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Scarlets hold off Bennetton charge

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SCARLETS welcomed Benetton Rugby to Parc y Scarlets on Saturday afternoon (Sept 15) in the third round of the Guinness PRO14 and came away with a thrilling 38-29 win.

Bennetton have proved a difficult opposition for the Scarlets on numerous occasions in the past and they came to the Parc ready for a challenge as they looked to keep their 100% record alive.

It was the Scarlets who drew first blood but Benetton kept pushing the Scarlets, going ahead on two occasions and kept the pressure on with Scarlets getting the sixth and final try to ensure the victory with one minute left.

Scarlets got the third round clash, against Benetton Rugby, at Parc y Scarlets underway in thrilling fashion with a try from scrum half Gareth Davies under the posts after just four minutes.

Davies found himself in space and made a break along the far touchline to cross the whitewash for the opening try of the game which was then converted by Leigh Halfpenny.

Bennetton hit back and after winning a penalty they kicked to touch and prop Nicola Quaglio went over to get their first points on the board with Tommaso Allen converting to level the score at 7-7.

Scarlets again pushed forward and this time it was Kieron Fonotia who made an excellent break to cross for the try. Halfpenny’s conversion looked to be going through until a late turn saw the ball bounce off the post.

With only fourteen minutes on the clock Bennetton took the lead as Allan converted Simone Ferrari’s try.

Photo by Darren Harries

There was then a break in the try-scoring as Bennetton lost possession in the Scarlets’ 22 before the visitors were reduced to 14 men. Irne Herbst was shown a red card after he was seen to lead with his elbow into Samson Lee’s head on inspection by the TMO.

Scarlets looked to make their man-advantage count and from a scrum man of the match Blade Thomson made a storming run before passing to Davies who touched down to put the home side back into the lead. Halfpenny missed the conversion but the Scarlets held a 17-14 lead at half time.

They looked to add to their lead early in the second half but it was the visitors who regained the lead as Hadleigh Parkes knocked the ball on giving the ball to Monti Ioane who kicked ahead before running on to touch the ball down. Allan missed the conversion and Bennetton only led by two points.

Despite being down a man Bennetton continued to cause problems for the Scarlets as a bouncing ball was picked up by Luca Sperandio who crossed for another try which was then converted by Allan for a 24-17 lead.

Bennetton then saw one of their players shown a yellow card and the home side sniffed a chance to get back into the game.

Davies picked the ball out of the scrum before passing to McNicholl who went over in the corner before Halfpenny added the extras to bring them back to within two points at 24-26.

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Scarlets were now on top and sub Paul Asquith found Ed Kennedy who went over to put his side into the lead and Halfpenny then added the extras for a 31-26 lead.

With just over ten minutes to go Bennetton hit back once more and were awarded a penalty which Allan scored to bring the visitors back to within two points once again.

The Scarlets kept their composure as they looked to make the game safe and with a minute to go Tom Prydie secured the win as he crossed for another try which Halfpenny then converted to make it 38-29.

It was an excellent win for the Scarlets who now have two wins from their opening three games.

On Saturday (Sept 22), the men in Red are away as they take on Connacht, kick off 5:15pm. They return to the Parc a week later (Sept 29) to take on Southern Kings, kick off 6:30pm.

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Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre and Brynamman Lido to be transferred to a community groups

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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

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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

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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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