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Thursday, 15 September 2016 09:58

The Welsh Groundhop Comes 'Home'

WELSH GROUNDHOP 2016 August 26-29th (THE SOUTH WALES ALLIANCE LEAGUE)

The first, tentative Welsh Groundhop took place in the South Wales Amateur League in 2002. Now, sixteen years later, the 2016 event is back 'home' in Cardiff and the valleys. The league has changed (to the Alliance) and so have Groundhops. But all for the better. A great weekend is in prospect (and the weather forecast isn't too bad either). Read on!

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SATURDAY 13th JUNE: Cardiff City Stadium - cool and rainy
PONTLOTTYN 1 STM SPORTS 4 (SWFA Promotion Play-off)
Sixteen hours after leaving the scene of a famous Welsh victory, I'm back at the same venue. But today there won't be 33,000 passionate fans in the stadium, and the players won't be millionaire superstars. For this is a match to decide whether the champions of the South Wales Amateur League (STM Sports of Cardiff) or the Senior League winners (Pontlottyn) will take their place in the Welsh League Third Division next season.

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Saturday 9th May 2015: Corporation Park, dry but breezy

PENYDARREN BGC 0 PONTLOTTYN 0  after extra time. Pontlottyn win 4-2 on penalties. (CW Bruty Cup final)

Another Saturday, another cup final. This week it's the South Wales Senior League's CW Bruty Cup final, in fact the last ever time this cup will be contested, as the league is superseded by the new South Wales Alliance League from next season. It's quite a fitting end to the competition, with the league's top two sides in the final, and the venue chosen because it's the home of the cup's first ever winners, Grange Albion.

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Sunday, 19 April 2015 19:26

The New Mushrooms ?

SATURDAY 18th APRIL: Swanbridge Sports Ground - bright and breezy.
SULLY SPORTS 0 PONTLOTTYN 1 (South Wales Senior League Div 1)
There are literally dozens of significant games this weekend as many Welsh competitions approach decision points on championships, promotions and relegations. I'm spoiled for choice, but am keen to see the clash of the two title chasers in the Senior League: Pontlottyn, now favourites after a great run, visiting Sully Sports, who need to win to close the gap and make the Rhymney Valley side's task harder. So, on a day when no trains are running on local Cardiff lines, I make a couple of bus journeys out to the edge of the Bristol Channel, to pleasant seaside Sully. On arriving at Swanbridge Road, I'm surprised to find the space between football pitch and clubhouse occupied by a circus big top, from which tinny music and other sounds will provide an unlikely sound-track to the title showdown.

Sully have experience on their side: four times Senior League winners in the last ten seasons, they know the tension of these situations and have come through them before. Pontlottyn have momentum on their side - not just the recent run of form that has swept them to the top of the league and to the SWFA Senior Cup final, but the upward trend over their short existence. This is a club that has "mushroomed" out of nothing (to use a term applied a century ago to the original mushroom club, Mid Rhondda) and they're full of confidence and belief.

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