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Bargoed triumph in the mud



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Newcastle Emlyn 6

Bargoed 33

BARGOED showed their true Premiership material with this comprehensive victory over Emlyn on Saturday.

Recent results had given the Emlyn supporters hope that maybe they could pull off a surprise victory against one of the top four sides in the Championship. It was not to be as the visitors from the Rhymney Valley put on an impressive display of forward power as they steamrollered their way to victory.

That the game was played at all was a credit to the hard working Newcastle Emlyn committee who spent the whole morning clearing the rain off the Dol Wiber pitch.

Even then the pitch still resembled a mud bath and both sides deserve a huge vote of thanks for the entertaining game they served up for the large crowd.

The difference in the end was the size and experience of the Bargoed team, inspirationally led by their hooker Leigh Meads.

Emlyn, in fact, started the more positive of the two sides and took the early lead courtesy of two penalty goals kicked firstly by Shaun Leonard and then Dan Davies. They did have two other opportunities to add to their total but a cross kick by Leonard just bounced tantalising out of centre Teifion Davies’ grasp to end up in touch.

Bargoed came more into the game using their powerful centre Lewis Prothero to carry the ball up from scrums, and his strong running caused the Emlyn defence problems all afternoon.

Their opening try came rather unexpectedly and slightly against the run of play. From a scrum just inside the Emlyn half the Bargoed scrum half Mathew Hutchins went on a run, managed to elude three tacklers, and fed the supporting full back Jordan Purcell who crossed for the opening try, converted by Mathew Hurley.

The greater weight and experience of the Bargoed forwards was beginning to tell as they decided to tighten up their game and reverted to some excellent driving mauls from the line out, which Emlyn were slow to defend.

They began to exert a great deal of pressure on the Emlyn line and the red and whites were forced to defend desperately. The pressure eventually led to the ever alert Bargoed hooker Leigh Meads pouncing on a loose ball, which slipped out of the side of a ruck, to score a try converted by outside half Hurley.

Emlyn came back at Bargoed with a series of storming runs by their forwards as they went through ruck after ruck against a determined and organised visitors defence. A superbly weighted cross kick by Shaun Leonard forced Bargoed to concede a line out five metres from their line. For some inexplicable reason Emlyn decided to throw the ball to the back of the line, almost in defiance of the conditions. Unfortunately they did not win the ball and Bargoed were able to clear their line.

This led to a second line out on the five metres line and, when the Emlyn drive was halted, scrum half Mike Jones moved the ball out to his backs. A lovely three-quarter move saw full back Shaun Leonard time his entry into the line to perfection and looked certain to score but the Bargoed covering winger just managed to bring him down short of the line, on a dry day Leonard would have scored.

The second half was dominated by the visitors and Emlyn found it extremely difficult to get out of their own half.

Bargoed, with their experienced forwards bossing the game, placed the Emlyn line under a great deal of pressure as they went searching for the bonus point win.

After twelve minutes they extended their lead with, predictably, a push over try from a scrum credited to their number eight Ross Coombs.

In desperation Emlyn tried moving the ball from deep inside their twenty two metre area and conceded a penalty at the breakdown. Bargoed opted for a scrum and the red and whites, in their desperation to defend their line, conceded a penalty try which the excellent referee Simon Mills had no hesitation in awarding and outside half Hurley added the extra points.

After twenty minutes Emlyn did get out of their half and a quick throw in to a line out by replacement number eight Luke Kendall to Shaun Leonard saw the full back turn and look to outpace the defence but they were able to get back and the Emlyn player was brought down inches from the line.

The Bargoed pack took control again, and the remainder of the half, belonged to the visitors. With their scrum half Mathew Hutchins controlling matters it was a credit to the Emlyn defence that they managed to restrict them to just one more try. That came courtesy of centre Darren Humphries who latched on to a long pass to brush past a couple of Emlyn defenders to score a try converted by Hurley.

The skill levels on both sides were extremely high but Bargoed’s greater strength and experience ensured that, in these conditions, there was only going to be one winner and they look certain to attain Premiership status next season.

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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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