18th February 2020 Match Reports

 In last weeks' matches in the First Division of the Eastern Valley League, the leaders, Cwmbran Aztecs, probably overcame their last hurdle towards the league title. The Aztecs played second placed Blaenavon Aces, who were missing their 2 leading players, Ben and Jon Allen. However they were able to call upon the leading Welsh Veteran, Lee Thomas as a guest replacement. Despite the presence of Thomas, the Aztecs beat the Aces 18-13. Not surprisingly, Thomas was the player of the match with his maximum wins. For the Aztecs, Tony Collins, Mark Edmunds and Andrew Ryder won 2 matches each.

Despite not having a match, Cwmbran Preachers retain third spot. Cwmbran Blues had the opportunity to overtake the Preachers but they were also missing a couple of leading players when they lost 8-25 to Cwmbran Tigers. The only Blues player to secure a win was Colin Price. Player of the match was the Tigers' Roshan Rai with 3 wins and he was well supported by Jeraze Dhanboora, also with 3 wins, and Michal Luckanic with 2 wins.

The other match in Division One saw North Gwent Cougars pick up their second win of the season when they beat Cardiff Nomads 20-16. The Cougars' Laura Price picked up her first player of the match award with 3 wins and she was well supported by Michal Policht with 2 wins and Sam Slatter with 1 win. For the Nomads, Peter Gordon, Geoff Strangeway and guest player Iestyn Howells all collected a win each.

In Division Two, Cwmbran Dynamos extended their lead at the top with a 26-9 win over Cwmbran Panthers.  Player of the match was the Dynamos' Richard Lownsbrough with 3 wins and he was well supported by Alex Jones, also with 3 wins, and Will Smith-Haddon with 2 wins. For the Panthers, Damian Luckanic secured a good win over Smith-Haddon.

Cwmbran Eccentrics maintained their challenge for the title with a 24-7 win over Cwmbran Fellows. Player of the match was the Eccentrics' John Thomas with maximum wins and he was well supported by Ian Shipley and Lincoln Alford with 2 wins each. For the Fellows, Wayne Ford and guest player Haydn Skinner picked up a win each.

The final match in Division Two saw Cwmbran Devils beat North Gwent Terriers 22-14. Player of the match was the Devils' Finlay McNeil with 2 wins and he was well supported by Colin Scott and Glenda Prytherch, also with 2 wins each. For the Terriers, Joel Price collected 2 wins and Tommy Woodland 1 win.


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