Despite a disappointing end to the season, Rhiwbina ended up a very creditable fifth place in Division One East Central.
The season was seriously disrupted by an extended period of bad weather, which meant an extension of the season well into May. In the Final of the East District Cup against Glamorgan Wanderers, Rhiwbina came back from a 28-12 deficit at half-time to get themselves into a 29-28 lead. Sadly, Wanderers were awarded penalties in the dying minutes and won 34-29.
The Squirrels held their Players’ Awards Evening recently, and local boy Pat Ware was chosen as Player of the Season. Other award winners were:
1st Team Players’ Player: Sam Watkins
2nd Team Players’ Player: Jesse Crystal
3rd Team Players’ Player: Roy Pesticcio
Youth Team Players’ Player: Sion Parry
Coaches’ Player of the Year: Charlie Burton-Dadd
Youth Coaches’ Player of the Year: Sam Randell
Senior Most Improved Player: Charlie Tribble
Youth Most improved Player: Ahmed Kambal
Best Newcomer: Rory Harries
Supporters Player of the Year: Dan Murphy
Clubman of the Year: Dave Hobbs
At the event, Rhiwbina RFC Chairman Ian Hall emphasised the club’s importance within the community, and said “Rhiwbina RFC is committed to developing players from within the club and to attract new players at all levels who want to play for the badge and not for any financial gain.”