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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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Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre and Brynamman Lido to be transferred to a community groups

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A MULTI- SPORTS facility, at the heart of the Gwendraeth Valley, has been taken over by a local sports group, the Baton Twirlers.

The management of Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre, which is owned by Carmarthenshire County, has been transferred to the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) via a lease agreement and will allow the public to continue to use the facilities at the centre.

Whilst Canolfan Carwyn Sports Centre is now the official home of BTAC its facilities are available for the local community and sports groups to be used.

An official reopening of the Centre, which bears the name of one of the Gwendraeth Valley’s most famous sons, under the new management of the BTAC was held on Sunday, October 2.

Speaking at the event, Jessica Shore Director of the Baton Twirlers Association Cymru (BTAC) said:

“We are thrilled to have worked with Carmarthenshire County Council to secure this sports centre on behalf of the local community and it’s a pleasure to welcome the public here today. We are looking forward to working with and hosting various community and sports groups at the Carwyn James Sports Centre.

“It also was very important to us to provide a home for baton twirling in Wales, and we will make great use of the excellent facilities here.”

Cllr. Gareth John, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism said “This is a great success story for the BTAC, the Gwendraeth Valley and the council as we have secured the future of the Carwyn James Sports Centre for the local community.

I would like to thank Baton Twirlers Association Cymru for their work and enthusiasm during the process of transferring management of the Sports Centre to them, as a community group, and I wish them the very best for the future.”

Plans approved to transfer management of Brynamman Lido

On Monday, October 3, the council’s Cabinet approved plans to lease the Brynamman Lido, which is held in trust by the Carmarthenshire County Council, to Brynamman Lido Limited under its asset transfer programme.

Under the proposed lease, Brynamman Lido Limited will take over the management of the lido with the intention to reopen the swimming pool for sporting, recreational and leisure activities.

Following the approval of the plans by the Cabinet, Cllr. Gareth John commented:

“We are pleased to be working with the local group in Brynamman to transfer the management and maintenance of the lido to the community.

“The transfer of this asset will allow Brynamman Lido Ltd to apply for funding via grants that would not be available to the County Council, and we will continue to work with them and provide support along the journey to reopening the lido to the community.”

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Latest recruit to Llandeilo’s Ashmole & Co team ‘converts’ his spare time into being a rugby referee

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Ashmole & Co have scored a try with their newest Trainee Accountant. The firm is delighted to announce that Aled Jones has recently started working for the successful accountancy team in the Llandeilo office.

Aled, who lives in Pontyberem, is a community rugby referee in his spare time. He referees senior rugby games on Saturdays and Junior rugby games on Sundays including cup matches. He is also involved in the Scarlets Cup Final at Parc y Scarlets and the Carmarthenshire cup finals.

Before joining Ashmole & Co Aled was a Personal Banker with Barclays Bank for five years. He studied AAT Level three at Coleg Sir Gar. Aled went to primary school in Pontyberem and secondary school in Ysgol y Gwendraeth.

Day to day with Ashmole & Co, Aled prepares and inputs clients’ sales and purchase invoices onto the accounting software; completes clients’ VAT returns and assists senior members of the team with the preparation of accounts. The most rewarding part of the job for Aled is hearing that the clients are happy.

Welcoming Aled to the team, Ceri Llwyd, Partner in the Llandeilo Ashmole & Co office, said, “We are delighted that Aled has joined our team in Carmarthenshire. He has fitted in well and is a pleasure to work with. I’ve told my rugby mad sons that they have to behave now when they play rugby on a Sunday in case Aled is their referee! It is great that he gives up his spare time to help local rugby clubs in this way.”
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Aled said, “I am grateful to Ashmole and Co, who are one of the most established and largest teams of chartered, certified accountants and auditors in south and west Wales, to give me this opportunity.”

Ashmole & Co offer financial support to a significant number of junior and professional sports teams across south Wales. The Llandeilo office has recently shown its support to Llandeilo RFC by contributing towards new tops for the juniors.

Ceri added, “As a rural firm that works with businesses in the area it is a pleasure for us to be able to lend our support to local sports teams.”

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Llangennech prove too strong for Penclawdd

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LLANGENNECH earned their fourth win in as many matches on Saturday (Oct 22) as they beat Penclawdd 38-10.

Jordan Saunders got the scoring underway with the first try of the game and Thomas Davies added the extras.

Penclawdd then levelled the scoring with a try from Daniel John Guarneri and Marcus Brown added the extras.

It remained 7-7 until half time with conditions proving tricky for both sides.

In the second half, Aaron Howles got the try to put Llangennech ahead but the conversion was missed.

Joseph Hutchings then extended the visitors’ lead with their third try and Davies added the extras to take the score to 7-19.

Penclawdd then responded with a penalty from Brown as the home side looked to get back into the game.

However, Llangennech soon had their fourth try and a bonus point as Howles touched down for his second try of the game and Davies added the extras.

Louis Rees then scored an unconverted try before replacement Hefin Jones went over for Llangennech’s sixth try, converted by Davies.

On Saturday, October 29, Penclawdd travel to Aberystwyth for their second game in the Division 1 Cup.

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