WRU Bowl – Round 1
Cefneithin see off Wasps in Bowl
CEFNEITHIN progressed to the second round of the WRU Bowl on Saturday (Sept 21) as they beat Llangwm 14-50 at Pill Parks.
The visitors scored an unconverted try early on and they continued to put pressure on the Llangwm defence.
The League 3 West B side soon found themselves 26 points to the good after a series of tries.
Llangwm looked to get themselves back in the game and shortly before the break, Adam Williams went over for the try which was converted by Lewis Murphy.
That made it 7-26 at half time but Cefneithin scored early in the second half as they dived over on the right hand side.
The Wasps were not giving up and from a scrum inside their own half, Josh Hicks picked up the ball and beat off a couple of tacklers to run in under the posts.
Murphy again added the extras but the visitors soon extended their lead again with another unconverted try.
With time running out Cefneithin ran in two more tries to cement their win and their place in the next round.
Will Dickie, Jack Rogers, Chris Davies and Cameron Collins all scored two tries while Rogers added two conversions for Cefneithin.
Sion Walker added the other three conversions for the visitors who will now look forward to their second round tie.
Before then, both sides will return to league action on Saturday (Sept 28), with Llangwm taking on Pembroke Dock Quins in League 3 West A and Cefneithin travelling to Penygroes in League 3 West B.
Magpies thump Stars
New Dock Stars 7-55 Tumble
TUMBLE progressed to the second round of the WRU Bowl on Saturday (Sept 21) as they saw off New Dock Stars with a thumping 7-55 win.
After last week’s disappointing defeat at Cefneithin the coaches shuffled the squad and made nine changes, one positional to the starting fifteen.
The boys responded fantastically to that defeat with an excellent win which saw them safely into the draw for round 2.
Tumble came out of the traps quickly and saw wing Mike Edwards go over for an unconverted try within the first five minutes.
The lead was further extended when captain and centre Steffan Price went over for a try which was converted by his co-centre Owain Williams.
Dock soon pulled the score back to 7-12 with a converted try of their own before wing Sam Jones went over for a try to make the score 7-17 to Tumble at the interval.
The second half saw the Magpies cut loose and put some great attacking moves into play in addition to some outstanding work in defence with a number of big hits.
Half backs Iwan Morgan and Steven Hewitt were now controlling the game with Hewitt kicking well out of hand to give Tumble a territorial advantage.
It didn’t take long for the Magpies to extend their lead when number 8 Nathan Willard (who carried well all afternoon as did his younger brother Liam) powered over for a try which was converted by Williams.
The Tumble backline was now in confident mood and looking sharp and it wasn’t long before fly half Hewitt went over for another try. The extras were added by Williams’ conversion to make the score 7-31.
With Dock on the rack wing Mike Edwards was the next to go over for a try, his second of the afternoon making it 7-38.
The Magpies back row was working well in combination with the Willard brothers carrying well and young Tom Miles busy at number 7 helping recycling quick ball for the dangerous looking backline.
Next to get in on the score sheet was front rower Rhys Lewis who put in a great shift playing out of position at tight head prop, Williams again added the conversion to make it 7-43.
Elusive full back Nicky Allinson was next to get over the whitewash when he scored his first try since returning to playing after a three-year break from the game. The conversion was missed making it 7-48 to the Magpies.
The final score of the game came in the dying moments when openside Tom Miles forced his way over for his first senior try for the club.
Williams added the conversion to complete the scoring.
On Saturday (Sept 28) Tumble are at home to Furnace United while New Dock Stars travel to Trimsaran.
Llany edge past Saints
St Clears 17-22 Llanybydder
LLANYBYDDER travelled to Parc Griffith Jones to play Division 3 West A rivals St Clears in the first round of the National Bowl on Saturday (Sept 21).
It was a close, entertaining match with the visitors eventually going through to the next round.
Llanybydder had a solid scrum and an effective line out to ensure half-backs Jac Thomas and Llyr Tobias had a plentiful supply of ball.
After sustained pressure, the visitors scored tries through mobile prop Mathew Evans and No 8 and skipper Ricky Davies.
Llyr Tobias converted one and added a penalty to give Llanybydder a 15-10 half time lead.
Young winger Daniel Lewis sealed victory with his first try for the Club, again converted by Tobias.
St Clears gave maximum effort throughout the match, but Llanybydder just about held on for a 22-17 victory to progress to the next round.
On Saturday (Sept 28), St Clears travel to Aberaeron while Llanybydder travel to Lampeter Town.
Furnace leave it late
Cardigan 14-16 Furnace United
A LATE penalty from Scrum half Dan Rees gave Furnace United victory over Cardigan in their WRU Bowl first round encounter on Saturday (Sept 21).
Back row Andrew Evans and Outside half Dafydd Green had scored earlier tries for the Cherries.
Rees also added a second penalty but with the score at 14-13, it looked as if Cardigan would have been going through.
Llyr Jones and Michael Richards scored tries for the Teifisiders, converted by Jones and Iwan John, as they led 14-5 at the break.
Furnace responded well in the second half with 11 unanswered points and it was Rees’ second penalty that put them into the hat for the second round.
On Saturday (Sept 28), Furnace return to action in League 3 West B as they take on Tumble away.
Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event
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.”
Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets
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.
Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Carmarthenshire
JOIN in the excitement as Carmarthenshire welcomes the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday, July 1.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28 until August 8 and the Queen’s Baton Relay is currently travelling across the Commonwealth in an epic journey to all 72 nations and territories.
The journey brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games.
The Queen’s Baton will arrive in Anglesey on June 29 as part of its five-day tour across Wales and will travel down the country and across South Wales providing the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer.
A busy schedule of activities and events are planned and hundreds of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through Wales.
More than 150 schoolchildren will be at Pembrey Country Park on the afternoon of July 1 to welcome the Baton to Carmarthenshire along with Council Chairman Cllr Rob Evans, before being transported via toboggan, skis, bike and beach wheelchair to Cefn Sidan beach and into the safe hands of the RLNI who will take the Baton by boat to Burry Port Harbour.
The Baton will arrive at Burry Port Harbour at around 3.20pm to be handed to the Silver and Gold Sports Young Ambassadors from Carmarthenshire’s secondary schools who will take it in turns to run and cycle just over three miles along the Millennium Coastal Path arriving in North Dock in Llanelli at 4.15pm.
Here the Baton will be welcomed by Council Leader Cllr Darren Price along with a number of inspiring Carmarthenshire athletes who will be representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games.
Residents are being encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton, with a range of activities taking place at North Dock, organised by the council’s Actif sports and leisure team.
The fun will go on throughout the afternoon until 7pm with various activities to promote health and wellbeing including a junior aquathon, stand-up paddleboarding, aquafit classes, spin classes and beach-lifesaving sessions.
Council Leader Cllr Darren Price said: “We look forward to welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Carmarthenshire and I am sure local communities will join in the celebrations as the Baton travels from Pembrey Country Park to Llanelli’s North Dock.
“It is guaranteed to be an exciting day, especially with the Baton travelling to Burry Port Harbour by boat and then on to North Dock where there will a host of sporting activities to take part in.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in organising such a momentous day for Carmarthenshire and its residents, again showcasing our beautiful county and what it has to offer to the world.”
Further information, including the timetable for the Queen’s Baton Relay in Carmarthenshire, can be found on the council website newsroom.carmarthenshire.gov.wales
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