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Richard Kelly: Concentrating fully on Quins role

Richard Kelly: Concentrating fully on Quins role

CARMARTHEN QUINS coach and Scarlets player Richard Kelly has been forced to retire from playing rugby on medical grounds after sustaining a broken arm in October 2014.

Kelly, 27, joined the Scarlets in the summer of 2012 from Principality Premiership side Swansea making 43 appearances for the region in the last three seasons.

Since breaking his arm in the European Rugby Champions Cup clash, against Leicester Tigers, in October last year Kelly has followed a detailed rehabilitation programme with the aim of making a return to the field.

His first competitive game for Scarlets was against Leinster on 1st September 2012 and had become a regular in the region’s jersey.

Speaking about his retirement Richard said: “It is hugely disappointing to have to call a day on my playing career but the injury to my arm has made it impossible for me to carry on. The medical staff at the Scarlets have been a huge support and have helped me come to terms with the injury.

“I must say a personal thank you to Sam Handy (Scarlets conditioner) who has been my personal trainer for the last ten months and to Andrew Walker (Head of Medical) and Jo Perkins (Scarlets physiotherapist) who have looked after me. They couldn’t have done more for me.

“Despite having some time to come to terms with the severity of the injury and the possibility of having to hang up my boots it still hasn’t sunk in yet that I’ll never play again.”

Kelly, who is currently undertaking a Level 3 coaching qualification, has been appointed Forwards Coach with Carmarthen Quins and will take up a role as Academy Skills Coach within the region.

Commenting on the roles Richard went on to say: “Coaching is always something I’ve been interested in and have done little bits here and there. I’ve been involved with the under 18s since the start of pre-season and will join Dai Flanagan in coaching the Steelers group (Academy and development players) now that the season is underway.

“I’m excited by the challenge and I’m really looking forward to. There are some really talented players in the group and I want to help develop the region’s players and help them fulfil their potential.”

He went on to say: “Scarlets have been supportive in allowing me to join the coaching team at Carmarthen Quins and I’m grateful to them for giving me the opportunity to continue with my rugby even if it is from the touchlines!

“It’s been a huge privilege to have represented the Scarlets and will always remember my first game, great victories away from home against Munster and playing in Clermont twice – the stadium, the atmosphere – was something very special.”

Scarlets Head Coach Wayne Pivac said: “We are hugely disappointed to have to see Rich forced to retire from the game. He has been very patient over the last ten months since the injury and that time has allowed him to work alongside younger members of the squad whilst following a rigorous rehabilitation programme.

“He has shown a great enthusiasm for coaching and has displayed a good rapport with the squad members he has already worked with. He will be an asset to the Steelers group alongside Dai and wish him all the best with his coaching at Carmarthen Quins.”

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Mumbles win well against Ammanford seconds

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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.

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Ammanford skipper Carl Griffiths put Landore in to bat, and the home team scored 148 for 9. Landore
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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.

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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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