Pembrokeshire Schools Ties Presentation and Awards 2019-20

Pembrokeshire squad Congratulations to the Pembrokeshire Schools Boys U15s from the 2019/20 season who were presented with their ties over the last week without the usual more formal event but with current restrictions it was not possible.

We are delighted to feature their success and print a heart-felt ‘thank you’ from their coaches!

“We would like to once again congratulate all the boys on their efforts from last season, which seem a long time ago now, but will hopefully live long in the memory of coaches and players.
“We were fortunate to have a strong and diverse cohort of boys this year who showed a lot of ability on the field, as well as a positive attitude off it. One thing that really stood out this year was the attitude of boys who were not always involved or selected, but continued to travel, support the team and compete at training.


Total commitment appreciated

“This display of commitment and attitude epitomised the work ethic and unity of the team, one for which as coaches were truly thankful.
“Despite the abrupt end of the season, we can undoubtedly categorise the year as a great success and we were delighted to have been a part of the boys’ rugby journey.
“We hope that the recommencement of rugby is now closer than it is further away, and look forward to seeing the boys progress in the future and staying involved in the game and would like to recognise and acknowledge some of the achievements from last year.”

Macs recognised with the ‘Players’ Player of the Year’ award

“A prestigious award as voted by his peers goes to Macs Page, who came into the squad whilst at U14s and showed great ability, with his desire to take on defenders and score tries. Macs has evolved his game, playing predominately at full back, with an unmatched ability to kick the ball out of hand as well as off the kicking tee and counter attack. Macs continued to score many match defining scores this year and was an exciting player to watch.”

Bro Gwaun

Alfie is deserved recipient of the ‘Forward of the Year’ award 

“As voted by the coaches forward of the year this award goes to Alfie Evans-Fecci. The forward pack has been tremendously competitive this year with many able players but Alfie in particular has shown great versatility and attitude in make the transition from number 8 to loose head prop, with support from his school and county. In addition to this Alfie has continued to make an impact around the field, most notable for his strong carries and big hits. We hope he continues to excel in this transition.”

Iolo shines as ‘Back of the Year’

“This award went to Iolo Griffiths, who impressed with his illusive and direct running and ball handling, as well his competitiveness and line speed in defence. A notable memory of Iolo was his excellent interception away to Carmarthen School where he received the ball in his own 22 before showing great athleticism to score in the oppositions corner. He is a very talented all round sportsman indeed.”

Co-Captains this year

“We would like to congratulate both James Price and Rhys Richards for their work as co-captains this year. The role of captain goes beyond the performances on the field, and we have been really impressed with the communication and leadership these boys have shown, which can often go unmissed. We firmly believe the attitude and personality of these boys set a high standard for the rest of the boys to follow and was big contribution to our success last year”


RAG Honours  

“Finally we would like to congratulate backrower Jac Delaney on his achievements being involved in the Scarlets West set and later full combined Scarlets U16s squad last year, all a year young.
“Jac was also involved at U14s and has developed both on and off the field over the last few years, bringing great leadership to the squad and physicality. We hope he continues to develop in this vein and gain further honours.”

Haverfordwest High

Some special thanks

“A massive thanks goes to the coaching and school staff who made last year’s programme possible, ensuring that the boys had the best opportunity on and off the field. We would like to acknowledge that this is voluntary role for all coaches, and we are grateful for their commitment and hope that the boys appreciate it.
“Thanks to co head coaches Chris Shousha and Steve Martin, Aled Waters, Joe Poole, Morgan Lewis, Gethin Vobe and the staff of schools who help co-ordinate, develop and nominate players.
“Thanks goes to the parents who have supported the program, we appreciate it is a task to ferry the boys to training and support at games as well as helping cater for some games. You feel the delight and dismay at every score just like us, but have always conducted yourselves in a fine manner and shown positive enthusiasm to support the boys and coaches.
“Thanks also goes to our sponsors; Edwards Bros (Tiers Cross), Tees R Us (Haverfordwest), SAW Cymru and The Gourmet Pig.
“A final thanks goes to Tenby United RFC who played host for the majority of our home fixtures; despite rain, sun or hail the pitch was always in excellent condition and you showed the boys great hospitality and courtesy. “

Closing statement

“We imagine some form of rugby will develop in the New Year, and encourage the boys to begin to the prepare themselves and to continue to train hard. We are unsure how the pathway will unfold, but regardless of this we hope to see the boys engaged in the future whether it be at school, club, youth, college or university.
“We also look forward to welcoming players from Years 10 and 9 whenever that may be when rugby resumes. In the meantime, we hope you all remain safe and well with the build up to Christmas.
“Yours in Rugby, Pembrokeshire Schools Coaching Team and Staff 2019/20”