WALES SEVENS head coach Gareth Williams, himself a former Carmarthen Quins and Llandovery player, has congratulated the five Welsh players included in the GB Sevens training squad ahead of final selection for the Rio Olympics.
Sam Cross, Luke Treharne and Luke Morgan were recently all in Paris in Williams’ squad for last weekend’s Paris Sevens, while senior Wales international Cory Allen and Scarlets flanker James Davies will add a wealth of experience from the international Sevens circuit.
Williams is assistant coach for GB Sevens at this summer’s Olympic Games, while Richie Pugh is assistant coach for the GB Sevens women’s squad where Jasmine Joyce is also chasing a chance of going for gold.
“It’s a fantastic achievement for three integral players from our squad to be selected for the wider GB squad, while Cory and James are proven sevens athletes who will add experience and expertise to the training squad,” said Williams.
“In terms of our current Wales Sevens squad members, Sam Cross has consistently put in world class performances this season and deserves this accolade at the end of a fantastic season.
“Luke Morgan has carried on with his try scoring exploits and equalling the all time try record is just reward for what he has added to our programme. This selection is great acknowledgement of his dedication and quality.
“It is easy to forget that Luke Treharne is playing his first full season of World Series rugby. His performance level far outweighs his experience, and that is a credit to his drive in leading our squad by example.
“The three are a credit to themselves and the squad. Their achievement, thus far, would not have been possible without the support of others within the squad all season and there are a number of boys who have been very close to selection and may yet feature through the summer.
“There is a lot of hard work still to go for these boys to achieve selection to the final squad, yet to get this far is a credit for the work done with these players on all aspects of their game and preparation, including their lifestyle development through team manager Steff Thomas, physical development with Eifion Roberts, Sam Bradley, and Gary Ahmed, as well as the plethora of information they have been supplied by our analyst Adam Fuge to enhance their game.
“The work put in to these boys by that support team has been a great help under testing circumstances over the past two years, and it is fantastic for all involved to celebrate the group’s success so far and continue supporting them through a very testing period that’s to come.
Luke Treharne (Wales Sevens):
No stranger to Sevens, the current Wales captain has previously represented Wales on the FIRA Grand Prix circuit and was part of the Commonwealth Games Wales squad in Glasgow.
Luke has already won one world title in Sevens, having been a member of the Great Britain Students side which claimed glory in Brive at the World Students Games in 2012.
He attended Coleg Sir Gar, a breeding ground for the Scarlets and played in the same age group side as George North.
James Davies (Scarlets):
James Davies played on the World Sevens Series in seasons 2012/13 and 2013/14 where he played 13 tournaments. His tally of 37 tries in that time places him 11th on the Wales all-time record for tries scored in the series. His total of 185 points has him placed 15th in the overall points scored for a Welshman on the circuit.
During his Wales 7s career, he also played at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and at the Rugby World Sevens Cup in Moscow.
Gareth Williams (Wales Sevens head coach / Team GB Men’s assistant coach):
Gareth Williams was an assistant coach with the Wales Sevens squad from 2008/09, before taking over the reins as head coach from Paul John who left his post in January 2014 to become Backs coach of Cardiff Blues.
As a player he played for Carmarthen Quins and Llandovery and was also a member of the Scarlets side which won the Celtic League title in the first year of regional rugby in Wales.
He represented his country at Under 16, U18 and U21 level as well as playing for the Sevens side for four seasons – the latter he was also captain of.
Before joining the Wales set-up as an assistant coach, he had coached the National Urdd Sevens side.
Richie Pugh (Team GB Women’s assistant coach)
The former flanker was capped once for Wales on a try-scoring debut against USA in 2005. He was also part of the Wales Sevens team which won the 2009 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Dubai. He is assistant to Simon Middleton for Team GB Women.
Jasmine Joyce (Wales 7s and GB Women)
Yet to be capped at senior international level for Wales, Jasmine was one of two Welsh players originally selected in the extended squad for Rio (Laurie Harries being the other).
Jasmine had only played four tournaments for Wales, before being selected for GB Women.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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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