Rugby Club Issue 73 - Page 88

Penygraig FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/RUGBYCLUBMAG Penygraig RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB P enygraig RFC enjoyed a campaign to remember last time which saw them crowned champions of Division 3 East Central B. Rugby Club Magazine recently caught up with Team Manager Arfon Henderson to gain an insight into what has been behind their success. Involvement He told us, “I have been involved with the club on the rugby side since 1981. First I covered the first aid for the team and helped out in any way I could. I took over the team manager role in 2002 and have been there to date. The most challenging part of my role is keeping two sides playing every Saturday and helping to maintain our lifeline, youth rugby. The rewards are seeing the three teams playing every week and the cream on the cake is when we gain promotion or have a 88 Issue 73 cup final, which we achieved this season 2016/17. Wonderful for everyone.” Atmosphere “The general mood of the club is very high to say the least and we had approximately 350 supporters travel to our final game of the season which resulted in us winning the league (Division 3 East Central B). The previous week our youth side won the Mid District East Cup for their section so obviously the whole club is now on a high. With the first team as champions, the youth success in the cup and the second team reaching the Keith Jones Cup semi-final it has been one of the best seasons we have had in many a year.” Success “I think the key to our success is our new setup under our new coach and supported by our defensive and attacking coaches. The players have responded to our head coaches style and this has produced a first class squad of players who really turn it on the way they have to. Players look forward to training and games with a much more positive attitude. The coaches and players want the same thing and that is success. We owe our coach a very big thank you.”