WRU Bowl – Round 1
Cefneithin see off Wasps in Bowl
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.
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.
Four children hospitalised after being hit by school bus, three flown by helicopter
THE POLICE investigation into the road traffic collision in Llanfair Caereinion yesterday (May 23), is continuing today police have said.
A school bus and a number of young pedestrians were involved in the collision which occurred at about 3.25pm on School Lane, just off Neuadd Lane, Llanfair Caereinion, Powys.
Four children and a bus driver remain in hospital after a school bus crashed into a group of young pedestrians yesterday, May 23, in Powys.
They are described as being in a stable condition at this time.
One child was discharged from medical care yesterday.
The children are primary school aged.
There were no passengers in the bus.
Three children were air lifted to hospital, while the male driver and a fourth child were driven to hospital by ambulance.
Pictures from the scene yesterday showed the bus mounting the kerb and crashing into a metal fence.
The bus has been removed for forensic examination and the road has now reopened.
Police Community Support Officers and School Community Police Officers will be attending the school this morning to provide support.
A spokesman for Powys County Council told Herald.Wales on Monday: “The council can confirm that a school bus has been involved in an incident this afternoon in Llanfair Caereinion. Emergency services have been in attendance. Officers from the council’s school service are currently in the town providing support to both the high school and primary school.”
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to the incident shortly before 3.30pm.
“Three of the five children were flown to hospital for treatment while another child and an adult were taken to hospital by land ambulance. The remaining child was discharged at the scene.”
(Photo of bus by Phil Blagg)
Welsh residents unaware of the early signs of dehydration according to new resarch
PEOPLE living in Wales are unaware of the five most common signs of dehydration, according to research from Aqua Pura.
Even though more than half (55%) of residents believe they know the symptoms of dehydration, the new research reveals many don’t know the early warning signs.
More than two thirds (65%) don’t think having bad breath/a dry mouth is a symptom of dehydration, while half (50%) don’t think dark coloured urine is a tell tail sign. In reality, both are early warning signs which shouldn’t be ignored.
Early signs which residents in Wales don’t think are signs of dehydration (but actually are) include (% of survey sample):
· Bad breath/dry mouth (65%)
· Feeling dizzy (53%)
· Dark coloured urine (50%)
· Fatigue (48%)
· Headache (42%)
“Dehydration can lead to a number of health problems such as constipation, muscle tiredness, urinary tract infections and headaches, so it’s concerning to see that so many people are unaware of the early signs. It’s known that having a good level of hydration can help to maintain higher energy levels, better weight control and faster thinking.
“As we approach the summer months and temperatures across the country rise, it’s important that people take the time to drink more to keep their fluid levels topped up and avoid any unwanted health issues. This fluid can in fact come from a variety of drinks and foods, but plain water is a great calorie and sugar free option to ensure you stay hydrated,” comments hydration expert, Dr Stuart Galloway of the University of Stirling.
From fizzy drinks and fresh orange juice, to tea and coffee the research reveals residents of Wales are unaware that drinks other than plain water can contribute to hydration levels.
In fact, almost two fifths (17%) of those surveyed don’t think that sparkling water contributes, let alone fizzy drinks.
Top 10 drinks residents of the Wales don’t think help with hydration
1. Wine (68%)
2. Beer/larger (66%)
3. Cider (64%)
4. Coffee (53%)
5. Hot chocolate (47%)
6. Fizzy drinks (44%)
7. Fresh juice (21%)
8. Tea (25%)
9. Sparkling water (17%)
10. Dilutable juice (13%)
“Many will be surprised to see drinks like wine and coffee on the list, as they’re often thought to dehydrate you. Alcoholic drinks will lead to dehydration, but only if you drink more than one or two servings. A similar situation occurs with caffeinated drinks, for example, a black coffee is mostly boiling water so this makes up part of your daily water intake. The dehydration effect of caffeine starts to kick in after around a litre of regular coffee, up until then it can be classed as part of your daily intake of water. However, often the best and healthiest way to ensure you’re getting your daily intake of water is by drinking plain still or sparkling water,” adds Dr Stuart.
Even though drinking water is the easiest, and healthiest, way to get to the recommended daily amount of water, the nationwide survey reveals almost one in 10 (7%) admit they don’t drink any water at all. Those in the baby boomer generation, aged between 55 – 73, are the most likely to not drink any water at all, with one in seven (14%) saying this is the case.
Dr Stuart’s top tips of staying hydrated this summer:
· Be aware of the signs of dehydration such as dry mouth and dark coloured urine
· Alongside the fluids you drink, choose foods such as fruits and vegetables which have a high-water content as this all helps to keep you hydrated throughout the day without you even thinking about it
· The hotter you get, the quicker you’ll get dehydrated so make sure you’re dressing for the weather and don’t spend too much time out in the sun
· If you’re going out for the day, or even just spending an afternoon at the shops, make sure you take some water with you to stay hydrated on the go
“It’s our mission here at Aqua Pura to keep the nation hydrated – especially over the summer when more people are out and about, exploring their local area. The good news is that it’s easy to keep hydrated simply by drinking water – something that is plentiful here in the UK thanks to our climate. It means we’re all able to enjoy fresh water from the hills – in our case from the Lake District – to help keep us healthy.
“In a bid to help people stay hydrated, we’ve created a hydration calculator so Brits can work out how much water they should be drinking this summer. We hope this will help people to truly understand how much water they should be drinking,” adds Kelly Hall, Aqua Pura.
To calculate how much you should be drinking, visit www.aqua-pura.com.
Llanelli’s good causes urged to apply for Co-op Local Community Fund
THERE is one week left for local causes in Llanelli to apply for the Co-op’s Local Community Fund.
Over the past six years Co-op has supported 94 local causes in Llanelli and local groups have until May 29 to apply for funding via coop.co.uk/causes.
The fund is continuing to support local organisations that are involved in providing access to food, helping to improve mental wellbeing or provide opportunities for young people and, for the first time, causes that are working to protect local biodiversity or tackle climate change.
Groups looking to deliver projects in any of these areas are being encouraged to apply online for the fund, which, through the help of Co-op members, has raised over £85m for nearly 30,000 projects since it began in 2016.
When Co-op Members buy selected Co-op products and services from Co-op, 2p for every £1 spent goes into their Co-op Membership account. The same amount is then given to support national community organisations through the Community Partnership Fund and local causes via the Local Community Fund.
Members can choose the causes they wish to support and, with the help of Co-op’s Community Wellbeing Index, go online to compare their community with 28,000 others across the UK. By entering a postcode the Index will reveal a community’s overall wellbeing score and indicate its performance across nine specific areas, including education, health and open spaces, helping members prioritise where to send their support.
Rebecca Birkbeck, Director of Community and Membership at the Co-op said: “Since the Local Community Fund began, we have raised an amazing £85m for grassroots causes, as a direct result from the support of our members.
“Also, by applying for the Local Community Fund, groups will join our online community centre, Co-operate, which can help them find additional resources, as well as further donations, making this not just a fund, but a partnership.
“Even if a funding application is not successful, the group will still be a part of a network of over 12,000 groups on Co-operate.
“And for the first time I’m so pleased to announce that we have extended the criteria to include causes that are particularly dedicated to helping tackle biodiversity and carbon reduction, from local community gardens to small scale renewable energy schemes.”
Causes wanting more information about applying for the next round of the Co-op’s Local Community Fund should visit coop.co.uk/causes. Applications close on 29th May 2022.
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