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Raiders Chairman wishes good luck to Wales



WEST WALES RAIDERS chairman Andrew Thorne has sent his congratulations to the South Wales developed players who have made this year’s Wales World Cup side and has said that his club will be doing their best to discover and nurture more.

Wales take on Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby tomorrow, (Saturday, Oct 28, kick-off 6am BST) and, like their opponents, are likely to field a number of home-grown stars.

In Wales’ 24-man World Cup squad, exactly half played in Wales’ under 18 side in the past, whilst nine started playing Rugby League via the development systems in South Wales.

Elliot Kear, Courtney Davies, Steve Parry, Rhodri Lloyd, Dalton Grant, Joe Burke and Christiaan Roets all played in the first team for South Wales Scorpions (who were briefly known as South Wales Ironmen this year before being taken over by West Wales Raiders) after coming through junior or community sides in the area, Regan Grace played in the South Wales youth ranks before being snapped up by St Helens, whilst Ben Evans played Rugby League for Brynteg Comprehensive School in Bridgend for three years before joining Warrington Wolves.

In addition, Australian-born Andrew Gay, whose father is from Splott in Cardiff, has had two spells playing professionally in South Wales after coming over to Wales to become a founder member of the Scorpions in 2010.

“First of all I’d like to congratulate our two current players in Christiaan Roets and Andrew Gay for making the 21-man squad for Saturday’s game,” Thorne said. “They were the club’s two outstanding players in 2017 and thoroughly deserve their place.

“It’s also pleasing to see how many players from the current Wales side came through the youth, community and professional ranks in South Wales. The area has a big history in developing top class international players and West Wales Raiders will certainly be aiming to continue this work.

“With Wales under 16s beating England for the first time ever this year, a side that contained primarily players from South Wales, there’s a lot to be enthusiastic about. We’ve trials for new players happening soon and we know from history that they always pick up a gem or two.

“Good luck to Wales on Saturday and for the tournament. We’ll be continuing the hard work here and helping to develop players who will be ready for the next World Cup.”

For more information on the Wales side, go to the dedicated squad page at

UK viewers can watch Wales v Papua New Guinea live on Premier Sports TV or listen live on BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra. Extended highlights are on prime-time BBC1 at 1.15pm with the full game repeated on Premier Sports at 3.30pm. For a full list of where to watch the Rugby League World Cup, go to

West Wales Raiders will take their place in a 14-team League 1 competition next year and will play their home games at their own Stebonheath Park ground in Llanelli, which is where the Ironmen finished playing last season’s matches. They are holding player trials at Trimsaran RFC on Sunday (Oct 29) at 10:45am and at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence in Ystrad Mynach on Sunday, November 5 at 3:45pm. Register your interest by emailing or calling 07772949956.

Picture by Darren Harries.

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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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