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Maesteg Harlequins RFC
"The Quins"

Maesteg Harlequins (Tir Iarll) rugby football club is a friendly, hospitable club, which promotes Rugby Union on a strictly amateur basis.

A warm welcome awaits anyone who wishes to play or support rugby union and enjoy the South Parade and Maesteg Harlequins club experience. Training is on Mondays and Thursdays at South Parade starting at 6:30pm. Wele ti - See you soon.

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Undefeated
Division 3 West League Champions 2012.

Undefeated
Division 4 West League Champions 2011.

President's Cup
Winners
2011.

Silver ball
Finalists
2012.

Maesteg Quins Under 16s

Interested in playing rugby? Maesteg Quins want players of all abilities to join their newly formed Under 16s team.

Training takes place on South Parade every Tuesday at 6:30pm.

You will be coached by the senior coaches along with Ospreys Under 20 Jay Ronan and Sion King.

All players welcome.

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Quins main shirt sponsor - UK Tool Mart

Maesteg Quins are delighted to announce that UK TOOL MART will take over as Maesteg Quins new main kit sponsor.
Read the Quins sponsorship details here.

Quins - Plate Round 3

Maesteg Quins will entertain Llantrisant on the 11/01/14, in the 3rd round of the SWALEC Plate.

Llantrisant are, at the time of writing, joint top of Division 2 East, with 40 points from 10 matches.

Therefore, the 'Black Army' will arrive at South Parade confident having experienced a consistent start to the season. They have lost twice.

Historically Llantrisant have been a strong Junior Union outfit, winning the Brewers Cup in 1981-82.
They gained full WRU status and like the Quins, are double Glamorgan County Silver Ball winners (1988-89 / 1993-94).
They were also WRU Division 2 Champions in 2006-07.

If this fixture between the leading clubs in the two Division Twos isn't enough to whet the appetite of rugby followers - nothing is.

Quins U16 Match Report 14th Dec 2013.

Kenfig Hill U16s 20 - 0 Maesteg Quins U16s
In the first ever match for a Quins junior side, the young jesters visited Croft Goch to take on the mini Mules and acquitted themselves well in atrocious conditions.
In an excellent 80 miniutes nver-say-die performance, the Quins showed a lot of potential and the club are extremely proud of the manner in which every player performed and conducted themselves.
Anyone wishing to play Under 16s rugby and enjoy regular rugby, training takes place at South Parade every Tuesday at 5:30pm.
We look forward to meeting you.

Quins fixtures

Maesteg Quins 1st and 2nd XV 2013-2014 season fixtures can be downloaded / viewed here.

Latest Quins Match Report

The Quins Lost Away against Trebanos, full Match Report here.

Players

If any player wishes to compete in Division Two on a purely amateur basis and enjoy the South Parade experience, then training takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (see training schedule link for further details).

The Quins hope to announce some signings over the next few weeks, with a series of new faces turning out for both the 1sts and 2nds next season. Some not so new faces may also return to the Quins colours.

Hopefully there will be a big push fpr successful campaign for 2013 - 14 (and beyond).

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Quins 1st XV Oponents Since 2008.



Quins 1st XV results since 2008.

Matches.Total.
Won99
Lost51
Drawn3
Pos

Team
Pl
W
D
L
PF
PA
Diff
TF
TA
TB
LB
Pts
1 No change Dunvant RFC 21 14 2 5 438 276 162 54 32 3 5 68
2 Up Skewen RFC 19 11 3 5 405 245 160 51 28 5 4 59
3 Down Maesteg Harlequins RFC 16 12 1 3 382 246 136 52 28 7 1 58
4 Up Trebanos RFC 18 10 0 8 410 297 113 53 33 7 3 50
5 Down Mumbles RFC 20 10 0 10 400 347 53 48 47 3 5 48
6 Up Amman United RFC 19 9 0 10 473 458 15 67 58 8 3 47
7 No change Newcastle Emlyn RFC 18 9 1 8 382 329 53 50 44 5 2 45
8 No change Seven Sisters RFC 20 8 1 11 349 427 -78 46 52 4 5 43
9 Down Maesteg RFC 19 9 2 8 336 368 -32 38 49 1 1 42
10 Up Felinfoel RFC 16 7 1 8 367 361 6 48 43 5 3 38
11 Down Aberystwyth RFC 19 6 1 12 278 435 -157 35 60 4 5 35
12 No change Aberavon Quins RFC 17 0 0 17 164 595 -431 19 87 0 2 2

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2013 Presentation Night and Season Review

Celebrations of the 2012-2013 season were concluded as the annual awards were distributed to the worthy recipients at the clubhouse on Saturday 11th.

The curtain has closed on the 2012-2013 season. Congratulations to Builth Wells and Crymych on their respective achievements of title winners and promotion.

Much has happened in the last eight months.

The season started with a great honour. If there was any doubt of the regard in which Maesteg Harlequins RFC is held in Welsh rugby, it was confirmed when no less than seven players represented Glamorgan County RFC in a single match. In the 114 years of Quins rugby, the selection of one player to represent Glamorgan was a source of great pride. For half the Glamorgan team to consist of Maesteg Harlequins players, a feat never achieved by any other club, it is beyond everybody’s wildest dreams.

When the league programme started, the Quins seemed to be taking their return to Division Two like ducks to water. Their 100% consecutive league record stood at forty-two matches and remained in tact for the first four games and then, after an incredible forty-six consecutive league wins… well it had to happen sometime!

A far worse loss than that defeat against Felinfoel was the injury that brought an end not just to the playing days, but also the coaching role of Robbie Morris. And September hadn’t even ended!

Injuries, some long-term casualties, were a regular feature of the campaign. Another feature was the stop-start nature season. Blank Saturdays, international breaks and the weather all combined to make the most disjointed and inconsistent season people can remember, well ever.

A great win one week, accompanied by the momentum and feel-good-factor that goes with it, would be brought to an abrupt halt. The casing point being the great win at Broadacre in early January, was the only fixture for seven weeks! Meanwhile our near neighbours and friends Maesteg waited two and a half months for a home game! While nobody can do anything about the weather, currently the game is a mess and needs some serious, logical thinking.

Another factor was the bum deal the Quins were getting from some match officials. While referees cannot be continuously blamed for negative results, some undoubtedly were wayward in their decision making that went beyond just having a bad day. They put in some positively partial performances. Perversely, some of the worst performances came in the Quins’ biggest victories. Referees cannot allow personal views of rugby tradition to severely bias their thinking.

In the twenty or so games that were played this season, there were some superb singular efforts. Everyone played their part for the vast majority of the season. While the ‘more established’ players, if you can be more established in a team whose average age is touching 24, within the side gave their all at every occasion, it was the zest which youth brings that often caught the eye. Jay Ronan, Keiron Watkins, Nathan Smith, Rhys Roberts, Ryan George and Kyle Blackmore all proved invaluable additions to the team. With this season under their belt, things should improve even more next season. Even in his fleeting performances for the first XV, Liam Thomas showed plenty of guts and determination.

Yet the Quins truly are a team, a young team at that and there were some great collective efforts. Dunvant home and away. Taibach away. Seven Sisters home and of course the two matches against near neighbours Maesteg.

If the first at Llynfi Road wasn’t dramatic enough, with an almighty defensive effort allowing the Quins to take the honours against the Old Parish; then the match at South Parade had to be seen to be believed. Thirteen Quins men put a difference of twenty-four points between themselves and their more illustrious neighbours.

Despite both clubs sitting in first, second and third places for a large portion of the season, in the latter stages relegation was more of a threat to the two clubs than the glory of a title or promotion push. Although that situation was highly unlikely, for the two Llynfi valley clubs in the second division (west), it became a battle for pride, a two team league within a league with one holding the 135 year tradition of being the premier club in the upper Llynfi valley, while the other sought to bring this status quo to an end.

At the season’s end, the double over the Old Parish, was a big factor in ending Maesteg’s century and a third status of being the best club in the upper Llynfi valley. Some achievement indeed, as the Quins ended 2012-13 three points and two positions above Maesteg to end 135 years of tradition and it was something the black and ambers were desperate to avoid.

Some people, a very limited number outside the club, have decried the fifth place finish achieved by the Quins. The highest position they have ever reached in their 114 year history. Many ask “What happened on Saturday?” when news filters through of defeat after two invincible league years. Quite simply, this league is tough. The Quins are a young side and one victory in Division Two is as hard fought and more valuable than a hatful of wins in Divisions Three or Four.

Has 2012-13 been successful? You bet. It isn’t always about winning week in week out, it’s testing yourself to the nth degree of your ability. That’s what happened this season. It is also very reminiscent of two things.

Firstly the Quins’ first excursion into Division Six when they just escaped relegation with a hard fought, late season win over fellow strugglers Aberafan Green Stars. A season later the Quins won the league title with three games to go, adding the Silver Ball and President’s Cup for the first time to the trophy cabinet. Secondly, Carwyn James’ stint at Rovigo. Fans of the Rosso et Azzurri were disenchanted with the legendary former Lions and Llanelli coach failed to deliver the Italian championship at the first attempt. However, when the title was delivered to the Stadio Mario Battaglini in the following season with three games left to play, the Welsh wizard’s god-like status was restored.

This is not to say that positive things will automatically arrive at the Quins door in 2013-2014. A lot of hard work has to take place for that to happen, especially in a league where every team will capitalise on every single mistake you make, but with an extra season’s experience and a young side – anything can happen.

For the awards a whole host of people were thanked for their unstinting efforts during the season, as the club reached its highest position in its history.

The first award was Clubman of the Year. For the second season in succession it was presented to Dr. Richard Lewis for the expert care he provides the players. Everyone, including the opposition, is extremely grateful and appreciative of his presence.

Most Promising Player of the Year was a difficult decision to make as there were so many contenders. There were a whole host of young players who have made an impact including Nathan Smith, Keiron Watkins, Ryan George, Nick Flay, Craig Ronan and Liam Thomas. But the award went to Jay Ronan who has consistently performed well and been rewarded with selection for the Opsreys Under 20s this season.

The 2nd XV Player of the Year again had a number of candidates, namely Robert Jones, Craig Ronan, Rhodri Davies and Liam Thomas. Long serving three-quarter Leon had something to crow as he came out top of the pecking order.

There were few contenders for the Player’s Player of the Year and it was presented to the ever-committed Sean Cleary.

Finally, the Player of the Year was awarded to a player who has operated with equal effectiveness in all sections of the pack. As the season was drawing to a close, his ball carrying capabilities were becoming increasingly devastating and Taibach in particular cringed at the sight of him on the charge. For his consistently reliable performances Rhodri Roberts received the Player of the Year award.

Nevertheless the 2012-2013 season has now passed. If any player, of any standard wishes to play rugby and enjoy the South Parade experience, playing a good standard of rugby on a strictly amateur basis, Maesteg Harlequins awaits you from 2013-2014.

However, despite the achievements and celebrations, a shadow was cast over the Quins on the last Saturday of the season. It still hangs over the club and was discussed by the club officials and doctor at the start of proceedings. The Quins were rocked at the news of a severe illness striking down our long-standing, much respected and well-loved trainer Andrew John. A true friend and true gentleman of the club, indeed the sport, lies ill.

It is fair to say, given the sheer volume of good wishes and questions of concern from the worlds of rugby, rallying and revelry, a large swathe of people across south Wales and beyond, are anxious about his condition.

It should be known that despite suffering from a severe illness for quite some time, Andrew still turned up to treat the Quins players and despite the pain, he did so without a single word of complaint.

When Andrew’s condition became too adverse even for him to endure, his first concern in his own hour of desperate need was to alert the club of his unavailability to fulfil his ‘duties’. This is as upsetting, as it is unbelievable, as it is remarkable - but that’s Andrew.

If you who wear the coal black and blood red of the Quins, if you at times find the going tough, if you want an example of determination, toughness, courage and committment while staring adversity full in the face - just turn your heads and look; look at the quiet man with the medicine bag standing pitch-side. Remember - despite the problems he faced and pain he endured he was still there, standing alongside you. Remember what he has gone through and he will be your inspiration on how to come out fighting.

Quins men will know of Andrew’s quiet determination to treat them, regardless of his own personal suffering. Because of this, they will walk taller and the jersey has become all the more precious, because of his example of unbending commitment to the people who wear it.

Along with Andrew’s family, everyone at Maesteg Harlequins has, is and will continue to urge him on every step, stride and his eventual sprint back to health. We eagerly but patiently wait to warmly welcome the ‘Quiet Man’ back to the fold when he recovers and returns to us. Get well soon Andrew.

Brysiwch wella hen nghyfeill. Rydym yn edrych ymlaen at eich croesawu yn ôl yn fuan.

Amazingly Good News 1 - Andrew John

Earlier in the Presentation Night report, the club had terrible news regarding Andrew John. As stated, everyone in the club were willing Andrew on every step of the way in his truly frightening fight.

Well, the walk back to a full recovery has started. Out of Critical Care, out of Intensive Care, out of hospital and Andrew has even got out of the house! In possibly one of the best views, it was a truly amazing sight (indeed a God given gift) to see Andrew sitting in the bar on Saturday!

Thank you must be given to all the kind words from yes, around the globe. However, the biggest praise and thanks must be offered to the magnificent NHS staff and none more so than our very own Dr. Richard Lewis.

Amazingly Good News 2 - Robbie Morris

Last September saw a bad day for the Quins when, ina fifty point victory, the Quins lost player/coach Robbie Morris to a severe knee injury. Whether by choice or enforced circumstances it was doubtful whether Robbie would play again.

Well another performance of Lazurus proportions has occured! Robbie Morris is back on the South Parade paddock and rumour has it, looking fitter then ever.

Glamorgan County Selections

Remarkably five players have been selected to represent Glamorgan County RFC . Lee Ronan, Dean Ronan, Gareth Lewis, Carl Roberts and Matthew Tidball will all line-up for Glamorgan against Aberafan Green Stars on August 18th as part of the 'Fighting Irish' 125th anniversary celebrations. Read the full story here.

Andrew Leighton's 300th

In the match against Pencoed Andrew Leighton made a landmark 300th appearance for the club. Joining the club in 1998 - 1999 straight from Maesteg Youth, Andrew has gone on to play a major part in five of the Quins six league titles. He is also a double Silver Ball winner, President's Cup winner and captained the club for a season. He has scored 227 points with 45 tries and a single conversion.
Congratulations on your achievement.

Father and son teammates

Quins veteran Peter Jenkins and son Lloyd are the first father / son teammates to play alongside each other for the Harlequins since Quins favourite Terry Whelan and his sons Craig and Wayne wore the Quins colours approximately twenty years ago. Peter and Lloyd at South Parade 2011 -2012 season.

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