It was a hugely emotional weekend at the Club as our teams paid wonderful tributes to our good friend Tom Owen.
The Club came together on Saturday to pay a fitting tribute to Tom at Mount Pleasant Park where the 1st XV took on Narberth in a National Championship fixture. Past and present team mates, old and new friends joined with Tom's family for a minutes silence that was impeccably held by all.
This was a fixture that Beddau were desperate not to lose and they certainly gave a performance that Tom would have been proud of. A brace of tries from hooker Jack Dando along with good scores from Jordan Goodwin and Carl Lewis helped the Green and Golds to an exciting 29-28bonus point win. Outside half Hywel Chatham lead the side out in his 100th appearance for Beddau and he orchestrated the team excellently throughout and also weighed in with a penalty and three conversions in the victory. Narberth certainly made a game of it and could have snatched it at the death but a touchline conversion just drifted wide. A special mention must go to the players, officials and supporters of Narberth who were simply outstanding in the way they showed nothing but respect to the grieving Beddau support.
Full match report to follow.
The 2nd XV and Youth XV games were all postponed as a mark of respect to Tom.
Our mini and junior Bulldogs also joined together to pay their respects to their former player over the weekend. Hundreds of players gather around many fields to pay tribute to Tom and as they have all season then put on a performance to make everybody proud. It is fantastic to see everybody at the Club coming together for a great guy, former player and team mate.
Our darts team remain top of the Pontyclun & District Winter league after a 5-2 (10-4 legs) win over Llanharan RFC at the Clubhouse. John Coburn was on top form hitting two 180's with Cavan Phillips also hitting a maximum. Lenny's Lions are now a point clear at the top after second placed Ogmore A beat Whitehills B 6-1.
Cwm Welfare recorded another big win on the Saturday as they continue to fight their way out of the relegation spots in the Welsh league division three. A 3-1 home win over Treharris Ath Western sees them jump up a place to fourteenth place and are now just two wins off mid-table. Gareth Medd, Jacob Whitfield and Owain Adams got the all important goals for Cwm.
This weekend has been hugely emotional but it has proven once again what a special Club we have and how we all stick together at difficult times.
A special thank you must go out to Rhydyfelin RFC and their Secretary Paul "Dillon" Phillips for showing their respects to Tom before their game with Caerleon on Saturday. They too are a great Club with the same core values as us.