Friday, 28 January 2011

? end of the road

There is nothing to report for the Mermaids as there have been no games to play due to the lack of opposition teams plus the waning of enthusiasm among the remaining players. The present management and coaching staff will be standing down at the end of the season so this blog will be closing down.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Girls rugby tournament at CBRFC

Sunday 19 September – Girls Rugby Tournament at Colwyn Bay RFC

The rains moved away from Colwyn Bay for the start of the mini tournament of girls rugby.

The kick off had to be delayed and modified to accommodate the many organisational confusions and frustrations of the day. However this did not affect the sprits of the girls who gathered on the field to kick off the new season.
The turnout for the Mermaids was poor. From a possible contingent for the day of 19 only 14 showed up. However those that were there bravely played in positions that were not quite familiar to them and faced up to the teams from across the border. Amongst these were some new additions to the U18 squad. This was to be their baptism of fire.

The Manchester team quite sportingly offered to either drop a player or lend one to match up the squads. However the Mermaids decided to play together as a team of 14, possibly good preparation for the eventuality of such in the future.

U18 Mermaids v Manchester
Mermaid’s captain: Cara Hope
The game was evenly contested. Cara Hope, Becca Broadway and Eloise Dorey carried the ball well, driving way past the gain line and setting up phases of play for the backs to work on. From the base of the scrum Kaya Harding again delivered good ball to Gwen Harries. The backs interacted well with centres Iona Evans and Alaw Hughes, combining well with Rachael Edwards and Emily McMullen in the wings. The first try came when Gwen Harries sidestepped, leaving the defence flat, and ran past clutching hands to open the scoring for the afternoon. Manchester fought back hard and made forays into Mermaids territory time and again but the defence held with Cara Hope leading the team to make the many tackles necessary to stop them. Eurgain Llwyd, quiet today in attack, however played a good positional game at full back and did well to thwart the attacks. However Manchester were rewarded for their enterprise and scored before the second half. At half time the scores were even.

The second half carried on much the same way as the first with both sets of forwards striving to dominate the other. The Mermaids forwards, led well by Cara Hope and lifted by the strong constant presence of Eloise Dorey, held the advantage. The Mermaids backs began to play more adventurously with this domination. Kaya Harding looped around to collect the scrum to break through Manchester backs and released the backs who passed back and forth for Iona Evans to open her scoring for this season. Cara Hope converted to give the Mermaids a 7 point cushion. Despite the valiant attempts of Manchester the Mermaid defence held and the one try was enough to see them through to victory.

The second U18 match of the tournament was a derby away from English soil for Manchester and Tyldesley.
The game again was evenly contested hard fought. Tyldesley however were victorious.

U18 Mermaids v Tyldesley
Mermaid’s captain: Gwen Harries
This set the teams up for a finale of victors to end the day with the Mermaids facing Tyldesley. This game too was a hard fought forwards dominated game. Both teams tried to release the backs out wide but were thwarted by some determined tackling and defence. It was Tyldesley who had the majority of possession and territory throughout the game. Time and again they were right up to the Mermaids try line, staying there for most of the first half. The Mermaids defence was awesome - regrouping again and again and at least on three occasions forced Tyldesley to make mistakes at the try line and kicked the ball into neutral territory and safety. The half time whistle was blown with no score for either side but the Mermaids defence, led by Cara Hope, had bragging rights.
The second half saw a little bit more adventure from the Mermaids. They were attempting to turnover the mistakes of the first half of playing too long in their own half and relinquishing too much possession to Tyldesley’s aggressive play. Again, Cara Hope, Eloise Dorey and Becca Broadway led from the front taking on the physical Tyldesley forwards. They succeeded a few times and the ball was swung wide. One or two good moves brought them up to the Tyldesley try line. One particularly successful foray saw good interplay between backs and forwards with second rower Megan Parry at the end of the move close to the try line. However tired hands and a good defence prevented a score. Iona Evans and Gwen Harries had good games but found the defence too close at hand to clear the ball away. Unable to make headway, Tyldesley were thwarted as well and tried to kick deep into Mermaids territory to break the deadlock. However, Eurgain Llwyd at full back was equal to the task; effectively collecting and clearing the lines to push them back time and again up to the half way line.

The Mermaids were unlucky to have the rub of the green and the decisions not going their way. Tyldesley rode their luck playing the game close to the law at the breakdown and frustrated the Mermaids. The Mermaids briefly let their frustrations rule them and Tyldesley made capital of this and the loss of Elose Dorey through injury for a while reducing their numbers, to score a converted try. The Mermaids regrouped and tried hard to make headway but this was not to be their match. The decisions went against them and Tyldesley held strong to come home the victors of a hard fought encounter.
Well done Tyldesley.

For the Mermaids the 14 who put their hands up did the team and the region proud. Newcomers Catrin Roberts, Megan Parry, Sara Williams, Non Evans, Emily McMullen, Becca Broadway and Eurgain Llwyd played well. Sara Williams and Non Evans played with great maturity. Seniors Kaya Harding, Gwen Harries, Alaw Hughes and Iona Evans played well amongst the backs and Emily McMullen and Rachael Edwards playing with maturity and skill for their first outing at this level. However the forwards Eloise Dorrey and Cara Hope were the cream of the team. The Mermaid’s most experienced player, Kumari Tilakawardane, was unable to play through injury but used her experience to coach from the sidelines.

For her efforts both as Captain and as possibly the hardest working and visionary back rower, Cara Hope is the Mermaids Player of the Tournament.

U15 Mermaids v Manchester

The U15 Mermaids are not yet up to full strength, with many of the team leaving at the end of last season due to age restrictions. However the few that remain, along with some newcomers, invited Manchester to bring their U15s to Colwyn Bay. Nia Ritchie, Nant Conwy girls coach kindly offered to take charge of this match and indeed brought along players from other North Wales clubs to make up a Colwyn Bay team. Her efforts were certainly successful as the Mermaids, led by captain Naomi Turner, won 51-10.

Sunday, 19 September 2010


Pics from today's matches at Colwyn Bay RFC are on


Match 1 - U18 Mermaids 12 Manchester 5. Match 2 - U18 Mermaids 0 Tyldesley 7.
U15 Mermaids 51 Manchester 10
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Friday, 17 September 2010


Meet at Colwyn Bay RFC 1.15pm to be ready for a 2.30 ko.
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Meet at Colwyn
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Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Farewell Anna

We sadly said au revoir to Anna Parkin, former u18 player and later coach to the u18 Mermaids tonight as she is leaving to study maths at university. We will miss Anna both for her enthusiasm and friendship but wish her all the best for this new phase in her life. Anna is packing her boots and will be looking to join the university rugby team.
See you at Christmas Anna.
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