Rob Jones

Penygraig Bowls Club reformed only 3 years ago but a lot has happened since those nascent days. There has been a gradual increase in fortunes but the 2016 outdoor season has proved to be a phenomenal success with a number of trophies confirming the glory.

Penygraig has claimed the Rhondda Bowls League Division One title and in a debut campaign in the Cardiff League the club started in Division Seven with an undefeated fixture list taking the valley team to the top of their section. The Rhondda Monday Afternoon Plate Competition threw up another challenge and Penygraig notched another triumph. The Mid Rhondda outfit were also third in the Mid Glamorgan League Division One to ensure that the name of Penygraig is now one of the most significant identities on the South Wales bowls scene

The achievements are even more impressive as many players.had not even picked up a bowl when the decision was made to recommence activities in 2013. There is also a great emphasis on developing young talent to add to a community focus. In Iestyn Williams and Luke Isles the senior side has given a pair of 14 year olds a chance to shine and in response the teenagers have been crucial components of the quality that has become associated with Penygraig.

There has also been a range of in house battles and after a large initial entry a final witnessed Steven Williams defeating Mark Holland 21 v 13 in an entertaining club singles tournament. Meanwhile, there was a big upset in the final of the pairs as the young duo of Iestyn and Luke proved their potential as they overcame the experienced Mark Holland and Scott Jones 28 v 6.

The juniors further showed their strength as they retained the Rhondda League Trophy for the third consecutive occasion. The squad includes: Lauren Gowen, Celyn Gowen, Luke Robinson, Amelia Roberts plus Iestyn and Luke.
The aim to bring on even younger children has led to Penygraig Bowls Club holding popular coaching sessions in the primary schools of Williamstown, Penygraig and Ysgol yr Eos. There is no doubt that thus forward thinking operation is taking their collective aptitude in to its locality and having a great impact.

It is onwards and upwards for an ambitious set up and Penygraig are preparing to build upon their momentum.