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Lack of cutting edge costs Quins

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Carmarthen Quins 22
Newport 30

On the burst: Quins break through the middle (pics by Simon Rice)

On the burst: Quins break through the middle (pics by Simon Rice)

CARMARTHEN QUINS lost their sixth game in seven league runouts this season as they were beaten in a tight game by a Newport side that look to be much improved from last season. Carmarthen remain adrift at the bottom end of the table, staying narrowly clear of bottom two sides Bridgend and winless Neath by virtue of their three losing bonus points, which go to show just how close the young side are to finding their feet in the division. They are creating chances, but their inexperience is preventing them from scoring and the odd loss of concentration is letting in tries.

The opening set piece was solid and indeed it remained sound throughout the match, and having the better of the line out, they should have produced a more positive result. Overall they are beginning to get the pace of the division, and with a more clinical approach they will be hopeful of moving up the table. After a slow start, where both teams struggled to get any cohesion Newport had a period of steady possession and started to get some moves firing. As has been a theme this season, with the introduction of the 6-point try and 2-point penalty, all penalties awarded were kicked to the corner to no avail, including one bang in front of the posts with just 4 minutes on the clock. This allowed the Quins to consistently clear the danger.

Carmarthen were reduced to fourteen men mid-way through the first half when Ellis Lloyd was sin binned and with both sides intent on keeping the ball alive it wasn’t long before Newport exploited their man advantage. In the 25th minute the visitors found a gap near half way and worked the ball to Rhys Jenkins who crossed wide out. Arwel Robinson converted. While Carmarthen were still down to 14 Alex Jefferies was yellow carded for a high tackle when the Carmarthen forwards were making ground. Newport managed to move down field and found gaps in the Quins defence, which resulted in Wes Cunliffe crashing over the line in the corner after breaking two attempted Carmarthen tackles. The conversion was missed and Newport led 14-0.

Within two minutes Newport were down to thirteen when Wes Cunliffe found himself having a 10 minute breather after having his hands in the ruck that formed after a great break from the Carmarthen full back Chris Bamfield. While down to 13 men Carmarthen capitalised with a sniping run from their scrum half Kieron Hardy after finding gaps in the Newport defence. The try was converted by Dale Ford to make the score 8-14 at the interval. Carmarthen started the second half as they finished the first after a mistake by the Newport captain for the day Brendan Lampitt. The kick off was allowed to bounce straight into touch and from the resulting clearance kick the electric Carmarthen fullback Bamfield made a terrific break passing to the supporting scrum half and then receiving the final pass to cross over under the posts. The next 20 minutes Carmarthen dominated possession and territory and on the 60 minutes mark after a lovely passing movement left wing Gavin Thomas crossed the line to take the Quins further ahead 22-14.

Newport sent for the replacements from the bench and found themselves in the Quins twenty-two when the Quins prop Steffan Thomas was sin binned for a professional foul. Newport opted to go for the scrum and after Carmarthen conceded multiple penalties the referee, Greg Morgan of Swansea, lost patience and was under the sticks for a penalty try. The game was now tied at 22-22 and the game was Newport’s to win. The black and ambers dominated the last quarter and went through the phases. After sustained pressure Ed Howley was on the end of some lovely passing through the backs and the young full back was through in the corner to earn Newport a four try bonus point. Newport held onto the ball well and in the 85th minute Arwel Robson kicked Newport’s first penalty goal attempt of the season to finish the game 22-30.

However this did not deprive the Quins of the losing bonus point. This was the 3rd losing bonus point for the Quins so far this season which demonstrates that there is a fine line between winning and losing in the Premiership. They have scored 3 tries in each of their last two games and shown plenty of enterprise however they have also conceded four tries in the process. It seems clear that the Quins have to improve defensively. On a positive note, Haydn Pugh and Josh Helps are developing into a confident line out pair and with the return of Lee Williams, Shaun Jones and captain Ian Jones the coaching staff are confident that results will change. TEAM: 15. Chris Banfield 14. Dylan Morgan 13. Iolo Evans 12. Rhys Williams 11. Gavin Thomas 10. Dale Ford 9. Connor Lloyd 8. Steffan Jones 7. Ellis Lloyd 6. Shaun Evans 5. Haydn Pugh 4. Josh Helps 3. Steffan Thomas 2. Rhodri Clancy 1. Gethin Robinson Replacements: 16. Nathan Williams 17. Ifan Phillips 18. Christian Rumbelow 19. Ben Thompson 20. Lee Taylor 21. Kieran Hardy 22. Kieran Jones 23. Morgan Griffiths

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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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Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Carmarthenshire

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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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