Noson Gemau Ail Gyfle | Playoffs Night

Gower Dragons are impressive in their 6-2 win over 2011 champs, Orangutans to take the CSGT title for the first time.  New boys, Y Mellt beat Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf to take the third spot.

 Gower Dragons were the only team to maintain a perfect 100% win record throughout the 2012 competition and were living proof that youth is no match for experience.   The Dragons driving game, as well as sound defensive organisation made them very difficult to beat.  They are also the best team in the league from 5 metres out, invariably coming away with a score from a quick role ball and split on the 5.  It will be interesting to see how they fare in the newly-formed Wales Champions League when they will come up against some of the best teams from across the country.

In the first semi-final of the evening the Dragons faced Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf.  Despite a brave performance, YGN were unable to answer the Gower’s quick plays in the final quarter of the field and they were outscored 6 scores to 4.  Favourites, Gower Dragons were now through to the final and were confident of a victory whoever they were to face.

In the other semi final, great rivals Y Mellt faced reigning CSGT champions, Oragutans in a very close-fought game.  At half time the scores were locked at one a piece and the score wasstill tied at 2-each at the end of regulation time, forcing the game to go into a ‘drop off’.  Each team was eventually down to four players before Orangutans were able to get the all-important winning score to run out 3-2 winners and book their place in the final.

All was not lost for Y Mellt, however, and this time they were the right end of a 3-2 score line, beating Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf in the 3rd place play-off game.  Both teams will be back for CSGT in 2013 after their maiden season of Touch confident of improving their final positioning.

Then it was time for the final game of Cyffwrdd Sir Gar Touch 2012 with Gower Dragons facing the 2010 and 2011 champions, Orangutans.  Again, the Dragons ability to make ground very quickly with their driving game forced the Orangutans on to the back foot and they were unable to stop the Dragons racking up a number of quick scores.  Orangutans managed to score twice and showed promise of scoring more, but ultimately it was the Dragons that were victorious, running out convincing 6-2 winners and rounding off a perfect season of victories!

It was another great season of Touch in Llanelli in 2012 and we now look forward to see how our top four teams fare against the best that other Touch leagues across Wales have to offer in the Wales Champions League. 

Thanks again to everyone that helped make CSGT12 another resounding success, especially the referees who make the game possible.  Special thanks also to WTA Referee Director, Kevin Hobbs, who not only was able to provide valuable referee coaching throughout the season, but also ended up refereeing three games during Playoffs Night too!  

Gower Dragons – Ennillwyr 2012 Winners

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Datguddio’r 4 Uchaf / Top 4 Decided

Gower finish the regular season with nine wins out of nine.  Y Mellt and Orangutans draw, with both teams securing a place in the play offs. Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf take the all important fourth and final play off spot.

In the first game of the evening, Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf are narrowly beaten in their rearranged fixture against Y Mellt five scores to three. This leaves Y Genhedlaeth needing to win their second game of the evening to guarantee a play off place. They do so by pulling a victory out of the bag with a narrow 6-5 victory of much improved, The Friendly Rivals.

Elsewhere, Both Once Were Athletic and Lookilikies gain walk over wins with Hyrddod yr Hendy and Charlie’s Angels both unable to fulfil their fixtures.

Once Were Athletic miss out agonisingly on a play off place by a single point  and will be disappointed to note that dropping points with 5-5 draw instead of a victory in Round 6 against Lookilikies may have cost them a place in the play offs.

Gower Dragons make it 100% wins for the season with a win, 8 scores to 5 over No Dropped Balls and are clear league winners by three points.  The Dragons have scored 61 times this season and conceded 29 scores.

Following this, it’s an exciting 3-3 draw when 2nd place, Y Mellt play 3rd placed, Orangutans in what will be a pre-cursor to the play off semi finals.  Y Mellt finish above Orangutans only by virtue of their superior points scored difference.  They are the league’s highest scorers with 76 and have a +/- of 41, closely followed by Orangutans who have crossed the whitewash 73 times this season, but their +/- of 27 puts them into 3rd place.

Finals Night

Semi Final 1 – Gower Dragons (1) v Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf (4)

Semi Final 2 – Y Mellt (2) v Orangutans (3)

Final – Winner SF1 v Winner SF2

So on Wednesday 1st August, it’s Gower Dragons to play against Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf in the first semi final and Y Mellt to play Orangutans in the second semi.  This is really too close to call, but it’s the unbeaten Gower Dragons who must be firm favourites to take their first Cyffwrdd Sir Gâr Touch title.  However, both Y Mellt and Orangutans lost to the Dragons by only one score in the league fixtures, so can be confident of upsetting the odds whichever team makes it through to the final.

Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf may be the dark horses for the title.  If they can overturn the Dragons in the semi, they will be confident of beating whoever they face in the final, although they have not managed to beat any of the teams placed above them this season.

Whatever happens, it’s been a fantastic third season of Touch in Llanelli at Ysgol Y Strade this summer and we are already looking forward to CSGT13.

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Pendine

Don’t forget, there’s plenty more Touch to play this year, with the announcement that this year’s Pendine tournament will now take place on the 29th / 30th September.   This is a fantastic social tournament and we’re strongly encouraging Llanelli teams to enter this tournament.  Please contact me for more details (matt@gorllewingwyllt.com) if you would either like to enter a team or be part of a team looking for players.

See Pendine Sands Tournament Is On for more details.

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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.

Dragons on Fire / Dreigiau Ar Dan

Gower Dragons victorious in the top of the table clash against previously unbeaten, Orangutans!

Gower Dragons end Orangtuans three year unbeaten run to top the CSGT12 table for the first time in a very closely-fought 3-2 win.  As the results suggest, this was a close game and quite a fiery encounter with both teams determined not lose their unbeaten records without a fight.  But it was the Dragons, with their greater experience of Touch and a number of players who have represented Wales at international level, that just edged to victory.  Some poor discipline from the Orangutans did not help their cause.  The Dragons play third placed Y Mellt in this weeks games, so it will be interesting to see if the unbeaten run continues.

Elsewhere, Y Mellt cruised to a 12-1 win against Charlie’s Angels.  Y Mellt have the best score difference in the league and this could yet come in to play as they have a game in hand on both Gower and the Orangutans.  It is feasible that score difference may decide the difference between first and second in this year’s competition – making for an exciting climax to the end of the season.

Once Were Athletic managed to hold on to the all-important fourth play off position by beating No Dropped Balls 8-2 and Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf are now hot on their heels, recording a fine win against Lookilikies 9 scores to 4.  The Friendly Rivals managed their second victory of the campaign, with a fantastic win against Hyrddod Yr Hendy – coming out 6-3 winners.

Due to the poor recent weather, CSGT12 are planning two games per team this Wednesday evening  in order to catch up with the lost weeks.  Please note the earlier tap-off times with the first games starting at 6pm.  See the fixtures below:

Wednesday 11.07.12

18.00 – Once Were Athletic v Y Mellt, Gower Dragons v The Friendly Rivals, Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf v Hyrddod Yr Hendy

18.40 – Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf v Charlie’s Angels, Gower Dragons v Y Mellt, Once Were Athletic v Orangtuans

19.20 – Friendly Rivals v No Dropped Balls, Hyrddod Yr Hendy v Lookilikies

20.00 – Lookilikies v Orangutans, No Dropped Balls v Charlie’s Angels

Hyrddod yn Dechrau Hyrddio / Rams Begin Stampede

In another fantastic night of Touch at Ysgol Y Strade, Hyrddod yr Hendy start to climb the table, whilst Orangutans, Gower Dragons and Y Mellt stay on top.

In the first games of the evening, Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf, narrowly lost out to Orangutans 9 – 7.  Despite the scores being level at points in the game, the Orangutans managed to hold on, get the important scores and continue their unbeaten record.

On Pitch 2, Once Were Athletic held on to fourth spot by fighting out a 5-all draw with Lookilikies, who are leap-frogged by Hyrddod yr Hendy, whose young team completed a 6 – 4 victory over No Dropped Balls and in doing so, rise up to fifth position.  Hendy are now only three points away from claiming the all important fourth spot – the final play off position.

Both Y Mellt and Gower Dragons still remain unbeaten, although the Dragons have played one more game.  Y Mellt managed to overcome the Friendly Rivals 10 scores to 7 and Gower Dragons were victorious over Charlie’s Angels 8 – 3.

Play-offs / Gemau Ail Gyfle

To remind you of the format of CSGT12, every team plays each other once, with teams recording three points for a win, two for a draw and one for a loss.

After the ninth and final round is played, the top four placed teams will go on to contest the play-offs.  The team placed first will play in a semi final against the team that finished in fourth position, with the second and third placed teams contesting the second semi final.  The winning teams will contest the final with the losers contesting the third place play off game.

CSGT12 is braced for an exciting climax, with the current top four teams all playing against each other over the remaining four rounds.  Round 4 will now be played on Wednesday 18th July with the Play-offs the following week.  It is worth noting that Orangutans are to play Gower Dragons in the re-arranged Round 4, which could be a pre-cursor to the final if their winning runs continue.

Rownd / Round 7

1830 – Y Mellt v Once Were Athletic, The Friendly Rivals v Gower Dragons

1910 – Lookilikies v Orangutans, Charlie’s Angels v No Dropped Balls

1950 – Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf v Hyrddod yr Hendy

Record 100% yn Parhau / 100% Record Continues

Three teams in CSGT12 are still unbeaten after Round 5; defending champions, Orangutans, Gower Dragons and Y Mellt.

Orangutans and Gower Dragons are now both on played 4, won 4 with Y Mellt closely following in third place with a game in hand.  Orangutans superior score difference is all that seperates them from Gower Dragons in second place and scoring another 10 in Round 5 no doubt helped their cause – although they might be concerned that they conceded seven scores to the team placed one from the bottom, No Dropped Balls.

Elsewhere, an exciting game between Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf and Once Were Athletic resulted in a seven-all draw.  The Friendly Rivals broke this season’s duck with a fine win against Charlie’s Angels 10 scores to 5 and Y Mellt cruised to a 12-5 win against Lookilikies.

We look forward to another exciting round of Touch Round 6 next week!

Round 6

18.30 – Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf v Orangutans, Lookilikies v Once Were Athletic

19.10 – Friendly Rivals v Y Mellt, Charlie’s Angels v Gower Dragons

19.50 – Hyrddod yr Hendy v No Dropped Balls

 

Canlyniadau Rownd 3 / Results Round 3 CSGT12

 Orangutans storm to the top of the table with a close-fought win against much improved, Friendly Rivals. 

Both teams have been competing in the Llanelli league since the CSGT10 and whilst Orangutans have won two titles and are very much in the running for a third, the Friendly Rivals have made a disappointing start to this year’s campaign losing their opening two games.  Despite suffering a third consecutive loss, they remain hopeful that their weekly training sessions will pay off and look to record their first victory in Round 4 against CSGT newcomers Hyrddod yr Hendy.

One advantage that the Friendly Rivals have is that one of the team has been training with Wales Men 30+ squad since January. 

Christen Rees-Jones, could be the first CSGT produced player to win an international Touch cap having only started playing the game in 2010.  Chris is training hard each week with the national Mens Over 30s team and is hopeful of cementing a place in the squad which travels to Italy in September to participate in the Touch Euros

Wales are the reigning overall champions having taken the title in Bristol in 2010 and hope to defend the title in one of the Federation of International Touch’s showcase events.  CSGT wish Chris every success! Pob lwc!

Christen Rees-Jones – the first international player produced by CSGT?

Elsewhere, Gower Dragons, another team with a number of representative Touch players, move up the table into second spot with their third consecutive victory, winning 7 – 4 against Once Were Athletic.  No Dropped Balls improve on their two losses so far, with a draw against Lookilikies and Hyrddod yr Hendy record their first win in 2012 with a 9 – 2 victory against Charlie’s Angels.

The game between Y Mellt and Y Genhedlaeth Nesaf had to be postponed and will be played at a later date.