1XV v Crickhowell (home) 16 Sep 2017

Sadly, there is no adult rugby to report upon this week despite the Herculean efforts of local officials to arrange alternative opponents. After Monnmouth’s eight try win against Oakdale last week there was much anticipation of even better to come against Crickhowell in the first round of the National Bowl competition until they pulled out allowing Monmouth to progress to the next round without having to raise a sweat, let alone dirty their knees.

At a time when Monmouth is well provided with players, it's second team, the Druids, have yet to play a competitive match with Gwernyfed, too, opting out of their scheduled league fixture late in the week.

Local officials, however, did not concede easily and through normal channels arranged a replacement fixture, billed as a ‘development’ game to allow a range of players to have some game time, only for Blaina to subsequently change their minds.

Undaunted, Bargoed 2nds took up an offer to visit instead, which given their much higher league status might have provided some stern opposition, but they, too, opted out as the days went by, leaving players and supporters alike, frustrated by such indecision, and having few excuses left to avoid the shopping trip their partner had always craved for on a Saturday afternoon or that long overdue decorating or gardening.

This already seems to be a growing and worrying occurrence this Season which may explain the exceedingly heavy traffic travelling towards Cardiff as I, too, found out to my cost. Come to think of it, the gardening would have been much cheaper!

At least there are matches scheduled for both adult sides next week. The 1st XV are away to Tredegar Ironsides and the Druids away to Caerleon, both with a 2.30 kick off, although every silver lining has a cloud hovering over it. Revenue from bar takings and the lottery will now be poorer than expected.

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