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Bont edge out promotion rivals

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PONTYBEREM came from behind to earn an excellent victory over promotion rivals Pembroke on Saturday (Mar 2) as they earned a 21-17 victory.

The clash between two of the league’s top three had been eagerly anticipated but it was the visitors who eventually came out on top.

Both sides went into the game with unbeaten runs of eight (Pembroke) and seven (Pontyberem) respectively so something had to give.

James Prosser got Pontyberem’s first try of the game and Dominic Sauro added the extra two points to put them 0-7 ahead.

Pembroke then hit back well and scored their first try through Sam Smith after some sustained pressure.

Another excellent move followed and it was finished off by Shaun Dalling under the posts and Toby Smith added the extras.

With the score 12-7 at half time the game was still very much up for grabs and it looked as if Pembroke would get the first score of the second half when Tom Harding-Jones kicked the ball forward but possession was lost after a knock on.

Pontyberem went up the other end and after a spell of pressure it was they who got the first score when Dom Sauro kicked a penalty through the posts to make it 12-10.

The visitors then had a man sent to the sin bin and four minutes later Pembroke increased their lead.

A stunning run from Harding-Jones saw him bulldoze his way through and cut inside to score an excellent try. The conversion from Toby Smith was short and Pembroke now led 17-10.

The restart from the Bont was kicked long but a Pembroke player carried the ball into touch when trying to catch the ball giving possession straight back. The visitors made their way over to the right but were penalised for holding on.

Moments later the visitors scored another penalty with Sauro making no mistake to bring the score to 17-13.

Pontyberem came close again but a knock on gave the ball back to Pembroke.

However, the visitors came forward again and were rewarded with a try for winger Tom Lloyd.

That put them into the lead at 17-18 and another penalty from Sauro increased their lead to 17-21.

Pembroke tried to get a late score which would have seen them snatch victory but it didn’t come and they were forced to settle for a losing bonus point.

The win for Pontyberem brings them to within a point of now second placed Pembroke and five points off leaders Penclawdd.

The Bont have a game in hand on both sides and could be top of the table if they win it.

Both sides now take a two week break and are in action again on Saturday, March 23, when Pembroke travel to Mumbles and Pontyberem travel to Loughor.

Sadly, after the game it was confirmed that influential Pontyberem centre Mikey Jenkins, who was carried off late in the game, had been diagnosed with a multiple fracture of his ankle. All at the Herald wishes Mikey a speedy recovery.

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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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