Not much happened of importance this weekend. It was rather dull.
Pontypool beat Beddau 53-9 and Caerphilly lost 26-19 to Llanharan.
Therefore Pontypool are now Asda Division One East CHAMPIONS – and therefore promoted to the Welsh Premiership from next season.
That’s right POOLER are back in the big time.
There was no real doubt that we’d be promoted – Caerphilly were 2 points ahead but we had 2 games in hand. Yet it was exciting on Saturday watching the boys destroy Beddau. We had updates from a committee member at half time – Caerphilly were winning 16-9 – and then as our game carried on the odd message came through.
We’d finished outr match and the players were standing around on the pitch when news came through that Llanharan had taken a 21-19 lead and then they scored a try and finished everything for us. The ground erupted when that score was confirmed. The WRU had a Vice President on hand to present the team with the trophy.
We had been close a few times before but the WRU kept changing the criteria for promotion a week or so before the season ended – always to the detriment of the Division One team.
Sunday was not quite so good.
A few weeks ago my sister had to have their cat Felix put down. Then we received a call yesterday to tell us that Sooty, their other cat, had also had to be put down.
Sad Sister and I had got the cats from the Cat Protection League when we lived in Maidenhead at the end of ’93. They had moved to Birmingham and then Newport with my sister. I’ll never forget them spending most of their early months hiding behind the settee in our rented house.
Then they’d occasionally emerge for food or to run out of the door. Sooty used to enjoy walking along the shelf above the armchairs. He’d spend many an hour pushing pens off onto my head. My main worry was that he’d knock my aluminium bust of Lenin off onto my head but, luckily, this never happened.
My sister will no longer have Sooty taking over her bed or getting angry with her when they’ve been on holiday. Brother in Law will no longer be woken up at 5 in the morning to let Felix out.
I’ll miss them as well, they were great cats.
Today in History:
1789 : Fletcher Christian leads the Mutiny on the Bounty against “evil” Cap’n Bligh – I wonder what he’d think of Mel Gibson, Marlon Brando and Clark Gable playing him on film?
1944 : 750 US troops are killed by an E-boat attack, while rehearsing for the Normandy Invasion, off Slapton Sands in Devon.
1945 : Benito Mussolini is executed after being captured by partisans. His body, and that of his mistress, is later hung from a lamp post in Milan. It was because of this that Hitler insisted that he and Eva Braun were to be burnt after their suicide.