Its the end of March and the wind is blowing the snow in sideways. Not ideal conditions for playing rugby I would imagine (having never played), and certainly not the most ideal for watching and trying to take pics.
But, the Penallta Minerbirds took to the field and beat the Blackwood Bears in the WRU Ladies Cup Quarter final in front of a crowd of upwards of 50.
And this is different to any number of teams playing any number of outside sports all over the country last weekend?
No, perhaps it not, but there is a side story, which I shall come back to.
For now, cast your mind back to the balmy summers days of 2012, where the London Olympics where the center of the Worlds media attention, and especially to any number of outstanding female athletes who medal-ed for Great Britain.
I remember most the emotional celebrations of Gemma Gibbons in the Judo - you may prefer to think of Jessica Ennis, but either way, those icons of their sports promised a lasting legacy for us all. Men and in these specific cases, women.
But this March is a long way from last summer, and the legacy is fading like the sincerity of the words.
Now the focus is back on the professional and glossy poster boys of the elite TV competitions, the merry go around of the transfer cycle, and who will be the next foreign millionaire investor.
Here in Wales, the mens rugby team derailed the English grand slam emphatically and much was said about the importance of keeping the key players here in Wales and subsidizing, where required the wages.
A week later the specialist sevens side made the final of the Hong Kong Sevens, their first time in the final.
And the women’s team made the World cup final for the first time.
All credit to the national sport of the rugby mad country. Except there is a bitter aftertaste. Week in and week out, we were treated to the highlights of the women’s six nations, from at one point, Twickers itself.
But no Welsh women’s highlights, why? Because the Welsh women’s team are pushed out to the sticks where the is limited TV coverage capability. Disappointing is not the word.
Then, the WRU pulled all funding for the women’s six nations, and those players will now have to completely fund their own trips to the now reduced games they will play - hence the sign, #backthegirls.
Hardly ideal preparation for a WC is it? Playing just two games in a second tier competition.
So, sob sob, time and money is hard at the moment, cuts have to be made, decisions, however unpopular have to be made, and people cant be pleased all the time. All true.
But consider this, Jessica Ennis, Jade Jones, Gemma Gibbons et al, all started out in local halls, under amateur coaches, in small grass routes competitions.
I am an amateur coach.
One who has coached men and women (i play and coach Korfball, one of the most niche of minority sports in the UK) from scratch to all levels upwards. And as a coach, i was motivated and brought in by the big words of the big names post 2012. We, the little people would be acknowledged and assisted to bring through the next generation of icons. I for one read up on David Brailsford and his methods in case i could find a tip (i found many).
But slowly the dream is unraveling, the UKOC have been brutal in their finding cuts (see basketball and volleyball for starters), there has been no announcement of greater PE on the school curriculum and there has certainly been no success stories since (save the ever reliable Mr Brailslford and his cyclists..).
The government bemoans the climbing obesity rate and falling numbers of people participating in sport (especially younger women) and it wonders why.
We need role models (which we got) then we needed the pathway, which was pulled from under our feet.
We need more golden stars like Rebecca Adlington going back to the roots and taking the spotlight and TV cameras with them.
We should by no means at all plunge all our money into grass roots sport, and certainly not into untested waters, or to untested people, but there needs to be encouragement, there needs to be the golden brick road.
Sadly, for many smaller sports, and worse still for women’s sport, that road gets longer and more winding.
This was not the legacy i was expecting.