Glamorgan County Silver Ball Trophy

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Glamorgan County Silver Ball Trophy
Aberavon Harlequins, winners in 1982, with the trophy
Founded 1956
Region Glamorgan, Wales
Current champions Bedlinog RFC
Most successful club(s) Glynneath RFC
Tondu RFC

The Glamorgan County Silver Ball Trophy (also known as the Glamorgan County Brains Smooth Silver Ball Trophy), is a Welsh rugby union competition open to all non-premier Welsh Rugby Union clubs playing in the Glamorganshire area.[1]


The Silver Ball competition was originally suggested by Glamorgan County president Glan Williams in 1955 and the first tournament took place in 1956 when J. Norman Hunt volunteered to meet the costs and was open to all sixty-four WRU clubs in the Glamorgan region.[1] The Silver Ball Trophy itself was made by Birmingham based trophy maker Thomas Fattorini and cost a hundred pounds to produce. The initial idea was to match eight junior teams against the counties eight first class sides, but a poor response from the senior teams resulted in the Welsh Academicals being drefted in to make a realistic quarter finals.[1]

The tournament also produces the SA Brains trophy which is awarded to the team to have scored the most tries during the build up to the final. This team is then invited to play the Silver Ball winners in a pre-season friendly for the President's Cup.

The trophy is presently sponsored by Brains Smooth.

Silver Ball Trophy finals[edit]

Season Winners Losing Finalists Score Venue
1956-57 Taibach RFC Skewen RFC 9-3 The Gnoll, Neath
1957-58 Welsh Academicals
1958-59 Maesteg Celtic RFC
1959-60 Seven Sisters RFC
1960-61 Glynneath RFC
1961-62 Glynneath RFC
1962-63 Glynneath RFC Cwmgwrach RFC
1963-64 Llantwit Major RFC
1964-65 Llantwit Major RFC
1965-66 Cwmgwrach RFC Senghenydd RFC
1966-67[2] Cardiff Athletic RFC Aberavon Quins RFC 27-0 Brewery Field, Bridgend
1967-68[3] Cardiff Athletic RFC Taibach RFC 27-3 Brewery Field, Bridgend
1968-69 UWIC RFC
1969-70 UWIC RFC
1970-71[4] Senghenydd RFC Nantyffyllon RFC 11-5 Penygraig
1971-72 Senghenydd RFC
1972-73 Abercynon RFC
1973-74 Kenfig Hill RFC
1974-75 Taffs Well RFC
1975-76 Pyle RFC
1976-77 Abercynon RFC Llanharan RFC
1977-78 Pyle RFC
1978-79 Bridgend Sports RFC Llanharan RFC 16-7 Maesteg
1979-80 Bridgend Sports RFC
1980-81 Bridgend Sports RFC
1981-82 Aberavon Quins RFC Neath Athletic
1982-83 Swansea Athletic RFC
1983-84 Cilfynydd RFC
1984-85 Cilfynydd RFC
1985-86 St. Peters RFC Rumney RFC 10-9 Cardiff Arms Park Cardiff
1986-87 Tondu RFC
1987-88 Neath Athletic RFC
1988-89 Llantrisant RFC
1989-90 Beddau RFC
1990-91 Tondu RFC
1991-92 Tondu RFC
1992-93 Tondu RFC Tonmawr RFC
1993-94 Llantrisant RFC Glynneath RFC
1994-95 Tonyrefail RFC Gilfach Goch RFC
1995-96 Resolven RFC
1996-97 Gilfach Goch RFC Treherbert RFC
1997-98 Gilfach Goch RFC British Steel RFC Sardis Road Pontypridd
1998-99 Ynysybwl RFC Nantymoel RFC Sardis Road Pontypridd
1999-00 Glamorgan Wanderers RFC
2000-01 Maesteg Harlequins RFC Vardre RFC 20-17 Brewery Field, Bridgend
2001-02 British Steel RFC Bridgend Athletic RFC 26-22 Brewery Field, Bridgend
2002-03 Penygraig RFC Pontypridd RFC 30-25 The Dairy Field Llanharan
2003-04 Banwen RFC Maesteg RFC Virginia Park, Caerphilly
2004-05[5] Penallta RFC Rhydyfelin RFC 43-30 Sardis Road Pontypridd
2005-06 Ynysybwl RFC Tonna RFC 21-14 Sardis Road, Pontypridd
2006-07 Tonmawr RFC Penallta RFC 26-24 Sardis Road, Pontypridd
2007-08[6] Tonmawr RFC Aberavon Green Stars RFC 50-12 The Dairy Field Llanharan
2008-09 Aberavon Quins RFC Llantwit Fardre RFC 17-3 The Dairy Field Llanharan
2009-10[7] Tonmawr RFC Tondu RFC 26-15 Brewery Field, Bridgend
2010-11[8] Maesteg Harlequins RFC Mountain Ash RFC 19-16 Brewery Field, Bridgend
2011-12[9] Glynneath RFC Maesteg Harlequins RFC 13-10 The Dairy Field Llanharan
2012-13 Bedlinog RFC Tondu RFC 29-10 Brewery Field Bridgend
2013-14 Glynneath RFC Rhiwbina RFC 34-15 Brewery Field Bridgend

Competition multiple winners[edit]

  • Five Wins
Glynneath RFC
  • Four wins
Tondu RFC
  • Three wins
Bridgend Sports RFC
Tonmawr RFC
  • Two wins
Aberavon Quins RFC
Abercynon RFC
Cardiff Athletic
Cilfynydd RFC
Gilfach Goch RFC
Llantrisant RFC
Llantwit Major RFC
Maesteg Harlequins RFC
Pyle RFC
Senghenydd RFC
Ynysybwl RFC


  1. ^ a b c Chalmers, Ron (20 January 2011). "Ravens top Silver Ball table". Glamorgan Gazette. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Davies (1975) p.154
  3. ^ Davies (1975) p.157
  4. ^ Owen, Arwyn, ed. (1972). Welsh Brewers Ltd Rugby Annual for Wales 1971-72. Cardiff: Welsh Brewers Ltd. p. 58. 
  5. ^ "Penalta win Silver Ball final". 22 January 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Welsh Rugby Union (11 May 2008). "Tonmawr retain Glamorgan County Silver Ball". Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Evans, Howard (29 May 2010). "Worthington's Silver Ball Final - Tonmawr 26 Tondu 15". Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Maesteg Quins win Silver Ball". Western Mail. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "O’Reilly shines in Silver Ball final as Glynneath fightback to win trophy". Western Mail. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 


  • Davies, D.E. (1975). Cardiff Rugby Club, History and Statistics 1876-1975. Risca: The Starling Press. ISBN 0-9504421-0-0.