PEMBROKE Youth played against Aberystwyth in the County Youth KO Cup Final at Narberth last Thursday evening, after Tenby had defeated Narberth in the Plate final.

Both matches were played in front of large vociferous crowds.

The match saw the best of both teams, with both packs testing each other at the set piece and in the loose and both sets of backs showing their full array of talents.

Pembroke set the pace in the first half scoring and building a lead through excellent combined work and defending resolutely as Aber built their own attacks that stressed the Pembroke defence.

Pembroke were deservedly in the lead at the break and continued to build with an outstanding try from a kick off by two of their stand out players Bowyn Clark and Kodi Bratcher, who combined to score a marvellous try.

After a wobble in the third quarter, they re-established control and more than half the team handled the ball to put Jack Nicholas over in the corner to stretch their lead.

Clark had kicked two penalties and this cemented the victory, in what had been a thoroughly absorbing, exciting and entertaining encounter, for the Pembroke squad by 33-13 to clinch the County Youth triple crown for the season to the delight of their coaching group, parents and large travelling support.

Pembroke Panthers lost out against Porthcawl
Pembroke Panthers lost out against Porthcawl (Pic supplied)

The Panthers entertained Porthcawl last Sunday afternoon in very warm, sunny conditions.

Porthcawl sat second in the League before the game, whilst Pembroke were in third place.

However, the result of the match would not affect these placings due to the points difference.

Both teams served up a marvellously entertaining and hard fought match in front of a large crowd. Porthcawl held the lead for a long time, but the Pembroke women fought back in the second half scoring some very good tries wide out, where Scarlets player Meg Cole was making her debut and a real impact.

The home side got it back to a 17-17 score line with just minutes to play, but the determined visitors mounted a final assault on the home line and their forwards eventually pierced a determined defence to win 17-22.

June 7 sees the return of Friday night social touch rugby at the club, which proved a huge success in its first season last year.

The sessions start at 6pm and people of all ages and abilities are welcome to come along and enjoy a very sociable evening’s fun.

In the weeks ahead all age groups will be holding their respective end of season awards evenings to celebrate all of their squad’s successes from the past season.

Other whole club social events are also being planned so players, members and supporters should look at the events boards at the club for details.

The Directors and Management Committee thank all of the committees, club staff, coaches, team managers and other volunteers involved in all of the playing sections and off field support, who have given their time, enthusiasm and commitment throughout what has been a long, weather-affected season.