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Details of International Contest Played at Sandy Bank, Ystrad Rhondda

August Bank Holiday Monday 1920.

Welsh Team Captain, Wm. Dice Davies, Aberdare

English Team Captain H. Kirby

Wales won by 11 points.

The following report appeared in the Rhondda Leader and was kindly transcribed and supplied by Kevin Edwards, grandson of Wales and Ton Pentre quoiter Charles Davies


Wales Defeats England

There was great rally of quoiters at YSTRAD RHONDDA on August Bank Holiday when an international match took place on the SANDY BANK ground, between England and Wales. A large crowd witnessed the play throughout the day and were treated to a wonderful performance, the dexterity and ease with which some of the players pitched their quoits being wonderful, to say the least. It proved to be a very tight and exciting match, the Welshmen being ten points down after ten of the twelve games had been decided. The homesters' last two representatives, E.EVANS (Waunlywd) and J.T.POWELL (Dowlais Top), came to the rescue, however, defeating their opponents 12 and 9 respectively, and thus enabling Wales to run out victors, with a lead 11 points. One of the most interesting games was between W.DICE DAVIES (Captain), the Champion of Wales, and H.KIRBY (Captain) the Champion of England. "DICE" held his man well by covering the pin with the first quoit, thus maintaining the lead for the greater portion of the game and vanquishing his opponent by seven points.

The following are the detailed scores:-

England H.KIRBY (Captain) Champion of England,14; J.HOOD, Liverpool (former Champion), 21, J.KIRBY, London former Champion of England, 21;Wm. Mike EVANS Ironbridge, Shropshire, former Champion of England, 21; H.HITCHENS, Somerset, former Champion of England, 9; J.FRENCH London, Lightweight Champion of England, 21;C.BURRY, London Champion of North London, 10; A.NUTT, London Champion of Lincoln, 15; W.EDWARDS, London, former Champion of West London,12; A. LAWRENCE, London Metropolitan Police League Champion, 21; D. COOPER, London, All England Cup and gold medallist, 18; W.Welsh, Shropshire, district medallist, 11; Total 194

Wales W.DICE DAVIES (captain), Cwmdare, champion of Wales,21; F.GRIFFITHS (Waunlwyd), gold medallist, 10; MATT WALTERS, Morriston, Champion of West Wales,12; J.THOMAS, Heolgarreg, former Champion of Wales, 13; F.EVANS, Waunlwyd, Champion of Monmouthshire, 21 T.DAVIES, Skewen, gold medallist, 11; H.LYON Waunlwyd, foremr Champion of Monmouthshire, 21; J.POWELL, Dowlais Top, gold medallist, 21; T. POWELL. Dowlais Top, 21, LLEW BAKER, Waunlwyd, 12, T.MOORE, Ystrad, Champion of the Rhondda, 21; B LYON, Ebbw Vale, gold medallist 21; Total 205

Reserves (Wales): 1. B.J.THOMAS, gold medallist, Ammanford; 2. T.CROWLEY, Cwmsyfiog; 3. J.PRICE, gold medallist Sandy Bank Ystrad Rhondda.

It was in 1896 that the first match was played, Cheltenham was the venue and England triumphed by 308 to 209. Twelve matches have been played between the two counties (including one at Llwynypia and one at Ystrad), and the honours are level, each side having one six and lost six. Each country has also suffered one defeat on it's own soil.

Monday's match was organized under the auspices of the Welsh International Quoiting Board, the responsible officers being: Chairman Mr. T. LIPPETT, Tredegar Mon: Treasurer Mr. J. BOWEN, Pentre: Hon. Sec., Mr. D.P. JONES, Mountain Ash: committee Messrs B.LIPPETT (Tredegar), D.LEWIS (Rhondda), W.WILLIAMS (Merthyr), T.ROBERTS (Morriston) and D.DANIEL (Ammanford).


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