On the 15th of April the Year Seven and Eight rugby teams went to the University of South Wales playing fields in Treforest to play their respective Pontypridd District Championship Finals. On a beautiful sunny day both teams came out as convincing and well deserved winners and champions.
The Year Sevens kicked off first against Garth Olwg which was a feast of running rugby by both sides. Garth Olwg’s rugby pedigree cannot be denied as they started strongly and ran the ball from deep but it was Y Pant who scored first with Conan Flower making a smart attack up a weakly defended blind side to put Iwan Jenkins into space and score first. Another quick fire try from Y Pant appeared to show that Year Sevens were going to win comfortably but Garth Olwg’s flair and determination resulted in a stunning fight back to put them into the lead with the half time whistle fast approaching. However, Y Pant, who entered the final undefeated, then showed their resolve to claw back into the lead and start to turn the screw.
With great performances from Iwan Jenkins, Dafydd Price and man of the match, Ryan Wilkins, the flood gates began to open for Y Pant who began to score at will. With Seb Thomas and captain, Luke Bradwell, leading the charge in the forward pack Y Pant really opened up and finished the game as 43-24 winners and champions of the Pontypridd Schools District.
The Year Eight game against local rivals Bryn Celynnog followed ten minutes later. Similar to the Year Seven team the Year Eights were determined to run the ball, but this time with an emphasis on direct running at the Bryn Celynnog central defensive line. There were a number of boys from the Year Eight team who had toured Northern Ireland a few weeks previous and these boys picked up from where they left off at Ballynahinch RFC with a professional warm up, team run and attitude. Led by Number Eight Jamie Gill the Year Eights followed the game plan and earned the right to go wide. Rhys Jones and Sam Fletcher made good early yards for Y Pant as the early pressure started to mount and big carries eventually led to Ben Robinson scoring the first of his hat-trick. After Y Pant went three tries up a moment of madness set in for tight head prop Sam Fletcher who was rightly shown red for a strike with the foot to a Bryn player in a ruck. This lifted Bryn Celynnog’s spirit who began to assault the Y Pant line from the resulting penalty. However, Y Pant did not give up. Led by arguably the forward of the match, Kyle Harris, Y Pant turned over the ball and provided some relentless attacks. From this point the game never looked in doubt with strong attacks coming from Mitchell Jones, Griff Davies and man of the match, Dylan George, who bagged five tries altogether! With a few defensive mishaps Y Pant finished the game 59-26 winners. A deserving win for a team who were also undefeated in the regular league season.
Mr Mortimer, Mr Foley and Mr McConnell could not have had enough good words to say about the boys and their attitude and commitment throughout the day and season. They did themselves and the school proud.
Well done to all involved!
Cross Country Round-up
It has been a busy term for the school’s cross country runners. Pupils have been representing the school in several events across the region with many notable successes along the way.
The first event in the calendar was the Glamorgan Valleys Schools’ Cross Country Championships which took place at Newbridge Fields, Bridgend on Thursday 25th September. Boys and girls from Years 7 to 11 took part racing against pupils from 40 other schools. Top ten finishers in the boys’ Year 7 race were Cory Sibley 3rd and Seb Thomas 8th. In the Year 8/ 9 race Josh Lock finished 9th, whilst the Year 11 boys took team bronze. In the girls’ Year 10/11 race Bethan Evans finished 2nd and Naomi Reid 3rd; their performances helping to secure silver in the team competition.
In October the South Wales Regional Schools Cross Country Championships took place at Trelai Park in Cardiff. There was stiff competition that included schools from Cardiff and the Vale. During the girls’ races there was atrocious weather and competing became as much about completing the course as winning.
In the Year 10 race Naomi Reid finished 2nd, one second behind the winner. Bethan Evans in Year 11 also came second in her race.
On Saturday 15th November the 38th Welsh Schools Inter Schools Cross Country Championships were held in Brecon. The event which is attended by schools from all over Wales proved very competitive. Both Naomi and Bethan represented the school at this event with Bethan finishing 8th in the u-19 category and Naomi picking up the gold medal as she finished 1st in the u-15 race. The girls will be competing next in the Cardiff Cross Challenge on Sunday January 18th at Blackweir Fields Cardiff.
We have some very talented sports women at Y Pant – several have recently been selected for county teams or won championships.
Under 14 County Netball Squad
Alys Edwards – year 7 (2 years earlier than anyone else)
Ffion Cooper – year 9
Niamh Coates – year 9
Aimee Williams – year 9
Ella Worgan – year 9
Ffion Cooper has also been selected for the Welsh Hub Development Squad!
Under 16 County Netball Squad
Under 18 County Netball Squad
Katherine Davies – year 13
Bethan Grant in Year 8 competed in a gymnastics competition in September. She won and is now the Welsh Final Champion in her category.
She competed against others in this area of Wales and the top five from all areas went to compete.
Emma Williams (Year 12) is looking forward to competing in the Summer Nationals at the National Pool in Swansea in August. Emma has been swimming with Llantrisant Sharks for 9 years. This year she has been invited to swim in four events because she is currently ranked in the top 8 in Wales in her age group for the 50m Free, 50m Butterfly and 100m Breastroke (6th) and 50m Breaststroke (3rd).
In August 2012 and 2013 Emma won the Silver Medal in the 50m Breastroke and on both occasions she achieved a British Time qualifying for the British Nationals.
Here Emma is on the podium having received her Silver medal for the 50m Breastroke in 2013.
Thanks to Helen Williams for photo and text.
Congratulations to Gean Sou Mo from Year 10 who had a busy but successful weekend.
Gean represented Wales under 15’s in the Home Nations Quadrangular Tournament played in Cardiff. Gean took the Gold medal in the individual competition, beating the best players from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales.
Good luck to Gean for her next tournament at the end of May, when she will be competing in the Scottish Junior International in Glasgow.
Congratulations to Joanne Rees who, along with partner Ellie Scarff from North Wales, recently won the Welsh Junior Under-16 doubles title at the Welsh junior championships in Cardiff.
They convincingly won the final 6-2 6-2 with strong serving, aggressive ground strokes and some deft work at the net. It’s not often that Llantrisant Tennis Club can boast of a current Welsh champion but we’ll keep working to try and uncover the next one.
Well done Jo!
Congratulations to Nerth for winning sports day!
U13 GIRLS BEAT WHITCHURCH!
The U13 girl’s football team continue their winning streak by beating Whitchurch 6-2 in the last 16 stage of the Welsh Schools Football Association Inter Schools Cup! The girls now proceed to the quarter finals (last 8 in Wales). Congratulations to the whole team who played a fantastic game of football. The goals were scored by Millie Jones (2), Carys Woodward (2), Olivia Enoch and Catrin Jones.
Kassandra Moroney, Megan Roberts, Carys Woodward, Millie Jones, Sophia Yilmaz, Stephanie Battista. Holly Ryan, Catrin Jones, Olivia Enoch, Ellie Buffey, Flic Bancroft, Niamh Coates, and Charlotte Monk.
U14 GIRLS BEAT CWMTAWE!
The U14 girl’s football team also continue their winning streak by beating Cwmtawe 3-1 in the last 16 stage of the Welsh Schools Football Association Inter Schools Cup! The girls now proceed to the quarter finals (last 8 in Wales). Congratulations to the whole team who played a fantastic game of football in very poor weather conditions! The goals were scored by Niamh Tinman (2) and Millie Jones.
Carys Woodward, Shannon Wiggins, Ellie Jarman, Ellie Buffey, Megan Batacan, Seren Hemburrow, Leah Butler, Millie Jones. Kayleigh Powell, Charlotte Monk, Catrin Jones, Olivia Enoch, Niamh Coates, Niamh Tinman and Molly Rees.
On Wednesday 12th December Y Pant U14 girls football team participated in the RCT ‘Game On’ Secondary Soccer Challenge Cup’ in Abercynon. The team showed their prowess winning all of their matches in their group. They then progressed to the final beating Bryncelynnog 1-0 to win the competition.
A fantastic achievement girls. Well done!
U14 Girls Football Y Pant Beat Treorchy!
Y Pant U14 Girl’s football team continues their winning streak by beating Treorchy 6-5 after extra time! The team now proceeds to the National Stages of the Welsh Schools Football Association U14 Inter Schools Cup in January 2013. Congratulations to the whole team and a big thank you to Mr. Owen for refereeing the match.
The goals were scored by Millie Jones (1), Seren Hemburrow (1) Shannon Wiggins (2) and Kayleigh Powell (2). Good luck in the Welsh Cup girls!
U13 Girls Football Y Pant Beat Cwm Rhymni
Y Pant U13 Girl’s football team also continues their winning streak by beating Cwm Rhymni 3-0. The team now proceeds to the National Stages of the Welsh Schools Football Association U13 Inter Schools Cup in January 2013. Congratulations to the whole team who played a fantastic game of football. The goals were scored by Niamh Coates (2) and Carys Woodward (1). Good luck in the Welsh Cup girls!