Treorchy RFC

The Zebras

Welcome

Here you'll find everything you need to know about the Rhondda's most famous rugby club.  Information is updated regularly, so please keep calling back to see what's new!


Photo of the Oval above, courtesy of Martin Green

1st XV News


Not the best start to the season - a loss by 16-30 to newly promoted Gilfach Goch, who were the best team on the day.


Next up is our first league visit to the Tump to take on Cambrian Welfare on 8 Sept.  KO is 2:30pm.

Full season's fixture list

Youth News


2017-18 was an almost perfect season for the Youth - Blues North Cup, WRU Cup (shared) and Blues Division BB League winners.


Let's see what 2018-19 will bring - info coming soon.

Stripe it Lucky


Results for:                 02.09.18

Nos:                            2-13-19-23
Jackpot winners:         0
£25 winners:               14
Next week's jackpot:   £1,500

Youth Team - New Players Welcome

Our Youth Team has has a fantastic few seasons.  In the last two years, it has won Blues Division BB (twice), WRU Bowl, Taff Rhondda Cup, Blues North Cup and shared the WRU Cup.


Some of the players from that successful set up are moving up to play Senior Rugby which means that there's an opportunity for new players to make their mark.


If you're interested in joining the Rhondda's most successful Youth Team, get in touch with us via Twitter, Facebook or e-mail. 

Neil Hutchings

We are very sad to report that former club captain and chairman, Neil Hutchings, has passed away.  ‪Neil gave many years of service to Treorchy RFC and played a big part in the history of our club. 

Neil's funeral took place on Friday 24th August at St Peter's Church, Pentre and  Llwydcoed Crematorium.  The large number of people who attended one or both of the services is testament to how highly Neil was regarded, not just in the local area but across the rugby community in Wales.  


Donations in Neil's memory may be made to Macmillan Cancer Care.

Matchday Hospitality

The Hospitality Cabins at the Oval achieved legend status many years ago.  Originally constructed to accommodate match sponsors in the heady days before regional rugby, the cabins are still popular today with supporters and local businesses alike. 

We're now taking bookings for the forthcoming season.  For more information, please contact:

Bradley Mantle - 07779 022558 /  bradleymantle@live.co.uk 

Gwyn Thorne - 07516 511384 /  gwyn.thorne@treorchyrugby.com


For dates and current availability, please visit the matchday hospitality page

Captain Fantastic

The coaches have appointed Jordan Lloyd as 1st XV Captain for the 2018-19 season.


This will be outside half Jordan's third stint as Captain since taking over the role in mid-season 2016-17.  


Since making his 1st XV debut versus Penallta on 1 May 2010, Jordan has played in 141 league matches for the Zebras and was an ever present in seasons 2016-17 and 2017-18.  He has also been the top points scorer for the last five seasons.  


Now that's what it means to lead by example!

2018-19 Coaching Team News

We're pleased to confirm the senior side's coaching set-up for the forthcoming season.  Andrew Bishop retains the head coach position, whilst Craig Everett takes up the forwards coaching role.


'Bish' has proven his ability as a progressive young coach, balancing his role as a skills coach with the Ospreys, as well as taking the reigns as their newly established Under 23 defence coach, and keeping his role with Treorchy RFC. Since taking the head coach role with us 2 seasons ago, the team has won the Division One League title in his 1st season and the Mid District Cup & 3rd place in the league last season. 


'Crag' rejoins us after many years on the road honing his coaching skills. Success at Pontypool Schools & Monmouth saw Craig being selected by the Blues to coach the U18s whilst overseeing the U16s development at the Arms Park outfit this season. 
We wish them both continued success for the coming season in all their rugby involvement.

 
Rhoss Davies completes the set up as Team Manager after working behind the scenes for the past 2 seasons.

Both coaches would like to invite any newcomers with the ambition to improve their game to come and join Treorchy RFC this season. Training is on Tuesday & Thursday at 7.00pm.

If any player interested in training or joining the squad and would like further information, please contact the Team Manager Rhoss Davies on 07971 828 759.

Mid District Cup Winners 2018

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.


Scorers:

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.

Youth Team News

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 special thank you from all at the club  goes out to Steve and Emma James of SJB Bricklaying Contractors for sponsoring the match day attire and kit. 

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.

Treorchy Wind Fund

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. 

300's the magic number for Peter

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!

100 not out for Gilly

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!

 

Matchday Hospitality

Our match day cabins are a great way to watch the rugby with your friends and family.


To find out more and to book your cabin, contact:


Gwyn Thorne 07516 511384.



Sponsors

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:


Real Windows                Devonalds Solicitors

Carpets 4 U                   Elite Landscaping

U Design


Replica kit and supporters' clothing and accessories are available from:

U Design, 129 Bute Street, Treorchy, CF42 6BB. Tel: 01443 776661

Presentation Night

Jacob Lloyd, Liam Phillips, Dewis Morris, Jordan Lloyd and Will Griffiths picked up the awards at the 1st XV Presentation Night on 3 June.


Full list of awards and winners

The 2016-17 Trophy Cabinet

1st XV

Champions, Division 1 East Central


Youth

Champions, Blues Division BC

Winners, WRU Bowl

Winners, Taff Rhondda District Cup


Mini / Junior

Winners, U12 Blues Cup

Winners, U14 Blues Cup


Recognising outstanding service

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.