17 June 2021 / Club News

Special Evening for our Warriors, and the Club.

It was a special evening down at Parc Broyd recently, when, following their training session, members of the Mini & Junior section - “The Warriors” received their new shirts, sponsored by well known local philanthropist and giant of the hospitality industry, Andrew “Shinko” Jenkins. Each “Warrior” was presented with their very own specially designed shirt, and with a nod to the Club’s 40th anniversary, bearing an iconic Ruby band on one sleeve. It was as well that “Shinko”, a notable schoolboy front row player coached by the great Alun Pask, has still kept himself in good shape since those days, as he worked tirelessly through over 50 elbow bumps and photo shots in giving out the shirts.
Not to be left out on the night, the mums and dads played a game of touch rugby under the watchful eye of Club skills coach Withey, who managed to keep up well enough to allow a fast flowing game. There were some impressive silky skills displayed and some notable performances with none more standout than those of the Club’s former six times captain and team enforcer James Webb. Clearly James has retired way too early and must be considering a late career swansong. With the mouthwatering prospect of watching the forthcoming likely Lions inter-generational partnership of AWJ with young Mario, surely Crick’s old warhorse could could bring the same impact to the team by packing down with its powerhouse young guns, Logan and Morris. James - we’re calling you out - Thursdays 7pm !!!
To round off the evening, Club in-house chef Darren Greenland was on hand to refuel the young Warriors after a tough session. Even at this tender age they are well aware of the need to manage their dietary and nutritional requirements to sustain their athletic performance and our chef delivered a well balanced menu of both meat and vegan option hot dogs. As the club medic he was also handidly placed for anyone who inadvertanlty miscounted their daily carb intake.
The Club, and the Warriors, were also honoured with a visit from a very special guest when Welsh Rugby Union President Rob Butcher came along to observe the training session and meet them. He gave a short inspiring talk on the values and rewards of what rugby can mean, and bring to them through their lives, and of course noting there could very well be some future Welsh Internationals and Lions amongst them !! He was also extremely interested and impressed on learning of the Club’s future growth plans.
The whole event was chronicled and beautifully recorded in film through some great pictures taken by Crickhowell’s very own David Bailey…..Marc “Bones” Jones, as the attached photos demonstrate with two of our our young Warriors, Emily and Willis Morgan, presenting “Shinko” with a framed copy of the new shirt, with the WRU Presidenty Rob Baker standing alongside.
Almost 60 members are now registered and turning up regularly to the Warriors training sessions at 6pm every Tuesday evening at Parc Broyd. Under the dynamic purposeful leadership of Owen Miles, these sessions are run by a team of dedicated coaches - Sue ward, Damien Dwyer, Keanu Morris, Sam Lewis Jones, Mark Withey, Mark Phillips, Chris Jones, Richard Bryan and Thom Harding. The Club is grateful and lucky to have this team supporting our Mini and Junior section, and we wish those of you who are pursuing your coaching badge every success.
While we’re at it, lets not forget the two other sections of the Club who run weekly training sessions. Our seniors train on a Thursday night at 7pm. The Club has confirmed their entry in the WRU’s back to rugby start up programme with a round robin Shield competition which should start in August, and before then there’s maybe the possibility of a friendly game or two, together with a 7’s competition at Tref Y Clawdd on 3rd July. The Walking Rugby section continues to grow and “train” every Monday at 6pm, and they’ll be getting back to competitive rugby with a squad of 20 making an arduous trip to Bristol, requiring an overnight stay, on the August Bank Holiday to play in a festival at Kingswood Rugby Club.
Parc Broyd really is a “theatre of fun” for many players of all ages each week. Come and join us.
Finally, once again we thank our Warriors sponsor Andrew “Shinko” Jenkins of the Horeshoe Inn, Llangattock and AJ Construction for his valued support to Mini and Junior Rugby in Crickhowell and surrounding villages.

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