

Sunday 11th Jan Uplands AWAY: GAME ON!

GAME ON. Just got confirmation from Uplands that the pitch is OK. See you there 10:15

The plan is to give everyone a game after the Xmas break. Meet 1015 for 30 min warm up and 1100 kick off at Swansea Uplands. Please check blog Sunday am in case of pitch cancellation.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Jan 4th Match & Training Cancelled Pitch Frozen

Ahoy Pirates!
Bad Weather has stopped play!
Cancelled this week - back in awesome action for the old enemy Uplands Jan 11th, venue to be announced

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Sunday 4th Jan So far......

A frost is predicted again and Bishopston is out of action. We hope to play 2 matches, meet at 1100 UNDERHILL, against Penlan and Dunvant, weather permitting. We will divide into 2 squads for the games: Pirate Pistols vs Penlan, Pirate Daggers vs Dunvant. Please check the blog Sunday am in case of cancellation. Please email or phone 402057 if you know you cant make it -thanks.