05 May 2024 / Club News

Presentations – retiring coaches / player.

The Ath’s great escape in retaining their Div 1 West Central, was an apt tribute to 3 stalwarts who brought an end to their coaching and playing careers with the Ath at the Brewery Field. Gerald Williams after 7 years and David Williams 22 years coaching and club captain Ben Howe after 20 years playing with distinction for the Ath.

Club chairman Phil Rees presented them with a bottle of red wine as an intermediate gesture ahead of the POY Dinner on June 1st.

He remarked as he made the awards photographed by club photographer John Canon:

David Williams – Ath Forward Coach – Been involved in coaching seniors since joining Ath coaching set up as forwards coach in 2001. A robust back row forward who played for and captained the Ath youth before making 288 senior Ath apps (231 for 1st XV) scoring 201 points with 45 tries – a try valued at 4 points for most of his career. Along with Stuart awarded an Athletic Cap. At 2015 POY David voted clubman of year and made a life member.

Gerald Wiliams – Ath Backs Coach – Started assisting Ath with coaching at start of 2017-2018 season. Previously coached Bridgend, Tondu & Pencoed. Gerald won 4 Welsh caps at scrum half in 1981-82 and played for Bridgend, Newport, Pontypridd & Glamorgan Wanderers.He captained Bridgend to a win over Australia at BF in 1981. His rugby knowledge and tactics much appreciated.

Ben Howe joined Ath U16. Youth team captain 2 seasons 2007-2008 and 2008 -2009 when he led Ath to their only Welsh Youth League & Cup double. He also captained the Ath winning the District Cup. Also, captian of Ospreys U18 side which included Dan Biggar. Won many POY awards including last season as both coaches and players player of year.

In all played 211 senior games, 187 1sts, scoring 65 tries and 325pts. Been club captain for last 7 consecutive seasons.


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