Bridgend Ravens kick off the 2013/14 campaign with a trip to Ospreylian rivals Neath in the BIC qualifiers this Friday evening (KO 7:30pm).
In an unusual start to the campaign, regional sides will play off against one another to determine who will represent Wales in the British and Irish Cup this season. Based upon last seasons standings, Bridgend travel to Neath and Swansea travel to Aberavon, with the winners meeting next weekend.
Pre season has been a tough one for the Bridgend squad. The squad have faced a number of behind closed doors games, including a face off against the Ospreys, in readiness for the new campaign. Allied to this has been the strict training regime from fitness guru Jason Larkman, who has prepared the players for another tough campaign. The only friendly match Bridgend played was a comfortable 38-0 victory against Bridgend Athletic at the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field.
The players and staff know that Friday’s game will be a tougher test – games against Neath are always hard fought encounters. Bridgend have a good recent record at the Gnoll, and will be determined to maintain it.
Ben Rose is excited about the prospect of the clash this coming Friday.
‘The first game is always a bit of an unknown. How have Neath prepared compared to us? I don’t think anyone can answer that. All I know is that we have worked hard through preseason and have become tighter as a coaching group, a squad and as a club.
It’s not the time to worry about the opposition. Instead, we plan to focus on ourselves our performance and what we want to be like this season. It is the first game and an Ospreys derby so needless to say the Bridgend Ravens are excited to take the field.’
Bridgend Ravens Team: TBA.