A RECORD turnout of more than 3,000 runners, teachers and spectators attended the popular Dyfed Primary Schools cross country championships last Thursday evening (Mar 16) held at the United Counties Showground in Nantyci, Carmarthen.
In what was an exciting evening of cross country running, Dyfed primary schools turned out in their numbers for the end of season finale now in its 30th annual year organised by Hedydd Davies Chairman of Carmarthen Harriers. Close to 1,500 runners from more than 75 schools in the district took part – passing the 2015 totals of 1,327.
The championships this year was sponsored by the West Wales Freemasons and McDonalds. Awards to the first ten in each race, first three teams and winning county were presented by the invited guests: Cllr Eryl Morgan Chairman Carmarthenshire County Council, Mrs Jean Morgan, Cllr Wyn Thomas Mayor of Carmarthen, Mrs Sylvia Perkins Mayorees of Carmarthen, Mr Ron Mounsey McDonalds, Mr Gareth Jones Cabinet Member Education, John Elward Vice President Welsh Athletics and Lionel Hughes West Wales Freemasons.
In the team competition there were five different team winners. Griffith Jones and Y Dderwen both had one win each while Gelli Aur, Gymraeg Aberaeron and Iau Llangennech won two team races each, and as a result with no points difference – were the overall joint team winners and will share the trophy. In the inter county competition Carmarthenshire won six races and Pembrokeshire two events.
The summer months will see the Carmarthenshire & Dyfed track & field athletics championships come to Carmarthen during May & June with the venue being the Carmarthen Leisure Centre track in Johnstown.
- Year 3 Girls: 1 Ophehia Jenkins (Tavernspite) 2 Tirion Yate (Dewi Sant) 3 Beatrice Morgan (Llangadog)
- Year 3 Boys: 1 Steffan Thomas (Teilo Sant) 2 Dylan Owen (Ffairfach) 3 Logan Owen (Gwenllian)
- Year 4 Girls: Kaitlyn Gwynne Jones (Aberaeron) 2 Mared Jones (Y Dderwen) 3 Casi Gregson (Carreg Hirfaen)
- Year 4 Boys: 1 Rowan Dickson (Hakin) 2 Cynyr McRae (Y Ddwylan) 3 William Harris (Hook)
- Year 5 Girls: 1 Erin Morgan (Y Dderwen) 2 Seren Davies (Aberaeron) 3 Bessy Hill (Y Ddwylan)
- Year 5 Boys: 1 Ifan Bowen (Y Dderwen) 2 Iwan Thomas (Parc Y Tywyn) 3 Harry Billingham (Tavernspite)
- Year 6 Girls: 1 Bethan Adams (Llangennech) 2 Lucy Wintle (Hafan Y Mor) 3 Keira Carmody (Model)
- Year 6 Boys: 1 Morgan Williams (Gelli Aur) 2 Rhys Jenkins (Aberaeron) 3 Jack Thomas (Johnstown)
A Carmarthen Harriers Athletics Club spokesman said: “The partnership between Carmarthen Harriers and Dyfed schools continue to grow and has already resulted in Carmarthen Harriers being awarded with the Welsh Athletics Partnership Award a number of times over the past few years, including in 2016 for its work with McDonalds.
“Thanks to all schools in West Wales for continuing to support the events arranged by the club in Dyfed, as was evident with the large number of visitors at last Thursday’s championships.”
Blacks go marching on
New Dock Stars • 10
Burry Port • 21
BURRY PORT travelled to local rivals New Dock Stars last Saturday (Oct 7) and booked their place into the next round of the WRU Bowl.
It was the home side who got off to the better start keeping the ball for long periods and putting the Burry Port try line under some pressure but just couldn’t get over the white wash.
Burry Port looked dangerous when in possession and with strong running centre Knox opening the scoring with a fine run Burry Port got into their game and took control of the first half.
Knox soon crossed for his second and was quickly followed by another try this time by Flanker Rich Parker all converted by Ceiron Thomas to make the score 21-0 at half time.
The Blacks had more opportunities to increase the lead but a combination of good defence and a couple of mistakes at the last moment denied the away team.
New Dock put plenty of good work in themselves and were really effective at keeping the ball with forwards working hard off 9 and after a long phase of play were awarded a penalty on the Burry Port 22 which was kicked by Jason Baxter to make the score 21-3.
The rest of the half saw New Dock trying to get back in the game but Burry Port controlled territory and wouldn’t let the home team anytime in the attacking half.
The final score went to New Dock after a promising Burry Port attack and a chance of another try the ball was intercepted by the New Dock winger Kieron James who raced in for a try under the posts, converted by Baxter to make the final score 21-10.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday (Oct 14) in the league when Burry Port will be the hosts and can expect another tough game.
Nant hold off Quins
Pembroke Dock Quins • 12
Nantgaredig • 28
NANTGAREDIG withstood a second half fight back from a spirited Pembroke Dock Quins side to book their place in the third round of the WRU Bowl last Saturday (Oct 7).
The high flying Division 3B side won the game 28-12 but the Quins dominated the second half and were unlucky not to score more points.
The visitors could not have got off to a better start when Outside Half Dafydd Lewis slotted over a penalty after just two minutes, and on 10 minutes Scrum Half George Gleeson slipped over for a try which was converted by Dafydd Lewis.
With a 0-10 advantage for the visitors it looked like it was going to be a tough afternoon for the Quins.
On the Half Hour the Quins were dealt a hammer blow when Right Wing Gethin Davies touched down for a Unconverted Try wide out to put his side 15 points to the good.
The Quins though, responded magnificently, with one of the best tries they have scored this Season.
After some fine ball retention Outside Half Lewis Davies powered through a gap in a stretched defence to score half way out, he converted himself to put the Quins back in the hunt.
With five minutes of the half remaining the Quins laid siege to the visitors’ line, but unfortunately for the Quins they could not crack the visitors defence.
The Quins had it all to play for as the second Half started but with just five minutes of the half gone Dafydd Lewis punished a Quins indiscretion to put his side into a 7-18 lead.
From here on in it was all Quins as they seemed to be encamped in the visitors 22, but no matter what they tried it just did not seem their day.
Just on the hour mark an interception try by Dafydd Lewis was a cruel blow to the Quins after all the effort they had put in, he failed to convert his own try from wide out.
The Quins were soon back inside the visitors 22, with replacement Hywel Baker showing a never say die attitude after coming off his sick bed, but the Quins could not force a score, with some outstanding defence by the visitors coming to the fore.
Nantgaredig grabbed a fourth try when a chip over the top bounced straight into Dafydd Lewis’ hands and the Outside Half did the rest for an unconverted try.
The Quins had the last say when replacement Prop Martin Culley powered over from close range for an unconverted try.
Cefneithin beat All Blacks
Neyland • 3
Cefneithin • 25
CEFNEITHIN knocked out opposition from Pembrokeshire for a second time as they beat Neyland 25-3 to make it through to the third round of the WRU Bowl last Saturday (Oct 7).
The Carmarthenshire side knocked out Milford in the first round and put in another good display to beat Neyland.
They started this game well and went ahead with a try from Nathan Harbright and a second try from Dion Thomas gave them a 10-0 lead.
James Gronow and Jonathan Morgan also claimed tries while Richard Watts added one conversion and one penalty.
All Neyland had to show for their efforts was a solitary penalty from Mark Riley but it could have been a much different score line had the home side taken some of their chances.
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