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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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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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Static Bike Challenge

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Firefighters from Llandelio Fire Station took part in a 22-hour static bike challenge to raise money for Llandilo Rural Fire Brigade who have been tirelessly battling the devastating bush fires in Australia. LLandilo town in Australia was named after Llandelio in Carmarthenshire and the Fire Stations have maintained their connection over the years.

Seeing the efforts and the devastation of the bush fires in Australia and the work and dedication from the Firefighters to ensure their communities are safe, crews from Llandelio decided to raise funds by undertaking a 22 hour cycle on static bikes to represent the time it takes to fly to Australia.

On the 15th February 2020 at 3pm the challenge started! The firefighters were split into two teams of five, with each team taking it in turn to cycle for 30 minutes each throughout the 22 hours. This ensured that they were continually cycling and whilst still being able to provide operational cover. All this took place during Storm Dennis and during the challenge crews were called out to a total of eight incidents, one of which was a property flooding, during which crews rescued 6 adults and 2 dogs from a potentially critical situation.

Watch Manager, John Herman from Llandeilio Fire Station said:

“This entire experience has brought the two fire stations closer together, and after keeping in contact throughout this last few months, we look forward to continuing that connection for years to come!”

Over the two days, crews welcomed many visitors who came to show their support and donate money to the charity. To date the figure stands at £2,500 which is equivalent to almost $4900 AUD, and this figure is still rising with donations coming in from schools, town councils and public donations! Crews would like to give a special thanks to Llandelio CP School and Ysgol Gynradd Ffaifach who raised collectively over £800 for the challenge.

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