Scorpions plan 100th game celebration

By Ian Golden | 19/06/2014

 

South Wales Scorpions reacg their 100th game on Saturday 21st June when they take on York City Knights at Blackwood RFC at 2.30pm.

The club are planning a day to remember with Valley Cougars taking on Bristol Sonics in a curtain raiser at midday and tag matches between local clubs are also due to take place.

A number of former players and coaching staff are all expected to attend to join in with the celebrations.

Following Celtic Crusaders' move from Bridgend to Wrexham in 2009, South Wales Scorpions were set up in December 2009 by Crusaders fan and businessman Phil Davies, who subsequently ran the club for the first four years and based it in Neath.

Now with its primary base in Maesteg alongside the WRL academy, the club are playing in their fifth season.

While some magazine critics and sceptical fans said that it wouldn't last beyond one season, the club, which is now run by Wales Rugby League, will now become only the fifth professional side in Wales to reach 100 games and has a thriving feeder side in Valley Cougars with a strong WRL-run youth set-up feeding in.

In regards to number of matches, the old Celtic Crusaders side lead the way with 182 games from 2006-11, Ebbw Vale played 155 first class games from 1907-12, Cardiff City Blue Dragons played 136 games from 1981-85 with their last season being in Bridgend, and Merthyr Tydfil played 106 times between 1907-11.

The Scorpions are already planning for their 2015 season and organisers know that one day they will surpass all of these clubs.

Wales Rugby League chairman Brian Juliff said: “South Wales Scorpions reaching their 100th professional rugby league game is a special milestone for the further development of the sport in South Wales.

“The club has gone through many trials and tribulations, particularly during this pre-season with uncertainty over the ownership of the club.

“It was the volunteers, players and fan support, however, that convinced the Executive Board of Wales Rugby League to commit to ownership and management control of the club to ensure that a pathway remains in place for the abundance of young talent passing through our youth development programme.

“The ’Mission’ strap-line for Wales Rugby League is "To increase the awareness of Rugby League in Wales through a lifelong participation in the sport” and the South Wales Scorpions are an integral part of our strategy.”

Tickets for the day can be bought by going to www.scorpionsrl.com and clicking on the MATCH TICKETS link.

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