Coleg y Cymoedd ended the season by winning the Southern College RL inaugural 9’s tournament in Hemel Hempstead, topping off a successful season, where they also won the Southern College League writes Wayne Ponting.
On a blazing hot day at the home of Hemel Stags, in partnership with London Broncos and London Skolars, fans witnessed an excellent standard of rugby league which was highly competitive throughout the course of the day, with each game being a tight affair.
After a long journey, Cymoedd started off slowly and lost the opening game to their arch-nemesis Cardinal Newham 14-8. Cymoedd try scorers were the prolific Morgan brothers Daf and Dylan.
After some stern words from the coaching staff, Cymoedd came out firing on all cylinders to beat Sigma College in the second game of the day. Try scorers were Alex Banks, Oliver Ford, Daf and Dylan with a conversion by Daf Morgan taking the scoreline to 18-8.
The third game of the day became a must-win game against Cardinal Newham College. Cymoedd decided to then start playing to the script, moving Callum Jones into hooker, and with him pulling the strings, it put Cymoedd on the front foot to see out the game. Try scorers for the game were Dylan with two, Daf and Callum Jones. Mason Apsee with one conversion taking the final score to 18-14.
With the table even, the final game of the day was a must-win game for Cymoedd if they had aspirations to win the title. A well-worked set saw the prolific Dylan Morgan put into space and open the scoring for Cymoedd – he showed great speed and strength to go over in the corner.
With both teams going toe for toe the next five minutes, the game became a battle and it ended with Sigma scoring close to the posts to level the game with the conversion missed to keep the scores locked at four points each. Sigma then scored another quick try to take the lead and mount added pressure on Cymoedd. The clock was running down and with a minute left, Cymoedd received the kick-off and went the length of the field and only for captain for the day Alex Banks to score right on the final hooter in the bonus zone. Mason Apsee converted the try to take the final score to 11-8 to the jubilation of his team mates.
Cymoedd would like to thank the organisers for a great tournament and we look forward to defending our trophy next year.