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DROVERS EMERGE AS CONTENDERS

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Battle in the mud: Llandovery came out on top (Pic. Riley Sports)

Llandovery 40 Cardiff 0

 

LLANDOVERY have been playing some fantastic rugby this year and as the old cliché goes, the league table never lies, and with eleven games gone, the Drovers are very much in the title hunt, as a thumping victory over the men from the Arms Park put them to within a point of current league leaders Cross Keys.

Both sides were much changed from their respective Fosters Cup games in the previous week, as players who had represented the Regions in the British and Irish Cup returned, but this certainly seemed to favour the Drovers, as they put Cardiff to the sword at Church Bank. Back-rower Richard Brooks marked his 100th appearance for the Drovers with two tries and Jack Maynard kicked eight points to add gloss to a comprehensive win. It was an unhappy afternoon for the Blue and Blacks who saw their American World Cup star Cam Dolan sent to the sin-bin after 25 minutes.

With the hosts having won eight of their first eleven games, Cardiff will not have approached west Wales with great optimism, especially as last time out they had been thumped at home by Cross Keys, but it was their inability to deal with the elements that cost them so dearly on this occasion.

Playing into the strong wind and driving rain in the first half the Blue & Blacks found it difficult to get out of their own half. The Drovers however used the conditions to their advantage. When Cardiff did get into the home side’s half the ball was not controlled and when Llandovery turned it over the ball was sent back deep into the visitor’s half.

This allowed the hosts to all but win the game in the first forty minutes as they ran in four unanswered tries in the opening period. Fly half Jack Maynard gave his side the lead with a penalty from 30 metres, before adding a splendid touchline conversion in horrendous kicking conditions after Richard Brooks had crossed for his first try on the afternoon he brought up his century.

Llandovery were using the catch and drive to their advantage after gaining good territory thanks to booming kicks upfield with the fierce wind behind their backs. They managed two tries in five minutes from carbon copy catch and drive scenarios, the first of which coming from openside Shaun Miles as his pack rumbled him over the line.

The next came as the visitors desperately tried to prevent a repeat scenario. Giving away penalty after penalty for collapsing rucks and interfering, they were eventually punished in the strictest manner as the referee awarded the Drovers a penalty try.

It got worse for the Blue and Blacks as Dolan was yellow carded for offside, and Richard Brooks was able to drive over with the help of his pack to extend the lead still further, Maynard converted, but the Drovers were not finished there.

Leaving the catch and drive aside for a short period as confidence grew, Llandovery started to throw the ball through the hands of their backs division. The bonus point try came as a result of this new found confidence amongst the backs, with the ball making its way to winger Aaron Warren, who continued his scoring form of this year by sliding home in the corner after more fine approach work from his teammates. The two sides went in at the break with the bonus point already secured, and with Cardiff trailing by 34 points to nil.

After the break a yellow card for flanker Stuart Worrall stopped momentum for the hosts, but Cardiff couldn’t capitalise as their shell-shocked players failed to breakdown the disciplined home defence.

The scoring was rounded off when replacement wing Mike Evans dived over in the corner, securing a brilliant home win in far from perfect conditions, putting Llandovery in a brilliant position for a league challenge as the turn of the year approaches.

Next week the Drovers will be tested in what is going to be a mouth-watering encounter away at table topping Cross Keys, whom they sit just one point behind.

Teams:

Llandovery:

  1. Will Thomas 14. Matthew Jacobs 13. Jacob Cowley 12. Rhodri Jones 11. Aaron Warren 10. Jack Maynard 9. Lee Rees: 1. Wyn Jones 2. Luke Lewis 3. Greg Cunniffe 4. Bryn Griffiths 5. Matthew Harbut 6. Stuart Worrall 7. Shaun Miles 8. Richard Brooks

Replacements:

  1. Berian Watkins 17. Dean Howells 18. Colin Markham 19. Richard Rees 20. Dafydd Hughes 21. Steffan Marshall 22. Mike Evans 23. Rhodri Davies

Cardiff:

15 Harry Davies 14 Ceri Young 13 Luke Ford 12 Will Rees Hole 11 Richard Smith 10 Callum Hall 9 Mike Hale: 1 Thomas Davies 2 Marc Breeze 3 Joe Jones 4 James Sheekey 5 James Murphy 6 Cam Dolan 7 Morgan Sienawski 8 Ben Thomas (c)

Replacements:

16 Rob Lewis 17 Aled Rees 18 Corrie Tarrant 19 Miles Normandale 20 Jonathan Edwards 21 Nick White 22 Chris Williams 23 Nicky 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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