Dragons Tighten Grip / Dreigiau yn Tynhau Gafael

Gower Dragons take the spoils against another of their closest rivals to stay on top.   No Dropped Balls get their first win of CSGT12 with an outstanding victory over the Friendly Rivals.  Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf and Once Were Athletic both vie for the final Play Off position.  

Because of one of the wettest summers on record, we were forced to play two rounds of Touch in one evening in order to catch up on the games.  The season is reaching it’s climax with only one game remaining for eight out of the ten teams and it’s nail-bitingly close at the top of the table.

Last week they ended the Orangutans three-year unbeaten record, this time it’s Y Mellt whose winning streak comes to an end at the hands of the Gower Dragons.

Gower are now the only unbeaten team left in the competition with an outstanding 5-4 win against Y Mellt.  It was Y Mellt that started the evening strongly with a 6-3 victory over play-off hopefuls, Once Were Athletic, whilst the Dragons powerfully overcame the Friendly Rivals with a 9-2 win.  However, Y Mellt could not overcome the Dragons in the second game of the evening, meaning that the Dragon’s 100% record continues.

Looking to be involved in the end of season Play Offs, Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf’s defence held firm to withstand a come-back from youngsters, Hyrddod yr Hendy in a very close game – YGN eventually winning 5 scores to 4.  And it was more of the same from Y Genhedlaeth with a convincing win over Charlie’s Angels, 12-0 – a scoreline that  helps their points scored tally no end.

And it is only because of their superior score difference that Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf are currently in the fourth and final play-off spot.  Once Were Athletic are biting at their heels though, also on 16 points, but it is YGN five extra scores during the season that are keeping them on top at the moment.  They also hold a game in hand over Once Were Athletic, but they must overcome Y Mellt in a re-arranged fixture in order to benefit from this advantage.

In fact, Once Were Athletic had a very tough evening, having to play the second placed Orangutans and third placed, Y Mellt on the same evening.  Whilst not managing to pick up a victory, they performed admirably and could still be a good bet for making the play-offs this year.

No Dropped Balls finally come good and have an excellent evening winning both of their games.  The first game is a truly fantastic win against Friendly Rivals – 7-6 and they follow that up with a 3-0 victory over Charlie’s Angels.  These two wins see them leapfrog up the table in to seventh place and they could climb further with a win in their final game of CSGT12.

Hyrddod yr Hendy bounced back from their close loss against Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf, with a close win against Lookilikies – eventually coming out 4-3 winners.  And Lookilikies went on to lose their second game, giving the Orangutans a very close run for their money, losing only 7 scores to 9 against the winners of both CSGT10 and CSGT11.

All in all, another great night of Touch in this year’s CSGT12 and it really is too close to call a winner.  It looks like the Gower Dragons, Orangutans and Y Mellt have secured their Play Off places, with either Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf or Once Were Athletic taking the final spot.

Remember there are no games this Wednesday 18th July – final league games to take place on Wednesday 25th July.

Gadael Ymateb

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