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Sporting Lunch a huge success



Members of the West Wales Committee of Sports Aid Wales: With guest speaker Jim Mills, chairman David Butler, Peter Evans, treasurer Dewi Jones, secretary Richard Gealy and Keri Coslett.

Members of the West Wales Committee of Sports Aid Wales: With guest speaker Jim Mills, chairman David Butler, Peter Evans, treasurer Dewi Jones, secretary Richard Gealy and Keri Coslett.

THE LATEST ‘Sporting Lunch’, hosted by the West Wales Committee of Sports Aid Wales at the Royal Ivy Bush Hotel in Carmarthen, was a huge success.

It featured Jim Mills, a living legend in the worlds of Rugby Union and Rugby League.

Mills, a former Wales, Widnes and GB Rugby League star, delighted an audience of nearly 200 at the Ivy Bush with tales of his life on and off the rugby pitch.

David Butler, Chairman of the West Wales Committee of Sports Aid, said afterwards: “Without a shadow of a doubt, Jim Mills is one of the finest speakers we’ve had at our regular dinners. He gave us a fabulous and very amusing insight into his colourful career.”

The West Wales Committee of Sports Aid Cymru Wales has raised more than £16,000 for the charity this year.

Over the last 30 years, the charity has raised more than £290,000 to support the future of young sporting talent.

Sports Aid Cymru Wales is a voluntary organisation providing financial support to help rising stars in Wales improve their performance, with the aim that they go on to represent Wales and Great Britain with distinction.

Olympian Ron Jones, the director of Sports Aid Cymru Wales, praised the contribution made by the West Wales Committee.

“The events you hold here in Carmarthen and truly remarkable. They are always great occasions and raise a wonderful amount of money to help the rising stars of sport in Wales.”

Mr Jones made reference to the Rio 2016 ‘success stories’ of sportsmen and sportswomen who have been supported by Sports Aid Cymru Wales.

The Rio Olympics roll of honour included:

• Elinor Barker (cycling – track), won gold, team pursuit.

• Hannah Mills (sailing) – won gold in Rio (silver in London 2012).

• Jade Jones (taekwondo) – won gold in Rio (gold in London 2012).

• Geraint Thomas (cycling road); Ieuan Lloyd (swimming); Chloe Tutton (swimming).

The Rio Paralympics roll of honour included:

• Sabrina Fortune (shot-put), won bronze.

• Rob Davies (table tennis), won gold.

• Phil Pratt (wheelchair basketball); Sara Head (table tennis); Rhys Jones (100 metres – athletics); Kyron Duke (shot/javelin – athletics); Jordan Howe (100/200m – athletics).

Mr Jones said he was privileged to meet many of the Welsh Rio athletes at a ceremony at The Senedd in Cardiff. “The sportsmen and sportswomen who were supported by Sports Aid Cymru Wales were incredible grateful for the support given to them,” he said.

The West Wales Sports Aid lunch also featured an auction conducted by John Eirian Davies, a speech from Alan Hughes, vice-president of Sports Aid Cymru Wales, and an address by actor Julian Lewis Jones.

West Wales chairman David Butler said: “Our grateful thanks go to Delme Owens, of Carmarthenshire Tyre Services Ltd, who sponsored the event. Big thanks to all our other sponsors and advertisers.

The afternoon also saw a special presentation by former Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star editor Cathryn Ings.

She presented the Nigel Harrison- Rees Memorial Award, in memory of her father, to West Wales boxing hero Dai Maskell.

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds



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



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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