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Flanagan is new Head Coach at Llanelli

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Dai Flanagan: New Head Coach of Llanelli RFC.

Dai Flanagan: New Head Coach of Llanelli RFC.

SCARLETS Development Skills Coach Dai Flanagan has been appointed Llanelli RFC Head Coach for 2015-16.

Since joining the Scarlets in the Summer of 2014 Flanagan combined his role within the region’s academy with mentoring the senior kickers before being given the opportunity to oversee backs coaching and attacking play for the second half of the season.

Alongside his work within the regional structure Flanagan was also Backs Coach with the Principality Premiership side.

Commenting on the news Cefn Hengoed born Flanagan, himself a former outside half with Pontyprid RFC, said: “I’m delighted to have been handed this opportunity to take a more senior role with Llanelli RFC. The development pathway at the Scarlets is particularly strong and we are proud of the work that we do in developing young local talent. This gives me further opportunities to work with the region’s next generation of talent.”

He went on to say: “I’m thoroughly looking forward to the challenges ahead. A strengthened squad will give us an opportunity to be more competitive within the Premiership and we will hopefully reap the rewards.”

The Principality Premiership side also confirmed last week that Llanelli RFC Head Coach and Scarlets Academy Manager Kevin George would take the reins from Anthony Buchanan who has stepped down to concentrate on his work as National Appointed Director on the WRU Board.

Commenting on the appointment of Dai Flanagan as Head Coach Kevin George said: “Dai has made a really good impression at the Scarlets and has been given his first opportunity to lead his own coaching team. Dai is very level headed and has a great way with the players. I have no doubts that he will develop quickly in the role going on to be a successful coach at all levels.”

Speaking about his change of role at Llanelli RFC George went on to say: “I feel that taking up the role of Head of Rugby is a natural progression for myself after six years at the helm as Head Coach with Llanelli. It is a fantastic opportunity for us as a team to further develop aspiring and up and coming coaches. An important part of my role as Head of Rugby will be to coordinate backroom and playing staff as well as working closely with the local clubs to continue the development of local talent within the area.”

Further coaching appointments will be announced in due course.

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds

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AMMANFORD seconds suffered a heavy 125 run defeat at the hands of Mumbles at Marespool.

Winning the toss, Ammanford invited Mumbles to bat first, and a terrific 188 run partnership for the second wicket, featuring Ben Jones (94) and Stuart Seaton (77), helped the home team to a healthy 221 for 4 in 45 overs.

Several Ammanford batsmen got into double figures but none were able to stay long enough to make any impression on the run chase. Eirian Morgan top-scored with 25, but the Ammanford innings finished disappointingly on 96 all out.

Gethin Morgan and Phil Roche each took three wickets for Mumbles.

Thirds beaten by Landore

Ammanford thirds travelled to Landore only to lose their match by 50 runs.

Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
skipper Terry Summerfield top-scored with 33.

Ammanford’s Tom Davies was chief wicket-taker with 4 for 38.

Despite a solid 30 from opener and man-of-the-match Tom Davies, Ammanford failed to get anywhere near the required target and folded their innings on 98 inside 34 overs.

The defeat dropped them out of the top half of division six on the SWCA.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event

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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.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets

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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.

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