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WRU Bowl – Round 1
Cefneithin see off Wasps in Bowl

Llangwm 14
Cefneithin 50

CEFNEITHIN progressed to the second round of the WRU Bowl on Saturday (Sept 21) as they beat Llangwm 14-50 at Pill Parks.

The visitors scored an unconverted try early on and they continued to put pressure on the Llangwm defence.

The League 3 West B side soon found themselves 26 points to the good after a series of tries.

Llangwm looked to get themselves back in the game and shortly before the break, Adam Williams went over for the try which was converted by Lewis Murphy.

That made it 7-26 at half time but Cefneithin scored early in the second half as they dived over on the right hand side.

The Wasps were not giving up and from a scrum inside their own half, Josh Hicks picked up the ball and beat off a couple of tacklers to run in under the posts.

Murphy again added the extras but the visitors soon extended their lead again with another unconverted try.

With time running out Cefneithin ran in two more tries to cement their win and their place in the next round.

Will Dickie, Jack Rogers, Chris Davies and Cameron Collins all scored two tries while Rogers added two conversions for Cefneithin.

Sion Walker added the other three conversions for the visitors who will now look forward to their second round tie.

Before then, both sides will return to league action on Saturday (Sept 28), with Llangwm taking on Pembroke Dock Quins in League 3 West A and Cefneithin travelling to Penygroes in League 3 West B.

Magpies thump Stars

New Dock Stars 7-55 Tumble

TUMBLE progressed to the second round of the WRU Bowl on Saturday (Sept 21) as they saw off New Dock Stars with a thumping 7-55 win.

After last week’s disappointing defeat at Cefneithin the coaches shuffled the squad and made nine changes, one positional to the starting fifteen.

The boys responded fantastically to that defeat with an excellent win which saw them safely into the draw for round 2.

Tumble came out of the traps quickly and saw wing Mike Edwards go over for an unconverted try within the first five minutes.

The lead was further extended when captain and centre Steffan Price went over for a try which was converted by his co-centre Owain Williams.

Dock soon pulled the score back to 7-12 with a converted try of their own before wing Sam Jones went over for a try to make the score 7-17 to Tumble at the interval.

Try: Tumble go over for another try. Photo by Darren Harries

The second half saw the Magpies cut loose and put some great attacking moves into play in addition to some outstanding work in defence with a number of big hits.

Half backs Iwan Morgan and Steven Hewitt were now controlling the game with Hewitt kicking well out of hand to give Tumble a territorial advantage.

It didn’t take long for the Magpies to extend their lead when number 8 Nathan Willard (who carried well all afternoon as did his younger brother Liam) powered over for a try which was converted by Williams.

The Tumble backline was now in confident mood and looking sharp and it wasn’t long before fly half Hewitt went over for another try. The extras were added by Williams’ conversion to make the score 7-31.

With Dock on the rack wing Mike Edwards was the next to go over for a try, his second of the afternoon making it 7-38.

The Magpies back row was working well in combination with the Willard brothers carrying well and young Tom Miles busy at number 7 helping recycling quick ball for the dangerous looking backline.

Next to get in on the score sheet was front rower Rhys Lewis who put in a great shift playing out of position at tight head prop, Williams again added the conversion to make it 7-43.

Elusive full back Nicky Allinson was next to get over the whitewash when he scored his first try since returning to playing after a three-year break from the game. The conversion was missed making it 7-48 to the Magpies.

The final score of the game came in the dying moments when openside Tom Miles forced his way over for his first senior try for the club.

Williams added the conversion to complete the scoring.

On Saturday (Sept 28) Tumble are at home to Furnace United while New Dock Stars travel to Trimsaran.

Llany edge past Saints
St Clears 17-22 Llanybydder

LLANYBYDDER travelled to Parc Griffith Jones to play Division 3 West A rivals St Clears in the first round of the National Bowl on Saturday (Sept 21).

It was a close, entertaining match with the visitors eventually going through to the next round.

Llanybydder had a solid scrum and an effective line out to ensure half-backs Jac Thomas and Llyr Tobias had a plentiful supply of ball.

After sustained pressure, the visitors scored tries through mobile prop Mathew Evans and No 8 and skipper Ricky Davies.

Llyr Tobias converted one and added a penalty to give Llanybydder a 15-10 half time lead.

Young winger Daniel Lewis sealed victory with his first try for the Club, again converted by Tobias.

St Clears gave maximum effort throughout the match, but Llanybydder just about held on for a 22-17 victory to progress to the next round.

On Saturday (Sept 28), St Clears travel to Aberaeron while Llanybydder travel to Lampeter Town.

Furnace leave it late
Cardigan 14-16 Furnace United

A LATE penalty from Scrum half Dan Rees gave Furnace United victory over Cardigan in their WRU Bowl first round encounter on Saturday (Sept 21).

Back row Andrew Evans and Outside half Dafydd Green had scored earlier tries for the Cherries.

Rees also added a second penalty but with the score at 14-13, it looked as if Cardigan would have been going through.

Llyr Jones and Michael Richards scored tries for the Teifisiders, converted by Jones and Iwan John, as they led 14-5 at the break.

Furnace responded well in the second half with 11 unanswered points and it was Rees’ second penalty that put them into the hat for the second round.

On Saturday (Sept 28), Furnace return to action in League 3 West B as they take on Tumble away.

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Llanelli MP & AM call for school transport solutions

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Llanelli’s MP and AM joined Tumble residents on Friday (15.01.20) to walk along the unlit path that children have been forced to take since a bus service to Maes y Gwendraeth school was scrapped.

A number of school bus routes in Carmarthenshire have been cancelled in response to UK Government legislation which has restricted the types of vehicles that bus companies can use. This has left many children who relied on these services with no safe way to get to school.

Nia Griffith MP and Lee Waters AM are working with local residents and councillors, like Dot Jones in Tumble, to find solutions that can be implemented by the County Council or UK Government.

Lee Waters AM said, “After carrying the bags and instruments of a Tumble pupil three miles to school on Friday morning it’s clear we need to get these services running again. I’ve been working with the Council and Welsh Government to try and find a common sense resolution to the problem of cancelled school buses right across Llanelli.

“It’s a complicated situation, and unfortunately the Welsh Government’s powers are limited, but we may have found a way forward if the UK Government are willing to be flexible. The Welsh Government has written to ask them to exempt school transport in Carmarthenshire from the new regulations which would allow the local services to resume.”

In addition to commercial school bus routes, there is also a scheme for pupils to access spare places on the coaches that pick up children who live further away from school for a small fare. However, local parents have raised concerns about the availability of this scheme and the process by which places are allocated.

Nia Griffith MP said, “We must work together to find ways to restore bus transport as soon as possible, even if the situation is complex.

“I understand the County Council will now review the scheme which lets pupils use spare places on existing school buses, but this needs to be done as quickly and effectively as possible to ensure the maximum number of pupils benefit.

“It is crazy to have buses with spare capacity passing the bus stop and leaving pupils to walk. But we need transport back for all pupils who have lost it.”

Cllr Rob James, who joined the walk to Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth on Friday, said: “The bus services that have been withdrawn are vital services to many of our communities and must be retained.

“The local ward Councillors and I are thrilled with the support we are getting from the local MP and AM to solve these issues and we hope that there can be a resolution shortly.”

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‘Seaside Kicks’ off to great start in Glanymor Ward!‬

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A new project has been launched which is completely free for young people from across the Llanelli area.‬


‭‘Premier League Kicks’ run by Swansea City Community Trust started last Tuesday (14th January) and is already proving to be a success with both children and their parents. ‬


‭Boys and Girls of all abilities are welcome to take part with sessions taking place on the brand new 3G pitch at Ysgol PenRhos. ‬


‭Ages 8-12 take place on every Tuesday evening between 5.00pm and 6.00pm with ages 13-16 on every Wednesday between 8.00 and 9.00pm. ‬
‭As well as the football sessions, activities will also include informative, educational workshops covering a wide range of issues including knife crime, county lines and online safety. ‬


Craig Richards from the Swans Community Trust said:‬
‭“Nationally, ‘Premier League Kicks’ is one of the Premier League’s flagship community programmes. It has a long history of using the power of football and the value of sports participation to help youngsters in some of the most-high need areas. ‬


‭“By engaging young people in constructive activities including football, coaching, educational and personal development sessions, communities up and down the country have been transformed with impressive football and sports participation rates, and authorities reporting significant reductions in anti-social behaviour in the areas in which it is delivered.”‬


Sean Rees, Llanelli Town Councillor for the Glanymor Ward added:‬
‭“It is a pleasure to link up with the Swans Community Trust, Police and Crime Commissioner, our PCSO’s, Llanelli Town Council and the Community Safety Partnership in bringing forward such an exciting project. ‬


‭“Engagement has taken place with both local schools at Ysgol PenRhos and Ysgol Maes Y Morfa as well as strong partnership work with our existing sports clubs in the area at Seaside AFC and Bwlch Rangers too all of whom have been very supportive.‬


‭“It is fantastic to see so many youngsters turning out in great numbers with more expected next week. It gives them somewhere to go in the area and have fun with others within a safe environment.‬


‭“I now look forward to seeing this project go from strength to strength.”‬

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Body of a man found in camper van near lifeboat station

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THE BODY of a male has been found in a camper van parked near Loughor lifeboat station, according to the police.

Officers said they were called at 1.41pm on Sunday afternoon (Jan 12).

Locals said that the van had been parked there since December 22.

Police said they were called to the scene after concern was raised about an abandoned vehicle.

A statement from a police spokesperson said: “The body of a man was located inside.”

It added that his death was not being treated as suspicious and the coroner had been informed.

Hayden Jones, who walks in the area regularly, said he spotted police and the ambulance service were in the area at 3.20pm yesterday.

He said: “We came from the direction of the bridge and police were stopping cars coming in. There was an ambulance there too.

“We didn’t see what was going on. We turned around.”

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