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Morgans helps Quins defeat Ravens

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Ashton Evans: Number 8 scored Bridgend’s only try

Ashton Evans: Number 8 scored Bridgend’s only try

Carmarthen Quins 20

Bridgend 10

CARMARTHEN QUINS have been putting their shaky start to the season behind them in recent weeks, as they have now chalked up three wins from their last four games, but here they gave a fine all round performance to defeat an in-form Bridgend side that had won its last four league outings.

The Ravens were on a run of four wins over Pontypridd, Bedwas, Cardiff and Neath are were expecting to increase this to five, but the Quins are beginning to settle, with a consistent side proving key in recent results and a late breakaway score from centre Dylan Morgans was enough to see off the visitors.

Once again the Park took all the week’s weather could throw at it, and was in fine condition underfoot, but the howling wind was always going to be a telling factor and so it proved.

The strong wind was blowing towards the Town so winning the toss was going to be vital. Having done this the Quins gave the first use to the visitors so winning and keeping the ball was going to be the plan and it was twenty minutes before the Ravens got into the Quins half as referee Robert Price awarded the hosts a string of penalties in the pouring rain.

The dominance of the ball paid off with nearly a quarter of an hour played as the Quins found touch five metres out from one of their numerous penalties. With the Quins’ set piece improving by the week, a well executed catch and drive allowed back rower Ollie Hitchings to crash over, with Daniel Jones converting well against the wind.

Kicking out of trouble was the only way that the visitors could gain any ground and from this the Quins were able to counter attack and they looked dangerous in doing so, with only desperate defence keeping them out on several occasions.

With 25 minutes played Carmarthen looked set to claim their second try thanks to a counter attack from deep. Scarlet Harry Robinson seemed to have a clear path to the line but for Michael Powell’s excellent chase down and try saving tackle.

Near the break, Dan Jones put in a near perfect chip for Gavin Thomas to follow up and only for the referee to see otherwise, pulling the Quins back for an offside, as Thomas was adjudged to be in front of the kicker, leaving the Quins eight points to the good at the interval.

After the break Joseph Scrivens slotted the Ravens first points of the match thanks to an early penalty as the visitors looked to work their way back into the game.

The Quins looked to pin Bridgend deep in their own twenty-two throughout the second half, kicking deep to the corner with the driving wind behind them and they regained their 8-point lead with 55 minutes played. A great attacking scrum for the hosts was initially well defended by the Ravens but outside half Joseph Scrivens’ attempt to slow the ball down was punished with a yellow card. Dan Jones notched the penalty to stretch the Quins lead.

Bridgend upped the intensity whilst down to fourteen men to produce their only try of the game. A quick tap penalty led to further Quins indiscipline and the Ravens kicked to the corner, looking to maintain some pressure on the hosts defence. A neat lineout move faked a close range maul and sent number 8 Ashton Evans charging toward the line down the five metre channel. The powerful Evans burst the last defender’s tackle to touch down out wide and an excellent conversion from Ryan Evans, covering the kicking duties for sin binned Scrivens, levelled the scores going into the final quarter.

The Quins were able to keep play in the visitors half with the assistance of the wind, and they restored their lead when Dan Jones banged over a penalty from a colossal 45 metres out.

As the clock ticked towards 80 minutes, the Ravens looked to snatch a late victory. A penalty kicked to touch in the Quins 22 gave Bridgend a great position to attack from but poor handling saw centre Dylan Morgans, impressive all afternoon, hack upfield. Morgans outpaced the Ravens scrambling defenders to again get his foot to the ball and dive over the line for the score. The conversion from outside half Jones stretched the Quins’ lead to ten late on.

The Ravens battled to the end but were unable to add to their tally and had to leave a wet and windy Carmarthen Park empty handed.

The Quins will be looking to build on this result as they travel to Bedwas on Saturday.

Teams:

Carmarthen Quins:

  1. Gavin Thomas 14. Harry Robinson 13. Dylan Morgan 12. Rhys Williams 11. Iolo Evans 10. Daniel Jones 9. Keiran Hardy: 8. Ollie Hitchings 7. Ellis Lloyd 6. Haydn Pugh 5. Josh Helps 4. Ben Thompson 3. Steffan Thomas 2. Ifan Phillips 1. Gethin Robinson

Replacements:

  1. Nathan Williams 17. Ryan Elias 19. Lee Taylor 20. Shaun Evans 21. Connor Lloyd 22. Craig Evans 23. Dale Ford

Bridgend:

  1. Marc Bennett 14. Ryan Griffiths 13. Joseph Gatt 12. Ryan Evans 11. Mike Powell 10. Joseph Scrivens 9. Geraint Watkin: 8. Ashton Evans 7. Zac O’Driscoll 6. Adam O’Driscoll 5. Gavin Bilton 4. Dewi Parry 3. Cai Lewis 2. Dale Rogers 1. Nicky Boyce

Replacements:

  1. Iestyn Merriman, 17. Lewis Francis, 18. Dan Matthews, 19. Sam Treharne, 20. Matthew John, 21. Will Baird, 22. Morgan Jones 23. Alex Fenton.
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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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