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Nantgaredig wilt in Burry Port heat



Burry Port 40

Nantgaredig 0

Running rugby: The men in green press forward

Running rugby: The men in green press forward

IT IS LOVELY to be beside the seaside and that is exactly where the Herald Sports Team were on Saturday (Oct 22) as we continued our random odyssey around the playing fields of Carmarthenshire to seek out some of the finest games of rugby known to men and women.

(Burry Port RFC ladies rugby team is doing very well, thank you, beating Merthyr Ladies 49-17 in their last game).

On paper, this game promised to be keenly contested by both sides.

Unbeaten Nantgaredig were above Burry Port in the league going into the game and they have put some pretty hefty scores over a number of clubs in recent weeks. Maybe it was the hot October sunshine, to which the boys from the Costa del Tyisha are well-accustomed, but it was clear that Nantgaredig didn’t bargain on the heat from the Burry Port boys.

It was Burry Port who came off the blocks quickest, with Dylan Evans and Duane Evans making some fine runs that put the Nantgaredig defence on the back foot. The pressure paid off and the visitors succumbed as Adam Rudall crossed for the first after 10 minutes, finishing off a good move cutting back inside and scoring close to the posts. Ben Williams converted to make it 7-0 to Burry Port.

Hooker Iwan Roberts was next to cross the line and Ben Williams did the honours again, making the score 14-0 to Burry Port. The home team scored again after 30 minutes through their scrum half. That was also converted to take the score to 21-0. Six minutes later and flanker Tom Rees went over in the corner to make the score 28-0 to Burry Port at half time.

The second half was very entertaining despite the numerous penalties, a few yellow cards and the occasional argy bargy, which the assembled crowd appeared to find entertaining.

Three players sin binned for varying offences had the crowd baying for more after every suspicious tackle. Thankfully, the referee opted for some stern talking, which the majority of players responded to.

Nantgaredig did have more possession but they failed to capitalise.

There is no substitute for sheer hard work and determination.

Burry Port could have easily taken their collective foot off the gas, but sitting back on their lead did not figure in the mindset of the men in green. They kept up the pressure and were rewarded with further tries from hooker Iwan Roberts who crashed over in the corner. Ben Williams hit the post with the conversion.

As the Burry Port subs came on, they ramped up the pressure, sending Tom Bowen on a run. With a side-step on the final defender, he scored near the posts and Williams duly converted to make the final score, Burry Port 40 – Nantgaredig 0 and a bonus point to boot.

In fairness to Nantgaredig, they played a fair amount of running rugby themselves and got to within an arms length of the Burry Port try line on numerous occasions. However, Burry Port were on fire and proved too damn hot for the visitors in the end.

Burry Port host St Clears next weekend in the third round of the Bowl, a competition they won last season in a memorable final in Cardiff last May.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event



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



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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Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Carmarthenshire



JOIN in the excitement as Carmarthenshire welcomes the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday, July 1.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28 until August 8 and the Queen’s Baton Relay is currently travelling across the Commonwealth in an epic journey to all 72 nations and territories.

The journey brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive in Anglesey on June 29 as part of its five-day tour across Wales and will travel down the country and across South Wales providing the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer.

A busy schedule of activities and events are planned and hundreds of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through Wales.

More than 150 schoolchildren will be at Pembrey Country Park on the afternoon of July 1 to welcome the Baton to Carmarthenshire along with Council Chairman Cllr Rob Evans, before being transported via toboggan, skis, bike and beach wheelchair to Cefn Sidan beach and into the safe hands of the RLNI who will take the Baton by boat to Burry Port Harbour.

The Baton will arrive at Burry Port Harbour at around 3.20pm to be handed to the Silver and Gold Sports Young Ambassadors from Carmarthenshire’s secondary schools who will take it in turns to run and cycle just over three miles along the Millennium Coastal Path arriving in North Dock in Llanelli at 4.15pm.

Here the Baton will be welcomed by Council Leader Cllr Darren Price along with a number of inspiring Carmarthenshire athletes who will be representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games.

Residents are being encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton, with a range of activities taking place at North Dock, organised by the council’s Actif sports and leisure team.

The fun will go on throughout the afternoon until 7pm with various activities to promote health and wellbeing including a junior aquathon, stand-up paddleboarding, aquafit classes, spin classes and beach-lifesaving sessions. 

Council Leader Cllr Darren Price said: “We look forward to welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Carmarthenshire and I am sure local communities will join in the celebrations as the Baton travels from Pembrey Country Park to Llanelli’s North Dock.

“It is guaranteed to be an exciting day, especially with the Baton travelling to Burry Port Harbour by boat and then on to North Dock where there will a host of sporting activities to take part in.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in organising such a momentous day for Carmarthenshire and its residents, again showcasing our beautiful county and what it has to offer to the world.”

Further information, including the timetable for the Queen’s Baton Relay in Carmarthenshire, can be found on the council website

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