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Now is the winter of our discontent….William Shakesphere’s word from Richard III’s words have rung true recently!  Two games during the 6 Nations, with no players released and two losses against strong Irish opposition.  But still, there have been a few glimpses of spring surely?

Get voting for your February Player of the month vote sponsored by PB garage Services.  Voting closes 18th Feb.

Fri, 15 Feb 0 – 8 L Ulster
Fri, 22 Feb 13 – 19 L Munster

February '19 Player of the Month

  • Hanno Dirksen (45%, 43 Votes)
  • Matthew Aubrey (24%, 23 Votes)
  • James King (15%, 14 Votes)
  • Scott Baldwin (12%, 11 Votes)
  • Bradley Davies (4%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 95

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For a full list of previous OSCA winners, click here

This morning, members of the OSC committee met with Andrew Millward (managing director), Peter Owen (media manager), Adam Palfrey (commercial manager),  Paul Wapham (OiTC).

We discussed the concerns of supporters based on rumours, speculation and conflicting press statements.

To this end, we were advised that a Q&A evening has been arranged for season ticket holders which will be held at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday 12th March (full details on Ospreys website here ).  This will be an opportunity for season ticket holders to put questions to Andrew Millward, Allan Clarke and representatives from the Ospreys board of directors.

It is apparent to the OSC committee that statements released by Scarlets Rugby and PRB were misleading and did not accord with that said at a meeting with the WRU/PRB last Monday attended by members of the OSC committee and other members of the JSG (Joint Supporters Group).   Accordingly, as a committee, we fully support the Ospreys board in the decisions taken to date and for the way forward.

We would urge supporters to attend Tuesday’s Q&A and ignore the speculation and ill informed comments appearing on social media.

As a committee, we will continue to work closely with the Ospreys management and ensure that supporters are kept informed of all developments at the earliest opportunity.

We fully encourage everybody to turn up for the final home game of the season against the Dragons on 23rd March and show your support.

#ourbloodisblack

Yesterday, representatives of the Joint Supporters Group which includes Cardiff Blues Supporters Club , Dragons Official Supporters Club, Ospreys Supporters and Crys 16 met with the Chief Exec of the WRU, Martyn Phillips along with Ryan Jones – both who sit on the PRB.

The update we received was completely in line with what’s been reported in the media before today.

It would now seem that the situation has dramatically changed in light of reported events and the statement via the Ospreys today, and the subsequent statement by PRB which confirms what we were told yesterday.

We were assured that the recommendation to proceed with 4 regions based in the North, South, West and East of Wales was agreed unanimously by all PRB representatives which includes the Chairs of each of our regional Boards. We were assured that the proposed changes are financially focused and aim to tap into new markets both on and off the field, as well as evolve the regional structure to one which is more future proofed than the existing model. This of course would have a huge impact for the Ospreys and Scarlets.

Last night we expressed our sadness and anger at the disregard for existing supporters who have been deemed ‘expendable’ when compared to a potential new market. Members from OSC and Crys 16 passionately explained the impact they felt this would have on them and the wider supporter base of the Ospreys and Scarlets. CBSC and DOSC fully supported this position.

We also expressed our complete disappointment on behalf of all supporters of professional rugby in Wales at the lack of communication during the discussions over the last few months regarding ‘Project Reset’. This was recognized by Martyn and Ryan who said that it was difficult to communicate when positions and decisions were changing by the day.

Members of the JSG are united in the belief that regional rugby supporters have largely been ignored and excluded from any of consultation during this period, with the exception of some more regional communications at the Scarlets. We have agreed that we stand together as announcements and decisions are made, and we support each other and the stance that all existing regions should remain. There are precious few people putting money into the regional game in Wales and we represent those that do … so as you would expect, we have requested a follow up meeting in the coming weeks which was agreed.

We will of course provide our members and the wider supporter community with further updates as soon as they are available.

The Joint Supporters Club represents the four official Supporters organisations for the Welsh region (Crys16, Ospreys Supporters Club, Cardiff Blues Supporters CLub and Dragons Supporters Club).

 

It seems like we’ve all had an unintintional dry January with our only win coming at the end of the Christmas holidays against the Cardiff Blues.  Never mind, onwards and upwards so its time to vote for your PB Garage Services Player of the month for January!  

Sat, 05 Jan 20 – 11 W Cardiff Blues
Sat, 12 Jan 18 – 20 L Worcester Warriors
Sat, 19 Jan 21 – 26 L Section Paloise
Fri, 25 Jan 3 – 9 L Glasgow Warriors

February '19 Player of the Month

  • Hanno Dirksen (45%, 43 Votes)
  • Matthew Aubrey (24%, 23 Votes)
  • James King (15%, 14 Votes)
  • Scott Baldwin (12%, 11 Votes)
  • Bradley Davies (4%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 95

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Voting closes Saturday 9th February 

This is not an OSC trip, but we’ve had the following from Travel Lodge Galway!  If you’re interested,  contact Travellodge directly using the link below:

https://www.travelodge.ie/hotels/252/Galway-City-hotel?gclid=Cj0KCQiAp7DiBRDdARIsABIMfoB1eYZ-laGgAOr4qRjwVNv6buPbWJ0yYNEv5mS9DIxmrcmduvISAZQaAnYjEALw_wcB

 

I’m just reaching out in relation to your upcoming match between the Ospreys versus Connacht taking place in Galway on the 2nd March. We all know Connacht are going to win and it’s not going to be even close, but as hosts we want to be very hospitable and offer a discount on hotel accommodation that’s exclusively available to travelling Ospreys fans. We are offering €60 for a Twin room on the 1st and €115 on the 2nd. However, if staying for the Saturday night only, the rate is €125.  This is a highly competitive Room Only Rate.

Our newly refurbished hotel boasts the following

–          Brand new super executive rooms and standard rooms

–          Brand new bar and restaurant ( with plenty of beer on taps and of course one of best pints Guinness to found anywhere in Galway.

–          Brand new lobby and circulation spaces with a large “60 “ curved TV in lobby so we can watch Connacht win J!!

In only a short 8 minute walk (google says 10 mins but we let guests use back of the hotel to access grounds faster) to the Sportsground.

We offers great value for money across, double, twin and family rooms. This is a Travelodge like no other- and soon to rebranded Travelodge Plus.

 

For those lucky Ospreys supporters travelling to Pau for this weekend’s Challenge Cup match, we’ve had the following information from Pau’s fan club, Section 16e Homme, including an invitation to meet up for a glass of wine on matchday at the stadium!

For lunch & diner, you can find many places downtown with different french food like around the Chateau de Pau.  On Rue des Cordeliers, the Beanz Cafe is awesome for us because the menu is made by ladies from Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. And before or after the game, next to the stadium, La Cantine de la Section is the place to be for eat french food or drink beer. And, downtown on the Boulevard des Pyrénées, the Galway Pau is a pub with French people and from other countries. It’s 1 of the 3 bars on the Boulevard. I hope you’ll find what you want for having a good trip in our South West!!

Next Saturday, you are invited to a friendship moment with our fanclub with a glass of white wine (Jurancon) (on the Bodega on the stadium on your left after the entry)!! See you guys”

Cafe Beanz


The Galway

Cantine de la Section

The Stadium

Its that time of the month again so get voting to help decide who will win the December’s OSCA.  It was a mixed bag in terms of results  -beating Scarlets and Stade at home should leave you with a warm feeling, but the two close away losses left travelling fans slightly cold (especially the frozen souls who braved the streets of Paris). 

Sat, 08 Dec 51 – 20 W Stade Francais Paris
Fri, 14 Dec 3 – 12 L Stade Francais Paris
Sat, 22 Dec 19 – 12 W Scarlets
Sun, 30 Dec 22 – 23 L Dragons

December Player of the Month

  • Alun Wyn Jones (39%, 39 Votes)
  • Adam Beard (24%, 24 Votes)
  • Luke Morgan (22%, 22 Votes)
  • Scott Baldwin (9%, 9 Votes)
  • James King (7%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 101

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Voting closes Sunday 20th January.

Thanks to PB Garage Services for sponsoring this years OSCAs.