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Kidwelly presenter is new face of S4C Rugby

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screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-10-24-32LIVE rugby is back on S4C on Saturday night (Sept 3) with the Clwb Rygbi team set for the challenge of tackling Guinness Pro12 Championship matches. 

With the kick-off at 7.35pm, Clwb Rygbi is part of an exciting Saturday evening schedule which also includes a live Welsh Premier League football game in Sgorio, and then entertainment after 9pm.

It all starts with the clash between the Blues and Edinburgh at the Arms Park BT Sport on Saturday.

All games will be available to watch in HD on the Sky and Freesat.

The matches are available to watch on demand and online throughout the UK on s4c.cymru and the BBC iPlayer.

A new presenter, Gareth Rhys Owen, will anchor the coverage, which is produced by BBC Wales.

Gareth is a familiar face and voice to a large number of viewers and listeners, as an experienced television and radio sport journalist and rugby and cycling commentator.

He considers the opportunity to anchor the programme as a privilege, especially as he is to follow in the footsteps of previous presenter, Gareth Roberts.

“Gareth Roberts has led the way in terms of broadcasting in Wales over the last decade. So, it’s quite a challenge to follow in his footsteps but a challenge that I savour,” says Gareth Rhys Owen, who is originally from Kidwelly and now lives in Cardiff.

He joins an experienced team, which includes Gareth Charles and Gwyn Jones, and analysts such as Deiniol Jones, Dafydd Jones and Andrew Coombs. They are all eager to see the Welsh regions compete for the title and the top places in the league.

“I look forward to seeing if the Welsh regions can step up to the next level,” adds Gareth. “I think there’s a quiet revolution happening at the Blues with Danny Wilson in charge. It’s the same old challenges that face the Dragons, with a limited budget and a less experienced squad, but if Kingsley Jones can put fire in their bellies, I think they will be able to compete.”

Connacht were the champions last year but can the two West Wales regions challenge them and the other big teams from Ireland and Scotland?

With Jonathan Davies returning to the Scarlets and Rhys Patchell now in their ranks, they have an exciting backline. And when you consider the likes of Olly Cracknell, Owen Watkin and Sam Underhill, there’s a nucleus of influence young players within the Ospreys squad. If Steve Tandy can use them effectively, the Ospreys can compete for the top league places.”

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds

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AMMANFORD seconds suffered a heavy 125 run defeat at the hands of Mumbles at Marespool.

Winning the toss, Ammanford invited Mumbles to bat first, and a terrific 188 run partnership for the second wicket, featuring Ben Jones (94) and Stuart Seaton (77), helped the home team to a healthy 221 for 4 in 45 overs.

Several Ammanford batsmen got into double figures but none were able to stay long enough to make any impression on the run chase. Eirian Morgan top-scored with 25, but the Ammanford innings finished disappointingly on 96 all out.

Gethin Morgan and Phil Roche each took three wickets for Mumbles.

Thirds beaten by Landore

Ammanford thirds travelled to Landore only to lose their match by 50 runs.

Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
skipper Terry Summerfield top-scored with 33.

Ammanford’s Tom Davies was chief wicket-taker with 4 for 38.

Despite a solid 30 from opener and man-of-the-match Tom Davies, Ammanford failed to get anywhere near the required target and folded their innings on 98 inside 34 overs.

The defeat dropped them out of the top half of division six on the SWCA.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event

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CWMAMMAN United juniors held their end of season event at Clwb Godre’r Mynydd Ddu Glanamman.

As they celebrated throughout the day with their different age groups from Under 6 to Under 14 it looked as if almost every child in the Cwm had attended at some point.

The Juniors section at the club has grown to around 150 children over the last couple of years and with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of committee, coaches and volunteers behind them the club is excitedly anticipating further growth.

A fantastic time was had by all with all age groups proudly having their moment in the sun.

Robert Griffiths the Clubs Junior Chairman said: “I have to thank all our fantastic people at the club that get the kids out playing whether sorting games, coaching, fund raising or organising events such as our club parties and awards such as these.

“We continiue to grow and if your child would like to be part of a safe, healthy and fun environment they are most welcome here.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets

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A DEPLETED Ammanford lost by seven wickets to Bridgend Town in a rain affected match at windswept Newbridge Fields on Satuday (Jun 25).

With the start delayed by over an hour because of rain, the match was reduced to 39 overs before a ball was bowled, and the toss immediately became the crucial factor in deciding the game’s outcome.

Bridgend won it and, predictably enough, put Ammanford in to bat.

The writing was on the wall as the visitors lost two wickets for 9 runs on an unpredictable wicket which was one of the first bowler-friendly tracks encountered this season.

Only four batters reached double figures as wickets fell at regular intervals. Top scorer was 14 year old wicket-keeper Gruffudd Owen (19no) who took the game to the visitors and looked capable of scoring many more had he not run out of partners.

Ammanford were all out for 90 inside 30 overs.

Tea was taken early as more heavy rain swept across Newbridge Fields, but unfortunately for Ammanford the sun made a reappearance and play eventually resumed.

The Bridgend batters did not have it all their own way, quickly losing both openers to opening bowler Owen Davies.

Davies removed a further wicket in a good spell of 3 for 15, but Thomas Cogbill (43no) and Luke Humphries (18) saw Bridgend safely home without further trouble inside 24 overs.

Next week, Ammanford welcome second placed Swansea to the Park, the memory of their 700+ run clash at St Helen’s still fresh in their minds.

Thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run

Ammanford thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run in a rain adjusted match at the Rec.

Batting first, Ammanford reached 132 all out, thanks mainly to their captain Carl Griffiths (41) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (21).

Rain meant that Pontardawe’s reply was restricted to just 16 overs, during which they had to score 53 runs.

They came very close, but two wickets each from Oliver Pallot and Iwan Matthews interrupted their progress and they fell short by a single run, finishing on 51 for 5.

The victory moved Ammanford into the top half of SWCA’s Division 6.

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