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Quins keep play-off bid on track

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IN AN ERROR-STREWN encounter in which strong wind proved a crucial factor, the Quins triumphed against a Neath side who arrived full of confidence following an impressive 15-10 victory against Cardiff, to keep their play off push alive.

With Pontypridd running away at the top of the league, the remaining three spots are seemingly going to shared between 5 sides. The Quins currently lie in third with just seven points separating second from sixth although the Carmarthen side do boast an impressive points difference.

Ebbw Vale, Bedwas, Cardiff and Cross Keys join Carmarthen to make up the five and it is hard fought victories like this one that Quins may look back on come the end of the season if they do make the play-offs.

With the wind behind them in the first half, Quins knew they had to get some points on the board. However the normally reliable Craig Evans missed an early penalty to give the home side the lead, setting the tone for the rest of the day, in which numerous penalties were conceded.

On the ten minute mark the Quins gathered a line out in their own half and launched a breathtaking attack that took play from right to left and back again. This created an over-lap that Rhys Williams used to cross in the Gas works corner. Evans narrowly missed the conversion.

Neath fly-half James Thomas missed a 21st minute penalty to get his team on the scoresheet only to be on target minutes later with a 35 metre effort.

The skill levels associated with both teams was sadly missing as passes went astray and numerous balls were dropped and a dull opening half ended with scores at 5 – 3 to the Quins.

Having had captain Ian Jones sin-binned just before the break, the Quins began the second half with 14 men and despite Evans adding another three points, Neath made the extra man count with a try of their own. Scrum half Tom James made a clever break and his slight of hand fed the ball to flanker Alun Jones who crossed the line, leaving the home crowd worried that an upset might be on the horizon.

On being restored to 15 men the home side began to find their rhythm and wing Chris Banfield sliced open the Neath defence to touch down after Kieran Hardy had put him into a gap.

A red card for Carmarthen lock Haydn Pugh led to nervy final few minutes, but Neath never really threatened and couldn’t take the chance to leave with a bonus point of their own as full back Joel Matavesi saw his last-minute forty metre penalty fall agonisingly short.

TEAM:

  1. Lee Williams 14. Chris Banfield 13. Iolo Evans 12. Rhys Williams 11. Dylan Morgan 10. Craig Evans 9. Kieran Hardy 8. Rory Gallagher 7. Sion Bennett 6. Lee Taylor 5. Haydn Pugh 4. Aidan Laxton 3. Ian Jones 2. Rhodri Clancy 1. Gethin Robinson

Replacements:

  1. Steff Phillips 17. Jack Haines 18. Jevan Sebastian 19. Sion Evans 20. Ben Thompson 21. Rhodri Wells 22. Morgan Griffiths 23. Dion Jones
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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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