weather was beautiful when the 21 Welsh people (15 football players, 5
supporters and the minibus driver) arrived Friday the 26th of
May in Quimper. They went to
discover the town during the day or to take a snap (already???)
before having dinner with the twinning committee on the evening in the
restaurant Hotel du Nevet in Plogonnec. After a good meal, the evening
went on in the bar Le Baladin.
On Saturday they went to the beach. Not brave (or crazy) enough to
go swimming, they jogged and trained. Afterwards they hung around
Douarnenez streets before being back in Plogonnec to play at
for the first time
against Plogonnec football team, “Les Ecureuils” (the Squirrels).
spite of being supported the Welsh players defeated 2-0. But it was not
lost for everybody: great football experts ( ;-)
) then won the prognosis competition. Some beers later, a buffet
was offer to everybody in the hall by the twinning committee.
team was given a trophy.
winners of the prognosis competition (among them a
Welsh football players: realism or lack or confidence?) got also
their presents. After a meal in a good atmosphere, Delphine and Johann
from the Baladin had the opportunity to serve other pints of beer in
glasses demanded especially for the occasion.
Sunday, after being visiting Locronan, the Welsh people were fit (???)
to play again against the “Plogonnec’s Squirrels”.
for them, they did not managed to win and lost 2-1, in spite of being
engaged Mickaël Bolou a few minutes before the game starts in
substitution to Aled who was injured.
a stop at the Baladin...
“Squirrels” offered a barbecue in Lopeau to feed all those starving
people. After another good meal, the results of the second prognosis
competition and the more beautiful thong (well
done Richard!) were announced.
minibus drove the players to carry on with the night in the Baladin,
where presents were swapped.
(except the injured and the too tired boys)
went afterwards to the nightclub the Moulin.
And, after another too short night sleep and some purchases they
left on Monday afternoon, happy of the trip but very tired...
trip took place in a very good atmosphere. The friendship, which is a
characteristic of this twinning, was real during the weekend. The Welsh
people were pleased with the welcome and Plogonnec people were very
happy to welcome them with their simplicity and good mood.
seem satisfied of the weekend. It is ashamed however to have seen the
Plogonnec’s football players only during the games and not during the
evenings. But the Welsh players are now strongly waiting for them in
Llangrannog in 2006.
scorer of the weekend:
Saturday: Nicolas Bozec and Pricilien Faveaux
Sunday: Florian Coustan for Plogonnec and Chris Pulman (or
Gari Pwyll according to some people… ;-) ) for the Welsh team.
To Plogonnec and Quimper shopkeepers who gave
lot of presents: it was possible to organize a prognosis competition for
To Delphine and Johann from the Baladin who greatly welcomed
the Welsh people and to have been their guides during their nights out.
To Annick and Jean-Pierre Bolou to have been their guide for
their days out.
To everyone who came to support the players, to help to
organize the meals or who simply came.
arbiter during the second game:
match took place in a good spirit. It always was friendly, even if the
Welsh players were playing a strongest football. They were sometimes
surprised when faults were whistled; the arbitrage is not so strict
Llangrannog’s football club chairman
really appreciate the trip, even if we did not win. The Welsh players
should have scored more but they were very tired! The welcome was
excellent. The facilities are great in Plogonnec! We hope we can welcome
Plogonnec’s team in 2006 and this time our best players, who could not
come to Plogonnec, would be with us J
« Squirrels »:
was great, it should be done more often. We were happy to play and we
are ready to go there. Plogonnec’s team was probably better
tactically, but not physically. For the second match, about half of the
team did not play on Saturday.
We are very happy, we had fun, but we are tired! It may have been
to many beers... ;-). The facilities are
much better in Plogonnec. It is different to play here; we are not used
with an arbitrage so strict. But everything was great. We are ready to
come back, but it is ashamed that the two teams did not exchange more.
The welcome was wonderful, as the food, the beer and the wine! We are
all friends and we came here on holiday together.
(who has been injured) ’s personal comment:
French health services are very efficient!
The bus driver:
are good boys and quite quiet in the bus. It is easy to see they are
good mates. They are very friendly.
Plogonnec twinning committee:
was a good atmosphere during all the weekend. Everything was fine. It is
ashamed however that only the people in charge of Plogonnec’s football
club were present in the evenings and not the players. We are ready to
go over in 2006.
People in charge of Plogonnec’s football club:
games took place in a good mood. The teams had about the same level.
Plogonnec won twice, met it could have been Llangrannog. It is a pity
that Plogonnec’s football players did not came during the evenings.
But they are ready to go over there and so do us. We just need to find a
on boys, you were very tired apparently. Have a good nap now and see you
soon in Llangrannog in 2006! Pob hwyl ! Kenavo !