SWALEC Rugby Division 3 East B
AFODYRYNYS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
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Croeso i ymwelwyr
Welcome to visitors
what's that name all about?
Well it's Welsh if you've not guessed it.
summer dwelling place / farm...
an island or river meadow...
Yr simply means…
So Hafodyrynys can translate into...
The Island Summer Dwelling or…
The River Meadow Summer Farm
Or some other similar combinations.
Hafodyrynys is nestled in Cwm Llwynau valley in Gwent and there has been a rugby team here since at least the 1920’s. However we’re not too sure if the ground we currently use was there in that period. Rumour has it that the playing field was formed during the Great Depression just after the First World War and we do know that the ground was put in trust in 1925 as a recreational or pleasure ground for the good of the people of Hafodyrynys and the surrounding areas. As is the case all throughout the South Wales valleys, it was the coal industry that brought wealth to the areas and was responsible for many of the buildings and facilities we see today, from Miners Institutes to Recreational Grounds. The oldest building on the site is The Pavilion which formed the first changing rooms for the club; but this building was put to many others uses by the local community of the time. Once again actual dates have so far escaped our research but the search goes on. The clubhouse as we know it today has grown and developed over the years and has seen many changes, improvements and facelifts. The club has supported rugby, soccer, cricket and tennis over the years but sadly as interests and support wanes we have seen many of these disappear; not so the current rugby team which is now doing well with promotion through the SWALEC divisions to their current league placing. But it’s toward the youth of the area we look for the future players and with the development of the Junior and Mini sections we seem to be in safe hands.
Last year seen the team struggle both raising a team and performing on the field. The club was seriously hit by a loss of players to other clubs offering enticements and a horrific injury list. During the season new players were drafted in to boost the clubs squad and some sense of honour was regained. This year all has changed with the league structure with the formation of a new Division 3 formed in category and zones. We find ourselves in Division 3 East B. To help with the healing process the club has changed the head coach and we welcome Craig Blunsden to the club. With the draft of new players at the end of last season and the hope to sign even more before commencing this season, it’s hoped that the club can turn around its’ fortunes.
In 2011 seen the launch of our Junior & Mini section at the club and we couldn’t have dreamed we’d have had such a great response from surrounding areas. Last year they arranged 120 matches across the season; fielding five age groups from Under 7s to Under 13s. Well done the Mini & Junior committee! Feedback from visiting teams has been marvellous for both facilities and the welcome extended to them. We are still looking for those budding stars of tomorrow; visit the Junior & Mini page for more information. Both boys and girls are welcome.