A successful campaign for Pontypridd Youth

29.5.2016

Ponty Youth squad
Ponty Youth squad

Pontypridd Youth have enjoyed another successful campaign, crowned as Blues A League champions for the second successive season.

Taking part in five different competitions, Ponty Youth's 2015 - 2016 record is as follows:

·       Blues A League - champions

·       National Play-Off's - losing semi-finalists

·       National Youth Cup - first round losers

·       District Cup - losing finalists

·       Merit Table Cup - winners

The main achievement of the campaign was again to claim the Blues A League crown, and doing so with an impressive 100% record of thirteen wins from thirteen games played. Pontypridd headed the table a full thirteen points clear of runners-up Cardiff Met.

Progression to the National League Play-Offs proved to be short lived as Ponty Youth lost narrowly to Ospreys champions Nantyffyllon in the semi final round.

There was disappointment also in the National Youth Cup as Pontypridd, as reigning champions, exited in the first round with an away loss to Penallta Youth.

In a hard fought District Cup campaign Pontypridd made it through to the final but were edged out by Wattstown Youth by 13pts to 15.

Amends for that defeat were made in the Merit Table Cup Final as Pontypridd Youth triumphed by 36pts to 12 in a physical encounter against Penygraig Youth.

Ponty Youth senior coach Simon Bayliss was pleased with the achievements of the season, in what had been a transitional period for his squad.

"The commitment shown by the boys throughout the season has been admirable, and I am proud of their efforts" said Bayliss. 

"Near enough a quarter of the squad were in their first year at this level, having stepped up from the under 16s, and they showed great potential.

"There was a lot of disruption through the season due to games being postponed with a lot of down time leading up to some important encounters but we showed good consistency, particularly in the league campaign.

"With the young squad now maturing into next season we will be looking to consolidate and improve on this season's success."

Pontypridd Youth would like to thank a number of players who will now move on to play at senior level - Greg Mogford, Grant Jones, Joe Davies, Nick Holland, Gruff Thomas and Brandon Evans, also physiotherapist Rosie Gallagher who steps up to work with the senior squad at Sardis Road.

 

 

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