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Raiders Chairman wishes good luck to Wales

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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 http://www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk/wales/wales_players/world_cup_squad.

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 https://www.rugbyleagueontv.com.

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 andrewthorne@raidersrugbyleague.co.uk or calling 07772949956.

Picture by Darren Harries.

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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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