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Ysgol Y Dderwen wins championship

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Hurdles: One of the hurdles races gets under way

THE SUNNY and warm conditions helped attract a bumper turnout of athletes and spectators to the Leisure Centre track in Johnstown last Monday evening (May 8) for the annual Carmarthenshire Primary Schools Athletics Championships, sponsored by McDonalds and the Carmarthen Accident Repair Centre and organised by Hedydd Davies, Carmarthen Harriers Chairman.

In perfect conditions for athletics, this match started the primary schools athletics action for the summer months as more than 30 Carmarthenshire schools attended with over 200 participating on the track and in the field.

Alfie Pics Photography (Garry Smith) was in attendance and captured the best of the action throughout the duration of the competition.

The events held were the 70m Hurdles, 100m sprint, 800m, 4 x 100m Relay, Long Jump, Shot and High Jump. In the team competition, the scores were very close with the winners being decided on the final relay race.

Ysgol Y Dderwen, Carmarthen narrowly won the trophy with 42 points, one point ahead of Ysgol Iau Llangennech with 41. Ysgol Griffith Jones with 28 points was the third place team. There were a total of 24 scoring teams who had picked up points in at least one of the 14 events.

Presentations of awards to the top 3 in each event at the end of the races was made by the Mayor and Mayorees of Carmarthen Cllr Wyn Thomas and Mrs Sylvia Perkins alongside Alan Evans, representative from the Carmarthen Accident Repair Centre.

Boys Results: 70m Hurdles: 1 Osian Roberts (Carreg Hirfaen) 14.5; 2 Thomas Hamilton (Iau Llangennech) 14.8; 3 Sahya Samir (Johnstown) 15.3.

100m: 1 Owain Hari-Davies (Nantgaredig) 14.7; 2 Shivo Hinds (Y Bedol) 14.8; 3 Sion Davies (Gymraeg Rhydaman) 15.0.

800m: 1 Ifan Bowen (Y Dderwen) 2.37.5; 2 Jack Thomas (Parc Waundew) 2.39.9; 3 Bryn Pierce Jones (Brynaman) 2.42.8

4x100m Relay: 1 Y Dderwen 60.3; 2 Griffith Jones 62.5; 3 Brynaman 63.0 Long Jump: 1 Levi Morgan (Y Castell) 3.65; 2 Sam Rose (Rhys Pritchard) 3.56; 3 Tomos Lewis (Y Dderwen) 3.52.

High Jump: 1 Dion James (Y Dderwen) 1.25; 2 Jake Williams (Griffith Jones) 1.20; 3 William Bostock (Iau Llangennech) 1.10.

Shot: 1 Tomos Phillips (Gymraeg Rhydaman) 6.88; 2 Ioan Thomas (Llangadog) 6.82; 3 TJ Rawlinson (Parc Y Tywyn) 6.67.

Girls Results: 70m Hurdles: 1 Maisie Williams (Griffith Jones) 14.4; 2 Siobhan Mosterat (Llangynnwr) 15.8; 3 Alice Morgan (Talacharn) 15.9.

100m: 1 Megan Roberts (Gorslas) 14.5; 2 Sophia Reid-Thomas (Llangynnwr) 14.6; 3 Kahlen Jones (Iau Llangennech) 15.0.

800m: 1 Bethan Adams (Iau Llangennech) 2.37.9; 2 Erin Morgan (Y Dderwen) 2.44.6; 3 Bessy Hill (Y Ddwylan) 2.45.7.

4 x 100m Relay: 1 Llangynnwr 61.4; 2 Iau Llangennech 62.7; 3 Y Ddwylan 63.9 Long Jump: Jessica Lee (Llys Hywel) 3.77; 2 Mila Roberts (Griffith Jones) 3.42; 3 Hannah Evans (Y Ddwylan) 3.41.

High Jump: 1 Amber Davies (Rhys Pritchard) 1.15; 2 Cerys Jenkins (Llys Hywel) 1.05; 3 Maddie Blake (Parcyrhun) 1.00.

Shot: 1 Isla Melrose (Iau Llangennech) 6.15; 2 Elen Williams (Rhys Pritchard) 5.82; 3 Beca Jones (Y Ddwylan) 5.53.

The Dyfed Primary Schools Athletics Championships is less than a month away at which will be held in Carmarthen on Wednesday, June 14, with the championships open to all primary school children in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.

Selection will follow for the Dyfed primary schools team to compete against West Glamorgan schools inter match in July.

Fixture details ahead of the Dyfed event can be found on the Carmarthen Harriers www.carmarthenharriers. co.uk. It is expected to see another big turnout by everyone from the three counties in the district.

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Davies to captain Scarlets for 2021/22 season

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WALES international and British & Irish Lion Jonathan ‘Fox’ Davies will captain the Scarlets for the 2021-22 season.

Former Ysgol Dyffryn Taf pupil Davies has played 170 matches for the Scarlets since making his debut in 2006 and is one of the most decorated centres in international rugby having won 91 caps for Wales and represented the Lions in the Test series in Australia 2013 and New Zealand in 2017.

It will be his second stint wearing the Scarlets armband having been a co-captain along with Rob McCusker in 2013.

‘Foxy’ takes the reins from hooker Ken Owens who led the Scarlets for a record-equalling seven successive seasons.

“Jon is one of the most respected players in the game, someone with a huge amount of experience at all levels,” said Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel

“He has been a leader amongst our group for a number of years now and certainly since I have been here his leadership qualities have been there for all to see, on and off the training field.

“Foxy is the ultimate professional – when he speaks people listen. The way he conducts himself is an example to every player in the squad.

“He has been a big part of this club for a long time; he has grown up in the region, played his junior rugby here and it is clear that wearing the Scarlets jersey means a huge amount to him.”

Paying tribute to Davies’s predecessor Owens, Peel added: “Ken has been a fantastic leader for us over the last seven years and will continue to have a huge part to play in the leadership of this group.”

Davies, who captained Wales during the recent summer internationals in Cardiff, said: “It is a massive honour to be handed the Scarlets captaincy, you only have to look at the captain’s board to see so many great players and icons of the game who have led the club.

“I am fortunate that there will be a strong leadership group around me – British & Irish Lions and experienced Wales internationals who have enjoyed success at domestic and Test level. Those players also know there is a hard-working, driven group of youngsters pushing them for the jersey. There is a really exciting mix to the squad.”

Davies added: “Winning the PRO12 title with the Scarlets four years ago remains one of the highlights of my career and there is a real ambition and hunger among the players and coaching group to reach those levels again.

“There has been a good buzz about pre-season, the boys have worked really hard and we’re all looking forward to the start of the new URC season in Edinburgh on Saturday.

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Scarlets appoint Phil John as Academy coach

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FORMER prop Phil John is back at the Scarlets having been appointed to the role of Academy skills coach.

John made 330 Scarlets appearances over 17 seasons and holds the record for the most Scarlets matches played in the regional era.

Since hanging up his playing boots following his final game against Glasgow in 2016, he has worked with the RGC 1404 Academy and alongside another ex-Scarlet Mark Jones with the Premiership team in North Wales.

He also has experience coaching with the Llanelli RFC Premiership side and as an assistant to Danny Wilson for the Scarlets.

John, who started out on a rugby apprenticeship scheme at Stradey Park, replaces Emyr Phillips who becomes the Scarlets transition coach overseeing the academy players who are training with the senior side.

“It’s good to be back at Parc y Scarlets and I’m looking forward to working with a talented group of young players who have bright futures in the game,” said John.

“When you look at the players who were in the Academy five years ago when I was here, they are now starting week in week out for the Scarlets, it is great to see the journeys they have been on.

“The Scarlets Academy has a proud tradition of being a production line for the senior side and I’m excited by this opportunity to help make sure that continues.”

Scarlets Development Pathway Manager Kevin George added: “For us, this appointment was about getting the balance right in the coaching group with Emyr having been promoted to oversee the transition players.

“We had a lot of interest in the post and Phil, with his experience working with academies and the commitment he gave to North Wales, came out very strongly. We are delighted to have him on board to help nurture the next generation of Scarlets.”

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Five-star Felinfoel sink Tumble

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FELINFOEL kept up their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday (Sept 18) as they beat Tumble 5-2 at the King George playing fields in Division 1 of the Carmarthenshire football league.

However, they didn’t have it all their own way as Tumble took the lead after five minutes through Matthew James.

Foel kept plugging away and were rewarded when Chris James hit a 25-yard shot that was fumbled over the line by the keeper to make it 1-1.

Some good passing football then put Sam Ashford through on goal to put the ball past the keeper and make it 2-1 to the home side.

They weren’t done there as Chris James made it 3-1 with a great header.

In the second half, both sides were looking to score again but it was Foel who got their fourth when Mathew Ellis supplied top goal scorer Jordan Badman with the pass to make it 4-1.

Five minutes later the roles were reversed when Badman played in Mathew Ellis to make it 5-1.

To Tumble’s credit they kept plugging away and were rewarded with a goal two minutes from time as James scored his second of the game.

It was a great strike from James but it mattered little as Foel came away with the 5-2 win and their unbeaten record still intact.

On Saturday (Sept 25), Felinfoel are at hoem again as they host Bancffosfelen, kick off at 2pm.

Tumble are also in action as they travel to Llangennech.

Photo by Darren Harries

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