Maesteg Harlequins RFC

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Maesteg Harlequins (Tir Iarll)RFC
Full name Maesteg Harlequins Rugby Football Club
Nickname(s) Quins
Founded 1898(c)
Location Maesteg, Wales
Ground(s) South Parade Playing Fields (Capacity: 2,999)
President Jimmy Nicholas
Coach(es) Chris Stephens, Lee Ronan, Gareth Lewis, Rhodri Bwye.
League(s) WRU Division One West Central; M.G.D.R.U. Division 1; National Youth League
2014-2015 1st[1] WRU Division One West Central
Team kit
Official website

Maesteg Harlequins RFC is a rugby union team from the town of Maesteg, Wales. The Maesteg Harlequins were founded in 1898, their first captain being Tom Hopkins. They have reformed under different guises but for the majority of their 113 years they have been known as Maesteg Harlequins. The club is a member of the Welsh Rugby Union having been made full members in 1987.

Club badge[edit]

The club badge consists of a central shield surrounded by an elaborate bronze border. The shield contains the traditional image of Maesteg a burning castle (Castell Coch which was sited in the nearby village of Llangynwyd and home to the ruling earls of the area). The burning castle shows the historical rejection of Norman rule by local Welsh people. Above the castle is the traditional emblem of Wales a red dragon rampant. The words 'Tir Iarll' (Earl's Land) lies below the shield on a scroll and this was the name of the area in the Middle Ages.

Club honours[edit]

  • WRU National League Champions
  • Division Two South West 2013-2014
    • Division Three South West: 2011-12
    • Division 3: 2004-2005
    • Division 4 South West: 2010-2011
    • Division 5: 2001–2002
    • Division 6: 2000–2001
    • Division 7: 1997–1998
  • Glamorgan County Silver Ball Trophy Winners: 2000–2001 & 2010-2011

Glamorgan County Silver Ball Finalists 2011-2012

  • Glamorgan County President’s Cup Winners: 2000–2001 & 2010-2011
  • Glamorgan County President’s Cup Finalists: 1997-1998
  • Hancocks HB Trophy Winners: 1997 – 1998
  • Glamorgan County 'Performance of the Year': 1997 – 1998
  • SWALEC Bowl Finalists: 2010-2011
  • Central Glamorgan Cup Finalists: 1995–1996, 1997–1998 & 2001–2002

Mid-Glamorgan D.R.U. Division 1 Winners 2013-2014 Mid-Glamorgan D.R.U. Division 1 Play-off Winners 2013-2014

  • Mid-Glamorgan D.R.U. Division Two Winners: 1996 – 1997
  • Mid-Glamorgan D.R.U. ‘Lyn Sports’ Cup Winners: 1977 – 1978
  • Mid-Glamorgan D.R.U. ‘Lyn Sports’ Cup Finalists: 2006–2007; 2005 – 2006, 2004–2005 & 2003–2004

Mid-Glamorgan D.R.U. Plate Finalists 2013-2014

  • Seven-a-Side:
    • Mid-Glamorgan DRU Sevens Winners 1961;
    • Bedlinog Sevens Winners 1988
    • Le Havre Sevens Winners 1975

Evs 7s Plate Winners 2011 & 2014

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