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Bronwydd edge out Dafen

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BRONWYDD earned their sixth win of the season on Saturday (Aug 3) as they beat Dafen to move above them in the table.

Bronwydd won the toss and elected to bat and they reached a good total of 210-6 in their 50 overs.

However, they lost Mike Jones early on when he was run out by Gethin Long and when James Cale fell to the bowling of Andrew Randell, the visitors were left on 31-2.

Josh Rencken and Oliver Furneaux then shared 93 runs for the third wicket to put their side in a good position.

Rencken reached his half century but then saw Furneaux trapped leg before by Mattew Donoghue on a score of 43 that included four fours and two sixes.

Carwyn Jones was then run out by Matthew Evans on a score of 10 as Bronwydd slipped to 148-4.

Rencken and George Gleeson then shared another 35 runs before Gleeson was bowled by Long on a score of 18 (three fours) from 15 balls.

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Donoghue then had Meirion Davies caught by Daniel Vaughan to leave the visitors on 192-6.

Rencken had reached a score of 86 at that stage and he went on to finish unbeaten on 98 with ten fours.

Dafen’s reply did not get off to the best of starts as Tom Gleeson had Matthew Evans caught by George Gleeson and Tom then bowled Chris Randell.

Matthew Bagshaw then bowled Nicky Davies as Dafen were left reeling on 6-3.

Matthew Donoghue and Gethin Long then shared 49 runs for the fourth wicket as they looked to keep their side in the game.

James Cale brought that partnership to an end as he had Long caught by Meirion Davies on a score of 43 from 38 balls.

Cale then also trapped Phillip George leg before as the home side fell to 75-5.

Donoghue and Simon Davies then shared 37 runs for the sixth wicket before Cale trapped Donoghue leg before on a score of 33.

Davies and George Lavender then shared another 47 runs for the seventh wicket as they continued to edge toward their target.

Davies hit seven fours in his score of 43 but he was then trapped leg before by Josh Rencken.

Lavender made a score of 19 before he was bowled by Tom Gleeson who then bowled Chris Hudson for a duck to leave Dafen nine-down needing 21 to win.

Andrew Randell made his way to a score of 23 as he looked to earn the win for his side but George Gleeson then bowled him to bring Dafen’s innings to a close on 196 all out.

On Saturday (Aug 10), Bronwydd host Briton Ferry Steel while Dafen will look to bounce back when they take on Maesteg Celtic.

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Llanelli Warriors RFC Win World Award

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THE LLANELLI WARRIORS were named double Ability Rugby International Champions, the results announced with perfect timing just as the Warriors held their presentation evening.

The Ability Rugby International Championship compares the results of all the mixed ability sides across the globe, with an emphasis on games played but with a win element incorporated.

The results for 2018/29 have been much delayed but saw the Warriors regain the title from Scottish National Clan team. They edged out newcomers the Dragon Allstars who were playing their debut season. The 2019/20 season may have been curtailed, but the Warriors still managed more fixtures than any other mixed ability side, this time edging out another new side, the Port Talbot Panthers.

Mixed Ability rugby sees players with and without disabilities play alongside each other and against ‘normal’ rugby clubs. The concept continues to spread rapidly and the days when it was just the Warriors and their Swansea rivals the Gladiators, have long gone. 10 years ago the 1st sides started forming outside of West Wales and there are now over 100 teams and groups world wide.

Captain Richard Evans was very proud. “It takes a lot to organise fixtures regularly so this is a great reward for all our efforts. The boys are very committed and we just love to play. It’s great to see so many sides playing now and it’s great to be at the forefront of the movement”.

The news boosted the Warriors presentation evening where they looked back over their season.

James Anthony was the main beneficiary, playing his 1st full season his pace on the wing and accurate boot helped him lift the Top Points Scorer award and the Player of the Year titles.

Players’ Player went to 2nd row Tom Ashour. Quick enough to have previously played on the wing, he proved a reliable source of lineout ball and was always combative around the field.

Luke Pearse was named Most Improved Player, narrowly beating Will Browne, Lloyd Cawley and Dan Grinter.
The most closely contested was Sportsman where Luke Pearse, Arwel Thomas and Dan John were pipped by Chris Davies. The nominees were described as the glue of the club by Chairman Gwilym Lewis, and vital to the teams success.

The Warriors are especially anxious for Covid regulations to lift as the new season will be their 25th. Planning is difficult at present but they hope to have a number of special fixtures. At the end of the season they are due to head out to Ireland for the 3rd Mixed Ability world tournament which will feature 24 clubs from 8 different countries.

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New look Cwm aiming to bounce back

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During the lockdown period Ryan Stephens and his Cwmamman United
management team took the opportunity to undertake a major review of the
playing set up at the club and with training now having returned they have
already started implementing their exciting plan.

“ It was extremely disappointing to be moved down from Cymru South league
following the FAW average points formula, particularly when our form since
January suggested we could well stay up” said Ryan “ but these are difficult
times and to be honest we had not been consistent enough over the season”
Ryan continued ” We realised though that this was an opportunity to take a
good look at ourselves and create an identity and foundation where we could
enhance the way we developed our players and improve our professionalism.”
The club has recently introduced a new range of training and fitness
programmes, improved technical data and analysis capabilities as well as
create a players charter enhancing team spirit.

“ We have been busy bringing in a mix of young and experienced players to
join a squad where we have been lucky to keep a large group of key players
from last season” said Ryan. ” Combined with a strong group of existing key
young local talent that we expect to see step up this season and with two
strong reserve sides we feel we are in a really good place team wise. It is great
to see everyone buying in to the new approach”

“ We recognise this will be an extremely difficult league with many strong
sides but we are really excited about the challenge to get back to the Cymru
South. We aim to be a club where our players feel truly valued and our club
members, supporters and the community feel proud. We will continue our
preparations so that once it is safe to resume matches again we will be ready.”

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Tomi Lewis the latest to sign

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FLYING wing Tomi Lewis has become the latest player to agree a new contract for the 2020-21 season.

The 21-year-old speedster is among a group of exciting young backs coming through the ranks at Parc y Scarlets.

A member of the Wales U20s squad that competed at the Junior World Championships in Argentina last year, Tomi has also shone on the world seven series, scoring seven tries in his debut tournament in Dubai as an 18-year-old.

A former pupil at Llandovery College, he came through the age-grade system at the Scarlets and scored on his senior debut in an Anglo-Welsh Cup clash against the Dragons. He impressed for the Scarlets A team during this season’s Celtic Cup and linked up on loan with Ampthill RFC in the English Championship in January.

Scarlets recently announced new deals for 17 members of their squad with Tomi becoming the 15th player who has come through the Scarlets system to have agreed a new contract.

“Tomi is another young player who has an exciting future in the game,” said head coach Glenn Delaney. “He is working hard in the squad and has already shown what he is capable of playing for Wales at U20s and Sevens level. He is one of a number of talented young backs we are looking forward to seeing in Scarlets colours.”

Tomi said: “I am delighted to have signed a new deal with the Scarlets. I have been here since the age of 16 and have been fortunate to have been able to learn from some great players.

“At the moment, it is fantastic being in the squad alongside internationals like Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny, Johnny McNicholl and Steff Evans and I’m looking forward to competing for the Scarlets jersey over the coming years.”

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