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Vital win boosts Emlyn survival hopes

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Strong set piece: Emlyn matched Tata at the lineout

Strong set piece: Emlyn matched Tata at the lineout

Newcastle Emlyn 19

Tata Steel 7

IN TERMS of their league season this was an important win for the red and whites as they look to try and ensure their participation in the Championship for next season. The weather ensured that it was never going to be a classic, free flowing encounter, unlike the previous game in Port Talbot which had been a great advert for open attacking rugby. A strong cross wind, allied with a heavy drizzle for most of the match meant that flowing three-quarter movements were almost non-existent.

Emlyn started purposefully and were soon nine points ahead courtesy of three penalties by winger Dan Davies within the first ten minutes. Two of the penalties were awarded at the ruck area as Emlyn tried running the ball at Tata Steel. The third was for a late hit on Emlyn full back Shaun Leonard on his own twenty-two metre line. Unfortunately for the visitors, Leonard had just kicked the ball and the penalty was awarded where the ball landed on Tata’s twenty-two in front of the posts. Tata obviously remembered the impact Leonard had on the previous encounter when he scored two tries and a drop goal and had decided to single him out for some special attention to their cost.

As far as the Emlyn supporters were concerned that basically was it as far as action and attacking rugby went for almost the remainder of the half. Tata Steel’s huge pack of forwards took complete control of the game, driving the lighter Emlyn pack back metres at a time in the scrum, and putting together some very effective driving mauls from the line out.

Emlyn had a certain amount of luck to go with their efforts. Tata looked certain to score a push over try but, as they approached the Emlyn line with the ball at their captain and number eight’s feet, scrum half Ross Pritchard decided he was going to score and in attempting to pick up the ball he knocked it on. Eventually the pressure had to tell and after thirty five minutes referee Stuart Kibble decided enough was enough and awarded Tata a penalty try converted by outside half Steve Lewis.

Reaching the half way line for the first time in a long time galvanised Emlyn into action, and when Tata were penalised at a line out Leonard was just wide with his attempt into the wind. From the drop out a high Emlyn kick was not caught initially by Tata but when it was cleared, they failed to find touch and veteran Emlyn hooker Bedwyr Davies charged down the touchline. Unfortunately when he was tackled some five metres from the line the Emlyn forwards were penalised at the ensuing ruck.

With half time approaching Emlyn were gifted a try by the visitors. From a line out in their own twenty two, for some reason, Tata decided to run the ball using their three-quarters. The pass from the outside half to the centre went behind him, Emlyn’s line speed in defence was first class and the Emlyn backs were quickly up on the mistake. Centre Mitchell Jones dribbled the ball over the line and fell on it for his first try for the club, converted by Dan Davies.

With the wind turning to more of a diagonal slant in Tata Steel’s favour and their pack very much in the ascendancy at the set piece, things looked ominous for Emlyn at the start of the second half. However, it was the Emlyn bench that proved to be the vital element in the host’s victory. In order to try and nullify Tata’s powerful scrum, coach Lloyd introduced prop Gethin Davies into the fray. The powerful scrummaging Davies had an immediate impact when after his first scrum Tata’s loose head Jon Ramsey left the field with an injury. His replacement Mathew Llewelyn, lasted about two minutes before he and Emlyn prop Dai Jones were held responsible for a huge punch up on the half way line and both were given a ten minute rest.

On his return Llewelyn lasted a very short time before he too left the field and the visitors had to opt for uncontested scrums which to be perfectly honest suited the home side more than the visitors. Emlyn coach Marc Lloyd then introduced flanker Gareth Patterson who had a huge influence on the match with his powerful driving through mauls; time and again he disrupted the Tata driving maul. Working effectively with his fellow flanker Joel James and with second row Dylan Davies dominating the front of the line out, Tata’s scoring options basically disappeared against a resolute well-organised defence. Two failed long range penalty efforts were all Tata had to show for a second half which, with the wind in their favour and territorial dominance, should have yielded more points.

Credit must go to the home sides’ defence which was disciplined and determined and was probably best summed up in the dying minutes of the game when Tata tried to run the ball at Emlyn on the half way line. Emlyn veteran outside half Barry Thomas timed his tackle to perfection and really crunched his opposite number to snuff out the attack before it could develop. With their pack unable to function in the same manner as the first half and their backs looking disjointed, Emlyn came a lot more into the game as the half progressed. With five minutes to go Emlyn extended their lead when Dan Davies kicked another penalty, which turned out to be the last score of the game.

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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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