DYFED schools again had a good team and individual result at the championships at Cardiff as they won the overall team title once again last Saturday ( Jul 1 ) .
It is the 24th time since 1989 they have won it (Cardiff and Vale schools are the only other district to have won the Charlie Hughes Trophy in that period). They beat Dyfed into second place in 1996, 2007, 2009 and 2014.
80 athletes competed for Dyfed at Cardiff and this year the Dyfed team was up against a very strong Cardiff and Vale team, a home match for them, Afan Nedd Tawe and five other Welsh school districts.
The Championships on Saturday, June 10, had to be cancelled due to the heavy rain that started at 8am.
This year Dyfed schools were not expected to win as Afan Nedd Tawe (Swansea and Neath/Port Talbot) were the favourites closely followed by a very strong Cardiff and Vale schools team. Both these school districts have a concentrated population and excellent training and competition facilities.
Dyfed were behind the Afan Nedd Tawe schools team for most of the day but came through strongly to win by 17.5 points.
1 Dyfed 529; 2 Afan Nedd Tawe 511.5; 3 Cardiff and Vale 471; 4 South East Wales 311.5; 5 Glamorgan Valleys 309; 6 Eryri 2447;7 North East Wales 233; 8 Powys 225.
Dyfed also won the senior girls and senior boys team trophies.
In the junior boys and middle boys team sections Dyfed came second and third in the Junior and middle girls sections.
At Cardiff the overall team trophy was presented to the two Dyfed schools captains Matthew Williams (Milford) and Carys Jones (Bro Dinefwr) by Gareth Oldham Chairman of Welsh Schools Athletic Association.
At Cardiff Dyfed school athletes won a total of 65 medals (15 gold, 29 silver and 21 bronze).
Hedydd Davies, Dyfed schools secretary and senior team manager for the last 21 years, thanked all the Dyfed school athletes who made the effort to compete for the District in Cardiff.
Their efforts upheld the fine tradition of Dyfed in these championships and the success of Dyfed schools once again was due to the commitment and efforts of all the members of the team. Several members on the day volunteered at short notice to fill in gaps in the team.
A special thanks to Pembrokeshire Harriers members, Jo Salmon, Jane Wheeler, Liz Rowland, Gareth Elliott, Jonathan Phillips and Carmarthen Harriers members Nathan Jones and Delyth Rees for assisting with the administrative duties and field event officiating on the day.
Many Dyfed school athletes have been chosen to compete for the Welsh schools team in the schools international match in Dublin on Saturday, July 15.
Stars earn first win
New Dock Stars • 17
Llandeilo • 10
League 3 West B
THE NEW DOCK STARS earned their first win of the season last Saturday (Sept 30) as they beat Llandeilo 17-10.
The game was held up for around half an hour as Matthew Daniels had to be taken to hospital with a broken leg. The Herald understands that Matthew has had an operation on his leg and all at the Herald wish him a speedy recovery.
The Dock took the lead after 20 minutes with a try in the corner by centre Gareth Williams and the conversion by Liam Doran was successful.
They extended their lead to 12-0 shortly after with a try from number 8 Dylan Jones.
The game was then held up as Daniels was hurt shortly before half time and he had to be stretchered off the field.
Llandeilo hit back to make it 12-10 before a barnstorming run by the highly impressive flanker Jordan Evans which was finished by winger Spencer Thomas.
On Saturday (Oct 7), New Dock Stars are at home again as they welcome Burry Port in the second round of the WRU Bowl.
Llandeilo are also in action in the Bowl as they travel to Penybanc.
Llanelli rugby club scores donation
A THRIVING Llanelli rugby club is celebrating after receiving a cash boost from a leading house builder.
New Dock Stars RFC has been handed a £750 donation from Persimmon Homes West Wales to help pay for coaching.
The club has been running for around eight years and provides rugby for children aged between six and 14.
The donation comes as part of Persimmon’s Healthy Communities scheme.
Jon Harries, of the club, said: “We’re thrilled to receive this generous donation. We play matches on a Sunday around Carmarthenshire and Swansea and we train on Wednesday evenings on our field.
“During the winter months we try to secure indoor training at the barn at Parc y Scarlets to ensure the children can continue to receive high quality coaching during the wet and cold months.
“This experience does cost a considerable amount, so donations like this are vital.”
Every month sports clubs and individuals in each of Persimmon’s 30 operating areas receive donations of £750 – a total of £22,500.
In January 30 finalists from each region will be selected and a public vote will follow, with prizes of £200,000, £50,000 and £5,000 up for grabs.
The Healthy Communities scheme runs alongside Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative for non-sports clubs, which sees more than £700,000 dished out to good causes each year.
Sharon Robinson, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “We are extremely proud of our charity schemes, Healthy Communities and Community Champions. It’s terrific to be able to support sports clubs and charities across West Wales with tens of thousands of pounds every year.
“New Dock Stars RFC is a great club which provides excellent coaching and facilities for kids in the area. We hope that this money will help them continue over the winter.”
Persimmon Homes is currently very active in and around Llanelli with its Cwrt Y Bedw, development in Pontarddulais and Llys Meredith in Gorseinon. Prices start at £109,995 for a two-bedroom property, perfect for first time buyers.
To find out more or to enter the competition, visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.
Reds maintain winning start
Llanelli Town • 3
Ton Pentre • 0
FIVE games, five wins – Llanelli Town are proving to be the pacesetters so far in Welsh League Division 1, although their latest success at the expense of their Rhondda Valley opponents was not as clear-cut as the result suggests.
Ton are known as the Rhondda Bulldogs, and to their credit they displayed the tenacious tendencies attributed to the breed, causing their opponents plenty of problems, particularly in the first half, before the Reds gradually took control and finally ran out winners thanks to a Jordan Davies brace and a third from Liam Samuel.
Missing some key players, including the unavailable Lee Trundle, the hosts were certainly lacking the intensity displayed in their last outing at Penybont where they were in the ascendancy throughout and dominated proceedings.
They started off well, with James Loveridge putting in a strong run down the right before delivering a ball beyond goalkeeper Ryan Griffiths into the goalmouth, but Jordan Follows, at full stretch, agonisingly failed to make contact for a certain opener.
Another Loveridge assist this time found the head of Chris Jones, but again the finish drifted just wide.
After these early opportunities, chances at either end were at a premium, although a well struck effort by Follows who beat two defenders to set himself up, was fumbled low down by Griffiths, and the ball rebounded off the inside of the post and on to the line before being grabbed by the relieved keeper.
When the visitors countered, a shot from distance by Leon Jacka stung the hands of Scott Coughlin in the Reds` goal who managed to keep it out.
Overall, the half was an untidy affair with neither side able to exert the upper hand, and it was no surprise when the interval arrived with the game scoreless.
Whatever was said in the home dressing room during the break seemed to have the desired effect when the contest resumed, as the Reds were far more positive and looking the more likely to break the deadlock.
Follows failed to get any power into his strike on target and Griffiths saved easily, and when he set up Jones, his finish fizzed across the goalmouth and just wide of the far post.
Ton responded through Sam Small whose shot on the turn sailed narrowly over the top, and he went even closer when Jacka crossed to the far post, his goal bound header being brilliantly turned over by Coughlin.
The game was still evenly poised, and it seemed as if the side to score first would probably go on to win, and to the relief of the Reds, two goals in as many minutes swung the result in their favour.
The first arrived on 65 minutes following a well-worked move involving Loveridge and Follows which culminated in a backheel to set up Davies who beat Griffiths with firm shot into the bottom corner.
Two minutes later, the lead was doubled with Follows again involved, this time finding Davies in space in the box who again finished clinically past the keeper and give the Reds some breathing space.
Davies then turned provider, setting up Jones for a shot which again whistled fractionally wide.
Follows was replaced by Liam Samuel, who within ten minutes of his arrival notched up the third goal after Griffiths could only deflect an effort by Jones into his path, and he made no mistake by smashing it home in the 83rd minute.
At the close, another three points and a clean sheet for the Reds in front of a decent 401 attendance, but they were made to work hard for the win against opponents who belied their lowly league position.
The Reds travel west on Saturday (Sept 23) when they meet Haverfordwest County, kick off 2.30pm.
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