Pwllheli chairman praises Champions

By Adam Hughes in Rugby

PWLLHELI chairman Will Martin has praised the commitment of the coaches, players and supporters after the team won the Division One North title for a third successive season.

Needing to win at Mold on Saturday to clinch the crown, the Llyn Peninsula side coasted to an easy 71-0 victory to complete a stunning hat-trick of titles.

They now take on Bala in the North Wales Intermediate Cup Final at Eirias Park on Saturday, and the champions will be determined to end another excellent campaign on a high.

"Pwllheli’s players, officials and supporters were jubilant at the final whistle last weekend," said Martin.

"They had achieved the improbable in becoming Division One North Champions, and to do so for the third successive season is an unique achievement for the Club.

"The success is a testament to the hard work and commitment of many people."

Over the course of their 22 league matches, Pwllheli won 21 matches and scored 1179 points, including an impressive tally of 178 league tries to ovehaul long-time leaders Nant Conwy.

"The players sacrificed a great deal to make themselves available week after week and trained hard at Bodegroes Park," added Martin.

"The coaching team led by Ian D L Jones and supported by David Martin and Eifion Jiffy Griffiths put a plan and structure in place which saw them through another difficult but hugely rewarding season.

"Also, the back up team has also been very effective with the hardworking Edwin Jones earning plaudits for his loyalty and efficiency as the team’s main first aider.

"Team Manager Bill Parry and Robin Elias did much of the background work which eased the pressure on the coaches."

He added: "The influence of Pwllheli’s supporters is not to be underestimated either.

"Once again they outnumbered the home crowd and this inevitably gives the players a big boost."

Arrangements for the North Wales Land Rover North Wales Cup Final on Saturday, 13 May, are now in place.

The players’ bus will be leaving the club at 1pm and the supporters’ bus will be leaving the Club at 1.30pm.

The Final against Bala kicks off at 3.30pm at Eirias Park Colwyn Bay, and follows the Intermediate Cup final between Denbigh and Dolgellau at 1.15pm.

The North Wales Plate Final between Colwyn Bay and Caernarfon kicks-off at 11am. Admission is just £6 for adults, with 16s and Under free.

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