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Welsh schools qualify for National finals

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IT’S been a busy week for West Wales school pupils and teachers on the athletics circuit.

Eleven days after the Dyfed Secondary Schools Athletics Championships was held over two-days in Carmarthen, the Dyfed Schools District’s NASUWT Cup Final Match soon came around rapidly and headed to the Haverfordwest High School’s Prendergast Campus on Wednesday, June 19.

Schools from Queen Elizabeth, Dyffryn Taf, Dyffryn Aman, Bro Dinefwr, Haverfordwest High, Y Preseli, Aberaeron, Bro Pedr, Penweddig, Bryngwyn, Strade, Coedcae and Glan Y Môr were all top 2/highest finishers in their respective county and cup matches in May & June.

As a result, these participating schools travelled from all three counties in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire to take part in this midweek fixture.

The majority of the areas within the district held their qualifying matches in recent weeks at Carmarthen, Llanelli and Haverfordwest. Wet weather affected the Ceredigion match in Tregaron and as a result, was cancelled.

It saw several great races and performances as well as vocal supporters on the side supporting each other. Several categories came down to the last few races including the very last relay race, so everything was to play for up to the very last few metres.

The final relay concluded the day and saw the hurdles, 100m, 200m, 300m, 800m, and 1500m on the track. Meanwhile on the field, the javelin, shot, long jump, high jump, triple jump and discus was contested on all corners of the venue.

Junior Girls- 1 Y Preseli 84pts (CUP); 2 Coedcae 71pts (PLATE); 3 Bro Dinefwr 61pts; 4 Dyffryn Taf 54pts; 5 Haverfordwest High 54pts; 6 Bro Pedr 48pts; 7 Y Strade 44pts; 8 Penweddig 30pts

Junior Boys – 1 Aberaeron 74pts (CUP); 2 Queen Elizabeth 72pts (PLATE); 3 Dyffryn Aman 67pts; 4 Y Preseli 59pts; 5 Bro Pedr 49pts; 6 Glan Y Môr 47pts; 7 Haverfordwest High 44pts; 8 Coedcae 32pts

Middle Girls – 1 Haverfordwest High 89pts (CUP); 2 Queen Elizabeth 88pts (PLATE); 3 Y Preseli 82pts; 4 Coedcae 61pts; 5 Bryngwyn 60pts; 6 Aberaeron 59pts

Middle Boys- 1 Queen Elizabeth 73pts (CUP); 2 Dyffryn Taf 68pts (PLATE); 3 Y Preseli 68pts; 4 Haverfordwest High 66pts; 5 Bro Pedr 64pts; 6 Aberaeron 62pts; 7 Coedcae 49pts; 8 Bryngwyn 31pts

The winners and runners-up from the under 14 girls, under 14 boys, under 16 girls and under 16 boys now go forward to represent Dyfed at the Welsh Schools National NASUWT Cymru Cup & Plate Finals at Penlan Arena, Brecon on Wednesday, July 10, from 12.00 noon.

Following district qualifying matches up and down the country in May and June, Wales’ top runners, jumpers and throwers will descend on Cardiff International Sports Stadium athletics track this Saturday (Jul 6) for the 72nd edition of the Schools’ annual championships. Selected athletes will be representing their districts from Afan Nedd Tawe, Cardiff & Vale, Dyfed, Eryri, Glamorgan Valleys, North East Wales, Powys and South East Wales.

The Welsh Schools Athletic Associations’ fixture will take place as part of the Gemau Cymru weekend which is organised by Urdd Gobaith Cymru across three locations in Cardiff, Swansea & Y Bala.

The competition is open to the Junior (Year 8 & 9); Middle (Year 10 & 11) and Senior (Year 12 & 13) age groups.

Selection for the Schools’ International Match (SIAB) will be made the day after for the event at home in Wales on Saturday, July 20, where Welsh Schools will pick their U17 team ahead of the annual International between Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland at Swansea University.

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Cottage Inn 5K returns

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FOR the second time, runners of all ages and abilities headed to The Cottage Inn Pub, Carmarthen Road on the outskirts of Llandeilo on Friday Evening (Sept 6) for an event which was first introduced 12 months ago in 2018.

Thanks to the great feedback from those in attendance at the debut event in September last year, here it was making a welcome return in the road running calendar once again!

The Cottage Inn Junior Mile & 5K distances was a road running race held to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support with a donation also made to the Llandeilo Mayor Fund.

After starting across the field from the Cottage Inn pub itself, the course took runners on an out-and-back loop around the quiet country lanes of the area.

Once the morning rain had cleared away, the evening sunshine in West Wales saw a total of 101 finish the 5K whilst 41 children got involved in the Junior Mile with a number of parents and guardians running alongside little ones.

All finishers who completed the course collected their finishers’ medal, welcomed home with a round of applause by parents, friends and club mates. In addition, the first three boys and girls in the junior mile and the first three men and women in the 5K were presented with a trophy.

This all happened before runners and spectators socialised afterwards, enjoying some burgers, hot dogs and drinks in each other’s company.

Club vests were out on show from the local clubs of Llanelli AC, Amman Valley Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Trots and Sarn Helen. Junior mile children were representing Ysgol Llangadog, Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Ysgol Llangynnwr, Llandeilo CP, Ysgol Llandybie, Ysgol Brynaman, Ysgol Teilo Sant, Ysgol Ffairfach, Ysgol Gymraeg Rhydaman, Ysgol Nantgaredig and Ysgol Parcyrhun. Several Unattached athletes also got involved at their first appearance at a running event on Friday evening.

Two course records were broken in 2019 and both in the male categories. Macsen Toogood took nine seconds off his own time recorded in 2018 of 5 minutes 7 seconds, whilst David Keenan’s winning time of 16:59 in the 5K was sixteen seconds faster than 12 months ago.

Junior Mile – Boys: 1 Macsen Toogood (Ysgol Bro Dinefwr/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:05:07; 2 William Coles (Ysgol Llangadog/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:05:25; 3 Charlie Price (Ysgol Bro Dinefwr/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:05:47

Junior Mile – Girls: 1 Esme Lynock (Ysgol Llangadog/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:06:17; 2 Grace Toogood (Ysgol Teilo Sant/Carmarthen Harriers) 00:06:43; 3 Fflur Jones (Ysgol Llangadog) 00:07:18

5K – Men: 1 David Keenan (Llanelli AC) 00:16:59; 2 Matt Yelland (Amman Valley Harriers) 00:18:59; 3 Andy Mccall (Amman Valley Harriers) 00:19:00

5K – Women: 1 Wendy Price (Carmarthen Harriers) 00:20:09; 2 Elizabeth Tremlett (Carmarthen Harriers) 00:20:30; 3 Noami Williams (Amman Valley Harriers) 00:22:48

The event by now is annual and it is expected to attract big numbers when 2020 comes around.

Organised superbly and efficiently by Amman Valley Harriers’ Clara Davies, she thanked all the volunteers, runners and supporters alike who turned out to support the event and help raise money for a great cause.

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Borderers hold on to beat Pembroke

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Pembroke 24-25 Whitland

A LATE missed conversion saw Whitland take the spoils from an entertaining Pembrokeshire-derby with Pembroke on Saturday (Sept 14).

Pembroke drew 25-25 in Aberystwyth in their first game in League 1 West the previous week and they knew they would face another tough test against a strong Whitland pack.

The home side started the better of the two as they pulled their opponents around the park before scoring their first try of the game.

19-year-old Tom Harding-Jones picked up the ball from the backs and beat a couple of defenders to touch down. Toby Smith added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

They scored again soon after as Harding-Jones took a long pass from Smith before diving over in the corner. Smith missed the conversion.

Whitland were then given a penalty try as Pembroke were adjudged to have collapsed a driving maul, bringing the score back to 12-7.

Pembroke lost Lloyd Davies to a yellow card as a result of that and shortly before the break Whitland scored again through Jac Howells to bring the scores level.

It remained level at half time but Whitland went ahead early in the second half when Nico Setaro scored a penalty.

Pembroke then hit back as Sean Dalling went over on the right hand side and Smith then converted to make it 19-15 to the home side.

The Borderers then went ahead with an unconverted try that was scored by Marc Jones.

The home side then began to dominate as they looked to retake the lead but a loose pass saw Whitland kick ahead and it was Gino Setaro who won the race to the ball to touch down and increase their lead. The conversion was missed and the score remained 19-25.

With time running out Jordan Evans, on as a second half sub, picked up the ball from the scrum and ran 15 metres to score.

Smith faced a difficult conversion from out wide and was just unable to get the ball through.

It meant the score stayed at 24-25 and try as they might they were unable to find a late score which would have won the game.

Whitland held on for a thrilling win but Pembroke were left ‘gutted’ that they didn’t quite pick up the win.

Despite the result, Pembroke Head Coach Geraint Lewis was pleased with his squad which featured a number of young players adding that they had competed well with two good sides in their opening games of the season.

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Kia’ kit out Calsonic U16s

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GRAVELLS KIA KIDWELLY has gifted branded kit to a local football team, Calsonic Kansei U16s, as part of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd’s nationwide ‘Gift of Kit’ initiative which aims to support local grassroots football teams across the UK.

The new kit aims to help local players stand out on the pitch and since the initiative started, Kia has seen fantastic results for the local teams with 121 dealerships providing over 3,470 sets of kit to 129 football clubs and 127 cricket clubs across the nation.

Wyn Edwards, one of the coaches of Calsonic U16s commented; “We can’t thank Gravells Kia Kidwelly enough for helping this newly formed team feel professional in their new kit. We are hoping it will inspire them to perform well this season.”

Jonathan Gravell, General Manager of the Gravells Group said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Calsonic U16s. Playing in their new kit will be a great boost to them and their supporters. As a local business, we are passionate about giving back to our community and we look forward to seeing how the team performs.”

For more information about Kia’s ‘Gift of Kit’ initiative and to find out how you can get involved with future projects, please visit www.kiagiftofkit.co.uk/club.

You can also stop by Gravells Kidwelly SA17 4TF or call the team on 01554 890436 to find out what’s coming up in your area.

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