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The final match of the season was a cracker of a Mid District Cup Final at Sardis Road on 16 May.
Opponents were Championship team Rhydyfelin. A second half come back brought the cup back to Treorchy after a 6 year gap. Report below.
The Youth beat Mountain Ash by 26-11 in the final of the Blues North Cup on 26 May at Merthyr RFC.
This was an excellent finale to an almost perfect season for the Youth - Blues North Cup, WRU Cup (shared) and Blues Division BB League winners.
Treorchy 32-24 Rhydyfelin
Report by Jay Bayford
TREORCHY team manager Gareth Wilcox admitted his side’s Worthington’s Mid District Cup triumph over Rhydyfelin was the best send-off he could have asked for.
Wilcox is due to step down from his role this summer and lifting the cup was the best possible farewell.
“It’s a really good way to finish as team manager,” said a delighted Wilcox.
“This is my last game and what a send-off from the boys. I couldn’t ask for a better one.
“They are a big strong side and play in the league above us but the boys fronted up well and I think they tired in the second half and we took advantage of that with the pace of our forwards and backs.
“I thought the second-half performance was outstanding.”
The first half was largely dominated by the power of Rhydyfelin and they took the lead inside 10 minutes. Ross Lucas intercepted the ball but his pass inwards was blocked. However, the bounce of the ball allowed Lucas to kick the ball towards the try line. The centre wasn’t able to reach the whitewash because of an infringement by Lloyd Williams, who was shown a yellow card. Garyn Lucas had picked up the loose ball to touch down but the referee awarded a penalty try.
Treorchy hit back immediately with a penalty from skipper Jordan Lloyd but it was the Village who continued to dominate proceedings.
Lewis James added to their lead after a superb driving maul while another powerful maul led to a third try from Dai Gratton as Treorchy struggled to match Rhydyfelin's physical power.
But Wilcox told his players to “stick at it” and they were rewarded early in the second half. A flowing passing move ended with full-back Jacob Lloyd going over to haul Treorchy back into the game. Jordan Lloyd’s left-footed curling conversion attempt just missed the target but the try revitalised the Zebras. They found an extra yard of pace and went over minutes later. Williams chased down a clearance and managed to block the kick. The ball bounced in his favour and he raced over the whitewash with Jordan Lloyd converting.
The belief was flowing back through the One East Central outfit and they managed to make the most of their momentum as Peter Hutchings crashed over to put them ahead for the first time. Jordan Lloyd added the extras. The Zebras then galloped even further ahead thanks to another swing of Jordan Lloyd’s left boot.
Treorchy saw out the game comfortably before Garyn Daniel added a try in the final minutes. Jordan Lloyd was once again on target with the conversion.
Jordan Rees did manage to grab a consolation try right at the death for the Village but the night already belonged to Treorchy.
“We believe in the last 20 minutes of our games, we know we are fit, we know we are strong, we know we have pace and we told the boys to stick to that and it’ll come through in the end and it did,” added Wilcox.
Treorchy captain Jordan Lloyd was presented with the trophy by Colin Smith, account manager for Molson Coors.
Treorchy: Tries: Jacob Lloyd, Lloyd Williams, Peter Hutchings, Garyn Daniel; Cons: Jordan Lloyd (3); Pens: Jordan Lloyd (2).
Rhydyfelin: Tries: Pen Try, L James, D Gratton, J Rees; Con: D Gratton.
The Youth Team are again setting the standard for others to follow.
A tense match at the Principality Stadium ended in a 10-10 draw with Rumney and both teams share The WRU Youth Cup.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Youth in the final.
A win against Beddau on Saturday 12 May secured the Blues Division BB Title for a second successive season.
The final match of the season for the young Zebras was the Blues North U19 Cup Final where they beat Mountain Ash by 26-11.
A huge thank you to everyone who voted for us in the latest round of the Treorchy Wind Fund. We have been awarded the following grants:
£2,500 towards the cost of indoor training for the minis and juniors teams during the Winter months. This not only protects our youngsters, it also gives the Oval a much needed rest and reduces the number of fixtures called off for all teams.
£5,000 towards improving disabled access to the clubhouse. The work will centre on access to the lounge where the current multi-level step / ramp is difficult for wheelchair users and anyone with reduced mobility.
When he stepped out on to the field to face Llanharan on Saturday (11 November), Peter Hutchings made his 300th League Appearance for Treorchy RFC.
Peter made his first team debut at the tender age of 21 on 31 August 2002 in a 31-11 defeat at Cross Keys. He went on to play 16 league matches in a tough season that had 34 league matches (yes 34!). He didn't manage to score any tries that season but has made up for it since.
Peter reached the 100 match milestone in 2006-07 and two seasons later he became our all time leading try scorer when he broke through the 50 try barrier. In 2011, Peter reached his 200th match and by this time had scored 77 tries. His try scoring ratio has stood the test of time and he has scored 115 tries in his 299 matches to date.
Peter's trademark swallow dive when scoring a try is maybe not as high as it was, but it is still a sight for sore eyes for the supporters.
Peter has 'almost' retired several times and has had a number of operations on his troublesome knees. However, rugby (and Treorchy RFC) is in his blood and he's still not quite ready to give it all up. He seems to have had a new lease of life this season, maybe drawing energy from the younger players around him? Whatever the reason, everyone at Treorchy RFC is delighted that Peter has reached this amazing milestone and hope that we'll be able to watch him play many more times.
Congratulations on an outstanding achievement!
In the league match away at Dinas Powys, Rhys Gillard Joined the growing list of current Zebras to reach the 100 league appearances milestone.
Rhys made his league debut on 25 September 2010 in an away match at Gilfach Goch and in the 99 matches that have followed, he has played in almost every position in the pack ... a reflection of his all round rugby ability.
Congratulations on a tremendous achievement ... here's to the next 100!
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We are very grateful to all of the individuals and businesses that support us throughout the season.
The 1st XV's Kit is sponsored by:
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Replica kit and supporters' clothing and accessories are available from:
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Champions, Division 1 East Central
Champions, Blues Division BC
Winners, WRU Bowl
Winners, Taff Rhondda District Cup
Mini / Junior
Winners, U12 Blues Cup
Winners, U14 Blues Cup
At their annual gala dinner in London on Monday 9 January the Rugby Writers' Club presented Treorchy RFC's Hon. Secretary, Bryan James, with an award for services to rugby.
Bryan joined our club as a player in 1962 and has served as Hon Secretary since 1976. He was presented with the well-deserved award by Adam Jones in from of a 500 strong audience at the London Marriot Hotel in Grosvenor Square.
Needless to say, everyone at Treorchy RFC is delighted that Bryan's 40+ years of outstanding service to the club has been recognised by the Rugby Writers' Club.