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Under 18s on brink of 4th title

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Closing in on the title: Some of the side after the game

Closing in on the title: Some of the side after the game

Scarlets Ladies U18s 40

Dragons Ladies U18’s 10

SCARLETS LADIES Under 18’s have put themselves on the brink of a fourth consecutive regional title by outscoring a determined and resolute Dragons outfit by 6 tries to 2 in difficult conditions at a damp and windswept Ammanford on Sunday afternoon to triumph 40-10.

Leading the way for the Scarlets with two tries apiece were centre Carly Jones and scrum half Lucy Packer, with ever impressive back row forward Lleucu George converting three of the six tries scored.

The Scarlets began the game with a strong wind at their back and were immediately put on the front foot by the powerful ball carrying of the red pack. The determined defence of the visitors held the home team at bay, before the back line of the Scarlets finally broke the defensive shackles and released flying winger, Katie Thicker on a 40-meter sprint to the line to open the scoring. George added the extras to give the Scarlets a 7-0 lead on 10 minutes.

Despite the home team dominating territory and possession, the Dragons defence, led superbly by India Berbillion and flanker Eve Jones refused to buckle under the pressure and indeed began to exert pressure of their own forcing the normally fluent Scarlets team into several uncharacteristic handling errors.

Eventually, the Scarlets backs finally clicked, a half break by centre Libby Jones, released her co-centre Carly Jones who outpaced the cover defence to score near to the posts. Outside Half Sioned Phillips converted the try giving the home team a 14-0 lead with five minutes until half time.

The Scarlets failed to deal with the restart, which allowed the Dragons to mount their first serious attacking opportunity. The ball was eventually released to full back Imogen Shide to score out wide with the last play of the half.

The girls in red began the second half in dynamic fashion. With barely a minute on the clock, Packer evaded several would-be defenders to touch down and give her team the perfect start.

Seven minutes later, a moment of individual brilliance saw centre Carly Jones gather the ball inside her own half and race in, to score the bonus point try under the posts. Lleucu George converted the try to extend the Scarlets lead to 26-5.

Strong running by second row Ffion Howells and prop Ruby Roberts once again put the Scarlets deep inside Dragons territory. Packer, fed her half back partner Megan Beech, who’s delicate pass put the impressive Carys Lloyd through the gap and power her way over for the Scarlets fifth try of the day. Again George adding the extras.

The Dragons refused to lie down and went on the offensive from the kick off. The powerful running of their pack once again took play up to the Scarlets’ try line, with the pressure eventually leading to flanker Eve Jones to score a thoroughly deserved second try for the visitors.

The Scarlets responded immediately from the kick off. Excellent defensive work by Scarlets winger Caitlin Lewis, eventually led to the home team turning the ball over at the contact area. The forwards drove powerfully up to the Dragons try line where Packer sniped her way over the line to score wide out. The excellent conversion by Lleucu George rounded of the scoring, giving the Scarlets an excellent win over a vastly improved Dragons squad.

The Scarlets Girls are next in action on March the 6th against the Blues in Ystrad Mynach, where they will be hoping to secure their fourth title in four seasons.

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Cwmamman United Juniors host end of season event

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CWMAMMAN United juniors held their end of season event at Clwb Godre’r Mynydd Ddu Glanamman.

As they celebrated throughout the day with their different age groups from Under 6 to Under 14 it looked as if almost every child in the Cwm had attended at some point.

The Juniors section at the club has grown to around 150 children over the last couple of years and with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of committee, coaches and volunteers behind them the club is excitedly anticipating further growth.

A fantastic time was had by all with all age groups proudly having their moment in the sun.

Robert Griffiths the Clubs Junior Chairman said: “I have to thank all our fantastic people at the club that get the kids out playing whether sorting games, coaching, fund raising or organising events such as our club parties and awards such as these.

“We continiue to grow and if your child would like to be part of a safe, healthy and fun environment they are most welcome here.”

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Depleted Ammanford beaten by seven wickets

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A DEPLETED Ammanford lost by seven wickets to Bridgend Town in a rain affected match at windswept Newbridge Fields on Satuday (Jun 25).

With the start delayed by over an hour because of rain, the match was reduced to 39 overs before a ball was bowled, and the toss immediately became the crucial factor in deciding the game’s outcome.

Bridgend won it and, predictably enough, put Ammanford in to bat.

The writing was on the wall as the visitors lost two wickets for 9 runs on an unpredictable wicket which was one of the first bowler-friendly tracks encountered this season.

Only four batters reached double figures as wickets fell at regular intervals. Top scorer was 14 year old wicket-keeper Gruffudd Owen (19no) who took the game to the visitors and looked capable of scoring many more had he not run out of partners.

Ammanford were all out for 90 inside 30 overs.

Tea was taken early as more heavy rain swept across Newbridge Fields, but unfortunately for Ammanford the sun made a reappearance and play eventually resumed.

The Bridgend batters did not have it all their own way, quickly losing both openers to opening bowler Owen Davies.

Davies removed a further wicket in a good spell of 3 for 15, but Thomas Cogbill (43no) and Luke Humphries (18) saw Bridgend safely home without further trouble inside 24 overs.

Next week, Ammanford welcome second placed Swansea to the Park, the memory of their 700+ run clash at St Helen’s still fresh in their minds.

Thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run

Ammanford thirds beat Pontardawe by a single run in a rain adjusted match at the Rec.

Batting first, Ammanford reached 132 all out, thanks mainly to their captain Carl Griffiths (41) and Dafydd Wyn Jones (21).

Rain meant that Pontardawe’s reply was restricted to just 16 overs, during which they had to score 53 runs.

They came very close, but two wickets each from Oliver Pallot and Iwan Matthews interrupted their progress and they fell short by a single run, finishing on 51 for 5.

The victory moved Ammanford into the top half of SWCA’s Division 6.

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Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Carmarthenshire

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JOIN in the excitement as Carmarthenshire welcomes the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday, July 1.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28 until August 8 and the Queen’s Baton Relay is currently travelling across the Commonwealth in an epic journey to all 72 nations and territories.

The journey brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games.

The Queen’s Baton will arrive in Anglesey on June 29 as part of its five-day tour across Wales and will travel down the country and across South Wales providing the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer.

A busy schedule of activities and events are planned and hundreds of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through Wales.

More than 150 schoolchildren will be at Pembrey Country Park on the afternoon of July 1 to welcome the Baton to Carmarthenshire along with Council Chairman Cllr Rob Evans, before being transported via toboggan, skis, bike and beach wheelchair to Cefn Sidan beach and into the safe hands of the RLNI who will take the Baton by boat to Burry Port Harbour.

The Baton will arrive at Burry Port Harbour at around 3.20pm to be handed to the Silver and Gold Sports Young Ambassadors from Carmarthenshire’s secondary schools who will take it in turns to run and cycle just over three miles along the Millennium Coastal Path arriving in North Dock in Llanelli at 4.15pm.

Here the Baton will be welcomed by Council Leader Cllr Darren Price along with a number of inspiring Carmarthenshire athletes who will be representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games.

Residents are being encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton, with a range of activities taking place at North Dock, organised by the council’s Actif sports and leisure team.

The fun will go on throughout the afternoon until 7pm with various activities to promote health and wellbeing including a junior aquathon, stand-up paddleboarding, aquafit classes, spin classes and beach-lifesaving sessions. 

Council Leader Cllr Darren Price said: “We look forward to welcoming the Queen’s Baton Relay to Carmarthenshire and I am sure local communities will join in the celebrations as the Baton travels from Pembrey Country Park to Llanelli’s North Dock.

“It is guaranteed to be an exciting day, especially with the Baton travelling to Burry Port Harbour by boat and then on to North Dock where there will a host of sporting activities to take part in.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in organising such a momentous day for Carmarthenshire and its residents, again showcasing our beautiful county and what it has to offer to the world.”

Further information, including the timetable for the Queen’s Baton Relay in Carmarthenshire, can be found on the council website newsroom.carmarthenshire.gov.wales

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