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Evans earns win in first bout

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ON Friday, November 17, five of Trostre ABC’s boxers appeared in the Club’s annual fundraising event at the Gate Inn, Bynea.

The first home boxer was 12-yr-old Finley Davies (Trostre) matched with Marcel Sesevic from Alway ABC, Newport.

It was decided that this was a “skills bout” to give the young boxers greater experience. No declared winner. However, Finley showed considerable improvement, with good use of the left jab, head movement and footwork. Finley dominated parts of the action, but Marcel showed good commitment, in his first ring experience. A bout enjoyed by a good crowd.

Next up for Trostre, in a battle of 14-yr-olds, was Jay Evans, weighing in at 55k against Michael Evans of Aberystwyth.

Both boys were having their first outings. At the first bell, Jay opened with a double left jab, followed by a good right cross. However, Jay did not pursue the initial advantage, allowing Michael to come back at him with a flurry of punches.

The bout developed into a really good contest, with Jay, sometimes on the back foot, but countering well with a powerful left hook.

The Trostre boy blocked several of Michael’s attacks, behind a traditional high guard, and earned a unanimous verdict from the judges, in what had been a well-contested bout. The two Evans boys are due for a return bout, at Aberystwyth this week-end.

The next Trostre boxer on show was 18-yr-old Cameron James, whose bout with 25-yr-old Corey Griffiths of All Saints ABC, Caerphilly was run as an exhibition contest, due to the age difference. Both boys weighed in at 69k.

The age difference did not detract in any way from the commitment shown, with both boys putting in maximum effort. Cameron started with a good series of left jabs, and showed good footwork on the retreat. Griffiths fought back well with straight punches, forcing James, occasionally, to cover up and take evasive action.

Cameron also showed good skill in counterpunching from defensive positions, with his left-hook achieving frequent success. A no-decision contest, but Cameron more than held his own against his senior rival.

James’ team-mate, 17-yr old Harley Fox came up against Liam Trinder from Heads of the Valleys ABC, Ebbw Vale, in a match made at 59k.

Fox came out, not knowing that Trinder was a southpaw. It took a few seconds for Harley to adjust his tactics, then he opened up with a series of fast punches, from both hands, including a very effective right uppercut. The referee was forced to give Liam a standing 8-count.

On resuming, Harley tore into his opponent with a further series of punches to head and body. The referee called a halt with a first stoppage win for Fox, in his 3rd. amateur bout.

The final bout of the night saw heavyweights, Oliver Didcott (TrostreABC), up against Harly Vatsaloo of Penarth ABC. Didcott at 5ft. 9ins. gave away almost 7 inches in height and reach. Vatsaloo scored with an early sharp left jab. Oliver scored well with strong left jabs to the body.

In the second, the Penarth boxer landed a powerful left hook, which knocked the Trostre boxer across the ring, more off-balance than hurt and Oliver came back with strong right hands over the 6’ 4” Vatsaloo’s left hand.

The third and last round became even more exiting, as Didcott found his range, trying to make up lost ground. The Penarth boxer kept cool and countered with long left jabs and the occasional straight right. The winner of a good closing bout – Vatsaloo, on points.

Pembroke ABC had a successful night with three wins out of three and sixteen year old Dylan Scott awarded Best Boxer of The Night by the Judges.

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Under strength Raiders beaten

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By Sian Golden at Stebonheath Park

IF anything showed up the farcical registration rules inflicted by the RFL, it was Keighley’s club record win on Saturday (Sept 15).

Ordinarily a 112-6 rout would be celebrated, but West Wales were only able to field 12 fit players and after frustrating red and yellow cards, were down to 10 by the end of the game.

There are Welsh players who would have turned out, and perhaps the RFL should allow clubs to register community lads, who have never played professionally, to make up the numbers?

New Raiders coach Kim Williams arrives this week and his presence is much needed. It’s been a long season in Llanelli and, as plenty of arguing showed during the game, it’s a camp which needs a boost and fast.

Raiders held out for three minutes before Andy Gabriel caught Benn Hardcastle’s kick to score in the corner. Hardcastle converted.

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Cameron Leeming tore through the defence to ground the second try with another expert Hardcastle sideline kick.

A short kick-off led to the third as Dan Parker raced down the wing, the fourth came from a catch by Emmerson Whittell from a high kick by Hardcastle, who converted, before another short kick-off led to the fifth, this one scored by Ritchie Hawkyard and converted by Hardcastle.

Jose Kenga was next over, Leeming got his second, and James Feather scored a length of the field try. Three more Hardcastle goals made the score 46-0 on 25 minutes.

The biggest round of applause came on 33 minutes when Raiders finally broke their duck with an Alan Pope scramble to the line. Harrison Elliot converted.

There was still time for two more first half Cougars tries. Andy Gabriel was too fast for the Raiders defence, and Parker also raced over for his second. Hardcastle converted both. 58-6 at the interval.

Alfie Seeley scored the first try of the second half with Hardcastle converting, but that was before the game turned into more of a charade when Craig Lewis saw red for alleged backchat, this surely prompting Raiders’ chairman Andrew Thorne to tweet “As a chairman of a club of a club losing is hard to take but when you have 14 men on a pitch it’s an impossible task.”

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Hawkyard scored in the corner four minutes later with Hardcastle converting, and former South Wales Scorpion Billy Gaylor was next. Hardcastle missed the kick but got the next try, which he improved, before Chris Cullimore scored under the sticks, Hardcastle’s goal making it 86-6.

It was good work by Seeley, who weaved his way through the defence for his second, Hardcastle’s conversion bouncing in off the posts, but the game was to finish on 12 v 10 as the referee, who was evidently finding it tough to control the game, showed Hardcastle and Dalton Desmond-Walker yellow after a lengthy fight.

Gabriel claimed his hat-trick with Gaylor slicing the ball low under the sticks. Seeley sealed his hat-trick to take Cougars to 100 with Leeming also claiming his third. Gaylor, who was closer with his second conversion attempt, got this one over.

A length of the field Hawkyard try in the final minute gave him a triple and Gaylor’s goal brought down the curtain on the farce that Oscar Wilde would have been proud of writing.

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Draw made for Bowl second round

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THE draw for the second round of the WRU National Bowl has been made with a number of exciting ties to look forward to.

New Dock Stars’ reward for knocking out League 3 West A opponents Llangwm is another home tie against fellow League 3 West A side Llanybydder.

Former WRU Bowl Champions Amman United were given a walkover in the first round and they will be at home in the second round having been drawn to play South Gower.

Haverfordwest, who beat Pantyffynnon 69-5 on Saturday (Sept 15) have been rewarded with another home tie against Llangadog who won 50-14 away to Pontyates in their first round game.

Aberaeron, who beat Milford Haven in the first round, face a local derby with Lampeter Town who had a walkover against Pembroke Dock Quins in the first round.

Neyland, who had also had a walkover in the first round, have been given a home tie against Carmarthenshire side Cefneithin.

The two sides met in the same stage of last season’s competition and it was Cefneithin who came out on top on that occasion winning 25-3.

Laugharne have been drawn away to Trimsaran while Betws have also been drawn away to Cwmgors.

All matches will be played on Saturday, October 6.

Selected WRU Bowl second round fixtures:

Amman Utd v South Gower

Cardigan v Nantgaredig

Cwmgors v Betws (Ammanford)

Haverfordwest v Llangadog

Lampeter Town v Aberaeron

New Dock Stars v Llanybydder

Neyland v Cefneithin

Trimsaran v Laugharne

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Wanderers snatch late victory

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LLANELLI Wanderers earned their second win of the season on Saturday (Sept 15) as they beat Dunvant 22-19 thanks to a late try.

The powerful Dunvant pack helped their side to a 16-12 lead at half time but the Wanderers were still very much in the game.

Josh Leeds and Jordan Evans scored the tries for Llanelli while Rhydian Morgan added the rest of their first half points with the boot.

Dunvant held on to their lead in the second half as they defended well whenever the Wanderers came forward.

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However, with ten minutes to go the tables turned as the Wanderers cranked up the pressure even more.

Gruff Mathias, making his debut for the senior side having played in the youth team last season, went up for a Dunvant lineout and he knocked the ball down for Ryan Tovey who went on to score what would prove to be the winning try.

Morgan then added the extra two points and they were able to see the game out for an excellent win.

On Saturday (Sept 22), Llanelli Wanderers will look for another win when they take on Gorseinon away from home.

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