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First half blitz sets up Hendy win

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HENDY kicked their 2019 off to a perfect start as they thumped Tenby United 28-66 at Heywood Lane on Saturday (Jan 5).

The win is their third in a row and sees them stay fourth in League 1 West with just four points separating them from second placed Llangennech.

On the other hand, despite taking the lead early on, Tenby succumbed to their eleventh defeat of the season and remain bottom of the table.

With only a minute on the clock Tenby were on the attack and when the ball broke loose, Jack Parkinson kicked the ball before catching and going on to touch down. Lloyd Thomas then added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

Try: Hendy score their first of the game

However, Hendy were soon level as a Tenby knocked the ball on giving Hendy the chance to kick to touch. From the resulting lineout a maul was set up and Hendy pushed themselves over with Iwan Mayze credited with the try. Rhydian Morris kicked the conversion to level the scores.

Three minutes later the visitors were in the lead as Ifan Beynon took a quick tap penalty in his own 22 before sprinting the rest of the field to score the try. Morris then added the simple extras.

They soon had their third try as Beynon picked the ball up from a maul and faked a pass to create a gap which he sped through to score his second try of the game. Morris then added the extras from out wide and Hendy led 7-21.

Tenby looked to get themselves back in the game but a knock on saw their attack come to an end. Hendy kicked to touch but the home side won the resulting line out and attacked again only for a forward kick to go into touch.

The visitors went in search of their fourth try and they thought they had it but the referee called play back for a forward pass.

They weren’t to be denied their bonus point, however, as with 25 minutes gone, another maul was set up and this time Aled Thomas was credited with the try. Morris added the extras.

Hendy continued to pile the pressure on and after another Tenby foul they kicked to touch 5 metres out. Morris stepped up but his conversion went just over the post and the score stayed at 7-33.

On the half hour mark Tenby responded as Jack Broadhurst scored a try under the posts which Lloyd converted with ease.

Another knock on by Tenby gave Hendy the chance to come forward again with Thomas making a good run before he was held up.

Five minutes before half time Hendy scored sixth try as Tom Havard broke into the try zone before running on to touch down under the post to give Morris another simple conversion.

There was still time for a seventh try as Hendy passed the ball out to the right and Dyfan Williams finished off an excellent move. Morris added the extras again and Hendy led 14-47 when the half time whistle went.

Whatever was said to the Tenby team at half time seemed to work as they started the second half like they had the first. After a high tackle from Hendy, the home side took a quick tap penalty and after another Hendy foul they had a penalty which they kicked to touch.

From the lineout Tenby pushed their way over with Moritz Neuman touching the ball down. Lloyd then added the extras to bring Tenby back into it at 21-47.

Hendy were then penalised for holding on in their own half and Tenby were given a scrum. Tenby came forward but were then also penalised for holding on and the chance was gone.

They were made to pay for that as Havard scored his second try of the game. This time Morris sent the conversion wide.

Hendy were keen to add more points and after a series of infringements at the scrum by Tenby the referee marched under the posts to award a penalty try and give the visitors a 21-59 lead.

Tenby looked to respond again but a knock on by Parkinson gave possession back to the visitors.

With just under fifteen minutes to go Hendy scored their tenth try as Beynon kicked the ball forward and Jake Newman ran on to touch the ball down before Morris added the extras.

The home side did earn a bonus point for their fourth try late on from one of the best moves of the game. Lloyd spotted a gap which he ran into before passing to Parkinson who in turn found Jack Tucker who touched down under the posts. Lloyd then added the extras to make it 28-66.

Tenby face another tough trip on Saturday (Jan 12) as they go to third placed Gowerton knowing they need to start picking up some victories.

Hendy will look for their fourth straight win on Saturday as they host Whitland who are also looking for points to secure their League 1 West place.

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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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