Rugby Club Issue 73 - Page 47

Deri Yvonne Jenkins is a recent club sponsor of Deri RFC with her business Draig Plastics. She recently told Rugby Club Magazine, “I am a local girl and have always known about the club and their mini section. When the club approached me about sponsorship last year I was happy to take up the offer. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to take up the invitation to go along myself but my partner Sean has and thoroughly enjoyed himself. It’s great to hear that Deri RFC have enjoyed such a successful season, best wishes to everyone for the future!” having a successful season and not enough interest in the team in our small village to get them back to the club. I must mention our coach at the time Anthony (Chunky) Palmer for sticking with us through this difficult time. “The following season Chunky was joined on the coaching staff by Steve Lewis, a decent scrum half back in the day, who played for a few top local sides and also cut his teeth coaching local rivals Aberbargoed. “A few of our players who had left slowly started to come back to the club due to the efforts of these two coaches and we started to get a few training and competing in games. Andrew (Jack) Stephens then joined the coaching set up and things started to really take off. Unfortunately Chunky had to finish due to his work commitments and also his involvement with the WRU. “We had a few youngsters in our village who were playing youth rugby at the time (we haven’t had a youth for a number of years) and knew when these were old enough to play for us they would really strengthen the side, which proved correct this year. “Fast forward to this season and we won Division 3 East C, ably captained by David Isles and Scotty Horton, where we finished the season only losing one game. The support we had this year was tremendous for a small valle y side and when we travelled to away games it would often get mentioned by the home side. “The social side of the club has gone from strength to strength as well as the old saying goes success breeds success. The committee and myself take great pleasure in the success on and off the field this year as it makes all the struggles of the last few years worth it. We even managed a cheeky end of season tour to Magaluf where we played local side El toro and won 15-14. “The mood down the club is absolutely buzzing and we can’t wait for next season to start where there are a lot of local derbies in our league. This season has been fantastic with our plan now being to take a few weeks off, draw breath and start planning for the season to kick off in September. 47