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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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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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