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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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More signings as Cwm build squad

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FOLLOWING on from announcing their three new signings last week Cwmamman United have announced a further six this week.

Nathan Davies, who has captained the Carmarthenshire League Select side, joins from Bwlch Rangers while Rob Morgans joins having played with Haverfordwest County and Goodwick United previously.

They also announced the signing of four tremendously talented young players in Oliver Diamond, Korey Palmer, Stevie Evans and Joe Lewis.

“We are really pleased to have these boys on board as we are not only strengthening our first team squad with some really talented players ” said Ryan Stephens, First Team Manager, “but we are also building for the future.”

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Ammanford romp to friendly win

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AMMANFORD romped away in a goal fest in this pre season friendly beating their plucky opponents Pontarddulais by ten goals to nil on Friday (Jul 12).

Ammanford Manager Gruffydd Harrison will be pleased with his teams workout and even more excited with his forward line finishing prowess.

There were hat tricks for Gavin Jones who showed excellent pace and new signing Tristan Jenkins along with goals from Lee Trundle, Bruno Forkouh, Mathew Fisher and Craig Frater.

Ammanford have another friendly this Friday (Jul 19) when they take on Ynysygerwn.

After that they travel to Pontardawe Town on Tuesday (Jul 23) before a trip to Welsh Premier League neighbours Carmarthen Town on Saturday (Jul 27).

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Carmarthenshire cyclist heading to Mont Blanc

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WITH THE TOUR DE FRANCE in full swing and the World’s best doing battle against each other, there is another big cycling event taking place within the French Alps.

The Tour du Mont Blanc claims to be the Worlds toughest road cycling event and Llangadog based cyclist, Matthew Page will be lining up and attempting to complete the arduous route.

The event is a non-stop, circumnavigation around the alpine peak of Mont Blanc, starting in France alpine resort of Les Saisies and heads through Switzerland and Italy before returning to finish back in Les Saisies.

Covering a total of 330km (205 miles) with 8300 vertical metres (27,300 feet) of climbing it is roughly the equivalent to tackling two of the toughest Tour de France stages, back to back without stopping and takes in well known alpine passes including the Grand Saint Bernard, Petit Saint Bernard, Cormet de Roseland and Col de la Forclaz.

Matthew is a former professional Mountain Biker, who competed internationally and specialised in 24hr solo competitions and also Carmarthenshire Sports Personality winner. Now a cycle event organiser and cycling media journalist he organises major off-road events within the county including Battle on the Beach, Gritfest and in November 2019 will be organising a round of the British Cycling cyclocross national series within Pembrey Country Park.

With less than 50% of starters likely to finish, Matthew is understandably apprehensive about the challenge: “This will undoubtedly be one of the hardest days I will ever encounter on the bike and despite having done 24hr events previously, the extra challenges the Tour du Mont Blanc brings, including lack of a support crew, route navigation, logistics and uncertain weather especially at higher altitudes. The event has been a major focus for me this year and I am looking forward to the challenge”.

The event takes place on Saturday July 20, with the fastest riders expected to finish in under 12 hours.

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