A good win over Western Province B by Glamorgan in a 2 dayer, and a final one day match today I understand.
Congratulations to Peter Walker on his election by a majority of 3-1 as the new club President. He says he'll be no 'yes man' to Paul Russell which I think is a good thing.
Sad news of the week is the death of Geoff Holmes at the ridiculously young age of 50. He was in a meeting, had a headache (don't we all get that), but then after leaving suffered a brianhemorrhage and died. Dreadful news.
He took a wonderful 5 wickets for 2 runs in Ebbw Vale once for Glam versus Derbyshire, and the 'grass bank' roared him on. I remember it well as I was operating the small scoreboard down by the rugby stand. RIP fella.
Like them or not, Surrey are one of the most advanced counties in terms of using the 'net to inform their fans.
With the season around the corner, the brilliant Surrey Cricket TV provides highlights of every day's play, including their current pre season tour in Dubai, and Surrey Radio provides ball by ball coverage of all games, both headed up by a decent bloke called Mark Church.
Now all we need is Glamorgan to do the same - I am available.
I'm not planning on my Easter wedding and subsequent marriage affecting my gig going.
This Friday it's the wonderful Stone Gods (darker and better than The Darkness) at the Barfly (Heaven's Basement are also there in a few weeks), Saxon on MayDay at Bristol Academy, and UFO at the same venue in June. The Sunday at Download is looking pretty tasty too with loads of 'old school', plus of course the masters, Deep Purple, at Hammersmith in November.
Also, we can expect the Dio fronted Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, to be round again supporting their new album.
As followers of Ebbw Vale will know from this season, if you can't win your own lineout ball, you face an uphill battle to win the game.
And so it was with Wales yesterday. Despite snatching it once with a late drop goal and nearly snatching it late with a penalty (why didn't Henson take it?), Wales lost to a superior Ireland side who deserved their Grand Slam - and outside of our lot, I'd prefer to see our Celtic cousins win rather than anyone else.
One thing is certain. Unless there's marked improvement on Saturday's shambles at Ebbw Vale, then this will be another defeat.
I hope I'm wrong, but last Saturday didn't fill me with much hope for the rest of the season.
Nonetheless, if you read the supporters' forum, we should be having a discussion about the loyalties of supporters and how we should do more for the club, rather than speaking our minds about the dross that was served up on Saturday.
From what I could see, some players have already made up their mind about their loyalties, and are 'working their notice' at Ebbw Vale. I'm not convinced about our coaching set up either. It's March and we can't even secure our own lineout ball, and our second and third phase possession involves hookers and props as first receivers.
I could go on, but I really can't accept that Ebbw Vale's sole role is as a development club for young players. That's a 1 way ticket to Division One East, playing in front of crowds of 120.
I think it's going too far to describe this one as a 'must win', but it's probably fair to describe it as a 'if we don't win this, we got problems' type of game.
Llandovery nearly always prove to be a headache for us, but we did win up there earlier in the season and Pontypool won there last week. A defeat at home to the Drovers would send the shivers through the club.
Clearly we got problems, despite an improved display last week. Rumours of financial difficulty and of players having signed for lower division clubs already for next season are pretty destablising - those who hold the purse strings and have the power really do need to get a grip.
A bit of this spirit and fight in the club like this guy used to give wouldn't go amiss.
It's not often that I drift too far from the subjects of rugby, cricket or music on here, but I would like to say a big thank you to those splendid gentlemen who took time out of their busy lives to join me on my Stag Party last weekend in the surprisingly salubrious surroundings of Butlin's Minehead for their '80s Madness' weekend (it certainly beat Pontins Prestatyn).
A good time was had by all with plenty of beer, 3 rugby internationals, live bands, and of course all the cheesy 80s pop (how did we do it all?). In fact it couldn't have gone much better (okay I did have to miss a home Ebbw game).
For the record, I saw Then Jerico, Aswad, Bad Manners, Keith Harris (complete with swearing monkey and duck) and Alexander O'Neill. In addition, I saw tributes to Madness, Abba, Simple Minds, Blondie, The Specials, Madonna and U2.
I can't believe that it's been and gone - time seems to be going quicker all the time. And the big day is fast approaching.
Thanks again guys. There should be a pic or two soon.