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Scarlets’ new Head of Strength & Conditioning



Huw Davies: New Head of Strength and Conditioning

Huw Davies: New Head of Strength and Conditioning

SCARLETS have appointed experienced Strength & Conditioning coach Huw Davies to the lead role at Parc y Scarlets.

With over 12 years experience in the field Davies, from Caerphilly, joined Scarlets in November 2014 before being appointed Head of Strength & Conditioning ahead of the 2015-16 season.

Davies joined Wasps in 2003 combining his final years of study at Bath University with a full time role as a Fitness Trainer. In 2005 he took up the position of Head of Academy S&C progressing quickly to Assistant Head before finally spending five seasons as the club’s Head of Strength & Conditioning.

After nine seasons with Wasps Davies was approached for, and accepted, the role of Head of Athletic Performance with Ricoh Black Rams in Tokyo where he spent two years before returning home to Wales to pursue a Masters in Strength & Conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Davies, who heads up a team of three full time members of staff at the Scarlets, said: “I’ve had an opportunity to get to know the conditioning staff, coaching team as well as the squad having spent six months with the region before being offered the role of Head of S&C which has helped immensely. I’m really lucky here, we have a fantastic team. Rhys (Jones) and Sam (Handy) are two fantastic coaches which undoubtedly makes the management side of the role easier but essentially I have the culpability if things are not going well – that’s part and parcel of the job.”

Scarlets are without their ten-strong international contingent as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup whilst the second wave of regional players are expected back at the Parc in a week’s time. Davies went on to say: “There are a few new elements to the strength and conditioning department at Parc y Scarlets that will ensure that the squad are challenged during pre-season. With a group of new faces and players away for the World Cup we have a relative new-look squad that will work together over the coming months to ensure a fruitful pre-season. The first phase of pre-season will accumulate at Coleg Sir Gar’s campus here in Llanelli and this will be a period where we push the boys to their limits both physically and mentally.”

Scarlets Head Coach Wayne Pivac said: “Huw has done a fantastic job since joining us earlier in the season and his wealth of knowledge, hands-on experience and leadership qualities speak volumes. With it being a World Cup year we will be relying heavily on the depth of our squad to hit the ground running as we look to a new competitive season in the Guinness PRO12 and European Rugby Champions Cup and Huw, and his team’s, work alongside the Medical Team will be vital to ensuring we get the best out of the players and keep them off the injured list.”

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds



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



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



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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