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Davies makes Foster’s 7s Draw

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James Davies: With some of the team captains

James Davies: With some of the team captains

GB SEVENS training squad member James Davies had made the draw for the fourth annual Foster’s 7s.

The tournament, which also includes the Radler’s Women’s Sevens competition, will take place on Bank Holiday Sunday 28 August at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park and will culminate a summer where rugby sevens will enjoy unprecedented profile thanks to its inclusion at the Olympic Games in Rio.

The Principality Premiership and the Foster’s 7s are key breeding grounds for Wales Sevens, with the likes of Sam Cross and Luke Treharne, who have today been named in the GB Sevens training squad ahead of Rio having played at the Foster’s 7s in recent years, and James Davies and Luke Morgan who have also been included having come through the Principality Premiership.

Along with Foster’s’ Chris Lloyd, Scarlets flanker James Davies conducted the Foster’s 7s draw at Aberavon beach today which sees his former club Carmarthen Quins place Neath in Round 1.

Current champions Llandovery were drawn against Bedwas in Round 1, while last year’s finalists Pontypridd face Premiership newcomers Bargoed first up. Last season’s Plate winners Llanelli play Swansea one of the other promoted Championship teams, Swansea in Round 1 while the other confirmed newcomer to the Principality Premiership, Merthyr, were drawn against Cross Keys, who reached the last four last season.

The other seeded team, Aberavon, will play Newport while the remaining first round fixtures are Ebbw Vale v Cardiff and RGC / Pontypool v Bridgend with that final place going to the fourth promoted Championship team.

The Women’s teams will play preliminary matches on the day of the Foster’s 7s, with the semi-finals and final taking place at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park. The Scarlets are defending champions. Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams said

“The Foster’s National 7s not only gives us a chance to look at the form of potential Wales Sevens squad members ahead of the build up to the international season. It is always good to see fresh new talent put their hands up for consideration too.”

“The knock-on effect of being an Olympic sport will be huge and the Foster’s 7s is a great example of the entertaining nature of the game, both in terms of the quality of rugby on offer on the field and the carnival atmosphere off it.”

WRU Head of Rugby Performance Geraint John added: “Sevens is set to benefit from a huge upturn in interest and profile following the Rio Olympics and the Foster’s 7s is a chance for Welsh supporters to experience what a great sport it is.

“It is also a chance for participating players to show what they can do and put their hands up for national selection. Two of our GB Sevens training squad members Luke Treharne and Sam Cross have played in the Foster’s 7s in recent seasons which shows what can be done and the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2020 Olympic Games are not that far away.”

Sevens will be on a high this summer and if you’re not going to Rio, or enjoy Rio and want to see Welsh sevens talent in action, look no further than Cardiff Arms Park on bank Holiday weekend.

When: Sunday, August 28 (all day event)

Tickets: wru.wales/tickets £10 adults, under 16s free of charge

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

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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

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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

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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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