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Russell in spires Glasgow against stricken Scarlets



Scarlets 10

Glasgow Warriors 46

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 15.29.38THE SCARLETS managed to field a side for their last home game of the season against a title chasing Glasgow Warriors side, despite having over 20 players stricken in the week leading up to the game with a viral stomach bug.

A Russell try-double got the visitors off to a fine start after Scarlets kicked an early penalty.

The returning Liam Williams kept Scarlets in touch but further tries from Lee Jones, who also scored twice, as well as Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett and Henry Pyrgos meant Glasgow racked up seven in total.

The win means Glasgow, temporarily at least, rise to second in the Guinness PRO12 ahead of Connacht Rugby’s encounter with Munster.

Steve Shingler put the home side three points to the good after two minutes as Glasgow were penalised for not rolling away at the breakdown.

But Warriors hit back straight away as Russell scored a beautifully crafted try.

A short line out set up the position for him to chip over the Scarlets defence then collect and touch down in one motion, before kicking the extras.

Things got worse for Scarlets’ on 11 minutes with an injury to DTH van der Merwe, who went off with his arm in a makeshift sling and was replaced by Steffan Hughes.

Russell then extended the visitors’ lead with a routine penalty won as Scarlets tried to run their way out of trouble.

After 20 minutes he turned down another kick at goal but his angled kick set up a perfect lineout position.

He continued the Russell show by finished strongly in the corner, under pressure from Steffan Evans, but could not add the extras from the touchline.

Scarlets were back in it on the half hour mark though, Williams running the decisive angle to breeze past Sila Puafisi and touch down under the posts on his return to action – Shingler then added the extras.

The fightback did not last long though as Jones re-established the tenpoint lead on 37 minutes, finishing in the corner after Henry Pyrgos broke when Glasgow forced a turnover on the halfway line.

A bonus point was secured for Glasgow less than a minute into the second period, Pyrgos finishing a sublime team move in the corner as Russell’s expertly timed pass set him free in the right corner, the fly-half then continuing his dominance with the boot.

Warriors put the game beyond Scarlets reach just before the hour mark as a Pyrgos pass ricocheted off the home side’s defence and fell kindly for Mark Bennett to pick up and run a curved line to touch down under the posts with Russell kicking the extras.

Phil John came on for his 264th and final appearance for Scarlets with a little under 20 minutes to go but it made no difference.

The Glasgow dominance continued and a Russell interception in his own half set up the platform for Seymour to cross under the posts with 15 minutes to go with the fly-half kicking the conversion.

Russell almost completed his hat-trick with seven minutes to go but his mazy run was stopped ten metres short, only for Jones to pick up the recycled ball and cross the whitewash, Russell for once unable to kick the extras.

The loss loosened Scarlets’ grip on fourth place and a semi-final spot with just two rounds of action to go.

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Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre and Brynamman Lido to be transferred to a community groups



A MULTI- SPORTS facility, at the heart of the Gwendraeth Valley, has been taken over by a local sports group, the Baton Twirlers.

The management of Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre, which is owned by Carmarthenshire County, has been transferred to the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) via a lease agreement and will allow the public to continue to use the facilities at the centre.

Whilst Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre is now the official home of BTAC its facilities are available for the local community and sports groups to be used.

An official reopening of the Centre, which bears the name of one of the Gwendraeth Valley’s most famous sons, under the new management of the BTAC was held on Sunday, October 2.

Speaking at the event, Jessica Shore Director of the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) said:

“We are thrilled to have worked with Carmarthenshire County Council to secure this sports centre on behalf of the local community and it’s a pleasure to welcome the public here today. We are looking forward to working with and hosting various community and sports groups at the Carwyn James Sports Centre.

“It also was very important to us to provide a home for baton twirling in Wales, and we will make great use of the excellent facilities here.”

Cllr. Gareth John, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism said “This is a great success story for the BTAC, the Gwendraeth Valley and the council as we have secured the future of the Carwyn James Sports Centre for the local community.

I would like to thank Baton Twirlers Association Cymru for their work and enthusiasm during the process of transferring management of the Sports Centre to them, as a community group, and I wish them the very best for the future.”

Plans approved to transfer management of Brynamman Lido

On Monday, October 3, the council’s Cabinet approved plans to lease the Brynamman Lido, which is held in trust by the Carmarthenshire County Council, to Brynamman Lido Limited under its asset transfer programme.

Under the proposed lease, Brynamman Lido Limited will take over the management of the lido with the intention to reopen the swimming pool for sporting, recreational and leisure activities.

Following the approval of the plans by the Cabinet, Cllr. Gareth John commented:

“We are pleased to be working with the local group in Brynamman to transfer the management and maintenance of the lido to the community.

“The transfer of this asset will allow Brynamman Lido Ltd to apply for funding via grants that would not be available to the County Council, and we will continue to work with them and provide support along the journey to reopening the lido to the community.”

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Latest recruit to Llandeilo’s Ashmole & Co team ‘converts’ his spare time into being a rugby referee



Ashmole & Co have scored a try with their newest Trainee Accountant. The firm is delighted to announce that Aled Jones has recently started working for the successful accountancy team in the Llandeilo office.

Aled, who lives in Pontyberem, is a community rugby referee in his spare time. He referees senior rugby games on Saturdays and Junior rugby games on Sundays including cup matches. He is also involved in the Scarlets Cup Final at Parc y Scarlets and the Carmarthenshire cup finals.

Before joining Ashmole & Co Aled was a Personal Banker with Barclays Bank for five years. He studied AAT Level three at Coleg Sir Gar. Aled went to primary school in Pontyberem and secondary school in Ysgol y Gwendraeth.

Day to day with Ashmole & Co, Aled prepares and inputs clients’ sales and purchase invoices onto the accounting software; completes clients’ VAT returns and assists senior members of the team with the preparation of accounts. The most rewarding part of the job for Aled is hearing that the clients are happy.

Welcoming Aled to the team, Ceri Llwyd, Partner in the Llandeilo Ashmole & Co office, said, “We are delighted that Aled has joined our team in Carmarthenshire. He has fitted in well and is a pleasure to work with. I’ve told my rugby mad sons that they have to behave now when they play rugby on a Sunday in case Aled is their referee! It is great that he gives up his spare time to help local rugby clubs in this way.”
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Aled said, “I am grateful to Ashmole and Co, who are one of the most established and largest teams of chartered, certified accountants and auditors in south and west Wales, to give me this opportunity.”

Ashmole & Co offer financial support to a significant number of junior and professional sports teams across south Wales. The Llandeilo office has recently shown its support to Llandeilo RFC by contributing towards new tops for the juniors.

Ceri added, “As a rural firm that works with businesses in the area it is a pleasure for us to be able to lend our support to local sports teams.”

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Llangennech prove too strong for Penclawdd



LLANGENNECH earned their fourth win in as many matches on Saturday (Oct 22) as they beat Penclawdd 38-10.

Jordan Saunders got the scoring underway with the first try of the game and Thomas Davies added the extras.

Penclawdd then levelled the scoring with a try from Daniel John Guarneri and Marcus Brown added the extras.

It remained 7-7 until half time with conditions proving tricky for both sides.

In the second half, Aaron Howles got the try to put Llangennech ahead but the conversion was missed.

Joseph Hutchings then extended the visitors’ lead with their third try and Davies added the extras to take the score to 7-19.

Penclawdd then responded with a penalty from Brown as the home side looked to get back into the game.

However, Llangennech soon had their fourth try and a bonus point as Howles touched down for his second try of the game and Davies added the extras.

Louis Rees then scored an unconverted try before replacement Hefin Jones went over for Llangennech’s sixth try, converted by Davies.

On Saturday, October 29, Penclawdd travel to Aberystwyth for their second game in the Division 1 Cup.

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