ON A WARM and sunny midweek evening, four of the Carmarthen Harriers middle distance group went to Tipton near Birmingham for the latest BMC Regional races open to all ages from across the UK, and every one came home with new personal bests with Ben Thomas dipping under the two minute mark with a time of 1.59.3.
Also taking part in the 800 metres was Iwan Glynn and Callum Lovatt recording best times of 2.03.9 and 2.09.9 respectively. Archi Morgan contested the 1500 metres and did well in difficult conditions to finish in 4.34.5. Thomas & Glynn’s times are the fastest set in Wales so far this season.
Following a busy day of schools competitions in West Wales earlier in the day, Welsh Athletics held their open sprints meeting at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium and saw numerous PB’s recorded throughout.
The fixture started off with some sprint hurdles heats and continuing his fine form this year was Glen Elsdon performing well again in the 110 metres (14.60).
As well as Elsdon competing in the 100m sprint (10.86), another 4 under 17 & under 20 athletes were involved in the 100m & 200m, coming away with 5 personal bests between them: Zak Daly 100m (12.11) & 200m (24.29); Rhun Edwards 100m (12.35) & 200m (24.43); Alicia Samuel 100m (12.57) & Celyn Williams 100m (13.05) & 200m (26.73)
The Welsh Athletics / WSAA Combined Events Championships returned to Swansea University Track and around 120 competitors from across Wales competed in disciplines such as sprint hurdles, 200m, 800m, high jump, long jump and shot. For many it was a new challenge taking part in events they were not familiar with.
A small team of Dyfed schools athletes were present and saw good results including Beca Roberts coming in bronze medal position in the under 15 all-rounder event and Lili Church jumping a massive 1.65m in the high jump competition to put her 4th in the UK rankings.
Team wise, Dyfed filled second place in both the under 15 girls and boys categories and collected another two individual awards thanks to Ella Wintle and Dylan Phillips.
The remainder of the team, consisting of Carmarthen, Pembrokeshire and Llanelli athletes, were Lucy Wintle, Zara Evans, Chloe Simmonite, Flavia Jenkins, Ioan Melrose, Amy Mullen, Tyree Thompson, Rhidian Jenkins and Dafydd Waters.
After two long journeys into England, the West Wales under 17 and 20 composite team’s third match was closer to home at Cardiff for the premier division match against Team DC, Avon, Cardiff, Swansea and Cheltenham.
With great team spirit on and off the track, the youngsters secured their best result of the season finishing in 2nd overall behind the host club. The team now head to the final of the South/ West promotion match in a few weeks’ time over in Newport.
Carmarthen Results: Trystan Leech 800m (2.19.93); William Edwards High Jump (1.95m); Sam Bleach Hammer (20.45m) & Javelin (39.65m); Zak Daly 200m (25.44); Callum Lovatt 800m (2.17.96); Gareth Thompson 1500m (4.37.86); Ben Thomas 400mH (61.35) & 1500m steeplechase (4.48.12) Joe Worrall Shot (7.17m) & Discus (46.01m); Rhun Edwards 4 x 100m Relay; Olivia Haines 200m (28.02) & Triple Jump (9.92m); Megan Rowe 400m (63.76) Lauryn Davey High Jump (1.55m) & Shot (9.38m); Amy Evans Javelin (29.44m); Alicia Samuel 100m (12.83); Celyn Williams 100m (13.46) & 300m (43.57); Grace Page 800m (2.54.43) & 1500m (6.03.27); Eva Edwards 800m (2.35.64); Cerys Davies 3000m (12.59.26) & Danielle Jones Shot (10.13m) & Discus (32.93)
Finally, in amongst 5,000 runners at the Swansea Half Marathon, Sharon Leech (1.29.38 F45) Vince Bailey (1.36.06 M40) Huw Davies (1.37.02 M40) and Lisa Forrest (2.02.45 F35) finished the course in good times.
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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