Tom Jameson U12 manager
THE ROB LEWIS MEMORIAL FESTIVAL:- May 4th
‘NO MORE HOODOOS FOR THE HOBOS OF ‘THE NORTH’
And so with our troubled and difficult season coming to an end as last year on the picturesque lawns of our posh neighbours it was time for more modest anniversaries. We began by playing the poor travellers Dinas Powys so rarely seen outside their sloping home on the green. We had an itch, an injustice to right. Probably our best performance, at least of a our ‘Matrix’ season was snuffed out at Dinas by odd decisions and a wonderful boot by the enormous Dinas Centre in a 7-5 defeat. We went behind today only for a gritty fight back and a determined try by Archie Baxter. With the last play of the game the same Dinas Centre ran in to score. A stab to the heart.
Our tournament finally got rolling against St.Peter’s but not until we’d trailed 10-0. The Godly Greens are again someone with whom we have history this year after a tetchy battle at Hailey Park in the autumn. It looked again as though we’d be haunted by the past but a Penalty try when a swinging arm prevented Joe Lubienski from touching down himself and then a fine run by skipper Sam Thomas from the base of a ruck saw us level and stun the lofty saints with an irreverent ‘slap across the face’ by our sinners in black and amber. We grinned!
Aberdare, new opponents and eventually winners with an accomplished, fast running backline. But with a great effort we kept them at bay in a scoreless contest. The boys fought with spirit, the forwards proving fitter than their fatter opposite numbers!
And then the hosts. Llandaff, undone in the cup final by the mighty ‘North’ last year. But they were ready, bearing their 7 game hoodoo, an itch of their own and desperate to rid themselves of it. We were sleepy, perhaps complacent given the recent hold we have had over the cathedral boys but deservedly we lost and found ourselves in the plate final.
Well, here we were. Dinas Powys, still the monkey on our back!. But the boys ran them ragged, raising their game superbly. Robert scored a blazing try in the corner from Centre, Sam Griffin charged from the back row to touch down and ‘Blindside Joe’ Lubienski touched down for a third. There was fire in their eyes once more. Like Llandaff rid themselves of our hold on them, we too rid ourselves of the hoodoo that is Dinas Powys. Justice for the North! After a tough season we sat and drank on the lawns of Llandaff, victorious once more. District Plate champions in the autumn, now Llandaff Plate champions in May; all scores settled, all hoodoos gone for the homesless and forever travelling Sunday Casuals of Llandaff North!
Dinas Powys 10 – 5 Llandaff North
St.Peters 10 – 10 Llandaff North
Aberdare 0 – 0 Llandaff North
Llandaff 10 – 0 Llandaff North
Dinas Powys 0 – 15 Llandaff North