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Harriers youngsters are top of the league



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25 CARMARTHEN HARRIERS made the long trip to Monmouth to compete in freezing temperatures against the best cross country runners in South Wales and the South West of England. This good turn out was critical as three of the teams entered the fixture in a podium position. The Under 13 girls and Under 15 boys demonstrated real strength in depth maintaining their team positions at the top of the league.

In the Under 13 girls five girls ran and the Welsh cross country relay champions continued their domination of the league with performances that defied the freezing temperatures and cold. Leading the way was Phoebe Davis (6th) Daisy Thompson ( 7th) and Maddie Morgan (15th). Newcomer Mollie Cressey-Rodgers was 20th and Siwan Jones-Evans finished 25th.

The Under 15 boys also dominated the team event again and Ben Thomas ran strongly as always in a closely fought race to finish behind two English athletes who possibly benefited from not having to race midweek in the Welsh schools. He did well to finish 3rd less than a minute ahead of Iestyn Williams (9th) and Archi Morgan (16th). One of the best runs of the day was from Caspar Farquhar in his best ever position of 24th and followed by Haydyn Roberts in 39th.

In the first race of the day the Under 11 boys maintained their place in the top three teams. With sickness depleting the team 3 boys stepped up to the plate with Ioan Cressey- Rodgers starting slowly but finishing fast and securing his best ever position of 4th overall closely followed by two of Harriers youngest members Ifan Bowen (12th) and Harry Billingham (24th).

The individual performance of the day came from Iwan Glynn where the Welsh international ran a fantastic race against some outstanding athletes to finish 2nd in the Under 13 boys. Strength in depth was evidenced by Liam Edwards who followed up his 4th place in the Welsh schools in midweek to finish 10th in this tough race. Dafydd Jones (28th) and Leon Campion (49th) claimed crucial points.

In the Under 11 girls Seren Davies made her debut for the club having just turned 9 years old. In a fine run she went out at the front of the field but was eventually pulled back into the pack by the older athletes holding on to finish a very good 10th. Followed by Emma Brazier (22nd) and Milly John (28th) this was a good overall team result for the Harriers youngest girls.

Other results included two athletes (Eva Edwards and Taylor McArthur) who ran together for much of the race eventually finishing 27th and 31st in the Under 15 girls. Gordon Orme maintained his position as the best veteran over 70 with a now expected 1st place, Thomas Jones had a good run in the Under 17/Under 20 men with a 6th place finish and Louise Jones-Evans was 34th in the Senior Women.

The teams will now be ready for a final push for gold at the last league event of the season in Brecon on March 5.

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



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



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



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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